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12 Best Wordpress Plugins

12 Best Wordpress Plugins

Hi Guys,

Following on from the last 2 days videos about setting up and customizing your wordpress blog. I've got some recommendations for plugins. You don't have to install these if you find that part complicated, but for those of  you who are familiar with how easy it is to do (and there are instructions on each website that I list), these are fantastic!

Here's my top 12. I invite you to comment on them or whether or not you have others that you recommend:

Adsense-Deluxe
http://www.acmetech.com/blog/adsense-deluxe/
Part of Google Adsense's terms of service is that you do not display more than 3 sets of Google Adsense ads on each page. Adsense-Deluxe allos you to place google ads as part of your template or in your posts, while ensuring you don't break Google's 3 ads rule.

Google Sitemaps
http://www.arnebrachhold.de/projects/wordpress-plugins/google-xml-sitemaps-generator/
By having a Google Sitemap, you'll be able to keep your blog as up to date in Google as possible. This Google Sitemaps plugin will create a sitemap of your wp blog that is Google compliant.

Gravatar
http://en.gravatar.com/
I just found this one today, it's a great service which shows up custom items associated with various email addresses of users who post comments on your blog. It's another way of adding more personality and splice to your blog.

Head META Description
http://guff.szub.net/2005/09/01/head-meta-description/
Many search engines, such as Google, display your description meta data in their search results. The problem is, wordpress usually uses the exact same meta data for each and every page on your website. By installing this plugin, you'll ensure that you ahve a dynamic description meta tag for every entry you put into your blog, which is automatically generated based on the page content.
 
Optimal Title
http://elasticdog.com/2004/09/optimal-title/
This is very essential for SEO purposes as it lets you put the title of your blog posts before the blog title, rather than after your blog's name.

All in One SEO Pack
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/all-in-one-seo-pack/
Some features:
* Automatically helps you to avoids duplicate content found on most typical Wordpress blogs
* Optimizes your titles for search engines automatically
* You can override any title and set any META description and any META keywords you want.
* Automatically generates META tags
* Allows you to fine tune anything you want.
* It is backwards-compatibile with a lot of other plugins, such as ultimate tage warrior, auto meta and many others.

Related Posts
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-23-related-posts-plugin/
This is a great way of getting your readers to read more of your blog posts because it automatically displays related posts that you have made.

Permalink Redirect
http://scott.yang.id.au/code/permalink-redirect/
One of the frustrating things when you check through your stats is that wordpress urls with a trailing slash are the same as ones that aren't, yet show up as separate pages. It's also frustrating from an SEO perspective as many search engines treat these as separate pages. Luckily there's Permanent Redirect, which issues a 301 (permanently moved) redirect if anyone accesses your page via the non-permalink web address. This will help you from an SEO perspective and keep your stats clean.

Ultimate Tag Warrior
http://www.neato.co.nz/ultimate-tag-warrior/
Tags are one of the most interesting things that Web 2.0 has brought to the internet. Thanks to Ultimate Tag Warrior, you can join in on this and tag your posts. The main reason for tagging is that it assists in narrowing down for others what the post is about and it provides and easy way of getting around your site. It also give Technorati a great idea of what your post is about so that it can index it correctly. Technorati is another great place for driving traffic to your website, hence this is an essential tool.

Akismet
http://akismet.com/
Spam has got to be one of the most frustrating parts of owning a wordpress blog. It seems like the moment you've set up your blog, you start getting incoming spam comments. That's why you need to install the Akismet plugin, which eliminates a LOT of your comment spam problems.

WPCron for wordpress backups
http://skippy.net/plugin-wp-cron
Wordpress Database backup is included by default in editions 2.0 and above. However the plugin is much more useful if you also install WP Cron because it'll automate the backup process for you. This is a more advanced plugin and not necessary for newbie/intermediates who might find it tricky to set up.

I hope that you've gained a lot of value from this blog post. Please post your comments and suggestions for other great plugins.

All the best!

Mark

P.S Reminder: On Sunday Night at 6pm EST I’ll be running a LIVE teleseminar with 2 of the world’s best blogging experts. It promises to be packed full of great value and you’ll also get to ask questions live on the call, so be there if you want to discover web 2.0 blog traffic strategies, monetization strategies and much more! I will post the audio version of this call on this blog soon after it is released.

Here are the teleseminar event details: http://www.instantteleseminar.com/?eventid=2702478 (Tip: Set your alarm on your phone to remind yourself!)

13 Comments Add your comment
  • Reply Wil Riley • 2187 days ago

    Mark!
    Thanks for the plugins.
    Much appreciated!

  • Reply Douglas Titchmarsh • 2187 days ago

    I use several of the blog plugins you recommended already (google sitemaps, Akismet, and All In One SEO. All are useful and easy to setup plugins which will help a blog to get found, and ranked in search engines for some free traffic.
    I have also downloaded some of the others you recommend, and will give them a whirl. I also rediscovered Feedburner thanks to your article, and have started adding an email subscribe for updates (not everyone uses RSS feeds to follow websites).
    Thanks for a useful article Mark.

