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Are you a blogger? Using WordPress?  This article contains a number of powerful plugins that will take your blog to the next level.

Blogging and Social Media?

Where does blogging fit into your social media mix? Many people I encounter still haven’t taken the time to start a blog for their business.  I’ve heard many different reasons for not having a business blog—from not having enough time to insecurity about writing style.

Blogging should be one of the cores of your business. It should be right in the middle of your social media mix—the bulls-eye, the main target.

It’s important to note that your blog is the hub into which all of your social media networks feed for optimal exposure. Some people feel overwhelmed by the notion of starting and maintaining a blog, so below I discuss 11 essential WordPress plugins to get your blog off to a racing start.

Before I share this list, I want to demystify the #1 procrastination of those who haven’t started their business blog: I am NOT a writer!

blog-targetYes, it’s important to check your grammar and spelling; however, blogging is about sharing your knowledge. You have specific knowledge in your particular niche that your customers need to know. If you feel insecure about your writing style, be sure to keep your eyes on the top bloggers in your industry. As you read other blogs, learn from their style and don’t be afraid to have your own voice.

Now, on to 11 WordPress plugins that will get your blog off to a great start:

#1: SEO Friendly Images

SEO Friendly Images is a WordPress optimization plugin which automatically updates all images with proper ALT and TITLE attributes. This plugin improves traffic from search results.  Images are great for your blog and it is so easy to shorten the actual name of the image file as you upload it. I have had 60% more traffic to my blog just by naming my image files with keywords.

#2: Platinum SEO Pack

Platinum SEO plugin is the ultimate WordPress SEO solution.  Platinum SEO plugin offers all the features of All in One SEO plugin plus more. Here are a few key features:

  • Optimized Post and Page Titles for search engines
  • Generates all SEO-relevant META tags automatically
  • Helps you avoid duplicate content

#3: Google XML Sitemaps

Google XML Sitemaps plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Yahoo!, Bing and to better index your blog. Additionally, it notifies all major search engines every time you create a post with new content.

#4: Akismet

Akismet is a collaborative effort to make comment and trackback spam a non-issue and restore innocence to blogging, so you never have to worry about spam again.

#5: Contact Form

Contact Form is a great choice if you value simplicity and flexibility. It provides a form on your website as an easy way for your readers to contact you. It allows you to customize the form and mail settings. You can manage multiple contact forms as well.

#6: TweetMeme Retweet Button

TweetMeme Retweet Button is for website and blog publishers who want to encourage their audience to share their content on Twitter. The button shows a live count of the number of times your web page or blog post has been tweeted.

#7: Yet Another Related Post

Yet Another Related Post gives you a list of posts and/or pages related to the current entry based on a unique algorithm for display on your blog and RSS feeds, introducing the reader to other relevant content on your site.

#8: Sexy Bookmarks

Sexy Bookmarks, though the name may be a little “edgy” for some, has proven time and time again to be an extremely useful and successful tool in getting your readers to actually submit your articles to numerous social bookmarking sites.

#9: CommentLuv

CommentLuv is a plugin that gives something back to your community straight away by including a titled link for readers’ last blog post or tweet on the end of their comment. It’s a great way to encourage comments on your blog.

#10: Broken Link Checker

Broken Link Checker checks your posts for broken links and missing images and notifies you on the dashboard if any are found. Obviously you don’t want your readers to be annoyed by clicking a link that leads nowhere.

#11: WordPress Mobile Edition

WordPress Mobile Edition is a plugin that shows an interface designed for visitors who come to your site on a mobile device. Mobile browsers are automatically detected and the list of mobile browsers can be customized on the settings page. More and more people are accessing the Internet via their mobile devices, so you should make sure your blog is mobile-ready.

Other Plug Ins

There are thousands upon thousands of different WordPress plugins, but keep in mind that depending on your theme, certain plugins may not work well with other plugins. It is highly recommended to install plugins one at a time to make sure there are no issues with the presentation of your blog design.

For example, the Disqus Commenting System is another great plugin, but it conflicted with my blog design and didn’t work properly. After adjusting some programming code, this plugin is now working properly on my blog. I love this threaded commenting system that allows me to interact with my readers in a more seamless manner.

For further reading, Top 10 Easy Steps to Start a Business Blog is another great resource here on Social Media Examiner to get you started in the right direction for your business blog. It is vital to know your ideal reader, your core message and your business objectives, among many other things shared in this article.

