WordPress SEO plugins are now a dime a dozen. There are around 1,000 plugins in the WordPress repository. Which tools are essential, and which ones can you safely do without? We present the five best SEO plugins and explain how they help to rank as high as possible on Google. 

Yoast SEO 

Yoast SEO is considered to be the most successful WordPress SEO plugin. It has already been downloaded more than 200 million times and, with numerous features, it helps to better rank results without having expert knowledge. Specifically, Yoast SEO for WordPress offers: 

  • Templates for title and meta description as well as snippets 
  • a schema implementation 
  • the XML sitemap function 
  • automatic setting of canonical tags 
  • the possibility to expand to include news SEO, video SEO, local SEO, and WooCommerce SEO 
  • provides customizable logo design

All in One SEO Pack 

Yoast SEO's biggest competitor is called All in One SEO Pack. It can do anything its competitor can do. A significant difference lies in the presentation: All in One SEO Pack lists everything on one page instead of on different tabs as with Yoast SEO. Plus, this WordPress plugin doesn't offer content analysis - another reason it's still being overtaken by Yoast SEO. A significant advantage over the competition, on the other hand, is the control over the technical details - mainly about social media: 

All in One SEO has a more extensive list of setting options for social media and offers the option of linking an unlimited number of profiles. 

You can also connect directly to Facebook Open Graph and configure Twitter cards.