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10+ Best Free SEO WordPress Plugins (UPDATED 2020)

Its host of intelligent features brings SEO capabilities in your hands that were previously out of reach. The smart automation features give you the power of an entire SEO team with just a few clicks. A well thought out design, powerful features, and years of development by the MyThemeShop squad make Rank Math a game-changing SEO plugin that will level the SEO playing field in your favor.

Updated: January 12, 2020

Best Free SEO WordPress Plugins to help you optimize your website for 2020

WordPress SEO Plugin – Rank Math

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SEO might be the best and most consistent source of traffic for one’s website, but it’s not without its quirks. The constant process of optimizing your posts can sometimes take more time than actually writing the content. If you always feel that you can do more on the SEO front for your website but don’t have the time, *then Rank Math is what you’re looking for.

See the features which are exclusive to Rank Math SEO plugin and to understand why Rank Math is possibly the Best SEO Plugin for WordPress.

  • Setup Wizard (Easy to follow)
    Rank Math practically configures itself. Rank Math features a step-by-step installation and configuration wizard that sets up SEO for WordPress perfectly.
  • Google Schema Markup aka Rich Snippets Integrated
    Configuring Google Schema Markup aka Rich Snippets is now easy, thanks to Rank Math. With support for 14 types of rich snippets, you’ll be able to optimize your posts in just a few clicks.
  • Optimize Upto 5 Keywords
    Unlike other plugins, Rank Math lets you optimize your posts for 5 focus keywords per post.
  • Google Search Console Integration
    Rank Math saves you a ton of time by integrating with Google Search Console and displaying important information about your website right inside WordPress.
  • Google Keyword Ranking
    With Rank Math SEO Plugin you can track your keyword rankings in the Google.
  • Optimal Settings Pre-Selected
    Configuring an SEO plugin takes time, and can be confusing. Rank Math saves you the trouble with its optimal default settings which are ideal for most websites, and if needed can be changed.
  • LSI Keyword Tool Integrated
    Rank Math’s integrated LSI keyword tool gives you multiple keyword variations of your focus keyword, which helps you attract more traffic to your posts.
  • Add Overlay Icons On Social Images
    Rank Math makes social thumbnails click magnets by giving you the option of overlaying a GIF or a video icon on the thumbnail.
  • Advanced SEO Analysis Tool
    With just a single click, Rank Math can perform an SEO audit of your website.

All in One SEO

all in one seo

Use All in One SEO Pack to optimize your WordPress site for SEO. It’s easy and works out of the box for beginners, and has advanced features and an API for developers.

First created in 2007, see why AIOSEO is one of the all time most downloaded plugins for WordPress.

  • XML Sitemap support – submit your sitemap to Google and Bing and improve your SEO
  • Image XML Sitemap submitted to Google and Bing to improve your Image SEO
  • Google AMP support (Accelerated Mobile Pages)
  • Google Analytics support
  • Schema.org Markup
  • Support for SEO on Custom Post Types
  • Advanced Canonical URLs
  • Redirect attachment pages to parent post
  • Automatically notifies search engines like Google and Bing about changes to your site
  • Built-in API so other plugins/themes can access and extend functionality
  • ONLY free plugin to provide SEO Integration for e-Commerce sites, including WooCommerce
  • Nonce Security built into All in One SEO Pack
  • Automatically optimizes your titles for Google and other search engines
  • Generates META tags automatically
  • Avoids the typical duplicate content found on WordPress blogs
  • For beginners, you don’t even have to look at the options, it works out-of-the-box. Just install.
  • For advanced users, you can fine-tune everything to optimize your SEO
  • You can override any title and set any META description and any META keywords you want.
  • Compatibility with many other plugins
  • Translated into 57 languages
  • PHP 7 100% Compatible

Yoast SEO

yoast seo

WordPress out of the box is already technically quite a good platform for SEO. This was true when Joost wrote his original WordPress SEO article in 2008 (updated every few months) and it’s still true today, but that doesn’t mean you can’t improve it further!