  • Reply Nancy P Redford • 2187 days ago

    Hi Mark,

    Just wanted to update you on the permalink redirect plugin.
    Since the advancements in WordPress 2 series that redirect is now built into the basic WordPress blogging software.

    So there is no need for it any more.
    This saves everyone so much time and stress.

    Thanks to everyone providing feedback to WordPress they have finally added some pricesless built-in features.

    Eagerly looking forward to the NEW Affilorama site!

  • Reply Mark • 2187 days ago

    Hi Mark.


    Useful plugins.

    Could I bring to your attention two more which
    save a lot of heartache.

    http://techie-buzz.com/wordpress-plugins/wordpress-automatic-upgrade-plugin.html

    Automatically upgrades your blog to the latest
    version of WordPress in a couple of easy clicks,

    and

    http://www.semiologic.com/software/marketing/google-analytics/

    Adds Google Analytics to your blog pages quickly
    and easily.

    Best wishes and keep up the good work.

    Mark

  • Reply Mike • 2187 days ago

    Thanks Mark! There are several I hadn't heard about and will upload asap!

  • Reply Vitallywell • 2187 days ago

    Thanks Mark. There were a couple I was unaware of.

  • Reply Damian • 2186 days ago

    Great info as usual, I hve used all of these plug ins on various blogs with great success. Have you come across Zemanta? Whilst not strictly a Wordpress Plug In it is a great free tool for improving your blog. I would strongly recommend it as a tool that should be in every bloggers toolkit. Its concept is simple: It gets the images from Wikimedia Commons, Flickr and various stock photo providers, and lets you pick them out and place them into your post. http://www.whatdayjob.com/blog/zemanta-if-a-picture/ Damian

  • Reply gourmet coffee snob • 2186 days ago

    Hi Mark, I'm a tad fuzzy here. I'm wondering if some of the plugins will cancel each other's effectiveness out or interfere with each other. I ask this not fully understanding each plugins' function...ie... It sounds to me that the Optimal Title will cancel the All in One SEO Pack out...same thing for Head META Description and Optimal Title. If so...which one of the plugins would you recommend to do the described function? ~~gourmet coffee snob~~ Always Drink Better Coffee spotajavacoffee.com From Affilorama: Hi, if you opt for the all in one seo pack, then you won't need optimal title by itself, yes. I actually only discovered the all in one pack yesterday and think it looks wonderful, that is why I hadn't removed the other recommendations that is covered inside that pack because those are the ones I use currently (although for future blogs I'm going to use the all in one pack as it saves time!)

  • Reply Alan Mclaren • 2186 days ago

    Hi Mark
    thanks for all the input.
    I am going to create my first blog tomorrow night (hopefully) following your videos and using the plug ins.
    Cheers
    Alan
    FatBlokeFit.com

  • Reply Dagmar • 2185 days ago

    Thanks Mark, I've just found couple of new ones I didn't know about yet. ;-)

    I posted the list of my 10 most useful WP plugins at:
    http://reveview.com/my-10-most-used-wordpress-plugins/

    - I think they'll add to your list nicely
    especially WP database plugin (so you don't lose your blog!),
    and Smart update pinger (so you can edit your posts without overpinging), not to mention a very useful Social bookmarking plugin so people can easily add your blog to SB sites
    + couple of other useful plugins... ;-)

    Dagmar

  • Reply china wholesale • 1731 days ago

    This is really cool, and I cannot wait to try it. I will have to spread the word.

  • Reply serSakstals • 1376 days ago

    guten tag,
    möchte meine erfahrungen mit dem webhoster heihachi (http://heihachi.net) mit anderen sharen.

    man kann anonym per paysafecard, webmoney oder liberty reserve bezahlen, ich hab per paysafecard bezahlt. persönliche daten wie addresse interessiert heihachi nicht.
    die server stehen in russland und sich abusesicher.

    heihachi ist einer der größten szenehoster in deutschland, wenn nicht sogar der größte. zwar steht dieser webhoster häufig in kritik, aber das sind in der regel bloß hater oder pesonen, die keine ahnung haben ;)

    die bearbeitungszeit der bestellung (ich hab mir einen webspace gekauft) war ok, habe insgesamt 12 Stunden gewartet.
    der webspace hat eine ddos protection inklusive, die auch ganz gut klappt. ich konnte bislang keine größere downtime feststellen.
    die geschwindigkeit des servers ist immer akzeptabel bis sehr gut

    der support ist freundlich und antwortet immer sehr schnell und ausführlich.
    ich erhalte meistens eine antwortet innerhalb von einer stunde.
    allerdings dauern einzahlungen (die werden per ticket gemacht) um die 12 stunden, also etwas längert.

    kurz:
    heihachi / heihachi.net ist ein guter webhoster mit dem ich sehr gute erfahrung gesammelt hab, ich kann diesen provider empfehlen.
    die server stehen in russland, man kann anonym hosten, abusemails werden ignoriert, was will man mehr?

    mit freundlichen grüßen,
    MurMel2009

  • Reply ratsinirway • 1367 days ago

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