WordPress out of the box is already technically quite a good platform for SEO, this was true when I wrote my original WordPress SEO article in 2008 and it's still true today, but that doesn't mean you can't improve it further! This plugin is written from the ground up by WordPress SEO consultant and WordPress developer Joost de Valk to improve your site's SEO on all needed aspects. While this WordPress SEO plugin goes the extra mile to take care of all the technical optimization, more on that below, it first and foremost helps you write better content. WordPress SEO forces you to choose a focus keyword when you're writing your articles, and then makes sure you use that focus keyword everywhere.
Using the snippet preview you can see a rendering of what your post or page will look like in the search results, whether your title is too long or too short and your meta description makes sense in the context of a search result. This way the plugin will help you not only increase rankings but also increase the click through for organic search results.
The WordPress SEO plugins Linkdex Page Analysis functionality checks simple things you're bound to forget. It checks, for instance, if you have images in your post and whether they have an alt tag containing the focus keyword for that post. It also checks whether your posts are long enough, if you've written a meta description and if that meta description contains your focus keyword, if you've used any subheadings within your post, etc. etc.
The plugin also allows you to write meta titles and descriptions for all your category, tag and custom taxonomy archives, giving you the option to further optimize those pages.
Combined, this plugin makes sure that your content is the type of content search engines will love!
While out of the box WordPress is pretty good for SEO, it needs some tweaks here and there. This WordPress SEO plugin guides you through some of the settings needed, for instance by reminding you to enable pretty permalinks. But it also goes beyond that, by automatically optimizing and inserting the meta tags and link elements that Google and other search engines like so much:
With the WordPress SEO plugin you can control which pages Google shows in its search results and which pages it doesn't show. By default, it will tell search engines to index all of your pages, including category and tag archives, but only show the first pages in the search results. It's not very useful for a user to end up on the third page of your "personal" category, right?
WordPress itself only shows canonical link elements on single pages, WordPress SEO makes it output canonical link elements everywhere. Google has recently announced they would also use
rel="prev" link elements in the
head section of your paginated archives, this plugin adds those automatically, see [this post](http://yoast.com/rel-next-prev-paginated-archives/ title="rel=next & rel=prev for paginated archives") for more info.
WordPress SEO has the most advanced XML Sitemaps functionality in any WordPress plugin. Once you check the box, it automatically creates XML sitemaps and notifies Google & Bing of the sitemaps existence. These XML sitemaps include the images in your posts & pages too, so that your images may be found better in the search engines too.
These XML Sitemaps will even work on large sites, because of how they're created, using one index sitemap that links to sub-sitemaps for each 1,000 posts. They will also work with custom post types and custom taxonomies automatically, while giving you the option to remove those from the XML sitemap should you wish to.
Because of using XSL stylesheets for these XML Sitemaps, the XML sitemaps are easily readable for the human eye too, so you can spot things that shouldn't be in there.
Are you being outranked by scrapers? Instead of cursing at them, use them to your advantage! By automatically adding a link to your RSS feed pointing back to the original article, you're telling the search engine where they should be looking for the original. This way, the WordPress SEO plugin increases your own chance of ranking for your chosen keywords and gets rid of scrapers in one go!
If your theme is compatible, like most Genesis and WooThemes themes are for instance, you can use the built-in Breadcrumbs functionality. This allows you to create an easy navigation that is great for both users and search engines and will support the search engines in understanding the structure of your site.
Making your theme compatible isn't hard either, check these instructions.
Using the built-in file editor you can edit your WordPress blogs .htaccess and robots.txt file, giving you direct access to the two most powerful files, from an SEO perspective, in your WordPress install.
SEO and Social Media are heavily intertwined, that's why this plugin also comes with a Facebook OpenGraph implementation and will soon also support Google+ sharing tags.
This WordPress SEO plugin, unlike some others, is fully Multi-Site compatible. The XML Sitemaps work fine in all setups and you even have the option, in the Network settings, to copy the settings from one blog to another, or make blogs default to the settings for a specific blog.
If you have multiple blogs, setting up plugins like this one on all of them might seem like a daunting task. Except that it's not, because what you can do is simple: you set up the plugin once. You then export your settings and simply import them on all your other sites. It's that simple!
If you've used All In One SEO Pack or HeadSpace2 before using this plugin, you might want to import all your old titles and descriptions. You can do that easily using the built-in import functionality. There's also import functionality for some of the older Yoast plugins like Robots Meta and RSS footer.
Should you have a need to import from another SEO plugin or from a theme like Genesis or Thesis, you can use the SEO Data Transporter plugin, that'll easily convert your SEO meta data from and to a whole set of plugins like Platinum SEO, SEO Ultimate, Greg's High Performance SEO and themes like Headway, Hybrid, WooFramework, Catalyst etc.
Read this migration guide if you still have questions about migrating from another SEO plugin to WordPress SEO.
Currently a huge translation project is underway, translating WordPress SEO in as much as 24 languages. So far, the translations for French and Dutch are complete, but we still need help on a lot of other languages, so if you're good at translating, please join us at translate.yoast.com.
Be sure to also check out the News SEO module if you need Google News Sitemaps. It tightly integrates with WordPress SEO to give you the combined power of News Sitemaps and full Search Engine Optimization.
For more info, check out the following articles:
SEO Smart Links provides automatic SEO benefits for your site in addition to custom keyword lists, nofollow and much more.
SEO Smart Links can automatically link keywords and phrases in your posts and comments with corresponding posts, pages, categories and tags on your blog.
Further SEO Smart links allows you to set up your own keywords and set of matching URLs. Finally SEO Smart links allows you to set nofollow attribute and open links in new window.