Need some help with your search engine optimization? Need an SEO plugin that helps you reach for the stars? Yoast SEO is the original WordPress SEO plugin since 2008. It is the favorite tool of millions of users, ranging from the bakery around the corner to some of the most popular sites on the planet. With Yoast SEO, you get a solid toolset that helps you aim for that number one spot in the search results. Yoast: SEO for everyone.

Yoast SEO does everything in its power to please both visitors and search engine spiders. How? Below you’ll find a small sampling of the powers of Yoast SEO:

TAKING CARE OF YOUR WORDPRESS SEO

  • The most advanced XML Sitemaps functionality at the push of a button.
  • Full control over site breadcrumbs: add a piece of code and you’re good to go.
  • Set canonical URLs to avoid duplicate content. Never have to worry about Google penalties again.
  • Title and meta description templating for better branding and consistent snippets in the search results.
  • [Premium] Expand Yoast SEO with the News SEO, Video SEO, Local SEO and WooCommerce SEO extensions.
  • [Premium] Need help? Yoast SEO Premium users get 1 year free access to our awesome support team.

Broken Link Checker

broken link checker

This plugin will monitor your blog looking for broken links and let you know if any are found.

Features

  • Monitors links in your posts, pages, comments, the blogroll, and custom fields (optional).
  • Detects links that don’t work, missing images and redirects.
  • Notifies you either via the Dashboard or by email.
  • Makes broken links display differently in posts (optional).
  • Prevents search engines from following broken links (optional).
  • You can search and filter links by URL, anchor text and so on.
  • Links can be edited directly from the plugin’s page, without manually updating each post.
  • Highly configurable.

Basic Usage

Once installed, the plugin will begin parsing your posts, bookmarks (AKA blogroll) and other content and looking for links. Depending on the size of your site this can take from a few minutes up to an hour or more. When parsing is complete, the plugin will start checking each link to see if it works. Again, how long this takes depends on how big your site is and how many links there are. You can monitor the progress and tweak various link checking options in Settings -> Link Checker.

The broken links, if any are found, will show up in a new tab of the WP admin panel – Tools -> Broken Links. A notification will also appear in the “Broken Link Checker” widget on the Dashboard. To save display space, you can keep the widget closed and configure it to expand automatically when problematic links are detected. E-mail notifications need to be enabled separately (in Settings -> Link Checker).

The “Broken Links” tab will by default display a list of broken links that have been detected so far. However, you can use the links on that page to view redirects or see a listing of all links – working or not – instead. You can also create new link filters by performing a search and clicking the “Create Custom Filter” button. For example, this can be used to create a filter that only shows comment links.

There are several actions associated with each link. They show up when you move your mouse over to one of the links listed the aforementioned tab –

  • “Edit URL” lets you change the URL of that link. If the link is present in more than one place (e.g. both in a post and in the blogroll), all occurrences of that URL will be changed.
  • “Unlink” removes the link but leaves the link text intact.
  • “Not broken” lets you manually mark a “broken” link as working. This is useful if you know it was incorrectly detected as broken due to a network glitch or a bug. The marked link will still be checked periodically, but the plugin won’t consider it broken unless it gets a new result.
  • “Dismiss” hides the link from the “Broken Links” and “Redirects” views. It will still be checked as normal and get the normal link styles (e.g. a strike-through effect for broken links), but won’t be reported again unless its status changes. Useful if you want to acknowledge a link as broken/redirected and just leave as it is.

Schema – All In One Schema Rich Snippets

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Get eye catching results in search engines with the most popular schema markup plugin. Easy implementation of schema types like Review, Events, Recipes, Article, Products, Services etc

WHAT IS A RICH SNIPPET?

It is basically a short summary of your page in the search results of Google, Yahoo, Bing and sometimes in the News feed of Facebook in nice format with star ratings, author photo, image, etc.
See Examples of Rich Snippets Here.

HOW DOES A RICH SNIPPET HELP?

  • It gives search engines only the important & precise information to display in search result snippets.
  • Rich Snippets are very interactive (photos, star ratings, price, author, etc.) to let you stand out from competition
  • See what difference it makes in CTR (Click Through Rate)
  • Helps you rank higher in search results
  • Helps Facebook display proper information when users share your links on Facebook
    Curious, how does this plugin work?

