One of the great things I love about WordPress is the ability to add a plugin. Plugins allow you to easily add new features to your blog. If you want people to shoot out your articles on Twitter…there’s a plugin for that. If you want to stop spam…there’s a plugin for that. If you want optimize your posts for search engines…there’s a plugin for that; you get the idea. There’s great plugins for just about anything you can quickly think about. My experience
All in One SEO Pack – This plugin is so great because it eliminates the tedious task of optimizing your site for search engines. Some features include; support for Custom Post Types, auto optimization for post titles, generated META tags automatically, insert keywords to post and pages and much more!
Google XML Sitemaps – This plugin will generate a XML sitemap which will help index your blog better in search engines such as Google, Yahoo!, Bing and Ask.com. Site crawlers will see a complete structure of your site and retrieve info more efficiently.
Akismet – This awesome and needed plugin comes installed when you download WordPress. When you activate this plugin you block any incoming spam. Every once in a while a spammy comment will sneak in but most of the time it guards your site from the “bad” guys pretty well. Over the last two weeks Akismet has blocked 1,138 comments on this site!
WP Super Cache – Do you want a quicker site? Of course you do, then install this plugin ASAP. This plugin allows your pages to load faster by generating static HTML files instead of the more heavier PHP scripts.
WP-DB-Manager – This plugin easily maintains a scheduled backup of your WordPress database. A neat little feature is that it will email you a copy of the database if you feel necessary.
Sexy Bookmarks – If you scroll to the bottom of this post you will see a feature with social buttons and “sharing is sexy!” This is the plugin for that. It allows your readers to share your post with social networks ( you can pick and choose which one’s). It’s great for reader interaction and word of mouth traffic.
Contact Form 7 – This is a simple, yet highly customizable plugin that allows you to create contact forms to input into your WordPress site. It’s important that you have a contact page for your readers to give feedback or ask questions.
WordPress Related Posts – When a reader likes your article, the best way to keep him reading is to suggest similar articles that he might be interested in. This plugin will list articles from your site that is similar to the one a visitor is reading. This plugin is great to encourage people to stay on your site.
Topsy Retweet Button – Now that Twitter has exploded, it would be a crime not to have this plugin. This plugin simply let’s readers retweet your article to their followers. A great way to market your blog without doing anything.
WP-PageNavi – This plugin is very helpful for your readers who want to jump back or forward to different pages. At the bottom, most blogs have “back” and “forward” buttons but with WP-PageNavi you will have a list that readers can click and go to.