Top WordPress Plugins to Make Your Site Search Engine Friendly, Social and Faster
If you own a website then you know it very well the importance of search engine optimization. If peoples find it harder to locate your website on web then it directly indicates your website is of no worth even if it has very good content and product. Always put your efforts to make your website search engine friendly. Fortunately all WordPress bloggers can use few good plugins to get their task done. Usually people prefer to read content which has more numbers of social shares and loading time of website is less. Refer this post to know how you can reduce loading time of your website. However in this post we will learn about various useful plugin’s that will help you make your sites faster and will help you to get more number of shares.
Here we go with the list of top plugins:
Plugin 1: WordPress SEO by Yoast:
WordPress SEO by Yoast is a cool plugin which offers you multiple features like snippet preview, page analysis to give you more optimized content, meta titles, meta keywords and meta descriptions:
This great plugin offers you other options also such as Robots meta configuration, Breadcrumbs, Permalink clean up, XML sitemaps, RSS enhancements, Robots.txt and .htaccess editing and many more. Out of these options Breadcrumbs is an important feature because it tells for each post which title to use for each post and page. Permalink Clean up helps you in keeping you links clean. It moves away those links which ends in numbers or has weird structure.
Plugin 2: HTML Compression:
This plugin compresses your blog pages in gzip format. If a browser supports HTTP compression then this plugin will work. It reduces size of the page by 60-7-% and hence increases loading speed of website by 3-4 times. Gzip compression may not be supported by your blog if it’s not updated to latest version. You need to upgrade your blog to updated version in order to get gzip compression functionality. You can easily test your blog using a simple tool at Is My Blog Working?
If you’re not using the latest version of WordPress, you may not be able to use the gzip compression. Test your blog using the simple tool at Is My Blog Working?
NOTE: I won’t recommend this plugin to those who are using WP Super Cache, as it uses compression functionality so WP Super cache will stop caching new pages.
Plugin 3: WP Super Cache:
It is one of the most powerful plugin. I have already talked about this plugin in my article “Important Tips to Speed Up Your WordPress Blog”. Let’s discuss some more: WP Super cache creates static HTML files that are served instead of the heavier PHP scripts.
Using Super Cache will help you in two most sensitive situation first is when your server is underpowered and secondly when your site is experiencing too much traffic.
Plugin 4: Facebook Comments Box:
This is a social plugin which enables your users to comment on your site through their Facebook accounts. There are many advantage of using this plugin. It increases social relevance of your site. People share, comment and spread your posts and news across their friends. This brings more exposure to your site through social sites.
…and stick them in the body of your page behind the comments box. But that’s a lot of work, so you need to decide if the advantages gained in social sharing are worth the losses in SEO impact.
Plugin #5: WPtouch:
This plugin makes your websites friendly to mobile phone by making it responsive. It is helpful for those visitors who access your site using their smart phones.
This plugin takes your WordPress blog and turns it into an app like theme:
This plugin works pretty well on iPhones, iPod Touches, Android, Blackberry 0S6 and Palm Pre/Pixi and gives users control to switch between the WPtouch theme or your regular view.
The WPToch Pro version offers you much more.
Plugin 6: WP-DBManager:
WP-DBManager helps to optimize your database and keeps it functional. With countless wordpress features the database of wordpress site becomes clunky and clustered which decreases speed of your wordpress site.
You can use the WP-DBmanager plugin and clean up that database and improve site performance. It will allow you to analyze your website performance.
Plugin 7: Yet Another Related Post Plugin:
Many times while searching for something you land on different topic. Similarly visitors may land on your site following some link and after reading the article they find it’s not useful. You can recommend them to read similar posts or articles. These recommended most can be of their use. If they are interested in that article they may share it. This plugin helps you to achieve the same thing. Whenever you add any new article this plugin searches your whole archive and finds similar relevant articles. This plugin offers you high level of customization. You can control if that plugin finds related articles by looking at title, tags, description or even content.
Plugin 8: ShareThis
This plugin integrates social sharing buttons on your pages. This will get you more traffic as people share your content.
You can install this in one minute and can configure this plugin very easily.
When using ShareThis, make sure you optimize it for speed.
Plugin 9: Google Analytics for WordPress:
It is very important to know how your blog is performing. Use Google analytics tracker code to track your blog. Use “Google Analytics for wordpress” plugin .
Installation is as simple as a single click. It uses asynchronous Google Analytics tracking code, so it does not effects your site speed. This plugin does many other things for you so give it a try and track you website and improve its performance.
NOTE: Never run this plugin with another Google Analytics plugin, otherwise the tracking will break.
At last I leave all the rest things on you to decide and select best plugin according to your need. WordPress offers you all the things so you should never have an excuse of not having your wordpress blog search engine friendly. Also please share what other plugins you use to improve your sites speed and make it more friendly to search engines.