Now that you have started your blog, you need to continuously work on this to rank higher on search engines like Google and Bing.
A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of function(s) that can be added to WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress website
WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. Many Blog and website owners would agree with me that with WordPress “there is a plugin for that” is very true.
Plugins in general makes it easier for users to add features to their website without knowing a single line of code.
There are thousands of WordPress Plugins available for free at the official plugin directory.
As a site administrator, you can install/uninstall plugins from the admin area. You can also download and manually install them in your FTP client area.
Because the vast majority of plugins are free, it is important to note that they usually do not come with tech support. For this reason, it is important to be careful when choosing which ones you want to install on your site and you should always (always) go for the ones recommended for your version of WordPress.
There is a myth that WordPress Plugins slow down. This is necessarily not true. Only the number of bad ones will slow down your site and untested version of the plugins for your current version of WordPress.
10 WordPress plugins that will change your life and Rank you higher
1. Yoast SEO
Yoast SEO is one of the most popular WordPress SEO plugins, with more than five million active installations to date.
What can you do with it?
- Create an XML Sitemap
- Verify your site in Webmaster Tools (Google, Bing, Baidu, Yandex)
- Exclude (“noindex”) certain types of content from being indexed in search engine results
- Create Titles and Meta description for post.
- Optimize your post with Key Phrase for SEO
- Yoast adds a Meta SEO box to all posts and pages. Here, you can set custom title tags, Meta description, Open Graph Tags, Canonicals, Meta robots tags.
- It adds self-referencing canonicals by default, which is good SEO practice.
- There’s also a feature that shows you how well the page is “Optimized” for your target keyword on Search Engines
- The Functionality is very basic and looks at things like the placement of exact match keywords in titles, subheadings and the content itself which is some ranking factors.
- The Readability analysis is slightly more useful, as this tell you how easy or difficult your content is to read (Flesch Reading). It also grades your sentence lengths, subheading distribution etc.
2. Rank Math
This is another powerful WordPress SEO plugin in the market. It pulls off the rare feat of being feature-packed and user-friendly. There’s even a wizard that guides you through the installation process, and it has the nicest UI of the bunch.
- Rank Math Vs Yoast SEO
- Rank math has some unique features that Yoast and the other don’t have, this features include;
- Google Search Console integration
- Redirection (301, 302, 307, 410, 451)
- Card preview for Facebook and Twitter
- It also has 404 error monitor which looks for visitors hitting 404 (dead) pages and then lets you know the URLs and number of times they have been hit. You can then eliminate these issues by redirecting or reinstalling the dead page or removing internal links to the 404.
If you are looking to migrate to RankMath, you can Import your existing settings from Yoast SEO.
3. Easy Table of Contents
Google recommends breaking long pieces of content into logical sections with associated on-page anchors. A table of content makes a long page less daunting and can have a positive knock-on effect on SEO and improve things like time on page, bounce rate and dwell time.
This plugin ensures that that long, multi-topic page on your site are well-structured and broken into distinct logical section. Second, it ensures that each section has an associated anchor with a descriptive name and that our page includes a table of contents which links to the individual anchors.
4. Broken Link Checker
The Broken Link Checker looks for broken links on your website – both internal and external. It finds any and tell you the Http status code, anchor text and source of the link. This makes it easy to find and fix it.
Even more useful is the fact that this plugin suggests replacement links and swap out the dead link for a working one in one click – without ever having to dig into the post itself.
Guys, I have to tell you this plugin have a downside to it and this occur because the plugin runs in the background to check for broken links continuously. This continuous checking can slow down your website and use a lot of bandwidth. So the best thing to do is to sun it every now and then and ten deactivate in between.
Shortpixel compresses and optimizes the images on your website. Because images are the slowest files to load when someone visits your site, image optimization can have a noticeably positive effects on page speed – which is a ranking factor.
This plugin is super easy to use. Just install, choose your setting and then it will automatically optimize and serve any images you upload in the future. The compression options available are lossy, glossy and lossless and supports JPG, PNG, GIF, Pdf documents and Retina 2x images.
EWWW Image Optimizer is your best bet if you are looking for a completely free alternative.
6. A3 Lazy Load
A3 Lazy Load is a simple plugin for enabling lazy-loading of images. Once this is enabled, images outside the viewport (visible area on the screen) won’t get loaded until they become visible upon scrolling which improve page speed.
7. HREFLANG Tags Lite
Hreflang is an HTML attribute used to specify the language and geographical targeting of a webpage. If you have multiple versions of the same page in different languages, you can use the hreflang tag to tell search engines like Google about these variations. This helps them to serve them to the right users.
8. WP Super Cache
Caching is critical if you want your website to load as fast as possible.
What is Caching?
Normally, each time a browser requests a web page, the serve has to do a bunch of complex and time-consuming calculations – It retrieves the latest posts, generates the header and footer, finds your site’s sidebar widgets and so on. However, in many cases, the result of all these calculations will be exactly the same. Wouldn’t it be great if we could simply make the server remember the final result, instead of processing each request separately? This is exactly what caching does.
What WP super cache does is to create static HTML versions of all the dynamic content on your website and then serves those pages to visitors instead of the slower-loading dynamic version. The end result is the same, but web pages are served faster.
9. Really simple SSL
Https is a ranking factor, so it’s crucial that you have SSL in 2020. This is where Really Simple SSL comes in, because installing an SSL certificate isn’t all you need to do. You also need to permanently redirect the Http version of your site to the Https version and this plugin do marvellous in this area.
This plugin can also help fix mixed content (I.e when both secure and unsecure content is loaded over SSL) on your site, which is a common problem when making a switch.
This plugin helps filter spam comments without requiring a captcha. Spam comment don’t usually cause big SEO problems as long as the links in your comments section are no followed. But Google state that comment spam is still harmful in several ways and that they might remove or demote pages overrun with user-generated spam to protect the quality of their search result.
Luckily, the Anti-spam plugin makes avoiding spammy comment easy.
Other important Plugins not reviewed but are essential include
Elementor page Builder
Google Analytics by Monster Insight
Social Media Share button
Essential Addons for Elementor
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