I’ve been using a WordPress Blog to publish and promote my blog articles for several years now, and one of the features that makes a WordPress Blog so appealing to a marketer is the fact that you can make so many essential tweaks for SEO purposes and for monetization with the use of WordPress Plugins.
Now it’s important that you not use a million plugins, because they will slow down the speed of your blog; And then of course there are some plugins that are better than others, which leads me to my list. These are what I consider the Top 21 Essential WordPress Plugins that every article marketer should be using on their blogs. This isn’t some random list to get people to read this article – these are the exact plugins that I use on my site that I see have been key to sending more organic traffic to my articles.
There are about 14 plugins that I have eliminated from this list since I have started using the Thesis WordPress template (a super SEO friendly template), so I highly recommend that you use the template if you want optimal SEO results. So without further ado, here’s my Top 21 WordPress Plugins…
1. Akismet Plugin
This plugin weeds out comment spam. Everyone gets this plugin with a wordpress blog, the only thing is that you need to go to WordPress.com to get an API key to use it. Make sure you do. This plugin works fantastically. As of this writing, Akismet has kept over 5000 spammy comments off my site – and when I have checked them, they were all definitely spam. They never missed the mark!
5. Comment Relish Plugin
If you don’t have the time to respond to every commenter on your site, this plugin helps by sending an automated “thank you” email note to users after the FIRST comment on your blog. Although it’s automated, you still get to write a personalized note, so it really gives your site a personal touch. Not everyone does this – so you will stand out. (I use this in addition to replying to the commenter on my blog)
7. Enhanced Recent Posts Plugin
This plugin enhances the built-in recent posts widget in your WordPress blog. Instead of limiting you to the # of posts, you can determine what categories etc. the posts are pulled from. Important for site stickiness.
18. WordPress.com Stats
This plugin will track views, post views, referrers, and clicks. Gives you a quick look at what posts are more popular which can help you write more relevant content for your readers. This plugin also requires a WordPress.com API key. You can use the same one you established with Askismet.
19. WordPress Tweaks
Adds a variety of useful options and settings for different sections of your blog such as admin, comments, SEO, security, etc.
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