Best WordPress Plug-Ins

plugsBlogging with WordPress offers users so many choices, including a variety of plug-ins that meet different needs. Some are for fun and others are very functional and useful for a variety of purposes. No one would want all these plug-ins in their blog, though, and some are more well-suited to some types of content than others.

But all of them when used with the right blog can make the blog more dynamic and easier for the reader to use, as well as keep them interested and coming back.

Related Posts: This plug-in shows a linked list of related posts at the bottom of a post. This is excellent for keeping readers at your blog. They’ll finish one post and see list of others that contain relevant content, and keep clicking through and reading as long as they’re interested in your content. This plug-in is great for any blog, especially those with many older posts that they still want to bring to the attention of readers.

Adsense Deluxe: This plug-in allows you to place Adsense ads on your blog. Adsense is Google’s pay-per-click program. If you run Adsense ads on your blog, when people click on them you get paid. The amount of pay varies by ad, topic and a variety of other factors, with ads ranging from 1 to 3 cents per click up to several dollars per click. Adsense uses the content of your page to determine which related ads will run, making it more likely that your audience will click on those ads. These are best for very niche blogs on a specific topic.

All in One SEO Pack: This plug-in helps you optimize your WordPress blog for search engines. It will help you choose titles, descriptions and keywords to help you get better listings with the search engines.

Feedsmith: Feedsmith sends your blog to Feedburner. This allows those who prefer reading blogs via RSS feeds to do so without having to visit your site. Many people will sign up for feeds rather than have to visit every blog site they read every day. If you don’t get your blog in a feed, you’re missing out a valuable chunk of readers. There are dozens of plug-ins designed to help you copyright and optimize your feed, including advertising on it.

Askimet: Askimet stops spam in its tracks. When comments and trackback links are spammy, Askimet catches them and asks your approval before posting. You can search comments then by IP to find all the comments by one person, as well as searching by user name. This can really save you from spam on your blog.

WP Captcha-Free: This plug-in stops automated commenting without requiring each commenter to type in a hard-to-read captcha. This blog plug-in is designed more for bot and automated spam comments, while Askimet catches individually posted comments, too.

WordPress Popular Posts:  This plug-in adds a widget to your blog similar to the Related Posts that you can customize in a variety of ways to show the information that you want it to. The plug-in shows your most read blog posts.

Photo Credits: myuibe

Originally posted 2009-06-05 05:55:24. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

If you liked this article, vote for it on del.icio.us and stumbleupon.

10 Benefits of Hosting your Own Blog

If you want to create an edge over many of the other bloggers on the web, then one of the best things that you can do is host your own blog. There are a number of benefits of hosting your own blog over having some other service host your blog. Here are ten of the […]

Continue reading → 10 Benefits of Hosting your Own Blog



Hosting your own Blogs Carnival

There are plenty of different ways that you can participate in a blogs carnival in order to increase the traffic to your blog. When you are just getting started, you may want to consider submitting your own posts to the blogs carnival publishers so that you can increase your readership. You also are going to […]

Continue reading → Hosting your own Blogs Carnival



Remove Dates From Permalink

How do you you remove the dates from your permalink structure without ruining all the hard earned links you have developed? Glad you asked… It really is very simple… (Note I tried the various plugins first but had issues… In the end this solution is faster for the visitor, quicker to implement, and simpler.) Assuming […]

Continue reading → Remove Dates From Permalink



Creating Blog Entries

When it comes to running a blog, the owner needs to be able to regularly generate content. This task comes easy to some, but for many, it can occasionally happen that the ideas stop coming. Failing to post for a little while can be detrimental to a blog’s traffic, so the site owner needs to […]

Continue reading → Creating Blog Entries



Three Steps to Blog Carnivals

The concept of blog carnivals has quickly become a powerful way for people to generate traffic for their blogs. By turning participation in blog carnivals into a regular habit and submitting all of your best posts, you are absolutely going to see more traffic coming to your blog. You are also going to be able […]

Continue reading → Three Steps to Blog Carnivals



Keep Readers Coming Back to Your Blog

If you have a blog, you want to keep readers coming back. You can attract readers in a variety of ways, but keeping them is a little harder. You may end up high in the search engines for tons of keywords and pull in tons of unique page views. But how do you keep these […]

Continue reading → Keep Readers Coming Back to Your Blog



Increase your Blog Traffic in 3 Logical Ways

This is part three in a three part series on the steps to increase your blog traffic. If you are looking for quick and simple ways to increase your blog traffic, or more involved ways with bigger returns, keep reading for some great information. 1 – Avoid jumping on the bandwagon. Some memes are definitely […]

Continue reading → Increase your Blog Traffic in 3 Logical Ways



Breaking the 2 Year Blogging Curse, pt 3.

This is the final post in discussing the 2 Year Blogging Curse and ways in which to counter the urge to up and quit. We talked about blogging schedules and grabbing specialty plugins, now we’ll focus on four new ideas. Establish a Feature. A feature is not a meme. A feature is post that periodically […]

Continue reading → Breaking the 2 Year Blogging Curse, pt 3.



How To Create a Killer Landing Page

by John Tumbler, guest blogger The landing page is the first page of your website where a visitor visits. Each website/company has its own landing page where they are driving all their traffic even if they are unaware of it. A visitor can reach your landing page either from Search Engine Results, online advertisement, email […]

Continue reading → How To Create a Killer Landing Page