24 Impressive Blog Plugins You Should Consider

social media toolsOne of the great things about blogging is how easy it is to set up a blog on any of the multitude of blogging platforms. While there are many options for building your blog, one of the most popular platforms is WordPress.org.

However, what you get when you set up a WordPress blog can be pretty basic depending on the theme you choose. To make your new blog sing and work for you, it’s a good idea to install some key plugins.

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Plugins extend and expand the functionality of your WordPress blog. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of plugins you can add to your site to optimize it, customize it, add some bling, make it easy for your readers to navigate and so much more.

Which Plugins Should You Use?

When it comes to plugins, how do you choose which to add to your blog?

To come up with this list, I asked my Facebook fans for suggestions.

Popular plugins fall into a couple of categories: those that enhance your readers’ experience, and those behind the scenes that help you with blog management and optimization.

How to Install Plugins

For the sake of brevity, I picked a finite number to feature. I encourage you to post your favorites in the comments and collectively we can create a great resource of tried and tested plugins.

To install any of these plugins, log in to your WordPress admin dashboard, click on Plugins and then search by name (see figure below).

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The Impressive Plugins

What follows are 24 WordPress plugins you should consider.

#1: Audio player:

A simple mp3 player for all your audio needs. You can customize the player’s color scheme to match your blog theme, have it automatically show track information from the encoded ID3 tags and more.

#2: Viper’s Video Quicktags

Super-easy way to add videos from YouTube and other video sharing platforms to your posts.

#3: Photo Dropper

Lets you easily find and add creative commons licensed photos to your posts from Flickr. You can watch a quick tutorial here about how Photo Dropper works.

#4: Sexy bookmarks

Nice visual graphics that encourage your reader to share your posts (as seen on this site). You can select from dozens of social sites, though I recommend keeping it to 5-7 popular sites so you don’t overwhelm your readers.

sexy bookmarks

Make it easy for your readers to share your content.

#5: FBLikebutton

Allows you to configure and display the Facebook Like button before and/or after each post and/or page. If you want to increase your visibility on Facebook, this is a required plugin.

#6: Tweetmeme Retweet button

It’s ubiquitous now. The TweetMeme Retweet button is the de facto standard in retweeting – used by some of the biggest websites in the world. It increases your reach across the web.

#7: Disqus comment system

A service and tool for web comments and discussions. Disqus makes commenting easier and more interactive, while connecting websites and commenters across a thriving discussion community. (Used on this site.)

#8: CommentLuv

In addition to Disqus, CommentLuv is a very popular commenting plugin. When installed, it visits the site of the comment author while they type their comment and retrieves a selection of their last blog posts, tweets or Digg submissions that they can choose from to include at the bottom of their comment when they click Submit. This has been proven to increase click-throughs and is a great tool for increasing community engagement.

comment luv

Comment Luv rewards commenters with a link back to their blog.

#9: Yet Another Related Posts Plugin

Gives you a list of posts and/or pages related to the current entry, introducing the reader to other relevant content on your site. This encourages readers to go deeper into your content.

YetAnotherRelatedPosts

Based on post titles, content, tags, and categories, YARRP creates a list of related posts.

#10 & 11: Contact Form 7 and cformsII

You want your readers to contact you about one thing or another: for support, to post questions, to request info about your services, etc. I found that the basic WordPress contact form was not flexible enough. Contact Form 7 and cformsII both have features that allow you to create and manage multiple forms on your site. Both are simple to customize and you can direct the responses to be sent to any email address for management. You can see an example of a cformsII form here.

#12: Twitter Tools

A complete integration between your WordPress blog and Twitter. Bring your tweets into your blog and pass your blog posts to Twitter. Show your tweets in your sidebar and post tweets from your WordPress admin.

Twitter Tools

Twitter Tools automates the connection between your blog and your twitter account.

#13: WordPress Editorial Calendar

The Editorial Calendar makes it possible to see all your posts and drag and drop them to manage your blog. It’s a great tool for planning and organizing your posts.

