Lee Odden

Three WordPress Plugins You Must Have for SEO

Lee Odden     Blogging Strategy

WordPress is great, but the default install isn’t as good as it could be. There are hundreds, if not thousands of WordPress plugins available. Finding ones that work well and add to your site’s optimization can be tricky, but here is what I recommend.

  1. Akismet or Spam Karma – Both plugins block spammers from automatically filling your comments with spam and links to unwanted sites. An anti-spam plugin is a must unless you like spending hours a day cleaning up after spammers.
  2. Optimal Title – This simple plugin re-writes the blog post’s tile start with the post name not the site name. It’s best to always start title tags with unique information and then proceed to generic.
  3. WWW Redirect – Technically, http://www.site.com and http://site.com are two different sites. It may be a minor deal to some search engines, but you are always better off making sure that you are only giving out one URL structure. This plugin redirects the non-www version to the www version, or vice versa, with a friendly 301 redirect.

Now I know that that’s a small list, but I feel those three are on my must have list. I’ll be following up with posts on should have plugins, usability plugins and fun plugins in the upcoming weeks.

[tags]akismet, spam-karma, seo[/tags]

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Lee Odden About Lee Odden

@LeeOdden is the CEO of TopRank Marketing and editor of Online Marketing Blog. Cited for his expertise by The Economist, Forbes and the Wall Street Journal, he's the author of the book Optimize and presents internationally on B2B marketing topics including content, search, social media and influencer marketing. When not at conferences, consulting, or working with his talented team, he's likely running, traveling or cooking up something new.


  1. Wow, this is a very cool blog design. Make sense – bloggerdesign.com 🙂

    Am looking forward to many pearls of wisdom!

  2. Avatar David Lyness says

    Thanks very much for the WWW-redirect plugin. It seems like it’ll be very useful! I’m doing some SEO optimisation at the moment so it should be very handy!

  3. I think I need to keep a SEO WordPress plugin list. 🙂 There are so many good ones out there.


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