SUPPORTED CONTENT TYPES –

This plugin supports the following types of Schemas:
* Review
* Event
* People
* Product
* Recipe
* Software Application
* Video
* Articles

FUTURE RELEASE WOULD INCLUDE –

  • Breadcrumbs
  • Local Business
  • Books

SEO Quake

seo quake

Check any webpage for a huge selection of SEO parameters on the fly, with
the free SEOquake browser extension.

  • Conduct on-page SEO audit in a flash
  • Examine internal and external links
  • Compare domains and URLs in real time
  • Export all data into a file

Perform a thorough SEO analysis of any webpage with nothing but your browser at hand. All it takes is one click and one second. No cumbersome interface involved — adjust SEOquake to only display what you need when you need it.
Get all the details behind both the internal and external links on any webpage, including URLs, anchor texts and link types.
Check your webpage’s SEO health with a real-time diagnosis feature that helps you identify and fix various optimization issues that occur with modern search engines.
Compare multiple domains and URLs for a variety of SEO parameters on the go and export your results into a dynamic and fully adjustable report.

SEO Press

seo press

SEOPress is a powerful plugin to optimize your SEO, boost your traffic, improve social sharing, build custom HTML and XML Sitemaps, create optimized breadcrumbs, add schemas / Google Structured data types, manage redirections 301 and so much more.

No advertising, no footprints, white label, in backend AND frontend
Content analysis to help you write search-engine optimized content
Import your post and term metadatas from other plugins in 1 click

SEO PRESS FREE FEATURES

  • Installation wizard to quickly setup your site
  • Titles (with dyanmic variables: custom fields, terms taxonomie…)
  • Meta descriptions (with dynamic variables too)
  • Open Graph Data
  • Google Knowledge Graph
  • Google Analytics with downloads tracking, custom dimensions, ip anonymization, remarketing, demographics and interest reporting, cross-domain tracking…(GDPR compatibility)
  • Twitter Card
  • Canonical URL
  • Meta robots (noindex, nofollow, noodp, noimageindex, noarchive, nosnippet)
  • Build your custom XML Sitemap to improve search indexing.
  • Image XML Sitemaps to improve search indexing for Google Images.
  • Build your custom HTML Sitemap to enhanced navigation for visitors and improve search indexing.
  • Link your social media accounts to your site.
  • Redirections in post, pages, custom post types
  • Remove /category/ in URLs
  • Remove ?replytocom to avoid duplicate content
  • Redirect attachment pages to post parent
  • Redirect attachment pages to their file URL
  • Automatically set the image title / alt / caption / description
  • Import / Export settings from site to site.
  • Import posts and terms metadata from Yoast SEO, All In One SEO, SEO Framework, Rank Math and Squirrly
  • W3C check
  • Content analysis

SEO Ultimate

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  • Out-of-the-box functionality puts your post titles at the beginning of the <title> tag for improved keyword SEO.
  • Easily override the entire <title> tag contents for any individual post, page, attachment, category, post tag, or post format archive on your blog. Also supports custom post types and custom taxonomies.

SEO Ultimate is an all-in-one SEO plugin with these powerful features:

  • Title Tag Rewriter
    • Out-of-the-box functionality puts your post titles at the beginning of the <title> tag for improved keyword SEO.
    • Easily override the entire <title> tag contents for any individual post, page, attachment, category, post tag, or post format archive on your blog. Also supports custom post types and custom taxonomies.
    • Customize your homepage’s <title> tag.
    • Format the <title> tags of posts, pages, categories, tags, archives, search results, and more!
    • Choose between two rewrite methods: “output buffering” or “filtering”
  • Meta Description Editor
    • Edit the <meta> description tags for posts, pages, attachments, categories, tags, post format archives, and the homepage.
    • Increase SERP clickthrough rates by influencing search engine result snippets.
    • Mass-editor makes it a cinch to go back and add descriptions to old posts.
    • Use the {excerpt::autogen} variable to auto-generate meta descriptions if desired.
  • Deeplink Juggernaut
    • Use the power of anchor text to boost your internal ranking SEO paradigm.
    • Searches your site’s content for anchor texts you specify and automatically links them to a destination of your choosing. Lets you easily build internal links to URLs, posts, pages, attachments, custom post type items, categories, terms, post format archives, and custom taxonomy term archives.
    • Customize footer links for your entire site and/or on a page-by-page basis.
    • Easily select autolink destinations using autocomplete textboxes that scour your site’s content and taxonomy terms to find the link destination you’re looking for.
    • Autolinks point to the objects themselves, not to their URLs, so if you change the URL of a post or category on your site, the autolinks automatically adjust.
    • Avoid over-optimization penalties by controlling the maximum number of autolinks added to each post/page, the maximum number of times an anchor is linked per post/page, and/or the maximum number of times a post/page can link to the same destination.
    • Reduce autolink frequency by a given percentage (globally or per-link) with the frequency dampener feature. (Useful for large sites.)
    • Choose whether or not posts can link to themselves and/or to the current URL with a few simple checkboxes.
    • Apply the nofollow attribute on a per-link basis. (Perfect for automatic affiliate links.)
    • Exclude specific posts/pages from having links added to them, if desired (e.g. contact pages, the homepage, etc.).
    • Import/export your links as CSV files.
    • Create links pointing to draft posts that will auto-enable when the post is published!
    • Build internal links to your posts from within the WordPress post editor! Use “Instant Post Propulsion” technology to automatically link your old posts to new ones.
    • Lets you enable “Silo Linking” mode so that posts only link to other posts in the same category.
  • Open Graph Integrator
    • Out-of-the-box functionality autogenerates Open Graph data for your homepage, posts, pages, attachments, custom post type objects, and user profile pages.
    • Fine-grained controls allow you to customize the Open Graph title, image, and content type for every single post, page, attachment, and custom post type object on your site.
    • Mass-editors let you specify Open Graph data for multiple posts and pages at a time.
    • Includes support for summary-style and photo-style Twitter Cards.
    • Lets you fix the official Facebook/Twitter HTML so that it validates as XHTML or HTML5.

Really Simple SSL

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Really Simple SSL automatically detects your settings and configures your website to run over https.
To keep it lightweight, the options are kept to a minimum. The entire site will move to SSL.

THREE SIMPLE STEPS FOR SETUP:

  • Get an SSL certificate (can’t do that for you, sorry).
  • Activate this plugin
  • Enable SSL with one click

Always backup before you go! If you do not have a sound backup policy, start having one! See our recommendations.

Any code suggestions? We’re on GitHub as well!

SEO Framework

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Easy SEO for beginners, an awesome API for experts. WordPress SEO for everyone.

An accessible, unbranded and extremely fast SEO solution for any WordPress website.

The complete SEO solution for your WordPress website.

The SEO Framework is a reliable, accessible, unbranded, fully automated, and rigorously optimized SEO plugin for your website.

Without ads, distractions, and nonsensical functionality, this plugin delivers a time-saving SEO solution that truly helps your website rank.

he SEO Framework is unbranded! This means that we don’t even put the name “The SEO Framework” anywhere within the WordPress interface, aside from the plugin activation page. This plugin makes excellent use of the default WordPress interface elements, like as if this plugin is part of WordPress. No ads, no nags. The small and hidden HTML comments can easily be disabled with the use of a filter or extension.

Nobody has to know about the tools you’ve used to create your or someone else’s website. A clean interface, for everyone.

The SEO Framework goes further, behind the screens it:

  • Prevents canonical errors with categories, pages, subdomains, and Multisite domain mapping.
  • Stops SEO attacks that are caused by pagination exploits in WordPress.
  • Discourages 404 pages and empty categories from being indexed, even if they don’t send a 404 response.
  • Automatically notifies Google, Bing, and Yandex on website updates when sitemaps are enabled.

ShortPixel Image Optimizer

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A freemium easy to use, comprehensive, stable and frequently updated image compression plugin supported by the friendly team that created it. 🙂

Increase your website’s SEO ranking, number of visitors and ultimately your sales by optimizing any image or PDF document on your website.
ShortPixel is an easy to use, lightweight, install-and-forget-about-it image optimization plugin that can compress all your past images and PDF documents with a single click. New images are automatically resized/rescaled and optimized on the fly, in the background. It’s also compatible with any gallery, slider or ecommerce plugin.