#14: All in one SEO

This one is on just about everyone’s list. Out-of-the-box SEO for your WordPress blog.

#15: SEO Scribe (monthly fee)

This tool was mentioned several times by folks on my Facebook page. It is the brainchild of Brian Clark (Copyblogger). As stated on the website, “Scribe is a search engine optimization software service that analyzes the content of web pages, blog posts, online press releases, or any other web content … then reports back and tells you how to tweak your content to get better search engine rankings and more traffic, all while maintaining quality reader-focused copy.”

#16 & 17: Widget Context and Widget Logic

Both of these plugins give you flexibility and control to choose on what pages your sidebar widgets show up. This is helpful if you create sales and landing pages on your domain and do not want sidebar content distracting the visitor.

Widget Context

Widget Context gives you the option to choose what pages you want a widget to be visible.

#18: WP Touch

Automatically transforms your WordPress blog into an iPhone application-style theme when viewed from iPhone, iPod touch, Android, Opera Mini, Palm Pre and BlackBerry Storm mobile devices (used on this site).

#19: WP Mobile

Shows an interface designed for a mobile device when visitors come to your site on a mobile device. Mobile browsers are automatically detected; the list of mobile browsers can be customized on the settings page.

#20: WordPress Database Backup

On-demand backup of your WordPress database. You’ve got to back up your blog on a regular basis or you risk losing everything. Do it monthly at a minimum, more frequently if you post a lot. Enough said.

#21: Google Analytics

It should go without saying that you need to know what’s happening on your blog: how many visitors, page views, referral sources, exit pages.

#22, 23 & 24: Subscription

I also strongly recommend adding an email subscription widget to your blog. The top three in my opinion are Feedblitz (fee), Feedburner (free) and AWeber (fee).

Each of these subscriptions offers a variety of features from basic (Feedburner) to a complete customized newsletter-style delivery system for your blog content (Feedblitz). Technically these are not plugins. WordPress defines widget as “independent sections of content that can be placed into any widgetized area provided by your theme (commonly called sidebars).” Each of these email delivery options requires you to have an account and then you configure subscription form HTML to paste in the sidebar of your blog (it’s not hard, really).

A word of caution. When you’re building your blog, try not to go too crazy with the plugins and widgets. Think about what you want your blog to do for your business and install the plugins that support your goals. That being said, you may also want to test various plugins to find the ones that suit you best. They’re easy to install, activate and deactivate if you decide they’re not right for you.

Now it’s your turn. Do you use any of these plugins? If so, how are they working? Did I miss any of your favorites? Leave a comment in the box below.

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  • Lloyd

    AWESOME! I will be using most, if not all, of them!

  • http://www.sexybagsnshoes.com/ SexyBagsNShoes

    Great list, I have quite a few of these on my blog but there are definitely some more useful ones here that I’ll be snagging to make my blog better. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • http://www.qualityva.com Sherra Scott

    I’ve used several of these on my own blog as well as some clients’ sites. There are some I was not aware of though & excited to try! Thanks!

  • http://www.internetmarketingblog.gr/ @bartzokas

    Fantastic post!!!

  • http://leslie@justasmalltowngirl.us Leslie McLellan

    Thanks Denise – what a terrific, helpful list for everyone!

  • coachclaire

    Great list of plugins Denise – thank you for sharing them! I am already using a few of these but some like the Facebook Like I definitely need to add in!

  • http://www.marsdorian.com/ Mars Dorian

    good selection. I actually just used widget context, but it doesn’t work for me – or I’m doing it wroooong.
    irgghs…tech problems…

  • dgadso01

    I love the one for the editorial calendar I definitely will be adding that one to my arsenal. I would like to add Pretty Links, it’s a plugin that allows you to shorten long links but using your URL to strengthen your own brand. I like to use it to cloak affiliate links and it also tracks your clicks.

    I wrote a blog post on reasons to use WordPress to build your site. Keep in mind my blog is new so not much to read other than this post:

    dgadson.blogspot.com

  • http://www.fitscontagious.com Leanne

    I have already implemented several of these. Thank you!

