WordPress “out of the box” is technically wonderful but adding plugins can customize and improve your WordPress experience. Last month we looked at the Events Calendar Plugin for WordPress. This month we are discussing how to improve your SEO by fully optimizing your WordPress site using Yoast’s WordPress SEO plugin, Ranked 4.7 stars out of 5, this plugin was written from the ground up by Joost de Valk and his team at Yoast to improve your site’s SEO on all needed aspects.
According to WordPress.org, this SEO plugin goes the extra mile to take care of all the technical optimization, more on that below, it first and foremost helps you write better content. WordPress SEO forces you to choose a focus keyword when you’re writing your articles, and then makes sure you use that focus keyword everywhere. Writing better content is easier with this plugin as well. It allows a preview of what your post or page will look like in the search results, whether your title is too long or too short and your meta description makes sense in the context of a search result. In addition this plugin checks Page Analysis for example on: images in your post and whether they have an alt tag containing the focus keyword for that post.
Yoast’s WordPress SEO plugin has the most advanced XML Sitemaps functionality in any WordPress plugin. Once you check the box, it automatically creates XML sitemaps and notifies Google & Bing of the sitemaps existence. These XML sitemaps include the images in your posts & pages too, so that your images may be found better in the search engines too.