The Perfect SEO Setup for WordPress: 8 Plugins to Skyrocket Your Rankings and Traffic

By | August 12, 2019

– WordPress made it easy for
anyone to create a website. It’s easy to use, it’s
fast, it doesn’t require a lot of technical knowledge. Heck, even someone like
me who’s not a developer can do things like SEO and
modify WordPress with a breeze. Hey everyone, I’m Neil Patel and today I’m gonna cover the perfect
SEO setup for WordPress, eight plugins to skyrocket
your ratings and traffic. (smooth music) Before we get started, make sure you subscribe to this channel. If you’re on YouTube click
the alert notification, that way when I go live,
whether it’s on Facebook, YouTube, or LinkedIn you’ll get notified. Question, do you have a
WordPress-based website? I’m curious, let me know
what platform you’re using. Are you using WordPress, are
you using Wix, let me know. Some of the most important
factors that Google looks into in order to rank your site
are some of the following, user experience, on-page SEO, site speed, mobile-friendliness,
internal link structure, structured markups, all these
things impact your ranking, and there’s hundreds of other factors. There’s over 200 factors that Google includes in their algorithm, and today I’m gonna share with you plugins that’ll help you do all of
these things, plus more, in a really easy and controlled way. Plugin number one, W3 Total Cache. Look, load time is super important, especially because people
are using mobile devices now. Yes, there’s 4G, there’s 5G, you know, LTE, whatever you wind up calling it, but the problem with mobile devices is if you’re in a place that
doesn’t have the best reception I don’t care if you have a 5G phone, you’re not gonna load
websites really fast. The W3 Total Cache plugin,
it ensures that your site will load as fast as you possibly can. It’ll improve load times, it’ll
help you connect with CDNs, it makes better use of
your server resources so that way your server
doesn’t have to continue to push the same content
over and over again. Instead it caches it so it can deliver it to the user as quick as possible, and if you have a really
good hosting provider they have caching built in, but most of the hosting providers that I’ve seen don’t
have caching built in, hence I’m wrecking, recommending
the W3 Total Cache plugin. Another plugin that you need to check out is the Smush Image Compression plugin. If you’re creating blog content, and hey, you’re on a WordPress blog,
or WordPress as a CMS, there’s a good chance you at least have a blog article or two, and in that blog article what
do you think you’re including? Images, if you’re not you should change that and go add images right away. The Smush Image Compression plugin, what this does is ensures that your images still look really good and quality, so that way when someone looks at them they don’t look all pixelated and fuzzy, they still look really sharp, but this decreases the size of the image in which I’m talking about
the server size, right, that hard drive space that it’s taking up, so when people ping your
site it loads much faster. The third plugin that you have
to use is a Yoast SEO plugin. It does everything from
on-page optimization, controlling your meta
tags, your title tags. It even analyzes your content, telling you if you’re doing
a good job or a bad job. It creates sitemaps for you, helps with structure and markup. It does pretty much what most things that you need if you want to ensure that your WordPress blog is SEO-friendly. Now look, WordPress out of the
box is pretty SEO-friendly, but this plugin puts those last, final touches that are really important. Most people think like, “Oh yeah. “If I do most of the things, that’s fine.” No, that used to work five, six years ago, but SEO has changed. Now Google wants you to do
every little thing right, and when you combine them
all that’s when you see the climb in ranking,
the extra search traffic, and this plugin will
