My Top 10 Must Have Free WordPress Plugins

These are my Top 10 Must Have WordPress Plugins that I can’t live without

I think I have about 23 plugins installed. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or not? But I feel that each one helps my blog to be a better blog. It makes my blogging experience much better. I will only list 10 for now, and these are must haves in my opinion. The list below is in no particular order, I believe each one has something to offer. Check them out…

1.) Akismet checks your comments against the akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not. This plugin is a must have for ANY WordPress blog. I hate spammers! They have nothing else better to do but bother nice people such as myself. I already have about 100+ spams on the queue blocked.

2.) Google XML Sitemaps plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing and Ask.com to better index your blog. With this plugin, my pages and blog posts were indexed faster than submitting them manually. This plugin does everything for you so you don’t have to worry about the technical stuff. This will definitely boost your traffic.

3.) WP Super Cache gives your blog a boost in speed. I thought my blog was loading pretty fast but after installing this plugin I can see a big difference in loading times right away. The faster your website loads the better you’ll be ranked on the search engines. Also it keeps people happy when you blog loads fast.

4.) Thesis OpenHook plugin lets you place text or html file within your blog without having to go into the codes. But this only works for the Thesis Theme Framework. This plugin saves me so much time! I can just go to a certain hook then put any content that I want. This is ideal for beginners like me. I don’t really want to focus my time with coding. It’s better spent on writing useful content for you guys.

5.) WordPress Backup saves your upload directory (images), current theme directory, and plugins directory to a zip file. That zip file is sent to your email. You never know something might happen, servers might crash, your files disappear for some reason, etc. So this plugin is a must have for sure, better safe than sorry. It would really suck for you to lose all your hard work in a blink of an eye when knowing that you could’ve done something about it. Install this plugin as soon as possible.

6.) Pretty Link plugin does a wonderful job of turning those ugly links into pretty links. This is useful for me being that I’m an affiliate marketer. It turns those long ugly affiliate links into normal looking links. I use this plugin to shortened some of my links. I haven’t tried any other plugin like this but I’m satisfied with this one for now. The redirect is very smooth, it’s amazing.

7.) LinkWithin is just like the related post plugin. This is great for keeping your old post alive and well. It keeps the energy flowing throughout your blog. You can have 3 up to 5 stories showing with an image above the link. The image will only show if you have an image within that blog post. You see how powerful that is, rather than just boring links. This will make your reader more likely to click on those link.

8.) Ultimate Google Analytics is another must have plugin for any WordPress blog. Just install this plugin and it automatically tracks every single pages, blog post, and more. I check my stats on a daily basis to see If I’ve made any new improvements on my traffic and visits. You might think that’s crazy but I want to keep track of how I do. I’m always up for improvement and it keeps me up on my feet.

9.) CommentLuv plugin shows a link to the last post from the commenters blog by parsing the feed at their given URL when they leave a comment. This is good for someone trying to build up their backlinks and it encourages readers to leave you comments. So yes I would definitely encourage everyone to leave me some comments since my comments are dofollow, but please no spam! I don’t mind sharing the love, it’s a win win situation for the both of us. I want comments on my blog post or pages and you want backlinks. That sounds like a great deal right. Now everyone is happy =)

10.) Sexy Bookmarks is one of many great social bookmarking plugins out there. I chose this particular plugin because it’s the only that fits my needs. There are others but this one fits right in where I want it to be. It has a list of all the popular social bookmarking sites out there, but honestly you don’t need every single one. You’re just confusing the readers with all these other social sites. Stick to what the masses know for now and you’ll do fine. Social bookmarking plugin is a must have so that your blog post can be shared anywhere and it builds great backlinks for you.

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