WordPress Plugins That I Selected

After creating a Privacy Statement and a Disclaimer for my blog, the second step in my blog optimization process consisted in cleaning my set of plugins. I went through all the plugins that were installed on my blog and reviewed them. I deleted several plugins that were outdated or that I was not using, or that I didn’t want anymore, and I installed new plugins that offered features that I wanted for my blog.

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Here is the list of WordPress plugins that are installed on my blog. Clicking on a plugin name will open the plugin page in a new window.

  • AddToAny Share Buttons
    This plugins shows social site buttons below your posts so that your visitors can share your posts in the social tool of their choice. There are several button models to choose from, and you can put them at the top of your posts, at the bottom, or both.
  • Akismet
    This plugin takes care of the spam comments that are sent by robots or automated tools. It puts them in the Spam folder in your blog admin panel, where you can bulk discard them for good. It really saves time, instead of having to check and delete them manually.

  • Broken Link Checker
    As the name implies, this great plugin checks the links in your blog posts and comments and alerts you whenever it finds broken links. You can then unlink them, change the link or tell the plugin that it can leave the link as it is, in which case it will strike it through in the text to show it is a broken link. Very useful!

  • CommentLuv
    This plugin helps you show some love to people who comment on your blog. It places a link to their latest blog post at the end of their comment.

  • Contact Form 7
    This plugin will help you create a contact form on your blog so your visitors can contact you if they have any questions. It is better than putting your email address on your blog and helps prevent email harvesting.

  • Flamingo
    This plugins goes hand in hand with the Contact Form 7 plugin. It saves a copy of all the email messages that are sent through the contact form for future reference.

  • Dagon Design Sitemap Generator
    As its name implies, this plugin generates a Sitemap for my blog. It shows the category titles and all the posts below each category. I can also choose to indicate how many comments each post has received.

  • Exec-PHP
    This plugin executes the php code in your posts, pages and widgets, if any.

  • Google XML Sitemaps
    This plugin creates an XML sitemap for your blog. Contrary to the HTML sitemap created by Dagon Design above, which is easy to read for human eyes, the main goal of the XML sitemap is to help search engines better index your blog.

  • AccessPress Pinterest WordPress Plugin
    This plugin allows you to put a Pinterest button on your images so that your readers can easily save them on Pinterest.

  • UpdraftPlus – Backup/Restore
    This easy to use plugin allows you to simply click on a button to backup your blog data. You can have it sent to the cloud (Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.) or sent to you directly by email.

  • WP Open Comment Links in New Window
    This nice plugin makes all the links in comments open in a new window so that your visitors can come back and continue reading your blog.

  • Yet Another Related Posts Plugin
    This plugin shows a list of other related posts that you have written on your blog. If your visitors see another post that interests them, they will stay on your blog longer and read more of your content. You can see it in action right below the Social Share buttons at the end of this post.

    There are still a couple plugins for which I have not yet decided if I will keep them, dump them or replace them, but this list contains the main plugins that I am using on my blog. If you know of any interesting plugins that are doing great things for your blog, feel free to share them in a comment below!


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  • Easily Install Your WordPress Blog

    So you want to set up a blog on your own domain? But you’re feeling overwhelmed by the technical stuff?

    Don’t worry, it could be easier than you think! Especially if you can put your hands on a free WordPress installer that will help you easily set up a highly search engine optimized blog complete with Adsense and many plugins already included in the package. The best news in all of that? It’s FREE!

    The Expert WordPress installer is all these tools rolled into one, and more! You see this blog you’re on? It was easily built and set up with Expert WordPress. All I had to do after the installation was complete (which was a breeze because they provide easy to follow step-by-step videos) was to customize the plugins. You know, the fun stuff, like adding my Adsense ID, going through the plugins to see if I wanted to change some of the default settings, easy stuff.

    In addition to Adsense ad groups already positioned in your theme strategically, your blog comes with a RSS feed logo, a search form, a blog header, a contact page, the ability to make polls, an anti-spam verification number in the comments form, cascading comments (meaning people can reply to specific comments by writing right under them), etc.

    Here are some of the plugins that will automatically be installed when you use Expert WordPress:

    aLinks: This plugin allows you to set up key phrases that will automatically be changed into links everytime they appear in one of your posts. This is great if you want to promote affiliate programs.

    CommentLuv: When people make a comment on your blog, they can enter their own blog URL in the website field and if they have a RSS feed, the title of their last post will be posted under their comments. This is great if you want people to keep coming back to your blog to make comments.

    ShareThis: This plugin allows your visitors to share your post on their favorite social site, which means more back links to your blog.

    SiteMapGenerator: Thanks to this plugin, a site map will automatically be created during your blog installation, and then it will automatically be updated each time you make a new post. This is very good for search engine optimization.

    Subscribe to Comments: As the name implies, your visitors will be able to subscribe to comments, meaning they will receive a notification via email each time someone makes a new comment for that post. This will translate into more repeat visitors to your blog.

    Ultimate Plugins Smart Update Pinger: This plugin will automatically ping various services when you publish a new post. These services will in turn notify the search engine robots that it is time they come back to your site to index your new content.

    What Would Seth Godin Do: This plugin will present new visitors with a message to invite them to subscribe to your blog. Maybe you saw the big red arrow at the top of the page the first few times you visited my blog? You can set the number of times the message will be shown (for example, after 5 visits, the message will stop showing, or you can choose to show a different message to repeat visitors).

    Simple Tags: This plugin allows you to specify tags (or keywords) so that each time they appear in one of your posts, they will be transformed into a link to another post on your blog that contains this tag. You can specify the maximum number of tag links you want in each post.

    There are a couple of other plugins that are included in this package, but these are the main ones. You can see that your new blog will be all set up with the most useful plugins available. Just install your blog, customize the settings to your liking, start blogging and monetize with Adsense and affiliate programs! How easier could it be to install your new blog?

    What are you waiting for, download WordPress now!


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