really help you get there. The fourth plugin is Sucuri. If your website gets hacked, you rankings and traffic will tank, and when it tanks and you
fix it it’s hard to recover. Sucuri helps you, helps prevent
you from getting hacked. Now, it’s not gonna be perfect, but it’s better than nothing. The last thing you want to do is get your site hacked and
lose all your traffic. I’ve seen this time and time again, someone gets hacked and they figure it out after a week or two, their rankings tank, they fixed it, and they
don’t recover in 30 days. Eventually they recover,
sometimes it takes two months, sometimes three months, if
they’re lucky it happens quickly. And they’re like, “Hey, my
business is in the shitter. “I’m losing a lot of money all “because of this one silly thing.” Make sure you don’t get hacked. The fifth plugin, AMP for WordPress. This helps with mobile users. Look, if you want to rank really high you want to get in on Google News, you want to make sure that your
site has the AMP framework. In other words, your tech space
articles loads really fast, Google just posts it on their end, they’re leveraging their own framework, and I found that yeah,
in the United States by leveraging the AMP framework I didn’t really get much
more mobile traffic, but other countries where mobile devices and infrastructure isn’t
as good, such as Brazil, I saw a huge increase in mobile traffic by just leveraging this plugin. The sixth plugin for you is a3 Lazy Load. When you use images on your site, even when you compress them, it still takes time for
that webpage to load. You want to make it where those images load as people scroll, that way you’re not just
loading up all these images on a page and it takes
forever for that webpage to load when people haven’t even started reading the content and scrolling. That’s why I like Lazy Load. If you’re on the site you’ll notice that as
you read my blog posts images load as you scroll. This creates a better
experience for you as a user, and search engines prefer this as well. The seventh plugin, All In
One Schema Rich Snippets. If you want to improve
your search visibility by sharing rich snippets between the page title, you gotta use this plugin. It’s great, it’s simple to use, it is one of the best things
that I’ve done out there. Now, with schema markup what you’ll find is some people are like,
“Yeah, we’re gonna use “all this schema markup
and use all these tags “even though our site isn’t relevant “to the specific schema markups.” You don’t want to do that. For example, I wouldn’t be
using stuff on, a schema markup that’s
relevant for restaurants when I have nothing related
to restaurants on my site. That’ll irritate Google and
it’ll hurt you in the long run, so when you’re using
this be nice and kind. Don’t try to abuse schema markup. The eighth plugin, Really Simple SSL. 90% of websites that rank at
the top have SSL installed. It’s pretty much become a prerequisite if you want to rank well, so use the SSL. Now, it doesn’t have to
be through this plugin. Maybe your host provides it, maybe your domain provider provides it, whatever it may be you want a secure site, and what you’ll find is some
browsers even notify users, saying “Hey, this site isn’t secure,” and that’ll cause people to bounce back, get away from your site, and over time that could decrease your rankings. You want to make sure you
have SSL, it’s that important. So, use these eight
plugins, you’ll find that your rankings will start
going up over time, especially if you
haven’t used any of them, but when you start combining all of them it does help quite a bit. If you have any questions
leave a comment below. Let me know what your
question is about WordPress or these plugins and I’ll answer it. If you need extra help
getting in the rankings, whether it’s just content
marketing, SEO, link building, head over to my ad agency,
Neil Patel Digital. We love helping companies grow their search traffic online, and
thank you for watching. If you enjoyed this video like it, share it, tell other people about it.

