Best Free WordPress SEO Plugins You should Use in 2014

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There are lots of SEO plugins for WordPress sites. Out of them, I have selected 10 best WordPress SEO plugins you should use in 2014. Check the following list of top free SEO plugins. They are famous WordPress plugins recommended by most SEO experts. I also use these SEO plugins in almost all my WordPress sites. They will help you remarkably increase your site or blog ranking in search engine result pages (SERPs).

But you may have mistakes in using these powerful SEO plugins if you are new in search engine optimization. If you don’t know the true concept of optimizing your WordPress site for Google and other search engines, your efforts may be fruitless. If you want to acquire the top spots of search engines, I suggest you read some books specially written for WordPress SEO. So, also check the Best WordPress SEO Books.


1. Google XML sitemap

A sitemap is necessary from the SEO point of view. When search engines visit a site, the sitemap helps the crawlers to properly index the pages. Google XML sitemap is a WordPress plugin to generate the sitemaps of your site or blog. With the sitemaps generated by the plugin, search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo can see your site structure easily. Google XML sitemaps supports all WordPress pages and posts. When you publish a post or page, the plugin automatically notifies the new content to search engines.

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2. WordPress SEO by Yoast

WordPress SEO is the best free SEO plugin you should use with your site or blog. It is also recommended by several users and reviewers. This plugin is created by Joost de Valk and his group and available for free download from It is almost a complete SEO plugin. It updates very frequently to improve your site’s SEO performance with the latest engines’ algorithm. The plugin helps you write better content for better SERP rankings. A must-have for all WordPress powered sites.

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3. W3 Total Cache

You might know that site speed is one of the important SEO factors for Google. Faster loading pages or sites get better SEO rankings. W3 Total Cache is the best known plugin to improve your site speed. This WordPress plugin helps to improve improving
server load, reducing download time and providing CDN features for your site. It is a trusted plugin recommended by most SEO experts.

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4. SEO Friendly Images

Images in your pages can increase visitors’ attraction and trust. Images can also improve site ranking on SERPs. But, Google doesn’t know the images without ALT tags. SEO Friendly Images can add ALT and Title attributes automatically to the images to improve SEO performance. This makes your pages or posts W3C/xHTML compliant. It helps to get found in image searches. The plugin also saves your time for inserting ALT attributes manually.


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5. Breadcrumb NavXT

Breadcrumb NavXT is a plugin that generates navigational breadcrumb trails for your WordPress website or blog. These breadcrumb trails are highly customizable to suit the needs of any website running on WordPress. The Administrative interface makes setting options easy, while a direct class access is available for theme developers and more adventurous users.






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6. Simple URLs

This Worpress SEO Plugin allows you create, manage, and track outbound links of your site by using custom post types and 301 redirects. In the Administrative Menu, you can create, edit, delete, and manage the URLs. It also can show you the click counts of visitors who click the links. It is useful if you run affiliate marketing programs. It avoids page based redirects (in masking affiliate links), and it avoids any permalink conflicts that may be resulted in performance issues.


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7. Use Google Libraries

This WordPress SEO Plugin is provided with a number of the javascript libraries hosted on Google’s AJAX Libraries API. The Use Google Libraries plugin allows your WordPress site to use the content distribution network side of Google’s AJAX Library API, rather than serving these files from your WordPress install directly. Potential performance benefits it provides are given as follows:



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8. WP Social

Social signals can boost Google SERP ranking. This WP Social plugin can make your website social friendly. The plugin will help you add social buttons, Facebook Open Graph, Twitter meta data, Google authorship and microdata. You can do all these easily with the plugin. It supports other SEO plugins. This great social plugin will add the Facebook Open Graph, Twitter Meta and HTML5 Boilerplate optimized .htaccess, itemprop tags to all your post titles. A highly recommended SEO plugin for your WordPress site.




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9. RB Internal Links

Better internal linking improves Google SERP ranking. This WordPress plugin is very helpful in internal linking. The plugin doesn’t use the full post url, but use the post ID. So, when you change the url later, the url will also be updated. No harm to SEO. It is also a must-have SEO plugin. When you need to link to a post or page, you can search the post by name or category and link to it using the shortcode.

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10. Pretty Link

Affiliate links are usually too long and ugly. They are not SEO friendly. Pretty Link can clean your affiliate links and shorten using your domain name. This very useful SEO plugin can also track clicks from your outbound links, from links in emails and from links in social media sites.


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Any comment is welcome. I will update the above list of free WordPress SEO plugins according to your valuable comments.







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