  • http://dinodogan.com/ Dino Dogan

    Awesome round-up of 24 Impressive Blog (wordpress) Plugins We Should All Consider. Thnx Denise :-)

  • Sallie Goetsch

    Also check out Lorelle Van Fossen’s recent post about Mind-Blowing WordPress Plugins (http://lorelle.wordpress.com/2010/08/31/mind-blowing-wordpress-plugins/). But Denise, isn’t your blog still on TypePad? What do you do for plugins?

  • http://www.avidmax.com Cory

    Excellent post! Extremely helpful for the beginning blogger.

  • http://www.Yoursgd.com/ Christine Morris

    Denise, I love reading tips like these! You mentioned a few plugins that I can’t wait to try. There are a few that I use regularly – the editorial calendar is definitely one I could not live without! Thanks for the tips!

  • http://www.about.me/kathyfannon Kathy Fannon

    I have my site set up on Blogger and was thinking about WordPress this morning because I keep hearing about all the fabulous plug-ins. But after reading this article, I wonder if it’s really all that different than Blogger. Would there be a MAJOR advantage to switching to WP? If so, what?

    Great tips. I need to be reminded to keep my “gadgets” to a minimum that focus on the business more than the fun “because I can”!

  • http://kimrandall.me/ Kim Randall

    GREAT list! I use most of these already with the exception of the mobile plugins which I am currently adding! Thank you again!!!

  • http://inklingmedia.net Ken Mueller

    I use quite a few of these. I find Platinum SEO is a bit more functional than All-in-One. Instead of photo dropper I use Zemanta. But I use about half of the ones you mentioned, and I’m going to try out the Editorial Calendar one. Thanks! As always, you do a great job.

  • Sriharsha R

    Word Press is definitely the king. my opinion.

  • Jerry Pollio

    WP is always updating their plugins, thank you for the information. WP plugins use lots of resources so be prepared depending on your configurations.

  • http://www.crackerjackmarketing.com/ Stephanie Schwab

    Love this list, thank so much. Agreed with Ken that Zemanta rocks – more photos than Photodropper and makes hyperlinking for companies and products super-easy.

  • DownWeGo

    Love this updated list. There’s a lot of new plugins coming out and some best-of lists out there are hopelessly outdated. Thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/simonpickles Simon Pickles

    What a great list for us WP newbies. Thanks a lot for sharing these with us!

  • http://www.virtualofficecenter.net Electra Ford

    Thanks Denise! I had to retweet this one as well. I have some but I am going to add the others; especially SEO Scribe. I don’t remember reading about that one.

  • Tim Barnes, CLU

    I’m a marketing consultant for insurance agents. Many of them have not adapted social media marketing. One of the first things I tell them is to start a blog. I have bookmarked this article to share with them.

  • http://blogs.telestream.net/screenflow/ Lynn

    Great list. I was pleased to see that I already have many of these installed on my blog. But I found a few new gems too. Thank you!

  • http://www.adamsherk.com/ Adam Sherk

    Denise, will you start using the new official Twitter button instead of the TweetMeme button?

  • janinegregor

    Hi Denise,

    Thank you for providing this great list. I use a few of these for client blogs but some I had not heard of so I’m off to make these suggestions.

    Wonderful!

    Regards,

    Janine
    Virtual Assistant
    http://www.YourVirtualWizard.com

  • Mary Aitoshi

    I’d love to see a list sometime for Blogger and not just for WordPress.

  • http://www.dennisjsmith.com/ Dennis J. Smith

    I think you left out Wibya which is used on this website and I also used it on my personal blog. I also use a toolbar like it on another blog I have and that is the Gigya toolbar. Both are excellent at bring in all elements of social media including your FB fan page, Twitter, RSS feed and more.

    DJ Smith – Social Media Author
    Promote Your Business or Cause using Social Media

  • http://www.dennisjsmith.com/ Dennis J. Smith

    If you’re serious about blogging and getting great search engine results, you’d be better served moving to WordPress with a dedicated domain name. Check out IgniteHost.net or other hosting companies and you’ll see how inexpensive it is to host a WP blog.