This is just the start for your WordPress blog. Keep in mind that providing excellent content is the most important factor in the success of your blog.

Which WordPress plugins are you using to help to build community, optimize search engine results and increase viral potential? Let us know in the comments.

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  • Very useful, thanks for sharing! There are a few of these I didn’t know about, but will definitely check them out!

  • Great post. Some really useful plugins here. The broken link checker looks really useful. Do you rate Contact Form over CFORMS II which I currently use..

  • I was trying to think of a list of useful plug-ins to recommend to a friend and I find you’ve done it for me.
    Best of all, there are a couple here I’d never heard of before so I’ll be updating my own blog too.
    Learning is fun 🙂

  • Great post Naomi. I love that the first two plugins mentioned are SEO plugins, crazy how many people overlook these simple on-site SEO moves that can drive a TON TON TON of traffic. Keep up the good work!

  • Some great tips here-some I didn’t know about. I especially like the SEO Friendly Pictures one-great idea!

    I wish everyone would add CommentLuv. I have gotten more hits on my site from readers of other blogs clicking on my post link – another good reason to have a killer title. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing, Naomi.

  • If you were going to install CommentLuv I would also recommend adding DoFollow (removes the ‘nofollow’ attribute) and KeyWordLuv (allows your commenter to comment using their targeting keywords).


  • I agree with Andrew about the dofollow and KeywordLuv but I do not think it works with the Disqus plugin.

  • Thanks for this. I try not to use too many plugins because they can slow your page load time, but most of these are on my must-have list. I hadn’t heard of broken link checker or mobile WordPress, but they look like they’ll make the list as well.

  • “SEO Friendly Images” lol…. true and funny.
    What is more important alt tab or title tag?

  • Hi Cindy, I’ve found that these plugins improve page loading time: WP Minify or WP Super Cache.

  • A favicon plugin like Favicons gives your blog a nice professional look.

  • Thanks Ben! Yes I made sure to add the SEO plugins at the top of the list. 🙂

  • I use a few of these on the list already for several blogs that I own or maintain for my clients. The new one for me is the commentluv plug-in – definitely going to give it a try!

    Thanks for a great list!

  • Great lists! I only know All in SEO pack but after reading this, will try platinum SEO pack

  • Andrew – One thing to keep in mind. When you site uses DoFollow, the spammer come in droves. I have been blogging since 2005 and can tell you that I regretted that decision.

  • Hi Naomi, Thanks for the post. I had all of these except Mobile. I’m very happy to have read about that here and am setting it up now. Great tips!

  • Guest

    I installed CommentLuv a few months ago and also had some CSS conflict issues (but) on my Blogs I visit, I tend to leave a Comment when I see the wemaster using CommentLuv (so) I think I may revisit and try again.

  • Guest

    Ms. Coleman – if it works out for you, I’d like to visit your site and see how you’re coming along.

  • Great listing of wordpress plug-ins…you see these on websites all the time but unless you do a lot of research you might not know which plug-in is doing what….this was an amazing low down..thnx 🙂

  • Do you recommend the WordPress version that you host or they host. I want to move a large Blogspot blog to WordPress, I am wondering if the monthly payment for the hosted version provides benefits.

  • (they host) doesn’t allow for plugins. (you host your own) definitely provides more customization and allows for the plugins. A hosted WordPress blog is definitely the way to go.

  • Good stuff Naomi. Thanks for sharing your list of the best of the best.

  • Great post Naomi! I have almost all of them on my blog so it looks like I am doing good! 🙂

  • VaneskaA

    Thank you for this helpful post. I only knew of some of the items you listed.

  • Good and useful post, I have been using Aksimet but spammers are becoming increasingly sophisticated. Responses like: ‘Great post keep up the good work’ is not adding to the wealth of all human knowledge but just trying to get their profile raised/linking.

    Do we need an anti-spam engine with real logical analysis grunt? Perhaps not yet, but it won’t be long.

  • I’ve heard that WP-SpamFree works well together with Akismet to fight spam better.

  • Awesome Mirna!! Knock it out of the ball park on your social media presentation tomorrow! 🙂

  • Michael

    Yeah – I understand what you are saying – I get my fair share. I also install the plugin wp-spamfree – that helps.


