Wordpress is one of the most powerful blogging platforms in the world, and of course WP is also the most commonly used open source blogging tool in the world. Considering this it will be no surprise that I know many people who use the system (I help bug fix and build templates for some of them), and also it is no surprise that I get bombarded with questions about the system. The most common of which is, What plugins can I use to help SEO on my wordpress blog? Well, given there are a huge number of so called SEO plugins for wordpress this isn't the easiest question to answer. Having played around with wordpress for several years now and become something of a WP geek I have of course played with many SEO plugins. However, As the title of this post suggests I do have a number of favourite plugins to use, and they are listed below :)
All In One SEO This plugin is by far and away my favourite, not only is it simple to use and install but it is also customisable in the key areas that matters. Along with several other plugins by the great Micheal Torbert All in One is an utterly superb tool that I advise all wordpress users to implement. - Get the Plugin
Google XML Sitemap Generator This plugin creates (and updates) a Google XML sitemap, pings various services (including Bing, Ask & Yahoo), allowing for your blog/website to be better indexed by search engines. This tool is created by another great wordpress plugin developer Arne Brachold. - Get the Plugin.
Similar Posts This plugin compares your posts, and creates a list of what it considers to be the most related or relevant similar posts - this can then be outputted with your posts and in your feed. This is a valuable internal linking mechanism, developed by Mr Rob Marsh. - Get the Plugin
WordTwit This plugin generates a tweet output direct from wordpress, and also includes bit.ly and Google (analytics) Urchin integration. This is a light weight tool and works amazingly well - so much better than many of the bulkier plugins I've seen and played with. WordTwit was developed by BraveNewCode. - Get the Plugin