I admit I am an addict—I absolutely love wordpress plugins! I actually have one client who pays me to know everything there is to know about plugins. Though, I have to be careful, because once I start hunting for a plugin I generally lose an entire day just searching and playing with them.
Recently, my good friend Ryan from IOVentures Inc. asked if I had written a blog post on my favorite plugins. I have been avoiding this post because it seems that everyone has their top 10 favorite plugins. However, Ryan isn’t the first to ask me, so I guess I will follow the blogosphere crowd and give you my favorite plugins. Hope these help! ~Paul W.
My Top Favority Plugins
Bad Behavior– Little did I realize when I started blogging that I would automatically create a mortal enemy—spam! When I first started I used Akismet but it just wasn’t enough to fight off the avalanche of spam that seemed to engulf the blogosphere. Then I found Bad Behavior. This plugin acts as a gatekeeper, preventing spammers from ever delivering their junk, and in many cases, from ever reading your site in the first place. This keeps your site’s load down, makes your site logs cleaner, and can help prevent denial of service conditions caused by spammers. However, be careful if you are on a shared hosting package. I have been locked out of my one of my blogs because Bad Behavior thought the very website that had the plugin was also a spammer (due to another spamming site located on the server). Yet, this plugin is definitely worth the possible minimal hassle.
Chunk Urls for WordPress – When I first started blogging my wordpress theme was always getting broken due to long links that commentors left. With this plugin the urls are shortened in the comments making it possible to overcome the pesky problem of broken themes.
DoFollow – WordPress automatically defaults to NoFollow with out going links from your blog. Frankly, I am a fan of rewarding my commentors. If you leave a comment plan on my blog plan on having a some link juice come your way.
Easy Tube – I have this plugin activated but I haven’t ever really used it. It still makes my list of plugins that I add to every blog because it helps the blogger easily place YouTube videos into your post and pages. I cannot share how many emails I’ve received in the past from my bloggers who have trouble setting up YouTube videos. Since, I’ve incorporated this plugin I haven’t heard a peep.
Google Analytics – I am a freak about knowing my website stats. It’s even a part of my morning ritual—I get up, shower, brush my teeth, and check my website stats. I have no doubts that you get a more in depth analysis concerning your website, but for free Google sure provides you with quite comprehensive functionality. It will be interesting to see if the new analytic code will give us even more information.
Google Sitemaps – Any Internet marketer worth his or her salt will tell you the importance of a site map. With this plugin your site map is automatically generated and made easily for the google bot to find.
HeadSpace2 – This beautiful plugin has replaced the Ultimate Tag Warrior. With wordpress 2.3 UTW was discontinued (though for you UTW junkies I did just find this plugin). Headspace2 is actually a combination between UTW and All-in-One SEO. It is probably the best SEO plugin I have come across.
ImageManager – I actually only have this plugin for my own blog, since it might complicate the blogging process for a newbie. Yet, I am still a big fan of my ImageManager. This plugin allows for some basic image manipulations such as, cropping, rotation, flip, and scaling right in your own wordpress wysiwg. ImageManager’s website states that the plugin has only been tested with wordpress 2.0 and 2.1 but I haven’t had any issues with it in wordpress 2.3.
Maintenance Mode – The original purpose of the plugin is to create an index page that tells your visitors that you are updating your blog. However, Maintenance Mode makes it easier for me when I am setting up a client’s blog and I don’t want them to see all the different changes I am making. Both purposes work really well with this plugin.
OneClick Installer – If someone were to ask what my favorite plugin is I would have to say OneClick Installer. This is the very first plugin that I add because it truly makes life so easy. This plugin makes it so that you do not have to ftp to your server every time you want to add a theme or a plugin. I have trained all my bloggers on this plugin, which has given them more control over their blogs universe.
Search Everything – I often use this plugin in conjection with Search_Hilite. Both these plugins make it so that your entire blog is searched and not just your post. This is particularly helpful if you are using wordpress as a CMS.
