The Top 5 “Must Have Plugins” for WordPress That Make Gigantic Differences in Your SEO Results

by Mitch Carson on November 4, 2010

  1. All in 1 SEO Pack – One of the best plugins and with nearly five million downloads, this is an industry standard.  This plugin will allow you to write custom meta information for all posts and pages.  This is the best place to start when considering plugins.
  2. Contextual Related Posts – This necessary plugin will display a series of related blog posts at the end of each published post by seeking those with relevant tags.  This not only helps with internal link building but the user experience is enhanced.  Your subscribers and browsers will have more to review and increase on-page time and will more likely become followers.
  3. SEO Smart Links – Interlinking your posts is a great way to strengthen the SEO components. SEO Smart Links will interlink your posts and pages as you write and publish them.  This tool will impact your SEO results.
  4. WP-DB-Backup – A disaster can be avoided by backing up your hard-earned content. This tool enables you to email a file of your entire database whenever you need to.  If you have a shutdown or lose your information, you will be up and running without interruption and without losing rankings.
  5. Google XML sitemaps – As you add new posts and pages to your site, you want to let Google know about the sitemap changes that take place.  This updates your sitemap automatically as you increase content on your site.  Google will promptly index your site as you post new content.

Solid SEO principles begin with producing, providing, and posting top-quality and relevant content.  Using these 5 plugins you will improve your SERPs as you move up your site content.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Gabriele Maidecchi November 23, 2010 at 2:16 pm

I am a long time user of the All-in-one and XML sitemaps plugins, but the others are new to me so I am definitely gonna check them out.
SEO can be a boring task, so each tool that helps you in this is very welcome.


Tristan December 9, 2010 at 8:02 pm

I’ll for sure check out the Contextual Related Posts plugin. That’s something I’ve been meaning to install but just haven’t gotten around to it.

Google XML Sitemaps is another one I need to get on.

Thanks for the great post!

(And you should add the TweetMeme plugin or some other social media sharing plugin to your blog, btw. I would have retweeted this post had it been easy for me to do so!)


Stephen Hultquist December 9, 2010 at 8:22 pm

Good point! We had that on here earlier, but it got lost in an upgrade… I’ll fix that later today…


Oliver Tausend December 9, 2010 at 9:48 pm

Hi Mitch,

useful advice. I wanted to install the SEO Smart Links plugin, however it has not been tested with the recent versions of the Wordpress software. So I refrained from installing it. What do you think ?

Take care



Andy Rockwell December 10, 2010 at 7:35 pm

Great advice, i surely will have these top WordPress plug-ins tried out and see how they can help me with my blogging. For all that its worth, thank you very much.


Ellen Pouw December 17, 2010 at 1:07 pm

Hi Zutchelli

Thanks for your great info, I really have to pay more attention to this, but than again, I am still in a learning curve


Ellen Pouw


Kevin Schmidt December 21, 2010 at 12:06 pm

I use most of the plugins you mentioned, but I never gave much thought to the db backup one… I’ll definitely be installing that plugin now. Thanks for your helpful tips.


My Friends Forum December 22, 2010 at 1:07 pm

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belinda cunningham December 24, 2010 at 7:27 am

Thanks for putting this list together. I had to go check that I had all 5 plugins on my site. Yeap I do so good to know that I should be doing OK SEO wise.


Richard Petrillo January 14, 2011 at 5:50 am

Hi Mitch,

Great plugins and advice. I have several of them in use and couldn’t agree more with you.

Although not free, the SEO Pressor plugin has made the biggest impact on my site and SEO. It will check all your tags, H1, H2 etc, keywords, title tags, Alt tags and more. It gives you a score and really helps make sure everything is in place. Thought you might find it helpful.
Take good care and thanks all the great advice.



Marnie January 28, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Great suggestions! I have them all installed except the contextual related posts. I’ll have to check that out for sure!


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