SEO Plugin Discussion

There are so many good Wordpress SEO plugins. I wanted to start a thread to share suggestions/tip on which is the best SEO plugin for Wordpress multisites. Each site would have to be able to have their own settings. Here are some popular contenders:

All in One SEO Pack http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/all-in-one-seo-pack/

WordPress SEO (Yoast) http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-seo/

Stallion WordPress SEO Plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/stallion-wordpress-seo-plugin/

SEO Ultimate http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/seo-ultimate/

Greg's High Performance SEO http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/gregs-high-performance-seo/

WPMU DEV SEO https://premium.wpmudev.org/project/wpmu-dev-seo

Please share what plugin you use and what made you choose that plugin? If you use WPMU DEV'S SEO plugin, what makes it good?

  • DavidM
    • DEV MAN’s Mascot

    Hi targetdir,

    I use WPMU DEV SEO myself, of course. :slight_smile:

    I really haven't used the other plugins except All in One SEO, which I tried previously and found it difficult to setup. That was just my experience with that plugin though.

    Given that SEO for WordPress sites is generally excellent by default, I was looking for a plug and play SEO plugin that just worked with default settings and would automatically cover the more intricate SEO concerns for me.

    WPMU DEV SEO worked for myself in that way and I didn't experience any conflicts and could get more detailed with the settings as time permitted.

    That's my experience. Hopefully others over here have some thoughts to share on this! :slight_smile:

    Cheers,
    David

  • Mark de Scande
    • Syntax Hero

    I will say this nicely SEO suck you don't need it No Every one is going to jump up and down.

    My point if you have a super website like BlogLines.co.za you dont need any SEO just post your item and go to google and look for it i bet you you will find it ..

    If your a new website then yes try you best SEO the crap out of it .

    Google loves new "junk" the more junk you send them your way the more customers they send your way .

    I use to use some of the best tools in the game WPMU DEV SEO but what is the point Wordpress it self has most of the stuff build in that most of the users dont even see.

    Guys as i told you guys dont jump up and down SEO is old school just give google good content and you will get you products / post listed trust me .

  • fitoussi
    • The Incredible Code Injector

    I kinda like Mark's answer. i get amazed when people (mostly friends) come to me and say that they are paying whatever amount of money( $500 - $1500 ) a month to companies to do their SEO. they are paying this money for 30, 40 or 50 hours a month worth of SEO work. i asked them how do they know if they are really working this much time. they dont know. or if they promise them to be on top of google search result? they cannot promise that. i know its a way for companies to make money but when a friend come to me i tell him that he is wasting is money. for a good SEO all you need is a lot of new information - all the time, some meta tags and some links to your site from other website.

    However i do install WPMU DEV SEO in my projects :slight_smile: . it is simple, lite and to the point. i used to use "all in one seo" before which is a good plugin but was too many things to configure which is something that i dont like in plugins. specially in SEO plugin that there is no need for all of that.

  • Mason
    • DEV MAN’s Sidekick

    I kinda like Mark's answer. i get amazed when people (mostly friends) come to me and say that they are paying whatever amount of money( $500 - $1500 ) a month to companies to do their SEO

    I totally agree. Of course, I also use the WPMU DEV SEO plugin, and several members here swear by it. It doesn't hurt anything to do a bit of SEO for your site, but I don't see the point in spending a ton of time and money on it. Create fresh content. Make it memorable. Make it applicable to your market. It'll happen :slight_smile:

    And that's why I use our SEO plugin. I can set it and forget it and provide more granular controls for sub-sites if they want it (they don't). WordPress by itself does a pretty great job and with a few adjustments you're lightyears ahead of someone building a site on another platform :slight_smile:

  • targetdir
    • Site Builder, Child of Zeus

    Hi Mark,

    Wordpress does have a good SEO foundation out-of-the-box. These plugins can make a difference and can increase your search engine ranking. If you have a bad website with little content, a plugin alone won't get you to the front page, but a plugin can help ensure your website has all the essential technical components (xml sitemap, meta tags, etc) which the search engines like to see.

  • Philip John
    • DEV MAN’s Apprentice

    As someone who previously co-founded a very successful SEO agency I certainly have something to say in reply to Mark..... I enthusiastically agree! :wink:

    I sold my stake in that company because I no longer felt comfortable in that industry...

    Create fresh content. Make it memorable. Make it applicable to your market. It'll happen :slight_smile:

    Spot on Mason!

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