5 Of The Best Traffic Building WordPress Plugins

WordPress is an excellent blogging service for a lot of reasons. One of these reasons is the vast number of plugins offered. SEO (search engine optimization) plugins even make the task of getting traffic much easier than it would be if manual methods had to be used.

With one of these set up, all the site administrator has to do is configure all of them and they’ll immediately make the weblog search engine friendly in lots of ways. Listed below are 5 of the most well-liked SEO plugins currently available for WordPress.

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1. All-In-One SEO Plugin – This WordPress plugin is one of the most widely-recommended across the Internet. Even those who are brand-new to search engine optimization can get good results right from the start. It helps eliminate the indexing of duplicate content within the blog, adds the proper title and description meta tags, handles blog tags, fixes page titles to emphasize the most relevant aspects, and more.

2. Yet Another Related Posts Plugin – Interlinking your posts can be a great way to get them indexed and maybe even cause them to rank higher. The problem is, with a blog that’s any kind of decent size, retroactively adding links is a monumental task. Yet Another Related Posts Plugin for WordPress solves this quandary in a simple fashion by automatically finding related posts and adding links to them at the end of the content. The only catch is that it is fairly resource-intensive; blogs with several hundred posts or more will need powerful hosting to run this plugin.

3. Google XML Sitemaps – This automatic sitemap generator makes it easy for search engine robots to find all of your posts and pages in your WordPress blog. Despite its name, it works with Bing and Yahoo as well as the Big G. This plugin not only makes your sitemap for you; it notifies the engines every time there is a new post or update to your site. Google XML Sitemaps has customization options that allow you to tailor it to your exact requirements.

4. Search Terms Tagging 2 – This plugin automatically displays the terms people used to find a post in a search engine. It also automatically makes tags and links from the terms. This helps make the posts appear even more relevant to those terms and can therefore increase their rankings in the search engines.

5. Case by Case – The Case by Case plugin allows you to decide which comment links, comment author links, pingbacks and trackbacks should be allowed to be follow and which should stay . As all comments are by default this plugin might come handy if you are a new blogger that wants to attract more traffic and encourage for readers to comment. This WordPress plugin should be configured as it otherwise converts all your links to follow links.

These are just a few of the many plugins that can increase traffic to a WordPress blog. Try them out and you’ll likely notice quite an improvement to your site’s popularity. For further questions and suggestions don’t hesitate to post your comments below.

Comments

  1. Hi Margaret,

    The sheer amount of plug-ins that WP offers is mind-boggling when I think about it. And I know I’m not the only one; I’ve read quite a few articles on blogs lately about improving your blog’s loading times by trimming the fat off your plug-ins. Everything is there to help your blog run at its optimum efficiency, but I’m kinda curious when that efficiency begins to get sacrificed for things like ease-of-use or just because it’s “neato.”

    Where do you draw the line between what you have, what you need, and when plug-ins begin slowing down your blog’s load times?

    Delena

  2. Margaret Saunders says:

    Hi Delena!

    I would only install the absolute necessary plugins, and always keep them updated, because as you said they will affect your load time. On a side note: always use the most recent version of WordPress as they constantly work on improving the efficiency of your website (meaning: less loading). Back to your question:

    All the plugins that you might have installed previously, but that are not in use any longer should be deactivated or simply deleted. That in itself already helps. I think that plugins that help you with your SEO and that protect your blog or website are a must. No point in having a blog that doesn’t get notice or that is constantly hacked. But you’re right, you can go extremely overboard with plugins as well.

    Apart from skimming your plugins you can also increase your speed by decreasing your whitespace (whitespace: white spaces in-between the code) as that usually adds a lot of bytes to your websites code and slows you down. You can also optimize your MySQL database if you have one.

    I hope that this helps you a little.
    Margaret

    • HI Margaret,

      Whitespace! I didn’t even know that that could be a factor in load time by adding bytes. Whenever organizing my code, I always add a few lines of white space so that I can see everything more easily and keep things separate. I had no idea it had such an enormous impact on my site! Every little bit, right?

      Thank you!

      Delena

  3. These are really good plugins and should be installed on all WordPress blogs. All-In-One SEO Plugin for example, should really be built in as default features in WordPress.

  4. Thank you for sharing, I already use some of them and just have a quick question:

    Do i need to use them all in combination for best results or pick and choose?

    thank you in advance for advice.

  5. Sorry, but All in One has fallen behind both the SEO plugin by Yoast as well as SEO Ultimate. Also, your post is showing its age by nominating a no follow plugin in its top five. No follow is a deprecated SEO feature. A better strategy is to use redirects on links that you don’t want to pass pagerank to.

  6. Those are some absolutely great plugins. You may also want to look at the wordpress seo by Yoast.

  7. Nice list of wordpress plugin. i was using All In One but now i am using WordPress SEO by yoast because it has so many feature that are essential from the point of view of SEO. and Google XML sitemap is all time good.

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