is it mandatory to use SEO Plugins for your WordPress website? Always you read or watch videos by marketers and they suggest using Yoast SEO plugin, All-in-One SEO Plugin, or Rank Math plugin but are these plugin matters?
I’ve seen many websites that are using WordPress and ranking, optimizing without SEO plugins because those websites have good quality and unique content, but is this the only reason?
Why SEO Plugins Recommended?
SEO plugins are recommended for those website owners or bloggers who are not familiar with PHP coding, HTACCESS Files, Robots.txt, etc.
SEO plugins assist those people who are not technically good and the coding part is a black hole for them, In this condition – SEO Plugins are a gift for them and these plugins make life easier for them.
Have I tried to rank any website without SEO Plugins?
Yes, I’ve tried a website without an SEO plugin because my website was getting malware and I’ve removed all plugins from my WordPress website.
Believe me, there was no effect in ranking and blogs were ranking good as earlier.
Cons of SEO Plugins in WordPress website:
- SEO plugins feature duplicates or pages that are created by theme or were already in the theme.
- Unnecessary features that solve the presumed problems
- SEO plugins can introduce bugs, malware, and conflict with other plugins
- Controlling of your meta tags and SEO
Pros of SEO Plugins in WordPress Website:
- Easy to use and good for beginners
- Easy to maintain
- One Solution for SEO kind of things
- Easy installation and Automatic features enable for those who are not familiar with Search Engine Optimization Especially ON Page SEO.
- No Follow, Do Follow, UGC Linking option
What’s your WordPress Website should have? either you are using an SEO Plugin or Not?
- Meta Description
- Breadcrumbs with schema.org and Structured Data
- Open Graph Meta Data
- Removal of the category base
- Schema Metadata
- No Follow Attributes to selected links
Plugins for SEO that you can use instead of SEO Plugins.
#1 Easy WP Meta Description
Easy WP Meta Description plugin assist you to write a separate description for each post, page, front page, or custom post type post which is added as a meta description
#2 Breadcrumb NavXT
Breadcrumb NavXT is a WordPress plugin compatible with WordPress versions 4.9 and up. This plugin generates locational breadcrumb trails for your WordPress blog. These represent the hierarchy leading up to the current page rather than the actual path taken to arrive at the current page.
#3 Open Graph for Facebook and Twitter Card Tags
Open Graph tags are not just used by Facebook, but platforms like LinkedIn and Twitter too
An Open Graph tag looks like this:
<meta property=”og:title” content=”Ultimate Guide To Social Meta Tags: Open Graph And Twitter Cards” />
#4 Remove Category from URL
To Remove Category From Your URLs In WordPress
- Go to Setting > Permalinks.
- Select Custom Structure.
- Add /%category%/%postname%/ after your domain.
- Change Category Base to period/dot.
#5 Use Schema WordPress Plugin
Schema markup is code (semantic vocabulary) that you put on your website to help the search engines return more informative results for users. So, Schema is not just for SEO reasons, it’s also for the benefit of the searcher. Schema plugin enhanced Presentation in Search Results By including structured data appropriate to your content, your site can enhance its search results and presentation.
#6 Ultimate Nofollow WordPress Plugin
These plugins contain several tools in one package to significantly increase your control of the rel=”no follow” tag on every link on your blog, on both an individual and categorical basis. These plugins are mostly designed to give you fine-grained control of linking for SEO purposes.
Other Options to Increase WordPress SEO
- Attachment Pages Redirect.
- Redirection WordPress Redirect Plugin – Over 1 million installations.
- XML Site Map – Over 2 million installations.
Why should you use multiple plugins instead of one SEO Plugin?
We always think that one SEO plugin is enough and easy to install and work but you will surprise those plugins like All-in-one SEO plugin behave like more than 15 plugins.
You simply count the features of the plugin and count each feature as a single plugin, you’ll be surprised that you are using multiple plugins in your WordPress website and there will many features in that plugin that are not useful for you.
You can use SEO plugins if you are totally new and trying to learn things but I’ll suggest to experienced people that avoid SEO plugins and use those plugins that are your need and use to avoid conflict and better SEO.