Top 14 Must Have Plugins for WordPress

 

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1.      All in One Seo Pack:

Used by thousands of sites this plugin automatically optimizes your content for the search engines.  Plus lots of options to customize and add keyword info.

2.      Akismet

Excellent plugin that stops spam cold!  Pre-empts spam comments from making it onto your WordPress blog.  Extremely effective and best of all…its automatically installed on every WordPress Blog.

3.      Contact Form 7

One of the best available free contact forms for your WordPress blog or website.  Easy to set up and utilize.  I’ve set it up in less than 2 minutes flat!

4.     Easy Privacy Policy

Google wants to know you’re credible so you need a Privacy Policy.  Truly a must if you are doing pay per click advertising.  Plugin installs standard policy and enables you to customize the language to your website.  Write a Privacy Policy in less time than it takes to brush your teeth!

5.    Google XML Sitemap

Without a map we would all be lost and Google is no exception.  Make it easy for Google to find all that great content on your WordPress site with this plugin. 

6.    Google Analytics

Google offers free analytics for your site. You do not need to use their analytics if you don’t want to but if you do this plugin makes it awesome easy.  You need a Google Analytics account so sign up here first. Then download and install the plugin and find out what is really going on with your website visitors.

7.    Sexy Bookmarks

Don’t worry no X rating with this one.  Just a great way to get your visitors to share your information with their friends and the world!  If you like this below then download this WordPress plugin. 

Sexy Bookmarks WordPress Plugin

 

 

 

8.     Simple Tags

Tags are the keywords that represent the most used keywords on your site. You know those groups of tags you see on websites with large and small words based on usage.  Well now you can actually manage these tag “clouds”  Make them colorful.  Eliminate tags that you don’t want to be indexed for.  Its so simple…its Simple Tags!

9.     Wp DB Backup

Don’t forget to back up all your data.  You do it at home.  You MUST do it for your website.  This handy dandy plugin backs up your WordPress database where all your content is stored.  Make sure you get a backup at LEAST once a week automatically mailed to you. 

10.  Wp to Twitter ReTweet

Didn’t your mom always tell you to share?  Well its time you finally listened!  Make it easy for your visitors to re-tweet those great articles you have on your WordPress site.  Put a Twitter button right next to every post with this baby.  Sharing is good…now how about some of that ice cream? 

11.  WordPress.com Stats

So you write and write and write and you wonder is there anyone out there?  Well this tool will show you that you’re not the last one on the planet.  There are people out there on this planet (maybe in other worlds too!) and this tool will provide the stats to show you that they’re reading your blog!

12.  Yet Another Related Posts

It’s hard enough to get visitors to your blog so how do you keep them?  Keep them reading they say and that’s what this plugin does.  Like the Amazon.com suggestion tool (people who bought that also bought this- Didn’t that help you find that great gift for so and so?)  This awesome plugin somehow figures out articles that are related and makes suggestions to readers.  Perhaps your readers will get so engaged reading article after article that they will lose weight and then you can say… read my blog and lose 10lbs! 

13.  SEO Slugs

The SEO Slugs WordPress plugin removes common words like ‘a’, ‘the’, ‘in’ from post slugs to improve search engine optimization.  Eliminate the “little” words like ”the”, “of”, “by” etc. from your custom WordPress urls.

14.  SEO Friendly Images

SEO Friendly Images is a WordPress SEO plugin which automatically updates all images with proper ALT and TITLE attributes for SEO purposes. If your images do not have ALT and TITLE already set, SEO Friendly Images will add them according the options you set. 

To download and install the plugins you can either download them here or you can search for them from your WordPress dashboard.

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