  • Wow, That’s great about the SEO Friendly Images plugin. I just added it. We’ll see if traffic improves- thanks!

  • Excellent list Naomi! I have a few of these installed – and now I’m setting aside time to get the other ones. I, too, have coding issues with some plugins – recently with a FB Like Plugin that I had to uninstall. Thanks for putting this together.

  • Jim

    I just started using WP-SpamFree and it seems to be working great. I use it without Askimet. It comes with a basic contact form so it sort of kills two birds with one stone.

  • Great examples Naomi – I’m always looking for ways to make my life easier. This list ties in really well with one that Danny Brown made recently:

    I think between these two posts, every WordPress blogger should be covered. So glad I made the switch from Blogger!

    Thank you!

  • Nice Post, I am using of the plugins that are mention here.

  • Good post. Thanks for the info. Question: If I switch to the “Platinum” SEO pack does the optimization that I’ve done in All-in-One get automatically “imported” or what? Thanks again.

  • Actually, I prefer Efficient Related Posts as my “related posts” plugin of choice because it is more efficient and improves the user experience.

  • I haven’t found a need a plugin. It’s easy to use a site like to create them and then move them over to your main directory. Easy!

  • Donna

    Great article. Do these plugins work for blogs or only blogs?

  • I use the version (the free one). I wanted to give blogging a good try before committing to a host/hosting fees (I do have a hosted website and feel that suffices for now). WordPress is so well set up. I really like it for my Blogs even with the limited customization available with the version I have. I’ve learned a lot by taking full advantage of all the freebies, including tags (which can be used effectively for SEO purposes), widgets (I use one to link to my SCRIBD publications), and Akismet (a definite plus for putting spammers at bay). I insert images in my blog posts where possible, although I’ve not been consistent in “optimizing” them with appropriate attributes. I should!

    So my take is: I completely agree with Naomi on the role of blogging in a marketing program. Don’t let the thought of monthly fees or fear of complicated writing platform stop you from adding at least one Blog to your social media presence/marketing efforts. WordPress makes getting started easy; having a free option makes it almost irresistible. Once started, keep going at a pace that minimizes tedium.

  • Sarah Beckman

    Thank you so much! I never know how to do these things. As a self taught social media girl, I appreciate beyond words all your helpful tips. It took me a bit, but I have downloaded and INSTALLED (shocking) tweet meme , SEO and Google xml. I will see how those work – excellent! many thanks!

  • We absolutely love WordPress and your tips here on the plugins is invaluable.

  • Great list, thank you very much.

  • I wish the Mobile plugin worked! Unfortunately, when our office tried it on our iPhones and Droids, we saw the regular WordPress site instead of the mobile version. The only way to truly have a mobile site is to actually build a separate mobile site.

  • excellent post, it’s so true.. and wordpress by far has the best SEO plugin available

  • You may want to try WPTouch. Also, if you use WPcache or WPSuperCache it can cause conflicts. See the plugin for details on how to overcome this

  • Hi Donna,These Plugins work only on blogs.

  • rif

    Google XML sitemaps is excellent for automatically writing a sitemap.xml file for all your pages and posts and notifying the search engines. I don’t see tinymce advanced anywhere on the list and I found that plugin to be very useful for formatting. It really added another dimension to the wysiwyg editor.

    Good article.

  • ralphcarlson

    Bingo. Just got through the first one and found that it was pure gold and something I had never considered. Now to read the rest.

  • DISQUS messed up my blog also Michael! How did you figure out how to fix it and get it to work?


    Mtn Jim

  • Very comprehensive and important list. Thank you naomi for your so useful tip.

  • I m using most of them in my blog.But my favourite is Google XML Sitemap and Akismet. WordPress is a wonderful blogging platform and these plugins have made it more wonderful…

  • Thanks for sharing. I will try using some of the plugins.

  • The informations are wonderful.

  • Great tips! Very effective and useful for all of us into the business blogging activity. I will try some of the plugins I haven’t tried yet. So, thanks for sharing. Now speaking of “Many people I encounter still haven’t taken the time to start a blog for their business. ” unbelievable, right? When will entrepreneurs (all of them) understand the importance of business blogging???

  • Went down the list for my own blog and added almost every one. Thanks for the great info.

