WordPress does a pretty good job with basic SEO functionality in it’s core but with tough competition you need to do some optimization. This wasn’t the first SEO plugin I used when I started building sites with WordPress but I’ve since learned why this is the best SEO Plugin for WordPress.
WordPress SEO by Yoast
This plugin helps you learn search engine optimization. It grades your page as you build it. You instantly see where to improve your content. It includes fields for the focus keyword, SEO title, and Meta description.
As you’re drafting your page or post it shows you what’s working and what’s not. Keep editing and saving your draft and watch the items turn green.
These are important on-page settings but there are other global settings for this plugin. You can set a default SEO title and Meta Description, assign Webmaster tools for Google, Bing and others, auto-generate a XML Sitemap, add breadcrumbs, and control Canonical Settings. Some of these are a little advanced, I admit, but there is more than enough documentation at Yoast.com to get you started.
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