Let us get something that is becoming more obvious out of the way. There are now so many SEO (Search Engine Optimization) WordPress plugins out there that it is getting hard to rank them. This is especially true since we cannot really trust popularity as anything more than a demonstration of how good their marketing is.

There is also the fact that the new Google Hummingbird update has made it so that we cannot tell what the search engine landscape will be in two weeks or even two years, so an SEO WordPress plugin that is handy now may be obsolete in a month. Still, here are a few of the favorites and commonly agreed front runners for SEO and WordPress.

WordPress SEO by Yoast

WordPress SEO by Yoast

WordPress SEO by Yoast

This is another one of the more popular SEO packages. It helps you to get your on-page and off-page SEO up to scratch. It is popular because it works well, it is also easy enough to use and it takes a lot of the fuss out of SEO. It also helps to make sure that you have not forgotten too much. Do not forget that Google said there are over 200 ranking factors for SEO, so making sure you get as many of them as possible is imperative.

Simple 301 Redirects

You may need to make redirects for your website. It depends how much fiddling around you do with your blog. If you want to do it well and more conveniently then use this WordPress plugin.

All in One SEO Pack

All in One SEO Pack

All in One SEO Pack

As the name suggests, it comes with a pack of tools that you help you to improve your own SEO on your website. The newer Hummingbird update is going to affect SEO, but if you are still doing a lot of the basic stuff as seen on this plugin then you should still be fine.

Shareaholic

Shareaholic

Shareaholic

Sharing your content has a mild SEO effect on one hand, but if you manage to influence a lot of people when you share then you may get an indirect SEO benefit as people start visiting and linking to your website. You may use this WordPress plugin to start sharing your content around.

Vibe SEO Pack

This is another great SEO pack that is going to help see you through the worst of the Google updates for the simple fact it can help you get your basics right. It is a little more simplified in use than the SEO pack mentioned above, which may be to some peoples taste. There is also the fact that if you want it done quicker and simpler, then doing it this way is the best way.

Social Metrics

Watching your social metrics is not exactly going to get you the best search engine benefit. But, if you are smart then you can mirror what is going on within social media and marry it with the SEO you are working on within your own network and website. The hardest part comes with how you take your metric information and meld it with the SEO you are working on right now.

Google XML Sitemap for Videos

The XML sitemap itself for your website may not be needed. After all, you can go to Google and use their tool and have it processed for you. That is part of the charm of Google. If you want your video to be indexed, then it is a good idea to give this WordPress plugin a try as it will do a lot of the hard work for you.

Yet Another Related Posts Plugin

Yet Another Related Posts Plugin

Yet Another Related Posts Plugin

A very handy WordPress plugin this is. It is not the only one of its kind, which is the reason for the title of it. It is used to help suggest alternative blog posts for your viewers. It is good for keeping people on your website, which is good for your SEO, and it helps your SEO more directly by creating more internal links. These internal links are also for related web pages which is again quite search engine friendly.

Share This

Share This

Share This

This is another very good sharing widget that has become very popular, most likely for the fact it does what it does well.

Yoast Breadcrumbs

This is just an addition to the plugin that has been mentioned just above. It is another theme and it is not the best but it does exist, so maybe you should give it a little look. It only cuts off one of the functions you would otherwise get with WordPress SEO by Yoast.