    DJ

  • http://webzter.net George Manlangit

    I would definitely include Google XML Sitemap. It would help the blog get indexed not only by Google but other search engines.

  • http://yagua-piru.posterous.com/ Robert

    Thanks Denise,

    Very nice post and a time saver in research for helpful plug-ins for WP….

    I just want to add 2 plug-ins that will help you in your Video Marketing Campaign – Both are a WP plug-in for Video SiteMap, a Free one “FLV Embed” http://www.channel-ai.com/blog/plugins/flv-embed [waiting for update for WP 3.x] and the other [a year fee] “Google Video SiteMap” http://googlevideositemap.com/ [for Joomla too]

    All the best
    Robert
    Video Marketing for your Company
    http://blacksheepuk.co.uk/

  • http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/ Michael A. Stelzner

    Adam, we will stick with TweetMeme for a while. I personally prefer it.

  • http://www.powerfulvideomarketing.com Lasse Rouhiainen

    Excellent list, I would also recommend W3 Total Cache to make your WordPress site faster, its used by all the big sites like Mashable.com, you can find it on http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/w3-total-cache/

  • http://facebook.com/yagirlnextdoor Karen Cruz

    This is a great compilation, some I use already and some I will give a try. I love this theme you are using very cutesy. :)

  • Debbie LaChusa

    This is a great list. Thanks for sharing it Denise. I’m using some of these on my WordPress blog, but some are new to me… so time to check them out!

  • Dimitris

    I’ve added all these plugins to a list in Listiki, which is editable and rankable by anyone http://listiki.com/top-wordpress-plugins/

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Anne-Roddick/1004768300 Anne Roddick

    I’m very new to this, and don’t quite understand how it all works, but willing to learn, will keep an eye open for further hints and tips
    thankyou
    Anne

  • http://www.smarterwebsites.com.au/ Peter

    Thanks for the heads up on these. I use most of them but am now gonna plug in the WordPress Editorial Calendar and check out the WP Touch and WP Mobile.

    Peter

  • http://www.zackgrossbart.com Zack Grossbart

    Thanks for including the WordPress Editorial Calendar in your list of plugins. There are lot’s of other great ones too. We have a new video that shows all the features of the latest version.The WordPress Editorial Calendar Screen Cast

  • JulieSpira

    Terrific list Denise. Thanks for sharing. Curious what everyone thinks about the quantity of plug-ins to use on their wordpress blog to make sure the site doesn’t slow down.

  • http://www.denisewakeman.com DeniseWakeman

    Thanks for the tip about the Pretty Links plugin. I’ve heard about it but haven’t had a chance to check it out yet…blog on!

  • http://www.denisewakeman.com DeniseWakeman

    Hi Sallie, yes, my primary blogs are on TypePad because I have 6 years of content on them and I think it’s a great platform. I also have sites built on wordpress and a lot of my clients use wordpress so I do my best to stay up to date on the latest.

    Thanks for the link to Lorelle’s post, hadn’t seen it… blog on!

  • http://www.denisewakeman.com DeniseWakeman

    Thank you, Christine. The Editorial Calendar plugin is great for organizing and scheduling your content.

  • http://www.denisewakeman.com DeniseWakeman

    There are a lot of SEO plugins – got to go with the one you like the best. I use ScribeSEO to optimize my posts. When I tried Zemanta a while back, I felt that it slowed my site down too much. Maybe I should look at it again.

  • http://www.denisewakeman.com DeniseWakeman

    Hi Dennis, I couldn’t possibly cover every single plugin so thanks for mentioning Wibya. I haven’t personally used it, but I am starting to see it on a lot of blogs including this one.

  • http://www.denisewakeman.com DeniseWakeman

    Robert, thanks for the info about the two video plugins. I’ll definitely check them out.

  • http://www.denisewakeman.com DeniseWakeman

    Thanks for the tip about W3 Total Cache. Faster sites always offer a better user experience. Blog on!