100 thoughts on “The Perfect SEO Setup for WordPress: 8 Plugins to Skyrocket Your Rankings and Traffic

  1. Neil Patel Post author

    Do you have a WordPress-based website? Let me know in the comments what platform you're using. Are you using WordPress, are you using Wix, let me know.

  2. Shane Phillips Post author

    I am using Word Press website in SEO company.

  3. Rohit Prajapati Post author

    Make a e commerce website with full seo guide plzz plz🤞

  4. MK Post author

    Hi Neil, I am using Elemnetor Pro for my word press website and we are a small growing salon which one should I use for Security and malware as a free Plugin can you guide Neil as I am new and don't want duplicate plugin for security that might make my site slow. 1) Akismet Anti- Spam , 2) Cloudflare , 3) I Themes Security . KindlY guide Neil it. Thank you have a nice day. Also Should I use AMP for wordpress when I am Using Elementor Pro. Thank You in Advance.

  5. Mike Kollin's - Crack The Female Code Post author

    Do wordpress sites get better traffic?
    I am with shopify now and my traffic has been dead for 2 years… no matter what i do it's nothing compared to my former wordpress site…
    Does anyone know?/

  6. myrilefo Post author

    Hi, I installed A3 Lazy Load on my WordPress site, and none of my pictures were showing up anymore on my site. I deactivated it and everything came back properly…

  7. Varun Blogger Post author

    Thanks for updating us.
    Have nice day sir😘🤗

  8. Patrizio Racco Post author

    Sucuri is the n.1 if you want your wordpress to become really slow. If your traffic comes from outside the US, it will be redirected to the Sucuri firewall IP in the US, and because Sucuri doesn’t have a real CDN, your site will load at snail speed. Neil, I’d rather recommend WP Rocket + Cloudflare

  9. Australian Art For Sale Post author

    Great tips Neil. As I have SSL provided by my hosting service and use Jetpack for Lazy Load with Vaultpress for site recovery, does that mean I can skip using Really Simple SSL,A3 Lazy Load andSucuri?

  10. Ian King Post author

    I find if I deactivate AMP google hits my rank even though my website has a pretty decent page speed score. I’m no too sure how it really affects my user experience as my bounce rate increases when it’s active.

    Also I find rankmath was a better SEO plug-in for me than yoast.

  11. Necip OĞUZ Post author

    Thanks a lot. Great advices again. I cant be a customer of you due to financial reasons. But i hope you are doing really well in your business life. You deserve it. 🙂

  12. Lifes Codes Post author

    I liked the schema plugin. I use WordPress and my site is hosted on Siteground. And it has some cool features:

    – Dynamic Caching
    – Image optimization and Lazy Load images
    – Minify HTML, Js, CSS
    – Free SSL

    It helped me replace many plugins. And my site loads much faster.

  13. Nicola Moss Post author

    Great video, thank you. I've heard having too many plugins can slow down your site. Is this true?

  14. Digital Shiv Post author

    Is Rankmath plugin better than Yoast? Are these 8 plugins taught by you sufficient to rank in top 10 within 1 month?

  15. Gastro Guru Post author

    Hi Neil, great video! Are these plugins free and available on WordPress?

  16. mirmamun Post author

    Thank you sir, It's really helped me to decide which plugins to use,anyway i'm using wordpress in my affiliate site,though it's not live now,it is under construction.can i use these plugins in my site?if so,then, i'm going to use these plugins in my site.

  17. Shabana Zaidi Post author

    Very nice video…. Very helpful…. Knowledgeable…. Great man

  18. Snare Trap Survive Post author

    Using WordPress –
    Neil, I have learned a lot from you and I thank you from the bottom of a poor boy's heart. Since listening to you and following your advice, my website traffic is up 50% in just a few months. I have a question though. Example: While researching keywords and key phrases, I find one phrase that gets a volume of 2900 and its Difficulty is 49 then I find one that is 1500 with a difficulty of just 17 – so should I focus on the easy keyword phrase then add the other as a cluster phrase? I would think that getting the listing nailed using the "lower" volume keyword phrase will begin to add weight to the higher volume phrase over time???

  19. yusufjacks live Post author

    Nice sir. I use most of them that you suggest today. And after watching your video i am now more confident that i am on rocket path. 😄

  20. Niels Bugge Post author

    Quick suggestion to improve these videos: Add acoustic panels behind the camera!

    I really like the videos, but you have a tendency to shout a bit, and the echo created by the empty walls makes it a bit tiring to listen to.

  21. We3 Creation Post author

    Hey Neil. Sorry for an unrelated question. But which language would be better for a podcast whose main Goal is Indian People?

  22. Gurchiek Consulting Post author

    Plugin #6 Can you elaborate on how this works? You want images to load as you are scrolling instead of images loading when the page is first opened? From a mobile stand point this make UX better. How does this make your rankings better? A web crawler parses tags, text, images, and links. From a developer point of view those images are already called in the HTML. Even if the images are stored in a database somewhere the search engine crawlers would still pick those that have not loaded yet on the page because they already exist on the page prior to anyone being there.

