I believe that many bloggers will agree that one of the most enjoyable part of blogging is actually creating your blog. Thus, we decided to share a short list of plugins that we believe should be installed on your blog. We can not agree more that the plugins you decide to install depends on a great extent on the results you would like to achieve and the type of blog your are building, still there are some that most probably include in your blog no matter what topics will be discussed on it.
I will start with one of the most popular WordPress plugins nowadays:
This plugin is fully out-of-the-box. It automatically optimizes your titles for the Search Engines in order to improve your SEO. Additionally, it generates Meta tags based on your post content and avoids the duplication of content which usually occurs in Meta tag and key words listing in most of the blogs. Moreover, you can it is fully customizable and you may edit any data that will be applied to your post. This add-on as most WordPress plugins can be installed just with a few clicks in the admin area of your blog and will automatically include special fields on your post page where you can additionally SEO optimize your posts.
Well, you may SEO optimize forever your blog but the only way to see the real results of your work are the traffic statistics. Google Analytics has proved to be a leader in the traffic analyze and statistics. This plugin is of a great help when it comes to adding your Google Analytics tracking code. Just copy the unique ID that will be provided by Google Analytics for your website in the configuration menu of this plugin and it will automatically insert the required code in all of your pages and posts. Again, it is fully customizable and you may exclude certain categories, posts or pages which will not be included in your statistics.
No matter if you have a personal, business or public organization blog, your goal most probably is to get as many as possible readers on your website. The social networks, such as Digg.com and Stumbleupon.com, can be massive sources of real, natural traffic of readers really interested on your blog topics. This plugis add a button via which your readers may subscribe your posts to about 100 different social networks, search engines and websites such as Google, Yahoo, Facebook and MySpace.
Creating your website sitemap may be a very hard time sometimes especially when your blog contains a large amount of articles and pages. This plugin will create a complete sitemap of your website. Furthermore, the format and syntax is fully compatible with all search engines and fully complies with the official sitemap Sitemap Protocol 0.9 as defined by Sitemaps.org. When you generate your sitemap you can simply set a link on your blog page to the sitemap.xml file and you can be sure that all the pages will be crawled by the search engines.
Simple but so flexible contact form that you can literary achieve any information-submit page possible. The fields of information that will be input by your visitors are fully modified. Furthermore, this plugin provides the functionality to include radio, drop down and multiply choice areas in your form via which you can create even a quiz or poll results of which will be mailed to you. Additionally, it supports Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA and Akismet spam protection.
Not as popular as the others but still very useful plugin especially when you have a very large list of ping sites which should be “notified” on every post. This plugin saves your blog from getting tagged as ping spammer. If you are not exactly sure how the ping websites and service work you may check our SEO for blogs post.
Most probably the ultimate spam protection available for blogs and not only. This plugin is even available by default when you install your WordPress blog. In order to activate it will require a WordPress.com API key which can be obtained by a simple registration on the WordPress.com sign up page. It protects your comment forms without even including captcha using a very sophisticated self-improving engine and one of the largest database in the world for spam checking.
This plugin performs a permissions, ownership and configuration security issues with your WordPress installation. Additionally, it reports password weaknesses and database security issues, providing short guidelines how to resolve the issues as well as lock out/log incorrect login attempts, .htaccess verification and test for XSS vulnerabilities.
Maybe no all blogs will need this plugin but if your blog is related to geographic locations and you need to pitch point certain locations on the map this is the plugin for you. This easy-to-use plugin allows you to insert Google Maps and Street View into your blog.
If you need step by step guidance on how to install, configure and manage your WordPress blog you may refer to our detailed tutorial here.
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