  • http://www.denisewakeman.com DeniseWakeman

    That is a great question, Julie. I think a lot depends on the purpose of your blog and the outcomes you want. I have a private blog where I experiment with plugins to test them out. That helps me decide what to add to my public blog(s).

  • http://myqtbaby.com Tiffany

    Thank you so much for this. I didn’t even know you could do half of this stuff, really helpful.

  • http://www.denisewakeman.com DeniseWakeman

    One of the features I like about the new Twitter button is the suggestion to follow the author after a reader tweets your post. But I think the Tweetmeme button has a stronger call to action because we now understand what it means to retweet content. The twitter button simply says “tweet” and that’s a bit ambiguous. I could be wrong, but I don’t think the tweet button is available as a plugin yet, either.

  • http://www.denisewakeman.com DeniseWakeman

    I have an entire series of posts on business blogging. You may want to start your clients with this one: http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/top-10-easy-steps-to-starting-a-business-blog/

  • http://www.denisewakeman.com DeniseWakeman

    Thanks for mentioning the Google XML Sitemap plugin, George. Definitely one to install on a blog.

  • http://www.denisewakeman.com DeniseWakeman

    Hi Mary, I don’t use Blogger so I’m not familiar with what’s available for customizing Blogger blogs. Maybe another reader will have some tips for you, but I don’t think the development community is a active as it is for WordPress and TypePad.

  • http://www.denisewakeman.com DeniseWakeman

    Photodropper pulls photos from Flickr so there are millions of possibilities, but they do confine it to images that you actually have permission to use. Not sure about how Zemanta gets its images. Got to check that out. Used it a while back and didn’t like how it slowed down my site, but that may have changed.

  • http://www.DanielStoica.com Daniel Stoica

    Wow! What an Awesome Resource!

    Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Very Much!

  • http://www.facebook.com/nanette.saylor Nanette Saylor

    What a great list. Can anyone comment on any of the free membership site plugins?

  • http://www.meattle.com/jay/ Jay Meattle

    Thanks for including (and using) SexyBookmarks from Shareaholic!!

  • Search All Nepal

    Thanks for plugins

  • http://mysuccesscircleonline.com Yvonne A Jones

    Thanks for sharing this list, Denise. There are many I do not have on any of my blogs and I appreciate that you gave a brief description of each so I can make an informed decision on what to install.

  • http://www.socialcubix.com/ Facebook Apps

    Great list, thanks for sharing it with everyone, Denise. The list is huge, I haven’t used all of them, will look forward to try ‘em.

    Cheers,
    -Desmond!

  • http://www.prettyandoutgoing.com Jessica Kupferman

    Hi Kathy – if you need some further convincing about switching to WP, I recently did a post about it on my blog called “10 Reasons Your Website Should be Built in WordPress” and I think it will help you see the major advantages. It’s not a comparison to Blogger, but it does illustrate the advantages of WordPress and hopefully you’ll see the difference. I’ve built in Blogger before and ultimately ended up encouraging my clients to switch to WP and they’ve always been happier. There’s just more flexibility – look, design, plugins, layout, the whole enchilada. :) Here’s the post – I hope it helps! Jess http://www.prettyandoutgoing.com/buildinwp/

  • http://www.prettyandoutgoing.com Jessica Kupferman

    Thanks, Denise! I use a bunch of these, but there are some new ones that are fantastic! There’s one events calendar I use for clients by Kieran O’Shea – it’s very customizable and you can remove the credits to him in the code if need be. http://www.kieranoshea.com/calendar – I also really like one simply called “Social Media Widget” which allows a widget with social media icons – so readers can connect to the author on other social media sites. Thanks again for this great list. Jessica

  • http://twitter.com/MarkKnightTwits Mark Knight

    Brilliant list – spent the morning picking through and activating…
    One plugin i would like to know about is the one that allows author bios and picture at the base of a post.
    Any ideas which one (or best one) for multi-author within the 1 blog?
    - wanting name, bio, picture, links to other posts within blog…
    Thanks :-)

  • http://languagemusciandmore.wordpress.com Vanessa

    Loved this article! I am so excited to start searching and adding to my blog! Thanks Denise!!