  23. Ultimate Promotions: Custom Enamel Pins & Medals Post author

    Great list of "must have's". I've started using Cloudflare for all my DNS and google really seems to like it. Load speeds went up quite a bit too. And if you have to move a site your downtime is minimal.

  24. Andrew O'Connell Post author

    Neil! Is there such a thing as free SSL certs?

  25. Subhrajyoti Mahato Post author

    Sir sorry to disturb you again. I want some help. Should I remove published date which appear on Google search or not?

  26. Ride Bmx India Post author

    Thank you neil. That was helpful 🙂

  27. Matt Love Post author

    Thank you for the recommendations. Not sure about the first one. Do they not call it w3 total crash… LOL.

    I know so many people who have had problems with w3 total cache breaking css, js , contact forms etc…

    Here's me lower budget recommendations after 3 years on wordpress..
    autoptimise or fastest cache
    ewww image optimiser
    and then everything else I agree with and either use or should use Thanks for the great advice…

  28. Gorgette Adelaide Post author

    Can anyone tell me which one is better between word press and Wix?

  29. Sandro Rodrigues Do Rosario Post author

    Your videos motivated me to research more and potentially start a SEO business. You are e legend

  30. Anacate Tienda en Línea Post author

    Hey Neil. I noticed that Smush has de Lazy Load feature. Should I activate it or definitely use the a3 Lazy Load Plugin? Thanks man!

  31. Social Media 55 Post author

    WordPress all the way baby! Site speed is important, loading time is super important.

  32. Social Media 55 Post author

    Are you planning on doing a video soon on Elementor Page Builder Plug-in I feel your audience could truly benefit from some “Neil Patel Does Elementor”

  33. Bryan Farrell Post author

    I used W3 Total Cache a few years ago and using googles pagespeed checker it actually slowed the site down and gave a lower score so I abandoned it, even when I removed the plugin it didn't go back to the original benchmark. I guess things move on but I am still a bit reluctant to install it again.

    I'd welcome any thoughts

  34. عالم التسلية والترفيه Post author

    please where I can found images without copyright, also is embed instagram tool Allowed to use?

  35. Carlos Miguel Post author

    What if you have another plug-in like wp rocket?

  36. Bhupinder S Birdi Post author

    Hi Neil, I have Autoptimize Plugin installed should I switch to W3 Total Cache? Which one do you recommend better?

  37. TroyGrudin Post author

    WordPress won't allow me to upload Yoast any good alternatives?

  38. Marcel Wiel Post author

    Great video … I'm a beginner. Thanks so much for the clear, useful guidance !

  39. Marla Szwast Post author

    I would caution anyone against installing all of these plug-ins. I did and now my WordPress site won't save any post drafts. I lost over 5 hours of work and even the fancy Gutenberg autosave feature lost everything. Unfortunately, the save bar indicated it was saving my work, I had no idea there was a problem until I had to refresh my page, and yes, I told the post to save the draft multiple times before doing that. The only thing I have changed recently was installing these plugins, so I am sure one of them is to blame. Healthcheck is not helping me figure out which plugin is bad and I will now waste more hours trying to fix my site. One of these plugins told me to turn off my other XML sitemap plugin because it had one (I think Yoast) but it never configured a sitemap. Before trying this combo of plugins out I had 3 sec. load time and now it is at 30 seconds…obviously not helpful! I usually love Neil Patel and his advice but not this one.

  40. UT Baroi Post author

    I switched from wix to WordPress because they are horrible with the site speed all they care is design and they don't even support external CDN and the worse part is you have to pay for subdomain.

  41. Sutapa Mazumdar Post author

    I was wondering why Google Analytics plugin not mentioned…do you recommend it? Thanks 🙂

  42. KeywordManagement Post author

    On server, I compress data…optimize images with third party software. Recently, I updated updated servers to latest versions of PHP / MySQL get load times to 3 seconds or less. Will check out a few of the plugins you mentioned that i’m not currently using.

