Do You Need an SEO Plugin for WordPress

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00:28 David Blackmon: Welcome to another episode of WP The Podcast, my name is David Blackmon.

00:35 Tim Strifler: And i’m Tim Strifler

00:38 David Blackmon: Today in episode 837 we’re going to talk about whether or not you need an SEO plugin for WordPress. WordPress, let’s speak english today David.. um i’m going to just say my short little answer here because Tim’s going to get in a whole lot more in depth about this than I am. My answer is yes, you need an SEO plugin for WordPress, but it’s not because you have to have it for any technical reason, it’s because it’s easy, it makes it easy for you to do things that from an SEO perspective are going to matter. Like on-page SEO, page titles um you know meta, meta description and meta information that is baked into those SEO plugins and stuff. So that’s my answer. Tim what’s yours?

01:36 Tim Strifler:  Yeah, so if you don’t care about getting traffic from google then you don’t need to worry about it. But most websites out there they want free traffic from the search engine. And so if that’s you then like David yes, you do need an SEO plugin because WordPress doesn’t provide a way to edit things like your title tags. Uh sorry i feel like it sneezes coming on um.. all right it went away it got scared. We don’t do edits like this uh everyone, we just leave it just you know that’s right we keep it real keep it keeping it real. WordPress does not provide a way to edit your title tags which is what shows up in the search engines, and is what search engines use to help them figure out what your page is about. And same thing with meta descriptions which isn’t a ranking factor per se, but it does show up in the in the on the search engine results page and so um so you need to be able to edit that uh that’s super important so yeah you do need an seo plugin now is the SEO plugin that you use or just using one at all are going to automatically make your website rank.  No of course not, but if you want to be able to control uh different things in your SEO, such as the title tags and meta descriptions being the biggest things uh then yes you do need an SEO plugin. 

03:06  David Blackmon: Awesome! Boom! There you go folks, tomorrow we’ve got another great topic the best beginner course for WordPress unveiled. Until tomorrow, we’ll see you then.

03:09 Tim Strifler: Take care, bye.

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