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

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. Today I’m going to cover the perfect SEO setup for WordPress: 8 plugins to skyrocket your ratings and traffic.

WordPress Mistakes to AVOID for Startup Websites:

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 going to 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 going to 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.

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.

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  1. 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. Rank math plugin is best for SEO

  3. Hie Neil. I purchased RT 19 theme from Envato for my website in WordPress but the slider plugin is not getting installed. It says it already exists . What do it do to activate it. It’s a great trouble to me. Can u help

  4. Hey Neil, i was just wondering, do all hosting servers make you pay just so that you can keep your website up and running cuz i tried different hosting sites and they tell you something like, you can keep your website for the first year, but from next year you have to pay… So basically, I don't really own my site, they own it. Is there any hosting server that you don't have to pay for and can still claim your own domain? If not, do you know how to create your own server at home for web hosting?

  5. Yes WordPress for all my sites

  6. I am interested in building my domain name

  7. Hi. We are using Wix. Do you think that would be better if we switch to WordPress? We are a small hotel located in Bulgaria, Europe.

  8. Are these plugins free to use ?

  9. WordPress!

  10. ¡español, por favoooooorrr!

  11. Set It Design Print Brand

    How can I learn more about schema

  12. Akhil Raj Kumar


  13. Do you recommended install that's all plugin ?

  14. Thank you Neil.
    Can you make a video where you explain deeply how to use these plugins according to your own experience?
    Do we have to use all the 8 plugins for a better ranking?

  15. I am a wordpress blogger, and I want to gain traffic… hope this plugins help me

  16. Sir I used your plugins and activated them but my website is not even visible in any of Google pages.
    Even my website name is unique
    Neil Sir Kindly help

  17. Nucyeba Rahman

    Really helpful! But too many plugins will lower the site loading speed? Isn't it?

  18. All those plugins will make WordPress load horrible. The more the plugins the more time will it take to load. Neil just read "top best plugin for wp" from google and made a video.

  19. Ryan and Emma Pollard

    What is your advise for a startup business using wix? Should I use WordPress or try wix as it’s easier?

  20. Chanchal Singhal

    Is all are free?


    using wix pl help for seo

  22. Sir please reply can we use internal link to our blog at H2 Tag. Would it affects SEO?

  23. Do I just install and activate the plugins or do I have to play with the settings… thanks

  24. Bro why are you copying us accent pls make video in Hindi as well

  25. WordPress!!


    Hi Neil What is good SEO Plugins YOAST OR RANKMATH?

  27. I want an email plugin that is free and also makes sure my emails don’t end up in the spam list. Can you please recommend.

  28. Just a new subscriber. So is there a way or a need to add plug in kind of thing on WordPress mobile app??

  29. Hii….. I want to know what are the plugins that you use to boost your website speed.

  30. I recommend NET_MACTOOL ON ÍG who did mine

  31. Theresa Cahill


  32. Marketing Habs

    thankyou for the info

  33. yes i have

  34. Technologies made simple


  35. WordPress

  36. Nihar Kevadiya


  37. Thirteen Hales

    My blog is on WordPress

  38. Rishika 171554

    There are countless people who give information on digital marketing. I trusted many of them and did not get anything back. But Neil, you are the only one whom i can rely. Whenever i see your videos i just try to apply those tactics. I have just started with applying your tactics as i found you late. Really thank you for being so helpful in this world of fake gurus. THANKS AGAIN NEIL !


    Great. For those who wants an online store based on wordpress/woo, from $250 usd-within2days-up-and-running-with-mobile-app. [Reach out to me]

  40. Orlando Parra Serrano

    Hi Neil, cool video do es it still relevant ?

  41. Faisal Abbasi Amazon

    Hello sir I'm faisal Abbasi from Pakistan sir please help me sir all course please in Hindi ispking please English not sure please reply me

  42. Hello.neil, wanted to know what is hourly rate in upwork? Does it mean the client will give me 500 dollar for 10 hour work if my hourly rate is 50dollar , and how will the client know how many hour it took to do the project,it may take 5hour to do it and i can lie that it took me 10hour.please answer me its really important for me.

  43. These are very helpful. Thanks.

  44. A random question if you want to buy which is better Ahrefs or Your website ubersuggest. I never used Ahrefs and i know how to use ubersuggest

  45. Thank you. So good.

  46. Malolan govindarajan

    Planning wordpress hence watching this vudeo

  47. we need tutorial video from you..thats it

  48. Creation Duwal

    I use laravel

  49. i am using wordpress

  50. WordPress

  51. Ur content is amazing. I appreciate it but…
    Moo may angrez ka laga liya Kya bhai? Anyone who know English in this world, can understand Indian English. Speak in your accent.
    Sorry if I hurt you!
    Jai hind

  52. Mohamed Sathik Ali S

    Hello Neil this blog post is cool. I have small question that what type of server is better for SEO?

  53. Dipanjan Biswas

    Thanks sir it helps a lot.

