Best SEO plugins for WordPress: our top 5 free plugins

December 1, 2015 - 3  min reading time - by Emma Labrador
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WordPress offers some nice native features but also SEO plugins. WordPress is the most popular CMS (content management system) for now. And it has some good reasons to be the leader. It is quite easy to set up a website and offer many different plugins to answers your needs. While some developers would prefer building their own functionalities, there are some nice options out there. And especially when it comes to SEO.

We are going to introduce 5 of the most popular SEO plugins for WordPress and give our feedback. Any suggestions are of course more than welcome!

  1. WordPress SEO by Yoast
  2. All in one SEO pack
  3. SEO by Squirrly
  4. SEO Wizard
  5. Greg’s High Performance SEO

Choosing the best SEO plugins for WordPress

This article is a guide to help you choose the best SEO WordPress plugin regarding your SEO needs and expectations. Actually, you might be looking for a plugin for different reasons:

  • Page analysis
  • XML Sitemaps
  • Editing .htaccess, robots.txt files
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Social media integration
  • WordPress version compatibility
  • Importing and exporting settings
  • Integration with WordPress ecommerce sites
  • Theme compatibility
  • Built-in API
  • and more…

The best plugins for WordPress will help you with all of that. Here they are:

1# WordPress SEO by Yoast

WordPress SEO by Yoast

WordPress SEO by Yoast is the most famous SEO plugin for WordPress. Developed by Joost de Valk and his company Yoast, it offers great and actionable SEO features. The plugin checks your posts based on a focus keyword. It looks at the URL, title, description, content, and more to make sure your post has a clear SEO focus.

WordPress SEO by Yoast Plugin

It includes:

  • Meta value for homepage
  • Meta value for each post
  • Robot.txt and .htacess edition
  • XML sitemap access
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Head section cleaning
  • Different languages
  • Indexing control
  • rel=”next” and rel=”prev” adding
  • Open graph implementation
  • Easily do 301 redirects
  • Easily add canonical URL
  • and more

As you can see, that plugin is pretty complete and covers most of SEO needs.

2# All in One SEO Pack

All in One SEO Pack

All in One plugin offers nice features to optimize your SEO. Created by Micheal Torbert, a WordPress developer, All in One includes:

  • Google Analytics support
  • Sitemap support
  • Duplicate content highlighter
  • SEO integration for ecommerce websites
  • Meta tag generation
  • Social media details
  • System status box

All in One does not have as much features as WordPress SEO but it offers an easier approach.

#3 SEO By Squirrly

SEO By Squirrly

SEO by Squirrly is focusing on content and keywords. They have shared a video presentation where they explain how to use their plugin.

It includes:

  • Keyword analysis and research
  • SEO audit report
  • Green indicators about content
  • Compatibility with other plugin
  • Content marketing tracking

4# SEO Press

SEO Press

SEOPress is a powerful plugin to optimize your SEO, boost your traffic, improve social sharing, build custom HTML and XML Sitemaps, create optimized breadcrumbs, add schemas / Google Structured data types, manage redirections 301 and so much more.
This short video introduces the main functionalities offered by SEO Press.

The SEO Press plugin focuses on optimizing all the facets of your website. The free features include:

  • Installation wizard to quickly setup your site
  • Titles (with dynamic variables: custom fields, terms taxonomie…)
  • Meta descriptions (with dynamic variables too)
  • Open Graph Data
  • Google Knowledge Graph
  • Google Analytics
  • Twitter Card
  • Canonical URL
  • Content analysis

5# Greg’s High Performance SEO

Greg’s High Performance SEO

This plugin helps you develop your content visibility on major search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo. It includes:

  • 100 on-page SEO characteristics
  • Conflict analyser
  • Secondary descriptions and titles
  • Duplicate content remover

Those 5 SEO plugins cover major SEO needs. Pick your plugin regarding where your SEO priorities are. If you need assistance to pick between Yoast and All in One for instance, the website Mad Lemmings has written an article on that subject.

Emma was the Head of Communication & Marketing at Oncrawl for over seven years. She contributed articles about SEO and search engine updates.
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