How many of you believe that having too many WordPress plugins will slow down your website? This fact is only true if you use poorly coded WordPress plugins. With over 50,000+ WordPress plugins available to download, it can be quite difficult for webmasters to select the right one.

Having recently written about the best SEO practices for 2019, our Toronto digital marketing team is ready to delve into the topic of top SEO WordPress plugins that could help you boost your organic rankings as well as bring quality traffic to your website.
In this article, our online marketing team in Toronto shares with you the 5 must-have WordPress plugins of 2019 from which you can take your pick to better your SEO efforts.

In this article, our online marketing team in Toronto shares with you the 5 must-have WordPress plugins of 2019 from which you can take your pick to better your SEO efforts.

5 Free WordPress Plugins for Better Rankings | Digital Marketing GTA

How do optimize your WordPress website for Google? What is the best SEO plugin for WordPress? These are very legitimate questions that you deserve to get answers to. If you have an online presence, to optimize for search engines should be a crucial part of your digital marketing strategy. Any of the following WordPress plug-ins/tools will help ensure that your digital marketing efforts are up-to-date:

1. WordPress SEO by Yoast

WordPress SEO by Yoast is one of the top SEO optimization plug-in tools. The Yoast SEO plugin is very comprehensive and has numerous functions that can be used for free. A premium version is also available for those looking for more features, such as premium support and support for local businesses. For every page or post on your website, it will analyze all of your content to ensure that your keywords are properly inserted. In its report, it will relay information about:

  • The amount of times a given keyword appears on a page/post
  • Where each keyword appears
  • Instances where the keywords are being used improperly.

Yoast will also provide you with a snippet of how Google will view your page/post or content.

Free Yoast Features

  • Title and meta description optimization
  • Content & SEO analysis
  • XML Sitemaps
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Cornerstone content
  • Google Search Console
  • Bulk editor
  • Canonical URLs

2. All in One SEO Pack

As the name suggests, All in One SEO pack plugin is an all-inclusive optimization tool. It has an easy to use interface that blends in well with your WordPress dashboard. The plugin is as popular as Yoast with over 100 million downloads and a rating of 4.5/5.   It is also free to use, with an option for a Pro version upgrade.

Free All in One SEO Pack Features

  • Complex content analyses
  • Performance optimization
  • XML sitemap
  • Duplicate Content checks
  • Blocks Bad Bots

3. Google Analyticator

The Google Analyticator makes it super easy to view Google Analytics within your WordPress dashboard.  It gives you the chance to review every single details about website your traffic without the need to change the template code. Understanding your traffic is very important to the success of your SEO and PPC advertising campaigns. Downloading the plugin and using it to the fullest potential will help you understand the following:

  • What your audience likes
  • What they don’t like
  • How to improve your overall strategy
  • Where they came from
  • What they like to do while in your site
  • Their browser type
  • Resolution

This plugin works in conjunction with Google Analytics, so if you already have an account set up with them, you will be easily able to check all of the information on your website.

4. SEO Friendly Images

Have you ever forgotten to optimize images that appear on the website? We have all fallen victim to this error and we all wish that there was a tool that would check out work and fix our errors. That’s where the SEO Friendly Images plugin  comes into play. It automatically updates all your images with appropriate ALT and TITLE attributes. In case you don’t have ALT and TITLE attributes set already, this plugin will add them in accordance with the options chosen by you. By optimizing the images, you can bring in a substantial amount of traffic from the image search engines.

Key SEO Friendly Images Features

  • Category placeholders: Category name, store, parent name
  • Product placeholders: Product name, category, vendor, price
  • Blog placeholders: Post name and store
  • Brand placeholders: Brand name and store

5.  Broken Links Checker

Broken links can cause significant issues to the user experience as well as to your SEO efforts. Bounce rate and time on page are ranking factors that Google does not take lightly. Checking every link on your site regularly to find them is not very productive. That’s why we’ve included this plugin on this list. The Broken Link Checker plugin will monitor your site and look for broken links, letting you know when they are detected.

Key Broken Links Checker Features

  • Automatic Monitoring: Plugin supports monitoring of links in your posts, pages, comments and more.
  • Direct Editing:  Allows direct editing of website links from the plugin page.
  • Email Notification: Notifies you of broken links via your email or the Dashboard.
  • Search and Filter: Gives the user the ability to find and filter their links.

About iRISEmedia | Digital Marketing Agency | Toronto & the GTA

iRISEmedia is an award-winning digital marketing agency located in central Toronto that focuses on helping clients in Canada, the U.S. and internationally with digital marketing services consisting of:

  • Social media marketing
  • SEO (organic Google rankings) and SEM (Google Ads)
  • Online Branding
  • Web and App development
  • Online PR

Our team helps clients manage and grow their online presence and branding to increase their digital and social media presence, qualified web traffic and online leads. For any digital marketing needs or inquiries, please contact us today. We would love to hear from you.

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