Higher ranks in Google search and increasing page speed for your WordPress site

Yoast SEO plugin

Firstly, the most important plugin to start with is Yoast. This plugin is loaded with features to help ensure your website presents itself well to major search engines. It will automatically place most every meta detail into your website to make your website easily indexed.

Furthermore, if you are using a plugin such as Advanced Custom Fields to display some of your content. There is a plugin that will integrate Yoast into your custom fields. Check out ACF Content Analysis For Yoast SEO if this applies to you.

WP Fastest Cache

Secondly, you want to have a cache for your WordPress site. I strongly believe this is absolutely crucial to deliver your content faster. A cache serves as a resource to store your website for a visitor and that can be reserved to provide more instantaneous results. Alongside, this plugin being a cache system it will also minify CSS and JS to serve your content most efficiently. There are additional features to this plugin that I won’t be including but definitely check out all of them!

Smush

Images on websites can really slow down performance especially the higher quality they are and the larger file size that they are. I do believe it’s important to have a beautiful website and having high resolution photos can play a crucial part in that design. This plugin will optimize the images in your WordPress website to reduce file size and optimize them to be used more efficiently. This will greatly speed up your website.

These three plugins will easily optimize your website and help you achieve higher rankings on Google.

  1. Yoast – https://wordpress.org/plugins/wordpress-seo/
  2. WP Fastest Cache – https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-fastest-cache/
  3. Smush – https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-smushit/

ACF Content Analysis For Yoast SEO – https://wordpress.org/plugins/acf-content-analysis-for-yoast-seo/

Tools to help you understand your websites performance

Next, it’s time we talk about reviewing our results and figuring out how we can optimize our website even more so!

Google Search Console

This service provided by Google will show you exactly how well your website is doing in Google searches. This is extremely important also because you can submit a sitemap to make sure that Google does in fact have your website listed in Google searches. Why optimize a website that could never be found in the first place?

Page Speed Insights

Then, we come to our next very important tool. The speed of your website has a great deal to do with search engine optimization. Search engines want to provide quality resources for everybody, which means you need to deliver quality content.

This tool will help you understand what edits you could make to your website to improve the speed of it. Sometimes this may even mean you may need to modify your WordPress theme. Get in contact with a developer to help you out or hire me! You may also find using a more efficient theme to be all you need, you can check out my themes!

Now optimize your WordPress site!

Thank you for reading my article and these are tools that have helped me. I love learning more about other people’s experiences. So, please leave a comment with your opinions!

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Author: Brice Viland