6 Essential Wordpress Plugins
What good does it do you to know you need a good blog if you don't know what tools need to be in place to make
it one of the best blogs around.
That's where plugins come in - showing you how to develop the content you need to create the perfect blog in as
many ways as possible.
In today's newsletter, I want to show you not only why plugins are such amazing tools for any website, but why
you're going to want to have these 6 plugins in particular setup and ready to go from day one.
Akismet - If you create a blog, you can guarantee that it will receive spam. It is one of those
rules of the Internet that you just can't get around.
But, rather than wasting hours sifting through spam to find the real comments and approve them, you can use
Akismet, along with an API key from Wordpress.org to make your wordpress blog spam proof.
This plug-in actually comes along with your basic Wordpress installation. You'll need to activate it by getting
your API and setting it up. I highly recommend you do this. It will save you a great deal of time.
All in One SEO Pack - SEO is the foundation of everything we do on the Internet, and a blog is
especially well suited to being search engine friendly. But, if you don't have a good plugin to insert META
descriptions and keywords and keep all of your permalinks straight, things can start to fall between the cracks
when you upload it.
Akin Posts - Ever been to a blog that has a list of related blog posts directly beneath each
post. Not only does it do a pretty good job of matching up related content, it helps with navigation cross-linking
in your site and boosts the number of page views per visit.
If you're trying to get more views on your site for the traffic numbers you maintain, this is a great tool to
have in hand. Some themes already have a tool that does something like this, but the free ones usually will
Ninja Affiliate - If you're running affiliate
marketing blogs, with reviews of various products, this is a must have. It will manage and cloak your affiliate
links and can track the sources of the clicks and match up your affiliate links to keep them organized.
It also has a tool that lets you target keywords throughout the site. For example, if you wanted to turn every
instance of "web host" into a link to your affiliate site, you could do that with this tool.
Google XML Sitemaps - Just like your SEO tool, you need to make sure Google is indexing every
page as often as possible. Google XML sitemaps will automatically create a new sitemap whenever new content is
posted and send it to the search spiders.
This is a must have tool for a site like a blog that has new content added to it on a regular basis. Manually
creating sitemaps just isn't feasible for this kind of content production.
Sociable - If you don't have a good social bookmarking tool, you'll never be able to get the
extra traffic that comes from people liking your posts and sharing them with others. Sociable is one of the easiest
to use and the simplest to install.
There are 99 different social bookmarking
and networking sites to add to the list here, with plenty of options for how to display them.
Wordpress may be one of the best blogging platforms on the planet, but it's also open source, which means that
you can always make it better.
If you're not taking advantage of this wide array of tools, you are missing out on what could be the single
biggest and best opportunity of your young marketing career.
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