Recently, we’ve been getting quite a bit of mail regarding WordPress Plugins for blog owners. As per those requests, I’ve devised a list of WordPress Plugins that we’ve used recently. Let’s start with the basics.
- Google XML Sitemaps – You’ve recently built the perfect blog and you constantly put articles out there but where are all the visitors? All new sites go through this and one of the first steps you need to take in order to get crawled properly is to submit a sitemap to the major search engines. Google XML Sitemaps is a plugin that creates and maintains a sitemap for your blog and then automatically distributes the sitemap to all major search engines each time it’s updated.
- Jetpack – I’m not going to get into ALL of the reasons why you should install Jetpack, there are far too many and you’ll have to do your research. Jetpack is a plugin with a variety of different useful options to install onto your site, such as mobile versions of your website or spell checking. I like Jetpack because A) It generates and maintains contact/feedback forms. B) It has a distribution option that will automatically distribute your articles, once published, to your social media platforms.
- WP-AutoSharePost - This has got to be one of my favorite plugins ever! This plugin, like Jetpack, allows you to automatically share your posts on Facebook and Twitter. However, unlike Jetpack, you can customize your Facebook and Twitter message for each scheduled article.
- Thank Me Later - Many of us can’t remember the URLs of the sites we’ve visited yesterday, and that’s completely normal. We use search engines to generate a list of sites that we might find useful and bounce from one place to another like a monkey in a jungle. The objective is to get people to remember your site during their site-hoping session. This plugin will thank your visitor for commenting on an article after a set amount of time. This is a great way to invite your visitors back for more.
- Configure SMTP - It seems like I’ve been referring this plugin more than ever. Many hosting plans restrict lower level tiers from SMTP service which stops certain plugins and programs from working. These services include contact forms and notifications that should be emailed to you directly. Fortunately, Configure SMTP is a wonderful plugin that allows you to configure your website SMTP settings. Use this plugin to connect to your hosts SMTP server or an external server such as Gmail.
- Digg Digg – Digg Digg is a floating “like” menu that usually appears on the left hand side. This menu allows users to “like” your article on numerous platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, and LinkedIn. Why is this so great? Because every person that hits that “like” button shares your page with her/her group of friends, potentially making your site viral!
- All in One SEO Pack - Building and maintaining your site only brings you to the half way mark. Enhancing your on page/ off page SEO is equally as important. Check out the All in One SEO Pack - It generates Meta Tags automatically, allows for Google Analytics support and it’s super easy to use.
- Quick Cache - If I ask you to name one reason why you would bounce from a site automatically, what would it be? That’s right, loading time. With the Quick Cache plugin all of your pages, posts and categories will be cached, which ends up reducing your bandwidth and speeding up your site dramatically.
Incorporating these plugins should help your website grow. If you need any advice, feel free to use the contact form above. Don’t have a website yet? Click on the ad below and check out GoDaddy!