  • I think spammers go after dofollow sites more, but Akismet does a pretty good job of catching them (although it does catch good comments as well). In general though, dofollow sites get a lot more interaction (especially in conjunction with KeywordLuv and CommentLuv). I think of it as a nice bonus for people who do take the time to leave a valuable comment.

    There is a in-depth post on KeywordLuv that includes information about the benefits of that plugin in conjunction with the others. It’s also interesting to note (for those who think you lose a lot of Google authority/value for being dofollow) that the post has over 300 dofollow comments and is a PR 4.

  • They’re about the same – I preferred platinum over all in one because platinum counted the characters in your meta description. It’s a small convenience, but a good one.

  • Thank you for sharing these plugins with us. There are some I have not considered before and we all do need to use a mobile plugin so that our blogs can be read on cell phones, iPads and other hand-held devices.

    I agree with Andrew about CommentLuv, KeywordLuv and Do Follow and highly recommend bloggers decide whether they want to be part of traditional business which only benefits those who are already affluent or the DoFollow CommentLuv KeywordLuv community where we support small local and online businesses and each other’s blogs.

    Yes, these plugins do attract spammers and yes, many bloggers do not yet understand why they should support small businesses. Moderating comments when it helps to create a sustainable economy to replace the one that is in decline is a small price to pay for the benefits we receive.

    I have many posts that explain it all and am happy to assist anyone who wants to know more.

  • I had to call in the big guns aka my wordpress guru who knows programming. He had to make some coding changes. CommentLuv usually doesn’t work with Disqus commenting system but my guy got it to work. His name is Ronald Vanweerd

  • Hi Julia,
    I believe that very soon business blogging will be viewed just as important as a smart phone to stay competitive.

  • Thanks for the reference. I love reading other wordpress plugin lists. 🙂

  • Great list! I installed them all except the Mobile Edition. Installation for it failed.

    I went with WordPress Mobile Pack instead.

  • gstorr

    great article – thanks for info on some I had not heard of before

  • Hi Kristi, you’re right, installed yesterday and i switch back to all in seo, because i am so used to it 😀

  • Bloggers need to limit how many plugins we use. I definitely would not recommend using one for favicons as that is something you only need to do one time. See my information on How to Create and Install Favicons.

  • All bloggers who are DoFollow and install both CommentLuv and KeywordLuv should let me know so I can add you to my growing list of bloggers by niche and invite you to our collaborations, one private forum and the other at BloggerLuv.

  • We all originally used All-in-One-SEO but many of us have switched to Platinum SEO – even many of us who use the Thesis Theme for WP which has SEO built in. Platinum SEO has additional features including the ability to no-index specific pages or posts easily and to change post names and have the URLs automatically redirect.

  • Make sure your blog keeps the comment if WP-SpamFree refuses to publish something a commentator writes. It blocks certain words like marketing, business, etc. You will definitely lose comments if the person has to back up and their comment is gone. Some blogs that use it keep the text and others don’t. I am uncertain how that works.

  • facebook like buttons are good also

  • “SEO Friendly Images” lol true and funny.
    But i want to know what is more important about alt tab or title tag?
    Flash Designers UK

  • This is really helpful. Thanks

  • Bob

    Greate post this is valuable info for a newbie

  • That sounds awesome GrowMap.

  • Question, you can only do these plugins if you use wordpress software right? So if I just have a regular wordpress blog from, I can’t get these plugins? I’m trying to figure out a way to do the Tweetmeme and Facebook Like buttons on a blog and can’t do it.

  • This one seems useful too, although I just installed it. It allows you to track outbound links via googl analytics, without having to use javascript trickery. That way I can see who I’m sending where. Since I interview fashion photographers, it’ll be helpful to have stats later on, showing how many people I’ve sent to their site. Found this on the site, but here’s the plugin developer’s site:

  • That’s correct. These plugins aren’t available on the platform. This is one of the benefits of having a self hosted wordpress blog.

  • This is an excellent list. I have a fw of these setup on my blog already and I recommend them to friends. Right now I still use All in One SEO but I might switch over to Platinum SEO.

    W3 Total Cache is a good one for speeding up your blog.

  • I use a theme that takes away the need for plugins.
    I guess that has been my goal at least. To get away from plugins and still be very SEO friendly.
    I have a lot faster of a load time which a lot of plugins slow that down.
    But I still use one plugin that I really like and that I stull use is RSS footer. The chance to place some content in the RSS is something that I still use and need.