  • http://twitter.com/RebeccaZwar Rebecca Zwar

    Hi Denise, awesome list! I use many of these on the sites I build for clients, thought there are a few (like the Editorial Calendar) that I haven’t seen and am very excited about! A couple suggestions of my own – I love the Redirection and Quick Page/Post Redirect for adding a page link into your navigation that links to a page offsite (though with the Custom Menu’s in 3.0 and above, that won’t be needed as much anymore). I also love the GetClicky analytics plugin, and the SEO Smart Links plugin for building internal links to other posts and pages on your site. Great list!

  • http://blog.bcaresearch.com/ Nanci K. Murdock, CFA

    Great list, thanks Denise! I also had never seen the Editorial calendar and am excited to check it out. I would like to throw one of my favorites into this list. *broken link checker*. Does a scheduled check for any broken links on your site and allows you to fix them directly in the WP Dashboard (my favorite part!).

    Thanks again,

    Nanci Murdock

  • CrystalCattle

    What about a list of plugins for blogger?

  • http://www.denisewakeman.com DeniseWakeman

    Nanette, I haven’t used any free membership site plugins. I’ve experimented with WishListMember and I’m in the process of checking out Digital Access Pass. I’d be hesitant to use a free plugin for membership since it gets quite complex to set up member sites, especially if you want multiple levels and to drip content over time. Maybe someone else can comment on this.

  • http://www.denisewakeman.com DeniseWakeman

    Jessica, thanks for the tip on the event calendar plugin. Looks cool!

  • http://www.denisewakeman.com DeniseWakeman

    Mark, I did a quick search wp plugin directory and found this one that might work for you:
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/sem-author-image/

    If not, then I suggest throwing the question out on LinkedIn Answers or on twitter, and I’ll bet you’ll find what you’re looking for.

    Blog on!

  • http://www.denisewakeman.com DeniseWakeman

    Glad to know you’re getting value from this post and list of plugins. A big Thank You to everyone who has contributed tips for additional plugins. Blog on!

  • Ralph

    I have been frustrated that WPAudio which I used for adding music to my posts does not work with WordPress 3.-. I noticed that neither does the one you recommend. Does anybody have an audio plugin that works with WordPress 3.0?

  • Jan

    Interesting ideas. I already have a blog under wordpress.com entitled ‘letter from another country’ is there a way of transferring a .com set up to a .org in order to get the better functionality?
    Thanks
    Jan McCourt

  • http://www.socialmarketingdynamics.com/ Sydney @ Social Dynamics

    These are awesome! I’m trying to vamp up my blog and I’ll definitely add most of these.

  • Terri L Maurer

    Thanks, Denise! Very timely for me as I am working my way through the final phases of getting my WordPress web site and Blog up and running. There are a few on your list that I need to consider before all is over and done with.

  • http://ne1up.com/ Thomas O’Hearn

    Great article.

    I’d also consider BuddyPress a fantastic plugin for the right site.

    I wish CommentLuv and Disqus could play nice together!

  • http://www.buzzedup.co.uk Mick Dickinson

    Extremely useful, thanks. The challenge is to keep the number of widgets and plugins manageable.

  • Carol Dunlop

    Thanks for reminding me that I needed to install the related posts plugin! I use alot of them. Thanks for the list

  • http://www.hivehealthmedia.com Jarret

    Hi, oddly enough I wrote a post about the plugins that I use across my WordPress sites recently. Right now, I’m using YARPP because my Solostream theme is configured for it. Personally though, I prefer contextual related posts instead. It does a better job at matching related posts.

    The IGIT related posts plugin is also a useful since it adds related posts with thumbnails. For SEO, I use SEO Ultimate, though I’m surprised it hasn’t caught on more. It’s a great plugin that’s also free.

    Justin Tadlock of Theme Hybrid frame has made a number of great plugin contributions to the WordPress repository. His Members plugin is very useful for setting role permissions which is important for multi-author blogs.

