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10 WordPress Plugins You’ll Love

WordPress is becoming increasingly popular with each passing day and new release. Perhaps even more popular than WordPress itself, are the plugins you can use to customize your WordPress platform installed on your domain. For more information on WordPress, check out Thord Daniel Hedengren’s article on Things to Consider before using WordPress as a CMS.

There are literally thousands of WordPress plugins available for use on your blog or WordPress hosted site. Not all plugins will work with each release of WordPress, and these plugins are usually not endorsed by WordPress because anyone with programming knowledge can create them. With this in mind, let us take a look at the top 10 WordPress plugins for site productivity.

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Wassup

This is a new plugin compatible with WordPress versions 2.2 and above. Installing this plugin will provide you with real-time visitor statistics to help you determine how well your site is doing. There is a customizable sidebar widget for you to show your statistics to your viewers. It aims not to provide daily, weekly, or monthly summary stats as some other analytics plug-ins do, but to show you live actions of your visitors as they on the site, while still providing you with information on keywords, hostname, and other stats like other programs. Use it in conjunction with an anti-spam plugin for an even greater edge, or use it as a standalone.

Keyword Luv

In order for your blog comments to work to your full advantage in terms of search engine ranking gains, the anchor text associated with the link to your website should be keywords you want to rank for, right? We can thank spammers for creating the no-follow fiasco—and the fact is, many blog owners will spam a comment which uses keywords as the name of the person leaving the comment. The Keyword Luv plug-in will help fellow commentators by allowing them to place both their name and keyword anchor text on the link—ensuring a fight against spam while saying thanks for commenting. To use the plug-in effectively, your blog should also have the nofollow code removed in order for this plugin to function correctly. You can try the NoFollow Free plug-in to ensure it works. Download the file, unzip to the /wp-content/plugins directory of your site, and manage your plug-ins from your dashboard. When a user comments on your blog all they need to do is enter their name like this: name@keywordphrase. The result will translate to this: John from ABC123 says “Great site!” Where ABC123 would be the link to his site—the keyword phrase he chose.

Comment Luv

Help out fellow commenters by using this plug-in to fetch the most recent blog post from their blog. It will display at the bottom of their comment, and encourage participation in comment campaigns as it will help earn traffic all around. As with its aforementioned counterpart, CommentLuv works with Do-Follow blogs. This plugin works with WP versions 2.5 or higher, and is compatible up to the current WP version 2.6.2.

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All-in-One SEO Pack

Need some extra help making sure your content is search engine friendly? There are several SEO plug-ins available for use with WordPress, but this one is great because it lets you customize the important fields just a bit more to push your optimization efforts a little higher. It allows you to change the meta title to include more keywords while still leaving your post title as you wish, make use of a post excerpt rather than posted on information in the meta description that displays with your link on a search engine result page, generate keywords from your categories, and combats duplicate content with a “no-index” feature. Download and install the plugin on your host, and use the dashboard to activate and use the features. This plugin works with versions 1.5 and higher, with compatibility to 2.6.2.

WP DB Backup

To ensure your site stays up and running in the event of computer meltdown, this plugin automatically backs up the database where your posts and other data are stored for archival and restoration purposes. This plugin works with versions 2.0.3 and higher. Customize your settings and data backup frequencies from within the plugin management dashboard.

WP e-Commerce

Need to sell products within your WordPress hosted site or blog? This simplifies the entire process for admin and consumer, from catalog to shopping cart and payment processing. This plugin requires at least version 2.0.2. Simply download and install the plug-in to the appropriate directory and activate from within the dashboard, where customization also takes place.

ShareThis

Social bookmarking is a major component of web traffic, so why not give your readers motivation to submit your entries to various sites? The likelihood of submissions will increase if the ability is there in front of the user, as opposed to hoping that he or she will take the time to manually do it. This plugin allows users to submit the post via AIM, MySpace, Facebook, and various others. To use ShareThis, start by customizing the look of your widget and register for tracking purposes. This can be used with version 1.5 or higher, but is only compatible up to 2.6.

WordPress Related Posts

Want a way to link other relevant posts to your new ones without having to find them do it manually for each post? The WordPress Related Posts plug-in is what you are looking for. By monitoring the tags you use for each post, the plug-in pulls data from the MySQL database where your posts are stored, and then displays the appropriate list of related posts on your page. To use this plugin, download the file, unzip it to the /wp-content/plugins directory, and then place the following command in your template code: <?php wp_related_posts(); ?> To change the output of the plug-in, click Manage > Option > WordPress Related Posts. This plug-in requires at least WordPress version 2.3, and is compatible up to 2.6.2. Newer versions of WordPress have a separate plugin management area in the upper right of the dashboard.

Podcasting

Simplify the delivery of your podcasts with the Podcasting plug-in. Download and install the plug-in, and begin recording podcasts—making RSS feeds a breeze, with multiple feed support and multiple podcast support. Embed a player in any post to encourage your readers to listen, and edit your episodes with ease. This plug-in works on WordPress versions 2.5 and higher.

Twitter Tools

Twitter is an excellent way to notify followers of new blog posts, but it is easy to forget to post the tweet. This is where Twitter Tools comes to the rescue, fully integrating your blog and twitter account so as to automatically post a tweet to notify followers of a new blog post as soon as it publishes. This plugin may be used with WordPress 2.3 or higher.

This list represents only a small portion of the total amount of WordPress plugins out there available for your use. With this list, we have covered social networking, analytics, podcasting, SEO, site backup, e-commerce, and enhancement of user experience. Factoring in all of these things to your WordPress site will help you in the long run.