Short Pixel uses minimal resources and works well with any shared, cloud, VPS or dedicated web hosting. It can optimize any image you have on your website even the images that aren’t listed in Media Library like those in galleries like NextGENModula or added directly via FTP!

Both lossy and lossless image compression are available for the most common image types (JPG, PNG, GIF and WebP) plus PDF files.
We also offer glossy JPEG compression which is a very high quality lossy optimization algorithm. Specially designed for photographers!
Optimized images mean better user experience, better PageSpeed Insights or GTmetrix results, better Google PageRank and more visitors.

Make an instant image compression test on your site or compress some images to make sure they are to your liking.

Why is ShortPixel the best choice when it comes to image optimization or PDF compression?

SEO by Squirrly

seo by squirrly

Get Excellent SEO on all your Articles, Pages and WooCommerce products. For both Humans and Search Engines.

All White-hat and up-to-date. Customer Service included on the free plans.

The only WordPress SEO plugin that offers Assisted SEO and all the on-page tools you need to take your site from “Never Found” to Always Found on search engines like Google and Bing.

The latest release of Squirrly SEO comes with an innovative feature called Focus Pages, which is basically an Assistant that maps the road to better rankings for each one of your pages.
The system looks at your pages the same way Google does when analyzing them and deciding how high to place them in Search Results.
So, by using Focus Pages from Squirrly SEO, you’ll have an easy way to visualize the most important ranking factors Google uses to determine what position you will reach.
But what makes this feature truly groundbreaking is the fact that it provides customized information on how to rank your pages on a case-by-case basis.
None of that generic information that you can find all over the web and which often leaves you feeling overwhelmed or confused.
Everything you need to do to achieve better rankings for your pages is shaped into clear tasks that you need to solve inside the Focus Pages panel.
And each task comes with a specific set of instructions meant to help users take essential next steps to improve their SEO rankings.

Redirection

redirection

Redirection is the most popular redirect manager for WordPress. With it you can easily manage 301 redirections, keep track of 404 errors, and generally tidy up any loose ends your site may have. This can help reduce errors and improve your site ranking.

Redirection is designed to be used on sites with a few redirects to sites with thousands of redirects.

It has been a WordPress plugin for over 10 years and has been recommended countless times. And it’s free!

Full documentation can be found at https://redirection.me

Redirection is compatible with PHP from 5.4 and upwards (including 7.2).

REDIRECT MANAGER

Create and manage redirects quickly and easily without needing Apache or Nginx knowledge. If your WordPress supports permalinks then you can use Redirection to redirect any URL.

There is full support for regular expressions so you can create redirect patterns to match any number of URLs. You can match query parameters and even pass them through to the target URL.

The plugin can also be configured to monitor when post or page permalinks are changed and automatically create a redirect to the new URL.

WP Meta SEO

WP META SEO

WP Meta SEO gives you the control over all your SEO optimization. Bulk SEO content and image SEO, on page content check, 404 and redirect

WP META SEO PLUGIN, MAIN SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION FEATURES

  • Bulk edit all website meta on a single view
  • Edit meta in content with live SEO analysis
  • Fix HTML image resizing in content
  • Bulk edit image file name and meta
  • Bulk edit SEO link title
  • 404 errors redirect and internal broken link checker
  • Add Google Analytics tracking information and display statistics in WordPress
  • Generate XML and HTML sitemaps
  • Facebook and Twitter social sharing custom elements per content
  • Breadcrumb generator
  • Gutenberg SEO content checker

META INFORMATION BULK EDITION AND IMAGE SEO

Editing meta information on an existing website can be veeeery long, open each post, edit, close it, open again and almost nobody was doing it. Especially if you need to edit content + image meta.
WP Meta SEO is going to list all posts, pages, custom post types and all images. Type your meta content and fix image size and everything is AJAX saved.
Plus, a bulk copy feature is available to save tons of time in your SEO optimization process:

  • Content title to All meta titles (optional meta keywords)
  • Image name to Image title
  • Image name to Image alt
  • Optional keyword edition

A bunch of people reduce the size of the pictures in content using handles that results to a HTML resizing. And that’s something wrong for SEO, for page loading time and for image quality.
WP Meta SEO also include this feature in the bulk edition view, you are notified, and you can now optimize the size of your images in articles, click fix and it’s replaced in your content (no broken links).

