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The Best WordPress SEO Plugins (It’s Not Yoast)

Find out how to build the perfect SEO setup on WordPress with our list of 5 must-have plugins.
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Additional WordPress SEO Resources

WordPress SEO Tutorial for Beginners (Search Engine Optimization Basics)
► https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jN_xx9jGDVc&list=PLvJ_dXFSpd2sVgHHmbCMaoJPhepJeJjNl&index=2

WordPress SEO: Advanced Technical SEO Made Easy
► https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=du-NB9FqVis&list=PLvJ_dXFSpd2sVgHHmbCMaoJPhepJeJjNl&index=3

Link Building Tutorials (Step-By-Step)
► https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwYZGWDlQd8&list=PLvJ_dXFSpd2tjUTuAHpHidz5e2hAedP_m&index=1

Keyword Research Tutorials For SEO
► https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7PzHO40bOU&list=PLvJ_dXFSpd2u5JCtiYWfvnSvAkoPwg5VY&index=1


WordPress SEO plugins can help you to master on-page SEO tasks like titles, meta tags, and other content optimization-related things.

These plugins are also useful for technical SEO tasks like page speed optimization, redirects, canonicals, and hreflang.

However, run a search for “SEO” in the WordPress plugins directory, and you will get nearly a thousand SEO plugins to choose from.

You don’t need that many to make your website “SEO-friendly.” In this video, you’ll learn which WordPress plugins you should choose for your website.

The first plugin Sam recommends is not what you’ll expect. Plenty of people are familiar with Yoast. But in Sam’s opinion, this plugin is better than Yoast.

With this plugin, you can:

1. Preview the SERPS and edit rich snippets
2. Add structured data
3. Quickly add nofollow tags to links
4. Generate sitemaps

After you’re done with the basic setup for this plugin, you can take a look at plugins for improving page speed.

Now, page speed is important because:

a) it is a ranking factor
b) It affects the user experience

We’ll show you which plugins you can use to help reduce page speed.

Finally, user experience. You’ll find out which plugin helps improve and optimize the UX of your content.

WordPress plugins are pretty awesome because it allows you to do complex things without any coding.

In fact, we’re creating our own free WordPress SEO plugin. So if you want to be updated when it’s released, sign up for updates at https://ahrefs.com/wordpress-seo-plugin

Time stamps

1:06 – Rank Math | All in one SEO plugin
3:45 – A3 Lazy Load | Lazy loading plugin
4:21 – ShortPixel | Image optimization plugin
5:12 – W3 Total Cache | Caching plugin
6:26 – Easy Table of Contents plugin
7:29 – Ahrefs SEO plugin

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  1. #sam hey it that really happening https://ahrefs.com/wordpress-seo-plugin ???

  2. Great info men ^

  3. This was supposed to be about the TITLE of the video: http://prntscr.com/pnqfgw yet instead went elsewhere. And RankMath aint the Best, SEOPess kills it by far. example Rankmath ONLY just in last 30 days from this comment added support for ACF in Titels and Descriptions…. lol

  4. Nice said, but in the real world it's not so easy. I'm talking about speed optimisation. JavaScript minification is not working properly. It might broke some of JavaScript features.

    In general, this is job for professionals, somebody who knows what's is happening under the hood.

  5. This tutorial is GOLD!!!!!!!!!

  6. Hi Sam – another helpful video. Agree with you that Rank Math is better than Yoast, however another option I suggest people consider is SEOPress which blows Yoast out of the water. We switched all our sites from Yoast to SEOPress.

  7. Leopardos Running

    Can these plugins be used together or are they not compatible with each other?

  8. Michael Taiwan MKTG

    I didn't find this "video helpful" but CRAZILY INTERESTING that I watched till the end, liked, subscribed, Bell for all and spend time with writing a comment! I already use the last 4 plugins mentioned. This video is a free mini course so I suppose the channel is full of gems… Many thanks!

  9. I'd be curious to hear what the folks at Ahrefs think about the Genesis Framework for WordPress. I use its built-in SEO features in lieu of a multipurpose plugin like Yoast or RankMath. I still use plugins for site speed (WP Rocket and Imagify), though.

