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The Best SEO Plugins for WordPress (For Beginners and Experts)

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Knowing where to start with SEO can be tricky, particularly if you don’t happen to be an expert.

If you’re using WordPress to power your website (like around 30% of the internet), you’re in luck. WordPress offers several SEO plugins that are all fantastic when it comes to analysis, performance reviews, rank tracking, and more. Read on to find the best SEO plugin for WordPress to help your business grow.

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Experts recommend these ten best SEO plugins for WordPress

From all-in-one-SEO perfect for beginners to detailed analysis aimed at the experts, a wide range of SEO plugins are available for SEO. You may recognize some big names, while others are smaller and specific to the hosting platform. Some of these plugins are free, while some you’ll have to pay extra for. Remember, you can always start small and work your way up as your rankings rise.

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1. SEOPress

A top-rated SEO plugin for WordPress, SEOPress is rated as “the perfect option for beginners” by SEO expert Neil Patel. As well as being easy to install and navigate, it has some great features including unlimited keyword analysis and a video/image sitemap. The free plan only gives you access to the basic tools (though these may be enough for smaller businesses), while a pro plan with extra support begins at around $39 per year.

2. All-in-One SEO

Also referred to as AIOSEO, this is hailed by WPBeginner as “the best WordPress SEO plugin on the market.” On-page analysis will quickly give you a checklist of factors to improve, and you can use the tool to integrate with your social media. There’s loads of SEO you can do with this plugin, but it’s particularly helpful for quickly creating meta descriptions, rich snippets, and more.

3. Yoast

Yoast is a favored SEO plugin for WordPress whose tagline is “SEO for everyone.” Accordingly, it’s pretty simple to use and does a fine line in post-analysis to make sure you’re using target keywords. Open Graph metadata and social media images can be added to your content, and you can use Yoast to create an XML sitemap for easier search engine crawling.

4. SEMRush

The first of three big names you’ve probably heard of outside of WordPress. Pretty much all the SEO experts in the world rave about SEMRush, which is one of the most comprehensive SEO reporting tools available. The WordPress plugin features a writing assistant to help you compose SEO-friendly posts, not to mention amazing keyword research tools and plenty of metrics for performance reviews. The only downside is you’ll have to pay – plans start at around $199.95 per month.

5. Ahrefs

Another big player in the world of SEO, Ahrefs is great for those wanting to optimize off-page SEO. The Site Explorer tool allows you to audit competitors’ websites and find all manner of backlink opportunities. You can also analyze keywords, run a comprehensive site audit, and keep on top of all your metrics for optimized performance. Pricing starts at around $99 a month for the basic package.

6. Google Search Console

A great option for SEO beginners, this is not exactly a WordPress SEO plugin, but a free tool offered by Google. (That said, you can integrate it to your WordPress dashboard using another plugin like MonsterInsights.) Among other metrics, Google Search Console highlights and helps you fix crawl errors, as well as providing reviews of keyword performance, impressions, anchor text rankings, and more.

7. Schema Pro

Schema Pro is more of an advanced SEO plugin for WordPress, in that it focuses entirely on rich snippets. If you use a different plugin like All-in-One SEO, you’re probably already adding rich snippets to your website. However, Schema Pro offers enhanced functionality and allows you to map your markup automatically. This again is an entirely paid plugin, beginning at around $79 per year.

8. Rank Math

Rank Math is increasingly popular as an SEO WordPress plugin thanks to its simple installation and intuitive interface. It also offers all-in-one SEO, including Open Graph metadata, XML sitemap, and integration with Google Search Console.

9. Redirection

Redirection is recommended by the folks over at WPBeginner as “one of the handiest WordPress plugins.” Again, it has a simple focus: helping to spot and fix broken links by changing your 404 errors to redirects. Run this kind of audit regularly to help keep users (and search engines) happy.

10. WP Rocket

Any SEO expert will tell you that page loading speed is crucial for ranking. WP Rocket is a handy SEO plugin that enables website caching to boost your loading speed. The best thing about it? You don’t need any technical know-how. From $49 a year, your rocket-like loading speed is taken care of for you.

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Liftoff with the best SEO plugins for WordPress and you’ll find your website rankings going from strength to strength. Remember, you only need one all-in-one SEO plugin – pick one that does the hard work for you, then consider adding extras to focus on specific areas in depth.

Gonzalo Suárez
Gonzalo Suárez
Co-founder and COO @ Key Content
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