WordPress SEO Plugins

Steven O'Sullivan
A free video tutorial from Steven O'Sullivan
Online Marketing Expert and Strategist, Coach, Consultant, and Writer
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Lecture description

What are the best SEO plugins for WordPress? Discover my “Secret Sauce to SEO” with these essential WordPress SEO plugins.

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WordPress SEO & The Yoast SEO Plugin

Get Free Organic Traffic by learning SEO for your WordPress Website

03:23:30 of on-demand video • Updated December 2017

  • Generate more Free Traffic to your WordPress website using keywords that make you more money.
  • Set up the Yoast SEO plugin the RIGHT WAY and optimize your blog posts for maximum effectiveness.
  • Ethically ‘Spy’ on your competition and discover the keywords they rank for.
  • Optimize all of your posts and pages so people and search engines can find you.
English WordPress SEO plugins. The top SEO plugins I recommend. You should be familiar with how to install WordPress plugins already. You can install these directly from your Wordpress dashboard or download and install via cPanel or FTP. Some of these plugins we'll set up now some later. Some of these I'll show you how to use now and some we'll go over as we get farther along in the program. You can download this list in the resource sections of the lecture, so pause the video, and install these plugins. Go ahead and activate all the plugins too. Welcome back! Let's review some of the plugins you just installed. OK, now that we have our plugins installed and activated let's go through a few of these. Of course, the Yoast SEO (plugin) as you know has its own section so we'll cover that later. We need to have that set up before we cover the WP SEO Sitemap. Boy, that was a mouthful. Let's go to Ultimate Nofollow. Go to settings-> Nofollow. Nofollow all links and comments? That's up to you. I recommend, yes, leaving that checked. I also recommend leaving this unchecked although I don't even recommend using the blog roll anymore. So there you go. Go ahead and click save changes if you've made any changes. Next let's go to 404 to Start. OK. Here the settings we're looking for. You want to do a 301 moved permanently. If you'd like to get an e-mail message every time this is initiated, go ahead and check that box, put your e-mail address in there. Totally optional. I don't do that. And then the target URL is the page you want to go when there's a 404 error. So in this case it automatically sends the visitor back to the home page. I prefer to have a custom page made. Now on the themes that I use the standard 404 error page is this, which doesn't really do much. Let me show you a custom 404 page that I made for a client. So this gives them, tells them they've got the 404 error and a message, and it gives them some links to go back to the home page or do some other things, even connect on social media. So you can take advantage of a 404 page by directing your visitor back to a place you want them to go. I recommend you create a page specifically for the 404. Otherwise click save changes. Let's go to the Broken Link Checker. If you have a brand new site this won't do much but if you have a site that's been around for a while you definitely want to make sure that you keep track of any broken links and fix them. Google isn't happy with sites that have broken links and they'll penalize you for that. I recommend you leave the settings as they are except, add your email address in for notifications and click save changes. Once the plugin detects broken links it'll send you an email notification. Later on, I'll create some broken links just to show you how it works. But remember to click save changes. Lastly, let's take a look at the Redirection plugin. This plugin is essential for older sites, sites where you are changing the permalink structure, or where you are importing posts and pages from another website. Simply fill in the boxes and click add redirection. We'll cover the rest of the SEO plugins as we move through the course.