  43. Accelerated Mobile Pages Post author

    Thank you Neil for recommending AMP for WordPress plugin. We are glad that plugin is helping and very honoured to be in the list.

  44. Bill Southard Post author

    Why are you using Schema All-in-One when Yoast SEO is doing the same thing in both their free and paid versions?
    Using WP with Genesis & GeneratePress Child Theme on A2 Hosting.
    Thanks for all the AWESOME info!!!!

  45. Trolley Tins Post author

    Would you like to have a website where people write about tips to rescue animals and first aid treatments for them?
    Answer in 'YES' or 'NO'.

  46. Trishna Das Post author

    Have you tried Rank Math SEO? Is it better than Yoast SEO?

  47. Sam H Post author

    Neil, really enjoy your video's, we are using WordPress

  48. DaniNani89 Post author

    What do you think about rank math? Can be better than yoast? I have considered it, because have structured markups too (i don't like the box all-in-one put at the end of the page in free mode).

  49. ilamina nixon Post author

    Using WordPress. Thank you for the information.

  50. walzaher Post author

    Thank you Neil!! Love it. Signed up for everything from you.

    I have been using square space so far and i am wondering if I would be better off long run to learn about WordPress and use that instead so I can incorporate what you talk about? Thanks again

  51. Tobe Brockner Post author

    Great info! Looking forward to use your inputs in our site.

  52. JakSieRozwijac Post author

    Great plugins for me and my students 🙂

  53. DragosT90 Post author

    Neil, I’m using WordPress. Please tell me do I need to optimize my posts if the post is important only on that day. Let’s say that I have a football tips website. If it takes that much time for me to be in the first page, why should I optimize that post? Is It necesary to crawl it? Or I should concentrate on the Pages that I have in order to bring me traffic? Thank you!

  54. Donato Carelli Post author

    I use wordpress since 2007, it was just a blog without the section "pages" 🙂 But if find this list useful.

  55. a sethi sons MANHAR SETHI Post author

    Sir giving very good information thanks for this

  56. adam amer Post author


    Neil Patel

    first I want to thank you for all your tutorials on youtube, I Learn a lot from you. about WordPress and woo-commerce I appreciate it.

    I like to make Affiliate Marketing a Woocomerce site I got confused about which theme it betters to choose from Blog with a landing page or e-commerce shopisle, storefront, nitro, Customify, and many more, etc…

  57. Tom Dupuis Post author

    AMP……ew. Don't use it. Kinsta's conversions dropped over 50+ when adding AMP. Screws up your design and most people do not recommend it. Do you research before adding AMP.

  58. Kelly Williams Post author

    I have a custom WP site, but I am thinking about switching to WIX so I have more control. Right now I have to have my Website guy make changes which is very annoying. What are your thoughts on switching? How bad will it hurt my SEO? Should I keep WP and switch to a template site instead?

  59. Wellness To Go Post author

    I am a bit confused. You use WP Rocket on your site though??

  60. Vishal Agarwal Post author

    Thank you, Neil, for sharing your insights, tips and tricks. The tools will empower digital marketers and create a measurable impact on KPI'S.

  61. Jon Lewis Post author

    One concern about SEO is page load speed, and oftentimes too many plugins will slow your site down. You've also recommended Schema App Structure, Click to Tweet, and Referral Candy in the past. That would be 11 plugins. Isn't that going to hurt?

  62. Ethel Vil Post author

    I use wp and thanks for the great advice. I love all the plugins but whenever i use the schema url test always gives some warnings on not adding some topics which are not available in schema itself. Should i just ignore the warnings?? Will that affect ranking or indexing if its a new website?

  63. Benjamin Kaleblevi Post author

    Yes, WordPress. I just switched to Flatsome eCommerce theme from Divi.

  64. Victor Guerra Post author

    Hey Neil, thanks a lot for the vital info. I have a question, how long does it usually take for the reviews snippet to show up on the organic search? Do you have like an estimate? Keep it up with the good content. 👍


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