Many bloggers use WordPress as their blog platform of choice. It’s one of the most popular blogging CMS (content management systems) for many reasons:
- Easy to make yours unique with free and paid themes
- Lots of online support if you run into problems
- Tons of plug-ins to customize and optimize your blog
There are literally thousands and thousands of plug-ins out there available to download but a few stand out as particularly useful when it comes to search engine optimization (SEO).Here are two essentials every WordPress blogger should have:
All in One SEO Pack – The name of this one pretty much sums it up. This plug-in takes some of the key SEO basics and makes them easy to edit within your WordPress dashboard. It allows you to pick the Title tag and keywords for each of your pages and posts. All in One SEO Pack allows you to select how many characters you’d like it to pull and it uses that for your meta description for your posts. On your pages, you have the option of typing in a custom meta description. There are some other great SEO benefits of this plug-in making it the most important SEO WordPress plug-in
Google Sitemap Generator – Webmaster Central from Google has a wonderful feature that lets you give Google an XML sitemap that helps their Googlebot find all of your websites. These XML sitemaps can be a little tricky to create on your own, especially with a large website or blog. The Google Sitemap Generator plug-in automatically creates your sitemap for you and then notifies Google that it has been updated.