WordPress has pretty good on-page SEO by default, but an SEO plugin will help make it even better. SEO plugins let you customize your title format, add social media meta tags, add structured data, and lots more. Here are 4 of the best WordPress SEO plugins.
Yoast is the most popular WordPress SEO plugin and it was the standard SEO plugin that everyone used and loved. However, I find that Yoast is bloated with features that I don’t need. It contributed to ~10% of my dashboard’s load time, prompting me to search for an alternative. Nevertheless, I liked Yoast’s Page Analysis feature. The feature analyzes posts as you write and gives you hints to help you improve your post’s SEO. Yoast is great if you’re looking for a feature-rich plugin with a solid core that has been improved on for years.
All in One SEO Pack
All in One SEO Pack is Yoast’s primary competitor. All in One SEO Pack has more downloads than Yoast in the WordPress repository, but downloads have fallen in recent years. All in One SEO Pack has similar features as Yoast, but it doesn’t have a post analyzer. All in One SEO Pack is a bit more lightweight than Yoast, so I’d recommend it over Yoast if you don’t need the post analyzer.
SEO Ultimate is less popular than the previous two plugins, but that doesn’t mean it’s worse. My favorite part about this plugin is being able to turn off individual features, so I can keep just what I need. SEO Ultimate also has several features that the other SEO plugins don’t have, such as a link mask generator and “Deeplink Juggernaut”. However, I’m not sure how useful these features actually are.
The SEO Framework
The SEO Framework is the newest plugin in this post; it has far fewer downloads than the other plugins. However, at the time of writing, it has an astonishing 4.9/5 rating. I was introduced to The SEO Framework on discussion boards and I switched over to it from Yoast. The SEO Framework is simple and lightweight, it does exactly what it needs to. The SEO settings looks like it came with WordPress. However, to keep it simple, The SEO Framework has the fewest features out of the plugins in this post. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, since I can install other plugins to fill the gaps.
Other SEO Plugins
Here are a few other SEO plugins that are either popular or highly rated. I haven’t spent much time with any of these. I didn’t like any of the ones that I tried. Nevertheless, we’re probably looking for different things in SEO plugins, so perhaps you can give these a try.
If you’re looking for a simple, lightweight SEO plugin, I recommend The SEO Framework. If you’re looking for a feature-rich and thoroughly tested plugin, try Yoast SEO or All in One SEO Pack. If you’re looking for unusual features such as URL cloaking or automatic internal linking, SEO Ultimate is your best bet.
Once you’ve chosen an SEO plugin, take a look at what other plugins your WordPress blog should have.