The Top 10 WordPress Plugins for 2012
This plugin enjoys excellent ratings and is presently one of the top SEO plugins available.
As you can see in the example above, the plugin offers many features to optimize a page. Once you input a keyword into the “focus keyword” box and add an SEO title, it will autofill the snippet preview and tell you what else is needed to properly optimize your post. In the example, the items with a “no” are those that need attention. The plugin also supplies fields for all of your meta keywords and descriptions.
Here are the features at a glance:
- Snippet Preview – Observe how your post will look before it is published.
- Lindex Page Analysis- A helpful tool to suggest possible improvements as you optimize your post.
- You have complete control over what posts you want Google to display in the search results.
- Breadcrumb menu functionality
- XML sitemaps
- RSS Optimization
- Social integration
- And many more…
Akismet is a well-known plugin because it comes standard with every WordPress install. It is often listed with the top plugins since it eliminates spam comments on your blog posts.
Akismet automatically detects spam comments and sets them in a separate spam folder. Follow the activation instructions that come with the plugin. There are a few steps required but they are not difficult to execute.
Contact from 7 is an easy-to-use plugin that allows blog owners to insert a customizable contact form on any page. You do not need to know any complex coding to activate it. It also has built-in spam filtering
As webmasters, it’s important to give your visitors an opportunity to connect with you. Your willingness to communicate with them shows authenticity and helps to break down the skepticism people feel when visiting a new website.
Wassup is a tracking plugin that monitors your analytics in real time. At any given moment, check who is visiting your site, where they came from, the referring site or keyword, what pages they visit, the search engine, as well as hack and spam attempts.
Wassup offers a birdseye view of what is occurring on your site while it is happening, directly from the WordPress interface. It gives you a quick overview of your site’s activity from one easy-to-use interface.
Note: WassUp is not compatible with page-based caching plugins.
W3 Total Cache is recommended by some of the top internet marketers and web host providers. The plugin improves your website’s performance by helping your pages load faster while boosting server performance. A fast-loading website contributes to a better user experience which keeps visitors on your site longer.
Here are some benefits:
- 10x or more improvement in the website’s performance
- Better conversion rates
- Load time reduced; visitors will view more pages and stay longer. Faster load times increase your Google rankings.
- Improved server performance to manage high traffic days
- Save up to 80% bandwidth
Shareaholic is a social bookmarking plugin that allows your blog visitors to share your content. The plugin offers customizable text and the ability to add or remove social websites to personalize the experience. It provides share counters, social analytics and a new “recommendations” section that offers your blog visitors related post content while they are reading a similar post.
7. Follow Me
Along with giving people the ability to share your posts, make it easy for them to follow your social profiles. Follow Me is a social plugin that displays a window where users can click and visit your social profiles. The banner can be displayed on the side of your site where it is noticeable, yet not obtrusive.
A broken link will deter users and send them away frustrated. This plugin automatically searches the links on your blog and lets you know if any are broken. This plugin is quite helpful since your website visitors will seldom tell you about a broken link. It also checks for missing images and gives you the option to prevent the search engines from following any broken links.
9. WP Touch
With hundreds of millions of people accessing the internet via mobile devices, this industry is fast becoming a requirement for websites that want to stay competitive. Desktop sites are cumbersome and do not load quickly on mobile devices, which can decrease conversions.
Designing a mobile experience can cost businesses a large sum. This plugin is invaluable to WordPress users because it is free and it automatically transforms your site into an application-like theme when your mobile users visit your website. Visitors will also have the option to toggle back and forth between your mobile site and your full site. Activation of the plugin will not change the appearance of your full site. It will only affect what your website looks like to users accessing it on mobile devices.
I know the name is a bit uncharacteristic of a plugin, but it delivers a great benefit. Expert marketer Seth Godin encourages websites to treat return visitors different than first-time visitors. The plugin corroborates this principle by offering visitors different messages depending on their identity. It creates a customizable welcome box for new visitors. Program its message, lifespan and location on your site and exclude it from pages you designate. Use this message to prompt visitors to opt in to a newsletter, RSS feed or just to greet them with a nice welcome message.
Though this list is but a small glimpse of the many effective plugins available, it is a good start and covers a wide range of needs.
All-In-One-SEO is pretty useful also !!!
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