Joost’s SEO plugin is now in public beta

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Joost de Valk announced that his WordPress SEO plugin is now in public beta. The plugin, originally sent only to subscribers of his WordPress Newsletter, is now available for download from the WordPress plugin directory.

Joost also revealed more about add-on modules planned for the plugin, including one free module, News SEO, and two paid modules, Video SEO and Local SEO.

The free module comes with the download currently available from WordPress.org and will generate an XML News Sitemap required for inclusion into Google News. Video SEO will feature, among other things, XML video sitemap generation and support for many major video platforms. Local SEO will feature Geo Sitemap Generation, microformatted address output and more.

The WordPress SEO plugin is expected to remain in beta for at least two weeks, but possibly longer.