  10. PerfectDwell Team

    I knew it. Using Rankmath since early 2019

  11. Jimmy Ackermans

    What screencast recorder do you use? Thx for the video, very interesting!

  12. But doesn't page speed insights look at last 30 day user data to come up with page speed scores?

  13. Guillaume Hamel

    Hi Ahrefs people,

    Can you talk about all the claims that this plugin is actually flawed? There are tons of comments/rumors saying that the plugin received lots of fake reviews and I see lots of comments from people saying that their traffic tanked after switching to this plugin.

    My problem though is that all the review are really shallow… no real in-depth analysis of code (meta, schema, etc) generated nor any thorough before / after stats comparison.

    Oh, and as a tech lead in a WordPress maintenance company, I can tell you that W3TC while powerful and free is not a good recommandation. Unless you know what you do, you can easily break your site and the results achieved are not the best. For example, WP Super Cache has been getting better results in most independant tests and is way easier to setup (and less prone to break your site.)

  14. If you use yoast and switch to one of these, will your SEO work need to be redone? Like the titles and meta?

  15. Rank math is so good. I used it on one of my websites… Its now on every website i own

  16. Thanks for this awesome video. Can you make a video about how to use & configure rank math? I want to use it on my site.

  17. Claudio Pereira

    Sam, I really enjoyed your video. I didn't know about the AHREFS channel and I thank Google Discover for the suggestion. The suggested plugins are amazing. RankMath was chosen as the best SEO option for WordPress in 2019 by @cursoemvideo, a Brazilian online training channel. Thank you so much for sharing and congratulations on your work. I already subscribed to the channel and I will certainly enjoy all its content. Greetings from Brazil!

  18. Forgive my ignorance… is ShortPixel better than Smush?

  19. quick question – should I delete yoast and replace rankmath or have both active?

  20. Hi and thanks for the video what if I delete my yoat SEO and install this New plugin yank math can i have some problems with my website

  21. Angelo Bandiziol @ Espresso Triplo

    I must admit this video is great as much as Ahrefs is.

    The only question mark I have is about RankMath. Surfin forums and chats several people complain about the volume of information the plugin collects from the website. Now we all know how clickstream datas are collected but why it is not mentioned anywhere? Just to give you a link: https://www.littlebizzy.com/blog/rank-math-seo-fraud

    What's your opinion about it?

  22. Giridhar Addagalla

    Hi Ahrefs thanks for the information I really liked, and can u suggest any security plugins and product add-ons plugins which is free of cost please. Thanks

  23. Dhrubakesh Prasad Das

    rank math plugin error " you are not allowed to access this page

  24. Instead of A3 lazyload and Shortpixel, you can use the Optimole Plugin which does both the job.

  25. Thanks! Very helpful! What's your view about WP Rocket plugin in improving page speed? Is A3 lazy load and WP total cache good enough to improve speed?

  26. Why guys you are not making a plugin that synchs with your API and analyze people content to give some advice on TDF and competition

  27. Hello, Sam Now Rank math delete the review feature in his plugin so can I add rich snippet plugin. Thanks in advance.

  28. Shawn Gillespie

    After many many years using Yoast I just jumped to Rankmath. Loving it so far

  29. Lumosia Actor Headshots

    We have just gone through all the steps and got amazing results!!! I documented the changes for our site https://www.lumosia.com on a LinkedIn article: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/slow-website-we-followed-one-video-got-huge-results-sean-gannon

  30. ReviewHP Channel

    Verry gòod information. Thanks for uou

  31. Susan Sperling

    Great video thanks. The question, I have been using WPFastest Cache when I switched to W3 my score went down and time went up. Do you have experience with WPfastest Cache?

  32. Please make video about how to do seo with WordPress multisite

  33. W3 total cache over WP rocket and WP fastest cache? Why?

  34. Mis Películas Favoritas

    Hi there! This is a great video, very useful. This tools seems to be very helpful. I just wonder, would this tools work as well for websites with a different language rather than English? Keep up the great work!

  35. Mateusz Salamon

    What do you think about LiteSpeed Chache plugin? My hosting provider supports litespeed caching.