    Good list

  • I’m Jimmy Wehaye. SEO friendly my inspiration, I found a way to get there. thank you

  • How did you put that Subscribe box which appeared as soon as this page was loaded?

  • WOW Naomi what a great list! I have 10 out of these 11 on my blog already too… I just use disqus rather then the commentluv. I really appreciate when people share lists like these, it helps those that are new to wordpress and don’t know where to start!

  • It is a function that offers

  • Great List, of plugins I like the keyword lov cause it helps get the backlinks we need to our websites. thanks for all these great list of plugins.

  • Thanks for the info!

  • Another essential WP plugin is the All in One SEO Pack. Everyone should try and learn how to use this powerful tool to increase traffic and readership for their blogs.

  • This pack is really a great one what i need more keyword analysis tools and others if supported in this pack.Generally the keywords statistics tools in an SEO pack.

  • Yes I am having a wordpress blog and I must say that never thought about the things you have suggested for my blog. I am really very impressed and I will customize my blog with the help of your suggestions. Thanks a lot for the post.

  • Thanks for the content, well done. I have most, however there are a couple I am now getting!! Thanks heaps

  • Great! I have a lot of these, but I especially want to add to commentluv.

  • Thanks for your wonderful list — a real eye-opener for me, especially “CommentLUV”. Each of these plugins adds astonishing functionality to our blogs, and now I’m wondering what would be included in your NEXT list of eleven gems…there are so many! BTW, after reading through your list, I found I learned a lot from all the comments, as well, and if I had the time, I’d be tempted to visit each commenter’s blog to see their plugins in action.

  • Thx for all the information – I installed (almost) all of them widgets 😉

  • Thx for all the information – I installed (almost) all of them widgets 😉

  • I already used SEO Friendly Images…If you uploaded pictures to your blog posts already and haven’t specified a description WordPress would automatically add a default alt tag in form of image.jpg.

  • website builder

    CommentLuv is the love for spammers. I suggest if you will create a blog don’t use the plugin commentLuv.

  • I do agree the same.

  • Hey there, I just found your site while doing a search re WordPress plugins, and I love this illustration of the little explorer on your blog, with the big blue eyes. I had to tell you!

  • Hey there, I just found your site while doing a search re WordPress plugins, and I love this illustration of the little explorer on your blog, with the big blue eyes. I had to tell you!

  • Hello Naomi, thanks for sharing this very valuable post. I totally agree that these are the best plug ins for those who are just starting out with their blogs. I have Yet Another Related Post plug in before but I replaced it a much better one which is LinkWithin. I also wanted to add these plug ins: statpress, wp database back up, wp security scan, wp greetbox, seo slugs for more security and optimization. Thanks again.

  • Forget to say Thanks…

  • the design of this website is world class
    well done for the webmaster

  • This is really helpful. Thanks for the information.

  • Thanks for this. I try not to use too many plugging because they can slow your page load time, but most of these are on my must-have list.

  • yes.i am a blogger and Using WordPress now. i think these powerful plugins that will take my blog to the next level.Thanks….

  • These are a great list of links for blog. But I think you should add in few more plugins like
    *All-in-one SEO plugin
    -SEOPressor (Its not free though but its an awesome and must have plugin as it optimizes your post and make them more SEO friendly)

    I will add more plugins If I find some. !!!

  • Valuable points, thanks for the info!

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  • Khurram

    Very useful, thanks for sharing! There are a few of these I didn’t know about, but will definitely check them out! 

  • Cptn Jamie Black

    Yet another fantastic resource from you guys!  I look forward to finding more on your extensive site!

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  • Hi, Naomi. Great list. I’d be interested to know what you think of the SEO by Yoast plugin. That one has served me well. I’ve never tried platinum. They sound similar, though.

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  • harmainey guengel

    very nice and useful post, thanks Naomi for sharing it….

  • Orville Evans

    No doubt the plugins listed here are very good, but at present more advance WordPress Plugins (see bestnulledscripts . com) have taken their place. Technology has tendency to get upgraded, hence same thing is with WordPress plugins. Everyone wants to be at top in this race of competition and for that I think WordPress plugins can play an effective role. They not just append extra features into your site but also enable you to manage ups and downs of your website traffic.