  • http://www.extremely-fit.com Robert Harden

    Great article, thank you!

  • http://bloggingbistro.com/ Laura Christianson

    Denise – I’m going to try the Editorial Calendar plugin (I already use most of the rest). Do you have recommendations for a good plug-in to create a virtual tour (slideshow of static images)? I know I can create and embed a slideshow using Picasa, Flickr, etc, but thought there might be a good WordPress plug-in that does something similar. I want to create a virtual photo tour of the inside of a newly-remodeled doctor’s office. Thanks!

  • http://www.hyperfbtrafficbonusreview.com Hyper FB Traffic

    All in One SEO is definitely a must use plugin for wordpress. I have also been using the Headspace 2 plugin for SEO with great success too.

    John Justice

  • http://www.smashblogtips.com fareed

    very impressive plugins nice list….

  • http://www.fionamceachran.com/ Fiona McEachran

    Excellent list. I use quite a few of these. But I’m going to try WPtouch iPhone Theme and WP-DB-Backup… Thanks for sharing :)

  • http://www.gagnerargentsite.com Gagner Argent Site

    There is a lot more I’m using myself on my wordpress blog… But I found in your list some very interesting plugins that I didn’t have in my collection. #3:Photo Dropper ; #5:FBLikebutton ; #7:Disqus comment system ; #18:WP Touch…
    Thank you

  • Sheri

    I use a few that weren’t mentioned here: Broken Link Checker, Exclude Pages from Navigation, and Revision Control. Fabo, fabo tools. ;-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/noodlewavemedia Noodle Wave

    What is the widget SME uses for organizing popular, recent, and new posts?

  • http://debbiehemley.com Debbie Hemley

    Thanks for the list of very helpful plugins. In particular, I’m excited to learn about the editorial calendar one–can see how this will be very beneficial.

  • Lori

    Great post! Thank you. I’m trying to install a couple of these. It’s asking for my hostname. I’ve asked the webmaster for this info, but in the meantime, do you know how I can find it?

  • http://mai.do/ Gabriele Maidecchi

    Very nice list, I use some of these plugins myself on my blog but some other are new to me and very interesting.
    Thanks for sharing!

  • http://NaomiTrower.com Naomi Trower

    I love reading about wordpress blog plugins! I will definitely have to look into SEO Scribe..Some of my favorites are SEO Friendly Images, Broken Link Checker, and others listed in your post and this one as well http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/11-essential-wordpress-plugins-to-get-your-blog-in-motion/

  • http://NaomiTrower.com Naomi Trower

    I prefer the TweetMeme as well.

  • Chad Kettner

    Thanks! I picked up a few I never knew about.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_G6264K5FP4PG4W22VDRIO32ONE SuZan

    Thanks I use Blogger now, but am thinking of starting a new blog using WP, so that I’m familiar with both platforms. I deal with disability issues in my job and have learned from materials produced by EASI, that WP is more accessible than many other platforms. Will you talk about this some time and also address whether any of the cool features you discussed here will enhance or detract from accessibility.

  • http://www.asics-running-shoes.org RUNNER

    AWESOME! I will be using most, if not all, of them!

  • http://www.diligentiagroup.com Brian Willingham

    Thanks for sharing. Some great plugins that I have not used before.

  • http://www.joycedierschke.com/ Joyce Dierschke

    These are all great plugins. Thanks for posting.

  • http://www.sixfigurerenegade.com Peter dunin

    Wicked post,I especially like the photo dropper plugin,cheers for bringing these tools to my attention.

  • http://twitter.com/LouiseMarsden Louise Marsden

    Thanks for the great post, I’ve installed the editorial calendar, it does just what it says on the packet! Anything that helps an unorganized person like me to be more organized gets a big thumbs up from me….Louise

  • http://www.SocialAna.com/ Ana Lucia Novak

    awesome article on plug-in’s. I like having a list to share with my peers and clients – the part that helps me stay focused was when you said to think about how I want to use my blog for business, and install the plug-in’s that support those goals.
    I personally like OnlyWire – a nice way to share your blog post across multiple bookmarking and news sites.

