SEO Optimising WordPress Blogs & Websites

We all now know that WordPress is a very popular (and powerful) blogging platform that has a whole arsenal of features that can be tweaked and extended through their. Not to mention the fact that WordPress is open-source and can be tweaked to work in almost any way you want with the combination of coding tweaks and their many thousands of plugins.

So with such a flexible and powerful platform (one that doesn’t even need to be used for a blog!) it makes sense to make the most of it’s usefulness and ease of use as a business tool and take advantage of every opportunity to optimise your WordPress blog for the search engines.

To get you started WordPress Codex includes a page dedicated to SEO topics and this page is a must-read for anyone running a WordPress blog or website.

There are a also number of great plug-ins that make it easy to implement SEO techniques with WordPress:

  • All in One SEO Pack, a very popular plugin that performs a number of functions, including optimizing your page titles, adding META tags automatically and removing common duplicate content.
  • Google XML Sitemaps which is another popular plug-in, Google XML Sitemaps creates a Google sitemaps compliant XML-Sitemap for your blog.
  • KB Robots.txt enabling you to create and edit Robots.txt files from within the WordPress admin.
  • Redirection helps you monitor 404 errors, automatically manage 301 redirections when a post URL changes and has a powerful set of features that helps you redirect users to different pages based on various conditions.
  • Breadcrumb NavXT adds breadcrumb navigation to your WordPress blog with this plug-in.
  • WordPress Related Posts allows your blog to feature related posts.
  • SEO Friendly Images automatically adds the ALT and TITLE attributes to images.
  • Nofollow Case by Case enables you to decide which comments should have or nofollow attribute which is otherwise automatically added by WordPress.

Have you used any other plugins that you found useful or prefer to use regularly? Please comment below.

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