ON PAGE SEO OPTIMIZATION AND CONTENT ANALYSIS

  • Content SEO smart analysis bellow content
  • Google Search Console keyword suggestion in content
  • Search engine snippet preview
  • AJAX SEO analysis refresh
  • 7 criteria of SEO analysis
  • Force SEO criteria validation
  • Check: Page title word in content heading
  • Check: Page title word in content
  • Check: Page URL matches with page title
  • Check: Meta title filled
  • Check: Meta description filled
  • Check: Wrong image resizing
  • Check: Image meta title or alt
  • Check the Page builders content (Text, HTML, Heading content):
    Gutenberg, Visual composer, DIVI Builder, Beaver Builder, ACF, Site Origine, Themify builder, Live composer, Elementor

WP Super Cache

wp super cache

This plugin generates static html files from your dynamic WordPress blog. After a html file is generated your webserver will serve that file instead of processing the comparatively heavier and more expensive WordPress PHP scripts.

The static html files will be served to the vast majority of your users:

  • Users who are not logged in.
  • Users who have not left a comment on your blog.
  • Or users who have not viewed a password protected post.

99% of your visitors will be served static html files. One cached file can be served thousands of times. Other visitors will be served custom cached files tailored to their visit. If they are logged in, or have left comments those details will be displayed and cached for them.

The plugin serves cached files in 3 ways (ranked by speed):

  1. Expert. The fastest method is by using Apache mod_rewrite (or whatever similar module your web server supports) to serve “supercached” static html files. This completely bypasses PHP and is extremely quick. If your server is hit by a deluge of traffic it is more likely to cope as the requests are “lighter”. This does require the Apache mod_rewrite module (which is probably installed if you have custom permalinks) and a modification of your .htaccess file which is risky and may take down your site if modified incorrectly.
  2. Simple. Supercached static files can be served by PHP and this is the recommended way of using the plugin. The plugin will serve a “supercached” file if it exists and it’s almost as fast as the mod_rewrite method. It’s easier to configure as the .htaccess file doesn’t need to be changed. You still need a custom permalink. You can keep portions of your page dynamic in this caching mode.
  3. WP-Cache caching. This is mainly used to cache pages for known users, URLs with parameters and feeds. Known users are logged in users, visitors who leave comments or those who should be shown custom per-user data. It’s the most flexible caching method and slightly slower. WP-Cache caching will also cache visits by unknown users if supercaching is disabled. You can have dynamic parts to your page in this mode too. This mode is always enabled but you can disable caching for known users, URLs with parameters, or feeds separately. Set the constant “DISABLE_SUPERCACHE” to 1 in your wp-config.php if you want to only use WP-Cache caching.

If you’re not comfortable with editing PHP files then use simple mode. It’s easy to set up and very fast.

SEO WordPress

seo wordpress

WordPress SEO Plugin by Mervin Praison is a Powerfull Plugin which has many SEO Features. Google Authorship and Google Analytics Integration. Very Easy to Setup. Perfect for Beginners and Advanced Users.

SEO WORDPRESS PLUGIN FEATURES

Customize according to your Need.

  • Meta Description Optimisation
  • Title Optimisation
  • Google Analytics Integration
  • Google Authorship Integration
  • Canonical URL
  • No Follow, No Index Settings
  • XML Sitemap
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Google Webmaster Tools Verification 
  • Bing Webmaster Tool Verification
  • Alexa Verification
  • Category No Follow Option
  • Tag No Follow Option
  • Dated Page No Follow Options
  • Beginners – Just install, it works fine
  • Advanced Users can tweak according to their needs.
  • Very Easy to implement.
  • Simple Shortcode Available
  • And much more