Want to maximize your blog traffic? Sure you do. In my last post, I touched on how using these 27 must use SEO tools can deliver incredible content marketing results, and they really can – I hope you found the post useful. Today, I list 27 of the best search engine optimization plugins available for those looking to get more traffic to their blogs. Most of these are for WordPress, but there are two browser plugins toward the end. Again, I hope you these helpful. Note that while I use many of these tools personally and have tested them all, some may not be compatible with your website, theme, version, or browser. The install instructions are straightforward, but get someone to help if you’re a newbie. The following tools are listed randomly. As usual, bookmark, share, and enjoy!
The most complete WP on-page search engine optimization plugin to date, according to its developer. 10+ million downloads and a 4.7 star rating indicate that he may be right. There is also a Premium version, which includes support and Google Webmaster integration.
As the name suggests, All in One SEO Pack gives you everything you’ll need to maximize blog traffic. Automatic title optimization, dynamic keyword and meta tag generation, and Google Analytics support are just some of the features. Almost 19 million downloads.
3. SEO Ultimate
An all-round plugin that makes it easy to manage title tags, keywords, meta data, links, canonicalization, social media markup, and a whole lot more. There are literally hundreds of features (some are exclusive) that can help you maximize your blog traffic.
Another great plugin for on-page search optimization. This one isn’t free, but it is worth paying for. SEOPressor provides keyword density scoring and LSI suggestions, over-optimization warnings, rich snippets, automatic smart linking, and a bunch of other stuff.
Content that appeals to search engines and readers gets blog traffic – Squirrly helps you optimize your pages to perfection. Get SEO advice as you type, automatic keyword and topic suggestions, content marketing tracking, weekly site audits, free images, and more.
Broken links affect website navigation negatively and tell search engines that your site is neglected, which affects rankings and traffic. Broken link checker solves that problem by automatically checking your site for broken links (and images) and notifying you.
Website loading speed also affects SEO. It’s actually quite an important factor – this is why you need a caching plugin. W3 Total Cache speeds things up by compressing and optimizing site files.When fully configured, expect significantly improved site performance.
The Google XML Sitemaps plugin helps search engine bots crawl your website by generating a sitemap that reveals its structure. This ensures that all pages are indexed at all times, improving visibility and web traffic. 13+ million downloads so far.
Internal links help search engines and users navigate your site, so ensuring that your linking structure is optimized is essential. This plugin finds keywords in your posts that match other page/post titles (and tags and categories) and turns them into links.
Redirects prevent broken links when a URL or Permalink is changed. In fact, there are many times when one might need to redirect posts or pages. Quick Page/Post Redirect lets you do that without hard-coding. A redirection box is also added to your editing screen.
Monitoring web traffic and usage stats using Google Analytics enables you to optimize your website for better rankings, traffic, and conversions.Google Analytics Dashboard for WP conveniently displays all the analytics data right in your WordPress Dashboard.
12. WP SlimStat
WP SlimStat provides accurate real-time web analytics. This plugin tracks visitors and visit sources, monitors custom actions and events, and records return visitor information, among other things. If you want it all in your dashboard, there is an add-on for that.
This plugin doesn’t increase traffic per se, but it can motivate you to do so and provide insights on how to go about it. SEO Rank Reporter tracks Google rankings on keywords and reports back every three days. It also notifies you when ranking changes occur.
WP Social is designed to boost rankings in Google. It does that by adding Microdata, Twitter Cards, and Facebook Open Graph to websites, and integrating Authorship. It works with Yoast, All in One, and other well-known SEO plugins. This one has a 4.7 star rating.
15. NextGEN Facebook
This plugin works to improve rankings and click-through rates in Google and on social sites. It does that by providing meta information and enhancing the appearance of shares and listings. It also offers a number of share buttons. There is a free and paid version.
16. Tweet Old Post
Tweet Old Post tweets about those old, forgotten blog posts on your site, breathing life into them again by driving Twitter traffic. Easily set the tweeting schedule and number of tweets, include hashtags and backlinks, and exclude certain posts and categories.
WP-Email is an essential plugin for blog traffic. It includes a custom message and sharable link below your posts that visitors can email to their friends at the click of a button. This enables readers to introduce others to your website. It also tracks what has been sent.
Sociable makes websites social. It adds stylish icons to your blog posts that inspires readers to share your content. There are two versions: Classic and Skyscraper. You can edit the tagline, arrange the order of icons, adjust their size, and even change their style.
19. Social Locker
Having trouble getting visitors to click the social buttons on your blog pages? Social Locker addresses this problem by motivating people to like, tweet, share, etc. It provides new (attractive) social buttons and locks parts of your content until users click them.
YARPP (Yet Another Related Posts Plugin) doesn’t drive new traffic to your website, but it does encourage users to visit other pages when they are there. Once set up, a section is added to posts that displays links or thumbnails to related posts on your blog.
Like YARPP, Contextual Related Posts displays thumbnails or text to related posts on your blog (and in your feed). This reduces bounce rates and keeps visitors on your site. The plugin also comes with loads of other features and an inbuilt style sheet.
Subscribe to Comments Reloaded increases blog traffic by notifying commenters about new comment entries once they have signed up. The plugin lets you search and manage subscriptions with ease, disable subscriptions on specified posts, and lots more.
What Would Seth Godin Do is a cookie-driven plugin that enables you to customize user experience for new and returning visitors to your site, encouraging repeat visits. A small box pops up with a welcome message of your choice for new and repeat visitors.
AtContent is a platform that makes it possible for other bloggers to easily recommend and re-post your content, increasing your page views and blog traffic. Simply install and connect, follow relevant bloggers, and then sit back and wait for the hits.
Polls by Opinion Stage makes it possible to add polls to your blog or FB page. By integrating polls, you can increase user engagement, drive social media traffic by means of shares, and use polling itself as a research tool to discover interests and trends.
The MozBar Google Chrome (and FF) extension installs a bar that gives you access to the SEO metrics of any website. It analyzes pages, shows how hard it is to rank for keywords, etc. The valuable insights this tool provides can definitely help you boost site traffic.
27. WebRank SEO
WebRank SEO is also a Chrome extension. Once installed, an icon appears in the top right corner that displays the PageRank of any site. Clicking that icon brings up additional information about the site, like backlinks, social counts, pages indexed, etc.
Are there any other good plugins that deserve a mention? How do you maximize your blog traffic? Please share in the comments.