The popular WordPress SEO plugin by Joost de Valk has reached its first official “stable” release. WordPress SEO has experienced significant and consistent growth over the last year of development, now closing in on a whopping half a million downloads and 36 updates.
Joost de Valk describes in the release blog post that he “want[s] you to write better content and aid you with that.” That sort of common sense reasoning is part of what helps de Valk to stand out in an industry full of people offering all teh Googles for all your dollars.
As part of the release, de Valk also announced the news SEO module, an extension for WordPress SEO that creates a news Sitemap that should help WordPress blogs get indexed in Google News.
In the interests of full disclosure, I’ve been using this plugin for months on projects, and I love it. My favorite is the snippet preview, but it also comes packages with many other features you may appreciate.
WordPress is already built with search engines in mind, and is quite friendly out of the box. So I’m curious, do you use an SEO plugin? If so, do you use WordPress SEO, or the All In One SEO plugin, or perhaps a collection of smaller SEO plugins? Tell us about it in the comments.