WordPress is taking over other blogging platforms in 2013. Might be the reason is that WordPress provides complete SEO solution for bloggers. Dozens of WordPress seo plugins are available these days. The best WordPress SEO plugins include:

The above three are the leading SEO plugins for WordPress. If you ask for the best WordPress SEO plugin, then i will recommend you to for WordPress SEO by Yoast. Here i will also explain why Yoast plugin is the best WordPress SEO plugin of 2013.

I am using this Plugin since I started blogging 2 years ago and I am 100% satisfied with the working of this plugin. I have also tried some other wordpess SEO plugins and came back to WordPress SEO plugin by Yoast. It is a complete SEO tool for wordpress. So, lets have a brief introduction and discuss some distinct features of WordPress SEO Plugin by Yoast.

Best WordPress SEO Plugin – Yoast

Custom Titles, Meta Descriptions, Meta Keywords

The primary usage of this plugin is to assign custom titles and meta descriptions to each post. You can control the way your articles appear in search results by using custom titles and meta descriptions. It will also help searchers to get better information regarding your posts. You can use focus keyword to target posts for specific keyword.

Custom meta description for Facebook and Google+ sharing can be provided.

Custom title and Meta Description

Custom title and Meta Description

 

No Indexing of Attachments, Tags, Categories

Indexing of low quality or thin content can lead a blog to Google penalty. Content is not only the posts you write on your blog. It also includes Tags, Categories and archives. So, indexing of a lot of tags or attachment pages containing only single image can be harmful for your blog. So, it is recommended to noindex tag terms especially.

Using wordpress SEO by Yoast, you can easily noindex tags, categories, attachment pages and archives by selecting appropriate options.

 

Noindex categories and Tags

Noindex categories and Tags

Google Authorship and publisher Page Setup

Authorship verification notifies Google about the author of article. It will place a thumbnail from Google+ profile along with author content in search results. Google authorship can be very helpful increase CTR.
rel=”author” attribute is used to verify authorship and by using this plugin, you can get verified authorship of your blog homepage. You will have to put your Google+ profile link in profile settings.

You can also notify Google about your Google+ business page by putting your page link in the required field. It will addrel=”publisher” attribute for your blog.

Google Authorship Verification

Google Authorship Verification

Webmaster Tools  – Verification

Using webmaster tools, you can get information about indexing of your content in search engines as well as you can control and see how search engine deals with your website.

Verification of Google and Bing webmaster Tools as well as alexa site authorship can be done by just placing meta codes in the required boxes. No need to edit theme files for placing verification meta codes.

 

Webmaster Tools Verification

Webmaster Tools Verification

Clean Permalinks

A good permalink structure can help you to improve search engine rankings.  In the permalink settings of WordPress SEO plugin, you can strip out the word category from all links to categories.

Other settings include enforcement of trailing slash at the end of category and tag URL, redirection of attachment pages to parent posts, removal of ?replytocom variables etc.

 

Permalink Settings in WordPress SEO Plugin

Permalink Settings in WordPress SEO Plugin

Custom HTML before or after RSS feeds

It is another amazing feature of this plugin which allows you to add custom HTML code to be displayed before or after each entry of RSS feeds. You can add a link back to your original post in Rss feeds and it will prevent content scrappers from stealing your content.

You can also place links to your categories or trending posts at the end of each entry of RSS feeds by using this feature.

Custom HTML with RSS feeds

Custom HTML with RSS feeds

XML Sitemaps Creation

This wordpress SEO plugin is capable of creating sitemaps for posts, pages, attachments individually. So, there is no more need to install other plugins just for the sole purpose of sitemap creation.

You can also exclude taxonomies like categories and tags. Ping yahoo and Bing automatically about your new sitemaps by checking the relevant option.

XML sitemap Creation

XML sitemap Creation

Editing Robots.txt and .htaccess

Robots.txt is the file used by webmasters to give instructions to search robots about crawling of website. You can prevent robots from crawling any part of your website by placing specific code in robots.txt file.

.htaccess files control the behavior of website including URL re-directions, IP limitations, password protection, cache control etc .

Both these files can be directly edited using this plugin. Click on the edit files option from SEO tab of WordPress SEO plugin by yoast.

 

Editing Robots.txt and .htaccess files

Editing Robots.txt and .htaccess files

That’s all about 8 amazing features of best WordPress SEO plugin by Yoast. There are many other feautres you can explore just by installing this plugin on your WordPress site. Feel free to share your views about this plugin in comments. 🙂

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