What is the best SEO plugin for WordPress in 2017?
Yoast SEO is hands down the best SEO plugin available for WordPress at the moment. Although WordPress is already optimized for SEO, Yoast just takes it a notch higher and makes it easy as pie to manage everything with one, single plugin.
It lets you specify your focus keyword and analyzes how you use it. Whether you use it in your title, your subheadings, in alt text for your images. It analyses the distribution of the keyword and suggests you ways to optimize its placement and help you land a better search ranking for that keyword.
The Yoast SEO Metabox lets you alter the meta description of your pages and insert meta tags and link elements that make the jobs of search engines easier. It also includes the snippet editor which shows you how and where your page will show up on google search results based on the title and meta description.
You can edit which pages you want to show up on search results. It automatically creates XML sitemaps for you sites, no matter how complex they may be. It analyzes the quality of your content, whether you are using too much passive voice, too many long sentences and calculates Flesch Reading Ease score too. Yoast currently supports Facebook OpenGraph and twitter cards, with Google+ integration in the works.
Search engines are automatically pinged as soon as you update your website. It features support for custom themes RSS Otimization, and lets you edit your robots.txt and .htaccess. One of the handiest feature of Yoast SEO is primary category. There is always some content that fits well into more than one category. Yoast lets you specify the primary category for the content and makes classification easier.
The list of features that Yoast SEO offers is too long, and that were only some of the Free features. Buying a Premium subscription gets you access to redirect management, multiple focus keywords, insights, internal linking, and social previews apart from one-on-one customer support. You may need to read up to if you are planning to use Yoast to its full potential. Interestingly Yoast itself offers a course on its usage.