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6 Essential WordPress Plugins For Any Blog

Wordpress PluginsHere is a list of 6 WordPress plugins that I install on every blog I create and wouldn’t be without them. Of course there are hundreds more but these should be on every blog you have yourself.

Akismet – This comes already installed when you create a new WordPress blog. It helps to reduce the amount of spam comments you receive.

Platinum SEO – This plugin adds SEO functionality to your pages of content, such as adding META tags. If you don’t know much about SEO, just install it and it will take care of the rest for you.

Google XML Sitemaps – This plugin creates an XML sitemap for your blogs and also informs the major search engines when you update. This is a great plugin for getting content indexed fast.

Ping Optimizer – This plugin prevents your blog from pinging everytime you make changes to a post or import scheduled posts.

SEO Smart Links – This will automatically link to other related posts on your blogs and is great to increase the SEO and “spiderability” for the search engines.

Sociable – Adds popular social bookmarking links to your blog posts so that visitors can bookmark them. Great for getting extra backlinks.

Enjoy Your Blogging!


6 thoughts on “6 Essential WordPress Plugins For Any Blog

  • Great article! I’m starting a professional blog with WP right now, and want to migrate my blogger to WP. These look terrific!!

    Good luck with all your endeavors!

  • Tony

    Hi Lori

    Glad you like them.

    Of course there are so many more but these are always the first I install.

    I think you are making a wise decision to move to WP as it puts everything into your own hands.

    All the best


  • Hey Tony, thanks for the twitter follow. I’ve reciprocated and dig the blog. Believe I’ll subscribe here as this is stuff I love! Peace bro.

  • Thanks Tom 🙂

    All the best with your own blogging.


  • Ditto on the XML sitemaps plugin. That’s always the first one that gets installed. Rather than sociable, I use the plugin from Same basic idea, but I like the Analytics that Addthis has. I’d like it a lot more if there was more than a handful of clicks a month of course :>

  • Thanks Ryan

    Yes I’ve used the Addthis plugin but on some premium themes it displays text on featured posts on the homepage when it shouldn’t.

    Other than that, it’s a good plugin!


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