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5 Plug-ins You Need for your WordPress Blog

December 13, 2011

By Carol Amato

 

If you use WordPress.org, you have access to countless plug-ins.  Just like applications on Facebook, WordPress plug-in can enhance your experience, increase interaction and make it easier to manage your marketing campaign.  Because plug-ins are so important, I’m going to give you a list of the 5 plug-ins you need for your WordPress blog.

All in One SEO Pack

The All in One SEO Pack plug-in will automate the SEO (search engine optimization) process for your blog.  This plug-in will:

  • Optimizes your titles for search engines
  • Automatically generate META tags
  • Help you avoid duplicate content
  • Fine tune your page’s navigation links

These are just a few of the many features you’ll receive when you use the All in One SEO Pack.

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If you want to install the All in One SEO pack, go to http://wordpress.org/extend/plug-ins/all-in-one-seo-pack/installation/.  Download the plug-in and follow the installation instructions.

Google XML Sitemaps

The Google XML Sitemaps plug-in will create a sitemap for your WordPress blog.  Once the sitemap is created, search engines such as Google and Bing will be able to crawl your site with ease.  This will allow the search engines to index your site properly.  After your site is properly indexed, it will be easier to move up in the search engine rankings.

You can install the Google XML Sitemaps plug-in at http://wordpress.org/extend/plug-ins/google-sitemap-generator/installation/.  Again, be sure to follow the installation instructions after you download the plug-in.

WordPress.com Stats

The WordPress.com Stats plug-in provides users with simple and concise statistics.  You’ll receive stats on:5 Plug-ins You Need for your WordPress Blog pictures

  • Page views
  • Popular pages
  • Popular posts
  • Traffic source
  • Exit clicks

You can view the statistics from your WordPress.org account. 

You can download the WordPress.com Stats plug-in at http://wordpress.org/extend/plug-ins/stats/installation/.  Simply download the plug-in and follow the installation instructions.  Then, your plug-in will be up and running in no time at all.

Akismet

The Akismet plug-in checks comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam.  If a comment is flagged as spam, you’ll get the chance to review it.  Then, you can decide if you want to publish the comment or delete it.

This will keep your blog free from the spam comments and links that are on so many WordPress.org blogs. 

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You can download the Akismet plug-in at http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/akismet/installation/.  Once you download the plug-in, follow the instructions on the page.

Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARPP)

The Yet Another Related Posts Plugin uses an algorithm to find posts that are related to each other.  Then, if someone reads a post, he’ll see a list of other posts that are related to the original post.  This will help you get more page views, which is essential if you’re going to have a popular blog.

You can install the Yet Another Related Post Plugin at http://wordpress.org/extend/plug-ins/yet-another-related-posts-plug-in/installation/.  Once there, install the plug-in and follow the installation instructions.

After you install these plug-ins, look through WordPress.org’s plug-in directory at http://wordpress.org/extend/plug-ins/.  Browse through the featured plug-ins and use the search tool to look for specific types of plug-ins. 

If you find some plug-ins that you like, let me know in the comment section of this post.  Also, tell me which of my five favorite plug-ins you like the best.

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  • Mary

    WOw, you make it so easy to know what to do because you have walked down this path already. Thank you, Carol – you are an angel.

    • http://www.CarolAmato.com/ Carol Amato

      Hi Mary!
      I am so glad to help and make it easier on you – I enjoy helping folks. :)
      Have a great week.
      -Carol

  • Frank or Ginny

    Carol, Frank here. Wanted to touch base and say Hi. I finally got to get Akismet loaded on my sites and wanted to let you know it has done a wonderful job. Thanks for the heads-up. I was starting to get an average of 150 to 200 emails daily. Now none. They were all spam mail.
    I am trying to start a new website for products from amazon.com. Wish me luck and thanks again for all your help.

    • http://www.CarolAmato.com/ Carol Amato

      Hi Frank,

      You’re welcome, I really try to share what is helping me, and Akismet is something that really helps. When I started out, I concentrated my time on my lead-generating system and my first site until profitable. Please be careful not to spread yourself too thin. I also like Amazon sites as I got AzonSpy which was awesome, but that is only one small stream of income compared to the main gig….list building. Hope to encourage you! :)
      Have a great day.
      Take Care,
      - Carol

  • Thomas Gene Vickery

    Hey Thanks again, good info.

    • http://www.CarolAmato.com/ Carol Amato

      Hi Thomas,

      You’re welcome, I certainly enjoy helping where I can!
      Have a great day.
      - Carol

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