  36. Kingsley Felix

    Link to configuration of W3 total cache?

  37. Really Thanks Mate. I just want to learn more about SEO and digital marketing. Can you Help me out?

  38. Bram Donderwinkel

    I already commented on how I wanted to try everything you mentioned in the video. Now that I've implemented everything: I actually managed to get my desktop page speed from 59/100 to 98 out of 100 using your advice.
    And mobile speed went from 39/100 to 62/100. You guys know your business, thank you so much for sharing!

  39. mahmoood1985zn

    what is do you think about seopress plugin ? does it worth it ?

  40. i have an issue with Rank Math. The content analysis doesn't work with classic editor plugin

  41. stephen ACHUO KPWA

    Just got one question. Can I switch to RankMath when I am already on Yoast? Will it affect my SEO rankings?

  42. Can you post a link to the W3 cache settings video?

  43. Thanks keep up doing

  44. I have Siteground cache plugin, shuld I install W3 as addition?

  45. Hey sam, Please make a video on "Rank Math" Plugin and share the setup of this plugin which is best for SEO.

  46. Miguel Martinez Fondon

    thanks Sam, very useful..!! a big hug

  47. #1 Rank Math (1:07)

    #2 A3 Lazy Load (3:46)

    #3 ShortPixel (4:22)

    #4 W3 Total Cache (5:14)

    #5 Easy Table of Contents (6:28)

    #6 Ahrefs SEO plugin (7:29)

  48. Marketing By Michele

    I've always used Yoast, but you've sold me on testing out Rank Math — I'm launching a new website in January so I'm excited to try it out!

  49. I am sooo confused!!!! Which speed test result should I trust? Google page speed insights, pingdom or GT Metrix?

  50. Hi there, i use Fastfunnels for my websites and i don't think all these plugins can be included there. Do you have other ranking tools that work the same way but work on other platforms such as shopify, fastfunnels and the rest?

  51. I just went through the video and added all plugins and got rid of my Yoast SEO and it actually slowed my website down. On Googles Page Speed Insight, it went from an 87 to a 65 and on the pingdom tools, page load went from a 1.27 to 1.70 and I got a D in performance grade. What a waste of time.

  52. Rj Raj : Motivational Speaker ; Support50

    Hello Sir, This Is Raj , I want to know All Plugins are Using at Time On one website ?

  53. Digital Marketing Lane

    Sam, as of now, I am using Yoast for my website. Can I also use Rank math along with Yoast ?
    Also, if I switch from Rank math to Yoast, then will it migrate the settings of Yoast like webmaster settings and Focus keyphrase for my Posts ?

  54. Ramakant Tiwari

    It is sponsered but valuable video. I thought.

  55. Question – which type of website is good for SEO (if done correctly)
    1 – HTML + CSS + Js/Php
    2 – WordPress

  56. Excel Solutions Asia

    This may be a silly question but with 'Rich Snippets' I'm not sure what to choose! We deliver team building events so would it be services, blog or article and would the choice effect SEO?

  57. Don't trust rank math at all, it's not well optimised at all plus they have so many paid shills. https://i.imgur.com/tt5DiVX.png

  58. Computer Tutorials

    great useful nice video tips

  59. Roger Marquez Medina

    Why not use WP Rocket alongside Rank Math? WP Rocket offers a lot of the optimization variables you talked about with ShortPixel, a3 Lazy Loaz and W3 Total Cache…Is WP Rocket not compatible with Rank Math?

  60. Numan Ahmad Sandhu

    Rank math is great i used it always

  61. Hi, Sam! Help pls.

    What plugin do you use on your blog for the table content on the left bar? https://ahrefs.com/blog/seo-best-practices/

    Thanks <3

  62. Digital Marketing Lane

    Hey Sam, Can i use iThemes security with W3total + A3Lazy Load ?

  63. Gilles Argivier

    Sam , it seems that W3 total cache no longer works on wordpress, does this sound right?

  64. Why mixing 2 topics: SEO plugin and speed? WHY? Just to get length of the video? WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYY? Speed is complex and your approach to "just install few plugins" doesn't help at all to WP community.

