If you have a blog, chances are you use WordPress as a content management system. In this article we will review WordPress SEO plug-ins that help your posts and pages achieve higher search engine rankings.
If you’re not familiar with WordPress, the popular blogging software “started in 2003 with a single bit of code to enhance the typography of everyday writing, and with fewer users than you can count on your fingers and toes. Since then it has grown to be the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world, used on hundreds of thousands of sites and seen by tens of millions of people every day,” according to its own web site.
WordPress currently has 4,245 plugins, 22,152,788 downloads, and counting.
This plug-in lets you track search engine rankings on Google for your keyword list. After optimizing Titles, slugs, internal anchor text, related posts and strategically putting keyword combinations throughout content, you can start tracking performance.
The tool is designed for Google only, since it is the big daddy of search.
A slug is the URL of a post. For example: http://www.site.com/posts/this-is-the-slug. The SEO Slugs plug-in automatically removes unnecessary words like: a, the, in, on, etc from the slug in order to shorten it. Search engines in general do not count those words (known as the stop words).
For example, if you search for “parties at las vegas on Christmas” Google will remove “at”, “on” and only search for “parties las vegas Christmas”. You can see a shortened version of the search on the right hand side right after “Results 1 – 10 of about #…..”.
Whenever you write a post on WordPress, the title of the post becomes a slug. For instance, the title “Where to go on vacation during the summer” will generate: “where-to-go-on-vacation-during-the-summer”. If you have SEO Slug, it will automatically shorten the slug to: “where-go-vacation-during-summer.”