  1. By Danny Tatom posted on January 28, 2009 at 4:48 pm
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    Great list! I’ve just recently gotten into wordpress again, and it’s changed quite a bit in the last year or so.

  2. By Chung Bey Luen posted on January 28, 2009 at 10:28 pm
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    Nice list. But I recommend HeadSpace2 instead of All-in-One SEO Pack because it has more to offer.

  3. By Ray Cornelius posted on January 28, 2009 at 11:03 pm
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    Awesome list, I’ll probably end up using a couple of these.

  4. By James posted on January 30, 2009 at 9:00 am
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    Nice list. Have a look at YARP (Yet Another Related Post) – it’s quicker and easier than WRP.

  5. By MCSE Angie posted on February 2, 2009 at 4:33 pm
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    The usability and sheer number of plugins to fit any type of blog is probably the number one reason why I love WordPress more than any other blogger platform out there.

  6. By Darren Tan posted on February 5, 2009 at 12:17 pm
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    Great list.. thanks for the effort for compiling these.. Love it!

  7. By Tony @ free sports betting picks posted on March 28, 2009 at 11:55 pm
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    Thanks for the tips on Comment Luv. Just installed it and am do follow. Has seen a rise in performance.

    Thanks
    Tony

  8. By Online Payment Processing posted on April 13, 2009 at 9:32 pm
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    If these are the top WP plugins, how come you dont use the keyword luv one? o_O
    -Jack

  9. By Increase Traffic posted on April 17, 2009 at 11:26 am
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    I cannot believe that there are still bloggers out there who are not yet using Keyword Luv. I’ve been using it for quite a while and truly loving it.

  10. By Hanna @ Watch Live Baseball posted on April 27, 2009 at 10:46 pm
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    I do believe that some blogger either totally don’t get it or they are simply too lazy! But it’s their loss. We’ve been using keyword luv for a while and it has certainly made a nice difference in the traffic valume as well as income. :-)

  11. By Tom @ Internet Marketing Blog posted on May 8, 2009 at 3:51 am
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    Thanks for posting the Wassup plugin. I’ll probably install this plugin on my blog. It has some nice features.

    Tom

  12. By Management Institute In India posted on May 23, 2009 at 10:20 am
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    really its a nice blog and very use for me thanks for sharing.
    Thanks for the tips on Comment Luv. Just installed it and am do follow. Has seen a rise in performance.

    Thanks

  13. By Unoblogger posted on May 29, 2009 at 10:04 am
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    I personally love the all in one SEO plugin.. it makes the job so easy when it comes to getting your site perform to the needs of major search engines. All metatags in place even before u publish your blog post is a dream.

  14. By Jamie posted on June 30, 2009 at 9:26 pm
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    My top 10 would include the linkbuilding plugin from IBL Builder, its getting me quite a few decent one way backlinks for my blog. Its on their homepage at http://www.iblbuilder.com

  15. By Local Free Chat Line posted on July 9, 2009 at 1:38 am
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    Thanks for posting, this is really informative. I do like KeywordLuv. :-)

  16. By Linda@AdCampaignTracking posted on July 22, 2009 at 1:42 am
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    Thanks for all the info. Just found out about keywordluv today!

  17. By Danny posted on July 25, 2009 at 4:49 am
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    Thanks for the great information these are in my top ten lists too I also enjoy the sticky plugin and tubepress plugin too.

  18. By Funny sms posted on July 30, 2009 at 4:59 pm
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    CommentLuv WordPress Comments are a wonderful thing to receive on your blog, with CommentLuv for WordPress and WordPress MU you can give something back to your community straight away by including a titled link for their last blog post or tweet on the end of their comment.
    The plugin fetches the feed found at commenters site URL while they type their comment and extracts the last blog post title with link and displays it below the comment form. When they submit their comment, the last blog post link gets added on the end of their comment for all to see!

  19. By window replacement chicago posted on August 6, 2009 at 3:54 pm
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    Thank you for the information. It was very helpful.

  20. By Seven Jeans posted on August 7, 2009 at 11:03 am
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    I like the entire plugins, though I have been looking more for Twitter plugins. Good Post

  21. By Harsh Agrawal posted on August 31, 2009 at 2:51 am
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    I admire commentluv plugin and use it on my main website.. Atleats it gives a reason to users to add comment …
    Though new Google announcement of following nofollow links making me to remove it.. What do you suggest??

  22. By Jerry Girl posted on September 14, 2009 at 4:12 am
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    I love Keywordluv, I use it on my main blog just to get a lot of interaction. I don’t mind giving them a link as long as the comment is not spammy. Heck I even use the do-follow plugin as well.

  23. By Jerry Boy posted on September 14, 2009 at 4:41 am
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    I use the do-follow plugin on my main mmo blog, as a kind of experiment really. I want to see how it fares in the serps, even though it leaks a lot of juice.

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  25. By Redding SEO posted on October 5, 2009 at 3:05 am
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    Keyword Luv is an awesome plug in and I use it on all my blogs. It really gets quality comments for me. And the great thing is it benefits the commenter as well.

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    Very nice information. Thanks for this. By the way, did you create this layout yourself?

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    Great site and some good info.

  28. By Sean @ windows 7 ultimate download posted on October 29, 2009 at 4:26 pm
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    I think most of the plugins you mentioned are awesome. I have only started using WP and I am over the moon about how these application and all its plugins are so easy to use and work so effectively!

    You gotta love it!

  29. By feli posted on December 6, 2009 at 8:34 pm
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    I have found WordPress and i am very happy because the results are coming fast.I think WordPress is the best program to start making money online.

  30. By seslishe posted on January 22, 2010 at 11:19 am
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