  65. Mannie Lucero Beats & Music

    These are really awesome plugins! Damn I really thought Yoast is the best all these years. Thank you so much! Can't wait to try these.

  66. So by using Rank Math, does it makes Schema plugin redundant?

  67. CareerAmendment

    Awesome video, great for improving user experience.

  68. I'm ANHAR..from India

  69. Uchechukwu Ajuzieogu

    You're a legend!☑️❣️

  70. Exclusive Dog Training

    In one of the other videos in this three-part playlist it’s mentioned that Yoast is a great plug-in. Should we get both or one of the other? Thank you!

  71. I have never been a Youst fan. It is not intuitive to my workflow and frankly I think it is overrated. I tried rankmath a year ago and it seemed pretty solid but it didn’t draw me away from All in One SEO. All in One is my go to SEO plugin. Though I may try rankmath again for my next client site.

  72. How To Make More Money Best Niches 2020 & Beyond

    What's a no follow tag?

  73. Anant Agnihotri

    Really useful! Thank you!

  74. I used W3 Cache on a WP site and it did not work well. I went to WP Optimize and had better results. I also use All In One SEO pack and have great results

  75. I wonder how seopress compares to math rank?

  76. Mahesh Kumar S

    What's the most seo friendly wordpress blog theme ? Please reply.

  77. I've been watching Yoast for many years but I never rode the bandwagon. Maybe I should try rankmath…hmmm

  78. Great video. I made the switch to Rank Math and have not looked back!

  79. Greate video. Thank you. I have Ecommerce website, Can I use RANK MATH for my SEO and others plugin you offer? thank you

  80. Does one generally use all of these at one time? It seems like a lot. For blogging content, what do you suggest?

  81. why the rich snippet doesn't appear on my dashboard

  82. You guys should make these plugin tips a yearly or 6 month-ly event. It is awesome!

  83. Everything is perfect only tool I would replace for increasing the speed is with others :- Nitropack.. All in one best plugin

  84. You provide some kind of advice? I have a course platform in wordpress, and it is a little slow. I wish I could have some help.

  85. Blogging Tips for You

    Great vid. That Rank Math seems to be moving up in the ranks. I will definitely have to take a closer look at that.

  86. Cut the Bull Rank math is a joke.

  87. Is Lazy Load good? Seems it is bombed in reviews. Kinda worried 🙁

  88. Kandang Utama Jual Ayam Hias

    Can I use it

    Rank Math and Yoast Plugin at the same time?

  89. What do you think about not using a plug-in like Yoast or Rankmath at all? I feel like those plug-ins do a lot of stuff smaller websites do not need.. Love to hear your opinion!! 😀

  90. Usama Quraishi

    Very Informative. thanks

  91. Just did some homework after this video and Rank Math has a HORRIBLE reputation. Do a quick google search for "Rank Math Reddit" and you'll see what I'm talkin about. Makes me wonder if this dude knows about this or not. It definitely reflects poorly on him.

  92. Can we use all five of them at a time

  93. Jeanie J Henderson

    Really appreciated thank you very much

  94. Hi

    I am facing an issue please respond. I have installed the easy table plugin and now in GSC my url.com/topic/#h2 urls are also got index.

    How to solve this problem, any solution.


  95. Riski Tri Wijaya

    i already switch from 5 months ago, rank math is better inmy opinion


  97. Super useful Sam Oh. I'm already using Ahrefs. So keep up the good work.

  98. Hi there Sam! I really enjoyed your video, thanks for that man! At minute 5:30 you mentioned that you already made a video for the specific settings of W3 Total cache but I can't find it. Could you or anyone else paste the link of that other tutorial, please? It would be really useful, thanks!

  99. Thanks, Sam, I've tried all your suggestions above and though my image size has reduced, my requests gone down a little lower, my load times got worse and on every site, I test I get very low scoring. Any advice on what else to look for. I have about 15 Active Plugins and the site is http://www.nemonic.com

  100. Hi ,
    There is a seo ranking tool that will offer you a visibility that will bring you a great benefit it is to move up in Google in the 1st place is to have a better visibility to have more customers It is a tool that we can test 100% free it is very simple to implement: Here is the link https://seranking.com/?ga=1057825

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