If you’re new to blogging and a beginner when it comes to SEO, there are several things you need to do to your blog or website to optimize it for the search engines. Of course, the single best thing you can do for you blog or website it to publish great content, but there are other things you can do to help the search engines find you and those tools often involve installing a WordPress plugin. So, if you’ve never installed a WordPress plugin before this is a quick tutorial on how to do that.

Search for a plugin

Determine which plugin you need

There are millions of plugins available and they all do wonderful things. However,  you don’t need every plugin (and you don’t want every plugin either because installing excess plugins will slow your site down). Figure out what you need to do and then search for the appropriate plugin. I search from the installation page which can be located by clicking on Plugins from your Dashboard => Add New. From there you can upload a premium plugin that you’ve purchased and have available on your computer or you can browse through the featured plugins that are on the page or you can search for the plugin you need by entering a few keywords into the search bar.

Activate the plugin

Install the Plugin

If you need to create a sitemap on your site (and, you do) then go to Add New in the plugins section and search from Google XML Sitemap. Click on the install button and then Activate the plugin.

Customize the Plugin

Once you’ve activated the plugin, 0pen the configuration page, which is located under Settings -> XML-Sitemap and customize settings like priorities and change frequencies. That’s all you need to do. You now have a sitemap on your site so search engines can index your site much better. For other plugins you might need to do a little more customization. If you’ve installed a gallery plugin you’ll usually find the settings under their own heading in the sidebar. If not you can find the setting located on the plugin page in the plugin section.