How to Boost SEO in WordPress
1. WordPress Blog.
In setting up your new blog, you can use the ‘discourage search engines from indexing this site‘ feature of WordPress until you’re done with working on the structure of the blog and ready to launch it. This option disallows search engines (bots) to crawl your pages (handled from robots.txt).
2. Update default permalinks structure.
By default, WordPress uses ‘?p=[id]‘ permalinks for posts and this is not search engine friendly. You’ll end up lossing the opportunity to put a few important keywords in post permalinks if you don’t switch to a text-based permalink structure. It is best to use the format “yourdomain.com/post-name”. Depends on the structure that is more convenient for you.
3. Installing .xml sitemap plugin.
Installing an .xml sitemap plugin is useful for WordPress blogs. It provides engines like Google links to all the pages on your site in a sitemap, preferably in the .xml format, helps them index your site content faster, in an easier way.
4. Install an SEO plugin.
Installing a must SEO plugin as it can take good care of numerous SEO aspects of your blog automatically. Once installed, it is best to enable rel=”canonical” tag for pages on your blog. This helps search engines to determine the original source URLs of content on your blog and eliminates duplicate content issues from WordPress sites.