Secure and Accessible PHP Contact Form – If you want to create extremely easy forms I recommend using this plugin. I have actually used and tried several contact form plugins and I feel this is the easiest and most intuitive plugin (note: learn from my mistake be sure to read the install directions completely through, there is one extra step you have to do that you don’t do with other plugins).
Smart Update Pinger – I am sure that search engines have devised a way to overcome all the extra pings they get when people are continually editing their posts. However, being the overly worried marketer that I am, and not wanting to worry about being accused of search engine spam, I use this plugin. Smart Update Pinger will only let you ping the search engines when you are publishing new posts, and not when you are editing.
Sociable – I have tried over a dozen social bookmarking plugins. Most of the plugins either make your post look ugly or do not function well. With Sociable I did not find this to be the case; both cosmetically and functionally Sociable wins hands down.
Subscribe To Comments – I honestly wish that wordpress would add this plugin automatically. Not only does it help you strengthen your community, but it also makes it one step easier in keeping in touch with your community on specific topics.
TinyMCE Advanced – This plugin enables advanced features with your wordpress wysiwg. If you want to be able to add further functionality like word size or
What Would Seth Godin Do – Those of you who are avid followers of my blog no my feelings about Seth Godin. Seth truly is one of the most amazing web marketers of our time. This plugin was created around a comment he made about being more pro-active on using your website cookies. If you are new to my blog you noticed at the top of my page an invite to subscribe to my RSS feed or to contact me. That is exactly what this plugin provides for you. A very good plugin in building a stronger community.
WP-Directory – Some of you have wondered how I created my Internet Marketing Directory. When I stumbled across this link I was quite impressed, and it truly makes it easy in manage your own article directory.
Here’s a list of plugins I plan in the future to play around with:
(The Plugin write-up comes from the plugin website)
AJAX Comments – Post comments quickly without leaving or refreshing the page.
WP-Polls – Adds an AJAX poll system to your WordPress blog. You can easily include a poll into your WordPress’s blog post/page. WP-Polls is extremely customizable via templates and css styles and there are tons of options for you to choose to ensure that WP-Polls runs the way you wanted. It now supports multiple selection of answers.
WP adm-anager – This new Plug-in enables you to make use of much improved Banner management features at WordPress blog.
Blah, blah, blah, everyone is doing it. The web is littered with unoriginality. Find what makes you unique and stay with it. Vow to be unique. Example:3 Doors Down—A True SEO Music Video Ü
2. Blog imperfectly
Give yourself a time limit when writing a post and then publish it when you hit the deadline. Published imperfection is progress. Unpublished perfection is worthless. Vow to have flaws. Example: My Imperfect Plan
3. Blog the future
Anyone can tear apart the past. Look into the future and take a chance on what might not be. Not only does it help you look for possible opportunities, but it also gives your blog unique perspective. Vow to guess the future. Example: The Day Search Engines Died!
1. Be unique 2. Give more than you take 3. Do one task at a time 4. Find and resolve problems 4. Access others' knowledge 5. Listen to feedback 6. Learn to be inquisitive 7. Test, test, test 7. Distinguish sense from nonsense 8. Grow from mistakes 9. Accept change as inevitable 10. Befriend your competition 11. Study different industries 12. Learn to build not game 13. Understand the motivation of emotion 14. Work for yourself 15. Build loyalty 16. Don't fear failure 17. Study the past, critique the future 18. Ignite users' curiosity 19. Allow creativity to flourish 20. Never give up
Top Search Marketing Mistakes
* Mistaking CTR for Conversion * Not using negative keywords * Unoptimized landing pages * Using all default settings * Ignoring tracking results * Not using Geo-Targeting * Not using Day Parting * Not proofreading your ads * Only using Broad Match * Giving up too soon
* Unoptimized title tags * Poor content * Slow site speed * Ignoring social media * Forgetting about conversion * Not staying current on SEO changes * Using splash pages * Overuse of Ajax * An unbalanced backlink profile * Ignoring site structure