WordPress Blog Essential Plugins: 8 Awesome Collection

wordpress-pluginMost plugins are optional, but some are just mandatory. A select few plugins are incredibly useful and provide a lot of value to bloggers. In our ongoing quest to find more WordPress resources (including plugins and WordPress themes) for you, we’ve been compiling a running list of great posts from around the web. Here’s a look at some essential, useful, or valuable plugins:

20 Essential WordPress Plugins To Turbo Charge Your Blog in 2012

I expected at least one mention for the All-In-One-SEO pack and I see it here in this list, published by moneyctl.com. In here are some really good plugins for you to pick from. What are your favourites?

Essential WordPress Plugins You Should Have to Start With

Published on about.com — a NYTimes publishing entity — this is another list of essential plugins. I do see repetitions of plugins that other lists had, with a few exceptions.

10 Must Have WordPress Plugins Every Blogger Should Know About

One of those lists with some essential plugins compiled by Jeff Bullas. The “Slide” plugin is new for me, so I’ll be paying some special attention to that plugin as it can make your content seriously viral.

5 Essential WordPress Plugins For Your WordPress Blog

In a narrative style, this short post has a few plugins that really work for your blog. Please pay special attention to OnSwipe, Sharebar, and Contextual Related Posts plugin.

20 Incredibly Useful Plugins

Webdesignfan.com compiled this list of 20 plugins which could add to the list of plugins that work for you. Take your pick. I like the WordPress editorial calendar plugin, Gravity forms, WordPress related posts, and the SEO Links plugin.

Top 30 WordPress Plugins That are Actually Useful 

 A mammoth list of 30 plugins compiled by Paul of Speckyboy.com. This is a good list of plugins — most of them aren’t featured on other lists.

12 Most Valuable (Yet Free) WordPress Plugins

Bradley’s list of free plugins is another list with some valuable plugins. I see some repetitions here but there are some invaluable ones as well.

15 Incredibly Useful WordPress Plugins to Boost Your Blog 

Web Design Core published this list a while ago. Out of the entire list, I am particularly a big fan of Wp GreetBox ( although I don’t use this plugin on this blog now).

 

What are your essential plugins? What are some of those plugins you can’t live without? Do let us know.

Best SEO Plugin for WordPress: The Hunt is On — What are Your Options?

Wouldn’t you like it if you got whatever you wished for?

Plugins are like genies; they make it all happen for WordPress. For WordPress-based websites, blogs, and magazines, the plugins extend so much functionality that you’ll really have to work hard not to find a plugin for something you want your blog to have, or to do. Since SEO is usually a priority for most bloggers what do you think the best SEO plugin for WordPress is?

Let’s explore some of our options for the best SEO Plugin for WordPress. We’ll begin with the two plugins we have installed on this very blog.

Yoast SEO Plugin

Built by Joost De Valk, Yoast, the WordPress SEO plugin is one of the sleekest SEO plugin we’ve come across at a budget that’s just right – free.  The beauty with this plugin is that it does more than just help you optimize title and description of your pages. In fact, the Yoast plugin isn’t just one plugin – it’s almost a complete ecosystem of plugins all working together to help your WordPress blog emerge from the depths of Google’s dense Search Results Pages (SERPs). If I never came across the next plugin below, I wouldn’t hesitate to declare this the best seo plugin for wordpress… ever.

Without getting too in depth, here are just some of the features of the Yoast WordPress SEO plugin worth mentioning:

  • advanced control over your permalinks structure
  • add breadcrumbs to enhance inner linking
  • add content to your rss feed so that you get credit and a backlink  from those who syndicate your content
  • XML sitemap generation without needing a separate plugin
There are many other features. Just hop over to the plugin website to get a more in depth view.
Just before I hop on to the next plugin, there’s one more feature I’d like to mention – on page post optimization.
Once you install the plugin, as you’re writing your posts, you’ll see a live “analysis” of your post.  Check this out:
The green yeses is a quick way see that you’re on track. And for those of us who are too lazy to optimize our posts, a glaring red no is just to hard to ignore.
Anyway, here’s a great tutorial on how to use this wonderful plugin.

You might also want to read up on Jackson Lo’s  detailed explanation onhow Yoast SEO Works.

Easy WP SEO

Okay, next up is the Easy WP SEO plugin. It’s an extraordinary plugin that works with you – while you write and when you are ready to publish the post – on a multitude of parameters. I really like how it gives you an SEO Score. Which gives you a quick way to gauge how you’re going with your content. Here’s what I see write now as I’m writing this post.

