Reaching the first page of the search results, is something any blogger is happy to achieve. The majority of bloggers understand that using WordPress is the best bet, for easy optimization.
WordPress is designed to be search engine friendly, but sometimes(depending on the niche) WordPress needs a little boost. In this situation using an SEO plugin is a smart move, but there are a few things you should know first.
- The most important thing you should know, is that you don't always need an SEO plugin. Some bloggers install SEO plugins first, before they do anything else. It is almost like a habit for them to install and configure these plugins, before they publish any content.
This is a very common mistake that lots of bloggers make. You should try to keep plugins to a minimum. They slow your site down among many other issues. Not to mention, you don't know if you need help with SEO until you've published content.
Depending on your niche, having an SEO plugin can cause more harm than good. If you can get your site to the first page without using an SEO plugin, wouldn't that be best? So, always try to rank your site without the help of any plugin.
- Never have more than one plugin installed for SEO, there is no need for this. In fact it will cause duplicate issues. These duplicate issues will get your site penalized by Google. This is definitely a situation where less is more.
The good SEO plugins do things like, optimize title tags, H1 tags and meta descriptions. If you have two plugins installed, that means you're likely to have two title tags, two H1 tags and two meta descriptions. This results in what Google considers duplicate content. Once they have penalized your site, it's easier to start over with an entirely new blog.
So remember these tips when you're thinking of installing your next SEO plugin. Are you curious about which SEO plugin is the best one for you? If so subscribe to get notified of the next article.