Many friends ask about what are the best plugins that will complete their WordPress SEO. First of all, it depends on personal preference which plugin you like the most because many plugins offer same functionality. I have compiled a list of plugins that I always use to complete my WordPress SEO on any blog. You can choose them according to your liking because there are always alternatives that offers same functionality.
It is one of the simplest and easy to use plugin recommended for every beginner or expert blogger. All in One SEO Pack provides complete control over your on-page SEO issues for WordPress. It gives many options like custom meta tags for home page, every new page and post you create on your blog. You can also set canonical, add no-follow and no-index attributes to author archives and date archives.
I recently switched to WordPress SEO by Yoast and it is the best overall SEO plugin that you will ever need. However, it is not easy to use as All in One SEO Pack. It not only offers all the features of All in One SEO, but it has additional features such as XML Sitemap generator, Breadcrumbs and much more. It is a recommended plugin for every wordpress website.
[box type="note"]It is recommended to use only one plugin between All in one SEO pack and WordPress SEO by Yoast.[/box]
I have included this plugin in SEO category because many people face hack attempts that ruin their website rankings badly. Hackers insert codes through SQL injection or accessing any other file on your blog. Bulletproof security offers complete security for your blog, which helps you stay safe from hack attempts. It is a recommended plugin for every blog, but do read the instructions before installing this plugin because you may lose critical data on your blog.
Addthis is a social plugin that gives you option to add social media buttons like facebook, twitter, reddit and many more. It is very easy to use plugin and recommended for every blog. However, there are many other plugins that you can use according to your requirements to display social icons.
W3 Total Cache is a very useful plugin to increase your WordPress blog speed. It increases loading time by serving a cached version of your website. You can also add your own CDN to further enhance the speed of your blog. It is recommended for beginners to read documentation available on the website before configuring the plugin because you may end-up messing with your blog.
If you are using SEO by Yoast, then you don’t need to install this plugin because Yoast SEO provides XML sitemap functionality. However, this plugin is needed for every other blog and it is one of the best plugins for generating xml sitemaps.
The last one is actually not a plugin, but I am mentioning Thesis Theme because it covers almost every SEO aspect that you need on your WordPress blog. You don’t need All in One SEO plugin or Yoast after using Thesis theme. It covers most of the SEO elements needed by every blogger. However, you need rest of the plugins to complete your WordPress SEO. It is not just another WordPress Theme that wastes your time and money.