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.
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.
The WordPress.com Stats plug-in provides users with simple and concise statistics. You’ll receive stats on:
- 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.
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.
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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