Using WordPress? Here are 9 SEO plugins to help get you more traffic

 Many bloggers who use WordPress are not SEO (search engine optimisation) experts, but thankfully there are plenty of plugins out there to make the job a little easier. There are so many, in fact, it can be difficult to know which ones are worth installing on your site.

What is SEO?

Perhaps you’ve heard this term and know it’s something you should be doing but have no idea where to start or even what it really means. Search engine optimisation is what you do to get your website ranking higher in search results when people enter a search query relevant to your content. There is a lot of competition out there, and if you want to really increase your site traffic – particularly quality visitors who are interested in what you have to say and sell – you need to be appearing in the top two positions for your targeted search queries. Below this, you’ll find your traffic significantly reduces. Here is our guide to nine SEO plugins for WordPress that will really help you get your blog ranking higher:

All in One SEO Pack

If you’re a real beginner with SEO, this plugin is a good place to start as it will help you optimise the title of each post and add extra tags to tell search engines about your content. It works with Google Analytics, lets you override meta tags and descriptions, and includes a security package. Once you’ve got to grips with the basics, you can start fine-tuning each post for maximum effect, all from the same plugin.

Yet Another Related Posts Plugin

This plugin lets people easily find related content on your site by displaying suggestions at the bottom of each article. Its customisable algorithm scans tags, content and titles to work out how your articles are related, so once it’s set up you can just leave it to do its thing. The reason it’s a good idea to set this up is because when visitors stay on your site and click through to other articles, you’ll have lower bounce rates and more overall views – both good for your site’s reputation. Increasing reader engagement means they’ll be more inclined to sign up to any newsletters or social media channels you’re promoting.

Twitter Facebook Social Share

If you want to increase your reach you need to be promoting your content on social media. Better still, get your readers to do it for you. Make it as easy as possible for them by installing this plugin, which automatically adds social share buttons at the top or bottom of each post. Don’t be deceived by the name – it actually works with the majority of big social networking sites. As social media becomes more heavily integrated with SEO, this kind of sharing feature will become ever more valuable for your SEO results.

WordPress SEO by Yoast

This is like the All in One SEO Pack, but with an added level of detail for those who feel comfortable taking more control of their SEO. One very helpful feature is the snippet preview which lets you see how your post will appear in search engine results, so you can change the length before it’s made live. You also have the option to edit the meta description (a basic description of what the article or page is about) and check that it fits with the overall theme of the article. A couple of the more technical features include a link to your RSS feed (to make sure you get credit when your content is copied) and XML sitemaps (to help get your site indexed).


We’re moving into an era where mobile users must be given top priority; if your site doesn’t look good on a mobile screen there’s no doubt you’re missing out on potential customers. Creating a brand new site or implementing responsive web design of course comes with a high cost, but UppSite transforms your existing WordPress site into an HTML 5 app which can be easily viewed on a wide range of mobile phones and tablets. Your visitors will have access to fast-loading pages and simple navigation, resulting in a positive brand experience. Having a site with responsive design will improve your search rankings for mobile device users too, so it’s definitely something you shouldn’t overlook.

Google XML Sitemap for Images

What WordPress SEO by Yoast’s XML sitemap does for text, this plugin does for pictures. Search engines don’t always pick up on images, but this tool creates a sitemap that gives your pictures a better chance of being indexed and therefore delivered in image search results. All of this amounts to better rankings and greater potential for organic search traffic.

Google XML Sitemap for Videos

… and this one does the same for videos. Make sure search engines can find the videos you embed in your posts, and pick up on links you include to videos on other sites. Again, this will improve your organic search traffic and rankings.

WP Super Cache

We want information and we want it now! Web users don’t like slow sites, and as Google is always working in the interests of its users, it will prioritise fast-loading sites in its rankings. It’s important, therefore, that your WordPress site loads as quickly as possible and doesn’t leave viewers annoyed before they’ve even seen your content. With the WP Super Cache plugin, your site will appear as static HTML files rather than it having to process bulkier PHP scripts. This reduces the download time and improves overall site performance, keeping your visitors – and Google –happy.

Google Analytics for WordPress

An SEO strategy isn’t an SEO strategy unless you’re following up on the success of the keywords you’re targeting. This plugin from Google Analytics is a goldmine of information which will help you understand your users, their behaviour, the kind of content they want, and which content on your site is performing best. It will also show you valuable data to do with your traffic sources and top-performing keywords, which you can use to determine the kind of content you should focus on producing in the future.


You don’t need to try and do all of this at once, but get to grips with these plugins one at a time and you should soon be able to recognise the value they can add to your SEO planning and implementation. Of course, you still need to keep publishing excellent content to give your readers something of value and show the search engines your site is worth displaying in search results. If you’d like to know more about how can help with your SEO strategy and content creation, please just get in touch – we’d love to hear from you.