  • Tjohnson

    Fantastic Post! Thank you for all of the ideas but I had to disagree with sexy bookmarks. They look great and I wish that I could use them but they add a 5 second load time to all of my posts. I went with WP Socializer (granted not as sexy) and the load time is instant. Have a good one!

  • http://JustLikeAMagic.com/ Mohammad Elsheimy

    Thank you very much for the useful post. I’d like to add some to the list:
    - All in One Webmaster
    - Easy AdSense
    - Follow Me/Simple Social
    - Tweet old post
    - WordPress.com Stats
    - WP Smush.it
    - Zemanta

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  • http://brianaford.com/ Briana Ford

    Great finds! I really love the Editorial Calendar one. Also, like Mohammed said, All in One Webmaster makes things so much easier

  • http://reppelawn.com Ernie

    Thanks for this post. I’ve been looking for a list of great plugins. I’m especially excited about adding Disqus.

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  • Michael Currey

    My coworker created a very cool and unique plug-in for WP called FB Social stats… http://blog.ninanet.com/2010/05/20/facebook-social-stats-plugin

    - If you want a convenient way to track your facebook shares and likes and have access to the “backend Admin Pages” facebook automatically creates when you have implemented all the necessary code in your page, this one is for you.

    I wouldn’t suggest it if it wasn’t great! Please check it out and let Nina know what you think. Thanks!

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  • RonRobbins

    Great list!  I’ll be adding some of these to my travel blog stat!

  • http://www.salebestbuy.com Joey_99

    Very Thank.

  • http://www.keepmeinspired.co.uk/haircare.html hair care

    Many thanks, awesome list!

  • http://wanani.me/ Wantei Kupar Warjri

    these are some of the best widgets ever

  • http://www.getdailyviews.com/ youtube play increaser

    I always was interested in this topic and still am, appreciate it for putting up.

  • Aaa

    I do not have a plugins section on my wordpress dashboard – why not?????

  • http://www.MySocialMediaJobs.com/ Social Media Manager

    awesome plugin suggestions… thanks for the list.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Benjamin-Franklin/100003622696178 Benjamin Franklin

    awesome list its really worthy and helpful for all 

  • http://www.howtoupdates.com/ Ishan

    nice collection… thanks for the list!!

  • Lucinda @ Photodropper

    Hey! Lucinda from PhotoDropper here. I came across your awesome list and just wanted to thank you for the mention. We’ve recently updated the plugin to include more features. Check it out and let me know what you think.

  • http://aqarat-alexandria.com/ Jusi Seff

    very useful list thanks i will share and subscribe

  • http://www.plugins24.com/ Philip-Daniel Kleudgen

    Hey,

    thanks for this list. I wanted to add that I prefer the linkwithin plugin over the Yet another related post plugin, because it provides pictures. Anyway, I found some plugins to try out!

  • I’m Promocoder

    Nice post, it’s funny to see how in the past couple of years, some of these are still highly used and relevant. Some others however are very much outdated; You do not only need to backup your site’s data, you need to take care of the overall security of your site, so I find Better WP Security do all that for me http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/better-wp-security/.
    Another example is the related posts plugin YARP, this is outdated and now days you can get way better layouts and display results with plugins like engageya http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/cross-promotion-content-recommendations/

    Perhaps a V2 post of the sort for 2013 is required?

  • http://kinkytails.blogspot.com/ Lindsay Niles

    Love them! Thank you for the list!

  • http://www.browserstudios.com/ Michel H.

    Hi there,

    I develop WordPress plugins and I am always looking for ways to improve
    existing ideas. I just happen to come across the socialmediaexaminer and I was
    wondering if some of you have an idea that would add value to their business
    blogs what so ever. Or in other words what do you think could be a “game
    changer” to help you to improve your reader’s engagement? My major isn’t
    marketing but I was wondering if some of you had ideas but no access to actual
    programmers who are up for the challenge? Thank you.

  • abgelcartel

    great post







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