  54. wix is worst , total waste of money by creating blog on wix!

  55. bro are you from India?

  56. Shivesh Agarwal

    Please make a video on how to setup all this plugins.

  57. Nirmalya Bhusan Das

    Hello Neil ,
    I am going to start my blogging career , so please suggest me which platform for blogging should i choose for creating SEO friendly articles ; either 'Wordpress' or 'Blogger'?

  58. MultiTalented Gamers

    Sir please made a proper tutorial on blogging
    Starting from niche choose,keyword for post, blog seo ranking,adsense add, and all for a good rankd blog…and end by gaining thousands visitors.

  59. José Rodriguez Balda

    Thanks Neil, excellent video, as a beginner it has helped me a lot, except Really Simple SSL I installed it and it deleted all my content, I hated this plugin

  60. Hey Neil..have u any video at AMP??

  61. Is it ok to use all this plugins in a same site?
    Doesn't more plugins reduce speed?

  62. You are the best !, thanks a lot for all your hints !

  63. Mauro Vendemiatti

    Hey Neil, first of all, congratulations on all your content. I am rooker in SEO and it´s have been wonderful to see my store increase visibility over time. I know I have a lot of things to do yet, but you have supported me a lot. I have a Woocommerce under a WordPress site to sell Natural food ( I am using Yoast such an SEO tool and exactly now I am studying a way to implement AMP. I would lovely to learn more about regional SEO tips. I am living in Portugal, but sell in Spain and France and I believe have some differences between these countries.

  64. Peter Pallotta

    what do. you recommend for designing web pages because the free version is not user friendly in my opinion



  66. CatKarmaCreations

    I use wordpress

  67. Al Mamun Abdullah


  68. Vishal Vincent

    If I use these plugins with existing one will it slow down my website

  69. HI Neil, Your videos have help us understand SEO. We would like to know what is a better SEO plugin for a new user. Yoast SEO Premium
    or Rank Math?


  71. hey, can you solve my query? I have been following you for the past 2 months.
    I have just started an affiliate site in that I write about shoes but I don't know from where I can take pictures of shoes because of copyright issues from amazon.

    please suggest me

  72. Trent Kennelly

    These are awesome! I worry about too many plugins slowing the site down though. They can be such a drag!

  73. Is there any way from which I can fix the value of attribute in woocommerce. Cause its making more than 2000 variables….

  74. Sir plz make a professional website
    Without any coding

  75. great tutorial Neil, thanks. 🙂

  76. Neil… With Real Simple SSL do you need this if your host provides SSL? Don't you still need an actual ssl certificate or does the plugin provide?

  77. Sasikala Nataraj

    Hi Neil,
    I am a newbie, just into my 16th article. I use your Ubersuggest to find keywords; I am planning to opt for life-membersip, which you have recently introduced.
    My question here is that, installing all these plugins won't slow down the wordpress. I already have yaost, ssl and couple of plugins for styling, links, etc.
    I can see how yaost helps to keep me in line with SEO. But, I am afraid to load my wordpress with all these plugins. Please advice.

  78. What plugin you told are free???

  79. Hi Neil,
    Which Are the best SEO report generating tools are out there for free.
    which i can use them for giving to my clients.


  81. Thank you Neil!

  82. Do these plug-ins require money?

  83. Using WordPress and thanks for the tips, use most but new ideas appreciated.

  84. E-commerce Entrepreneur

    Neil is the Man of Steel

  85. Hunter Hramika

    8 plugins just for SEO??. Lol your doing some affiliate marketing on us

  86. Learn Cybersecurity

    Any chance you do something with Moodle? Moodle seems to be SEO hostile.

  87. WORDPRESS – Using WP FASTEST CACHE as it was recommended as the best WP caching plug in

  88. meenakshi jaiganesh

    Are these plugins free or do we need to pay ? If these are paid plugins how much will it cost and how to avail them ?

  89. Mohit Panchariya

    Having too many plugins does make effect on website speed

  90. Hi,Neil,I have one problem for wordpress,there's "skip to content " error in the left on top homepage,how shall I remove it?could you help me?thanks.

  91. Bright Visions


  92. Hello Neil, A simple question : Yoast or Rank Math ? what do you suggest ?

  93. Angelia Pillay

    Amp ruined the look of a website I'm working on. I don't like the Smush plugin either.

  94. Hey Neil. I am Vishal, a 16 year old. I want to be a digital marketer like you. Why are you so great. Tell me the secret.

  95. What's better Squirrely or Yeost Plugin? I have used both.

  96. WordPress

  97. Castle Rocks Cornwall

    Thanks for this info Neil. I respect your knowledge. I have an e-commerce store, uploading hundreds of images – would these work for the WooCommerce section of WordPress too?

  98. Mohammed Maqdoom Biyabani

    Using wordpress

  99. I hate wix.

  100. Dianne Sarmiento

    Hello Neil, Are these info, still effective today?

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