While it gives you a simple score, there are a lot of factors that work together to get to the number. The one thing that differentiates the Easy WP plugin from others – and the reason why I list it as the best SEO plugin for WordPress – is because it’s almost like a live SEO expert pushing you to bring out the most optimized post while you work to upload or write the post. And all at a very affordable price – $37, at the time of writing. And this is a one time cost.

I can go on and on about this plugin, but here’s just a quick summary of what I like about it:

  • As mentioned before, the SEO score and that nice tingly feeling you get when it turns green.
  • The ability to optimize for two keyword phrases – primary and secondary.
  • It will even underline, bold and italicize your keyword automatically.
  • A quick analysis of what you’re doing right and what you’re forgetting.
  • Readibility test, though I tend to constantly fail at this one.
  • If you have a ghostwriter writing your posts for you, Easy WP SEO even have an in built integration with your Copyscape account, so you can quickly see if you’re being burnt with plagiarized content.
  • The fact the it analyzes the whole page that your post is on and not just the post content itself. This is much more realistic.

Though there’s a lot more to this plugin, I will leave it up to the developer himself to tell you about it.

All-In-One SEO Pack

While this one is an old-timer, it’s certainly no laggard. It powers many WordPress blogs and has been a long associate for SEO hungry bloggers for a respectable amount of time given that there are so many more plugins for SEO. If I don’t push it too hard, I could peg this up and probably name it as one of the best SEO plugin, ever. It’s free, simple to use, and very effective.

The first thing All-In-SEO forces you to do is to change the Meta information on your blog. For instance, instead of showing Meta title ( the title that search engines see, and the one that shows up on your browser bar) as:

Blog Name | Whatever title you gave your blog (I Hope you do have a title for your blog)

All-In-One-SEO changes it to

Keyword Rich Title For your Blog ( which describes what your blog is about) in less than 40-60 characters | Blog Name

All In One SEO
Setting Home Page Title
All In One SEO
Setting Overall Blog SEO

You’ll see tons of easy options for you to work with, but most importantly: define Meta information for every page or post you publish. Apart from the normal title (for readers), specify a custom title for SEO, a description, and relevant keywords.

All in One SEO Review
Custom SEO for every Post

HeadSpace

Another one of those old boys on the SEO street and probably another strong contender for the best SEO plugin pedestal, Headspace  is one robust SEO plugin with the best documentation, if you ask me. It’s a powerful plugin that works magic on your blog. Covering everything from on-page SEO, individual page modules, posts, author pages, taxonomies, categories, archives, and even 404 pages – it’s a mean beast that powers your SEO effortlessly.

Andrew Kolyvas took the trouble to explore Headspace 2 SEO plugin. While Headspace 2 is a great plugin, it does require you pay attention to what you are doing, especially with configure settings. The payoffs, however, are worth it. According to Andrew, Headspace 2 starting working even better for him than All In One SEO.

 

Each of these plugins is a world for you to explore.  You won’t know what works for you unless you try, but as far as I know, these plugins are the very best. Do you use another plugin that’s doing wonders for you? Share what you think is the best seo plugin for wordpress by commenting below.

Search Engine Optimization Without Being an Expert

If you’ve ever tried search engine optimization, you know it’s not exactly a stroll through the park. That’s not how it appears if you ever do a search for how to make money online. If you start searching for that keyword term, you’ll be bombarded with sites that promise that making money online is easy and that SEO is easy, too.

But let’s face it. If SEO was easy, consultants wouldn’t charge hundreds or thousands of dollars to get their clients to the number one spots in Google, Bing, Yahoo and all the other major engines. But you don’t necessarily have to be an expert at SEO in order to get the top spot. There is a shortcut and using WordPress is the first step in getting there.

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Useful Plugins For Your WordPress Blog

If you are a WordPress lover then you are probably always on the lookout for groovy and useful plugins and widgets. The choices of available plugins are endless; you can choose between security, social networking, administration, design, SEO, sharing, fun, and much more.

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The Top WordPress Plugins for Your Blog

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If you’re one of the millions of WordPress users today, you’re probably thankful for the existence of plugins, those little chunks of code that enhance the functionalities of your blog. Basically, these plugins are built to help you manage and keep track of your blog better, but their role doesn’t end there. Plugins can improve your visitors’ experience of your site, and some of them are even made specifically to help you make money blogging.

The only drawback about plugins is the fact that there’s so many of them lying around the blogosphere, and not all of them are necessary to the success of your site. But how will you know which plugins are worth installing and which ones are better off left on the shelf? Here are our picks for the best WordPress plugins that you can find today!

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