It is a perfect solution to get your blog posts interlinked or add affiliate links to other sites.
Everything happens completely transparent, and you can edit the options from the administration settings panel.
Plugin by Vladimir Prelovac, a WordPress Consultant.
Optimizes your Wordpress blog for Search Engines (Search Engine Optimization).
If upgrading, please back up your database first!
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Contact Form 7 can manage multiple contact forms, plus you can customize the form and the mail contents flexibly with simple markup. The form supports Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering and so on.
Contact Form 7 (http://contactform7.com)
It is hard to continue development and support for this plugin without contributions from users like you. If you enjoy using Contact Form 7 and find it useful, please consider making a donation. Your donation will help encourage and support the plugin's continued development and better user support.
If you have created your own language pack, or have an update of an existing one, you can send gettext PO and MO files to me so that I can bundle it into Contact Form 7. You can download the latest POT file, and PO files in each language.
Widgets are great. No matter where you’re using them. In a Page Builder page or on your widgetized areas.
The SiteOrigin widget bundle gives you a collection of widgets that you can use, abuse and customize. All the widgets are built on the same framework, giving you unlimited colours and 1500+ icons.
The collection is growing, but here’s what we have so far.
Once you enable a widget, you'll be able to use it anywhere standard widgets are used. You can manage your widgets by going to Plugins > SiteOrigin Widgets in your WordPress admin.
Documentation is available on SiteOrigin.
Smush.it offers an API that performs these optimizations (except for stripping JPEG meta data) automatically, and this plugin seamlessly integrates Smush.it with WordPress.
Every image you add to a page or post will be automatically run through Smush.it behind the scenes. You don’t have to do anything different.
You can also run your existing images through Smush.it via the WordPress
Media Library. Click on the
Smush.it now! link for any image you'd like to smush.
As of version 1.4.0 there is a new, experimental
Bulk Smush.it feature. You can find the link under the
Media Library tab.
NextGEN user? Also download the WP Smush.it NextGEN Integration plugin.
If you're so inclined, I've setup a donation page.
Plugin updates are announced on http://www.twitter.com/TheCHANGELOG.
The EWWW Image Optimizer is a WordPress plugin that will automatically and losslessly optimize your images as you upload them to your blog. It can also optimize the images that you have already uploaded in the past.
Because EWWW Image Optimizer uses lossless optimization techniques, your image quality will be exactly the same before and after the optimization. The only thing that will change is your file size. The one small exception to this is GIF animations. While the optimization is technically lossless, you will not be able to properly edit the animation again without performing an --unoptimize operation with gifsicle.
Images are optimized using the Linux jpegtran, optipng, pngout, and gifsicle image tools (available for free). For PNG files, either optipng or pngout can be used. If you want the best optimization, install both, set optipng to level 3 (beyond that is just crazy and rarely yields significant gains) and pngout to level 0.
EWWW Image Optimizer calls optimization utilities directly which is better suited to shared hosting situations where these utilities may already be installed. The programs we use (jpegtran, optipng, pngout, and gifsicle) generally have very minimal dependencies (pngout has none), so all you will need is a hosting account with shell access, and build utilities installed. You can then tell EWWW Image Optimizer where you compiled these utilities. I use Bluehost, which meets these requirements, and Dreamhost is another suitable alternative. There are likely others out there that I am not aware of.
Why use EWWW Image Optimizer?
Features re-optimization capability, and bulk optimizing. The NextGEN Bulk Optimize function is located under the Wordpress Tools menu, and should optimize all images in all galleries. If anyone has a better idea for where the tool should go, feel free to post in the support area, or on the plugin homepage. Alternatively, if you can figure out a way to hook into the existing NextGEN menu, that would be ideal. I just can't seem to find a way to do that. NOTE: Does not optimize thumbnails on initial upload, must re-optimize images to optimize thumbnails.
Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARPP) gives you a list of posts and/or pages related to the current entry, introducing the reader to other relevant content on your site. Key features include:
This plugin requires PHP 5 and MySQL 4.1 or greater.
I have begun instituting a stricter policy of not responding to support inquiries via email, instead directing senders to the appropriate WordPress.org forum, here.
I try to respond to inquiries on the forums on a regular basis and hope to build a community of users who can learn from each other's questions and experiences and can support one another. I ask for your understanding on this matter.
"One of my favorite [plugin]s I just activated on my blog is called Yet Another Related Posts Plugin... I've been blogging seven or eight years now so I have a lot of archives, and it actually surprises me sometimes when I blog about something and I visit the permalink to see I've written about it before... and it also increases the traffic on your blog because when they come in just to one entry, they'll see this other stuff going on." - Matt Mullenweg, WordPress creator
"The first one I ended up trying was Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARPP), and mitcho has really done a fantastic job on it:
-Matt Cutts, head of Webspam, Google
Enter your organization's information in the plugin's settings page. Then you can add your own page and use one of the 3 available shortcodes: [my_terms_of_service_and_privacy_policy], [my_terms_of_service], and/or [my_privacy_policy]
Disclaimer: Clifford Paulick of TourKick.com is not an attorney. Additional disclaimer text within the plugin file(s).
Version 1.0.0 Coming Soon
Version 1.0.0 is the first major update for the plugin. It will comes with more cool features such as:
This plugin will enable a custom, flexible and super advanced recent posts widget. Allows you to display a list of the most recent posts with thumbnail, excerpt and post date, also you can display it from all or specific or multiple category or tag.
This plugin creates custom image sizes. If you use images that were uploaded to the media library before you installed this plugin, please install Regenerate Thumbnails plugin to corrected the sizes.
If you want to buy me a cup of coffee, you can do by visiting this page. I appreciate all donations, no matter the size.
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