How to Rank Your WordPress Website on Google

How to rank your WordPress website on Google? WordPress is one of the easiest platforms to optimize a website for Google, but it's also the easiest to mess up if you know the basics. There's a huge amount of good SEO plugins to use and a lot of them are free. But if you got a slow, low performing WordPress site, that's not that good, and we're going to fix that. So how do you go about keeping your site performance at decent levels and still manage to optimize for SEO?

DreamHost: :
WP Engine:
Rank Math:
all-in-one SEO:

I'm going to break down this video into two sections. One, about what you can do that is strictly SEO and the other about how you can optimize your site's performance. So let's talk about site's performance.

The first thing you need to keep in mind is no one will stick around for many seconds if you're unable to just get your page to load. I hate it when I'm on a website and it's like loading, loading, loading, loading.

So, if someone clicks on your website from Google, their search results, and they have to wait five or eight seconds to load, that creates friction. For that reason, you'll have a hard time ranking any website that is slow or has less than ideal user experience.

That's why I have a few tactics and plugins that I used to help speed up my site. When it comes to who you're hosting with, make sure your website is on a fast server. You'll want either a dedicated server or managed WordPress hosting solution. A dedicated server gives you complete dedicated resources in terms of computer power and network bandwidth.

Now you haven't even touched plugins yet. Add that on, you can even speed up your site even more. And it doesn't matter what server you have, plugins really, really help. The same goes with manage WordPress hosting. When you host your website with manage web hosting services, you have the infrastructure that's designed for maximum performance for your WordPress site.

They'll optimize, they'll move things around, they'll do their technical voodoo to make sure that your site loads fast. They spend a lot of their time taking care of serving performance, so the difference in performance is also a big deal.

Now whether you're looking for dedicated server managed hosting, let's say whether it's DreamHost or WP Engine or whatever you decide to use, you want to check them out but you also want to make sure that you use a few specific plugins and I' I'm going to break down some of these plugins that will help you out with your performance.

First, Cache and CDN. Cache just make sure that the same page doesn't have to keep loading for new users and CDN is a content delivery network that puts your files and, you know, for your website all over the world whether it's India or Australia or UK.

Then another plugin I love is Lazy loading. This way if you have tones of images or video on a page when people scroll, you won't load up all the images. You'll wait until they scroll and then load up the images because right when someone loads your website, why would you load up on hundred images?

Another thing, image compression. If you have heavy images that are large in fall size, image compression will solve that. Still make the images look beautiful and crisp but they load super quickly. A cool plugin that does it for free, at least till certain limit is So check that out.

First, Sitemap. You got to make sure the searches can crawl your whole site, site maps help. Then you got basic on-page SEO. You want to make sure things are bundle up.

Image SEO. There's structured markup. You got to make sure that you're controlling the robots as well, whether it's redirect or excluding certain pages or files. Any plugin that gives you access to these capabilities will be a good fit for a WordPress site. Well, I would look into any one of these three options as they're great. Rank Math, Yoast, and all-in-one SEO. Check out those three.

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00:00 – Introduction
01:18 – Site Performance
02:19 – Tactics And Plugins: To Help Speed Up Your Site
03:00 – Plugins That Will Help With Performance
05:36 – Talk About The Plugins You Need To Use In Order To Optimize Your Seo

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19 Responses to How to Rank Your WordPress Website on Google

  1. Neil Patel March 10, 2022 at 11:54 am #

    What’s the best WordPress SEO Plugin you’ve been using so far?

    • Mr Laxman March 10, 2022 at 4:23 pm #

      yoast is the best seo plugin in WordPress

    • Ruby Saud March 10, 2022 at 5:08 pm #

      Yoast seo, google site, wp rocket, autoptimize, etc
      As so far, yoast seo is what i love the most

    • Olaaz Sales March 10, 2022 at 6:31 pm #

      Rankmath is becoming a beast!

    • Akhilesh Kesharwani March 10, 2022 at 6:52 pm #

      Rank Math

  2. Manav Pahwa March 10, 2022 at 3:03 pm #

    Hello Neil,

    Please teach us, how to rank one page website.

    Thanks and Regards.

  3. Cook easy tasty tutorials -Sugar March 10, 2022 at 3:08 pm #

    Do you belive that web site speed give more priority on seo than the other facts?

  4. Surjo Biswas March 10, 2022 at 3:10 pm #

    Like all times, this is another great one.

  5. Ricky Hurtado March 10, 2022 at 3:13 pm #

    I definitely would want a plugin that does all of the above. I’m okay paying too since it means I get good customer service.

  6. AlamiYo March 10, 2022 at 3:39 pm #

    Dear, Mr. Neil, first of all, thank you very much for your amazing tutorial. Your free courses are 100 times better than so-called SEO gurus and their courses. thank you very much for your contribution to the community. BTW I find most of your tutorials are theoretical. Please try to make some tutorials with some practical implementation. I know I may have asked a lot. Maybe with practical implementation, your tutorial will be an hour-long but people will accept it with all their hearts. Please, Sir, make a detailed tutorial about INTERNAL LINKING with practical implementation. Love and Respect to you from Bangladesh.

  7. Ukabuike Success March 10, 2022 at 3:49 pm #

    Yes please, we want it.

  8. Alexander Vergara March 10, 2022 at 3:52 pm #

    Yes Neil, please help us with that SEO plugin, thank you very much

  9. Nilava Majumder March 10, 2022 at 4:47 pm #

    Yes Neil. I need your free SEO WordPress plugin

  10. Shafiq Ramli March 10, 2022 at 4:52 pm #

    Yes. We all need a well optimized SEO plugin. Please create it. Thanks in advanced.

  11. Weik Fitness - Matt Weik March 10, 2022 at 5:36 pm #

    Would love for you to create a plug-in.

  12. gaming mania March 10, 2022 at 6:22 pm #

    Sir you are really very helpful man plzzzz make that plugin i hope it’ll be helpful like your super tool ubber suggest

  13. Niccolò Bonini March 10, 2022 at 8:23 pm #

    Yes, interested in the plugin

  14. TTECH Solutions March 10, 2022 at 9:11 pm #

    Thanks for the useful information

  15. Andrew C Witham March 10, 2022 at 10:02 pm #

    Thanks Neil,

    Have you used AMP? I’m finding that it helps performance.

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