WordPress is a great platform to use for your blog and Google and other search engines love WordPress because of its user friendly template. Install the right plugins to fully optimize your blog and make it a site that people can easily navigate.
Google (and other search engines) love WordPress because the code is very clear and simple. With the coding, search engines find it very easy to read and index a site’s content. Additionally, each page, post, and image can have its own title, description, and meta keyword. Each aspect can also be optimized for specific keywords to allow for very precise search engine
When using WordPress, it is crucial for you to use the best plugins to
optimize and protect your website. From my own experience, here are the
best wordpress plugins for you to install :
WordPress Ez Backup : This plugin is an administrative plugin that allows users to create backup archives of their entire site and database with the most ease. Additionally, you can view a live log file of your backup, and the plugin also has an interactive Help & Auto Settings for web server configurations.
Anti-spam : We just hate comment spam and are pretty sure you hate them too. We managed to find this plugin which does a great job in keeping spam under control.You don’t need captcha or check a moderation queue, since Anti-spam takes care of it from the background. It is slowly moving towards dethroning Akismet from its title of “the best anti comment spam” Plugin for WordPress websites.
Better WP Security : Safeguarding your WordPress website from hackers is very important these days. Better WP Security plugin helps in securing your website to a great extent. When installed, it creates a separate section on your WordPress dashboard with loads of options to work with. At first, it may be daunting to work with so many options, but a little play around will help you get used to it quickly. It’s also recommended to backup your WordPress website before you make any changes using this plugin.
W3 Total Cache : A fast loading website is the norm today and this plugin helps you get there. This tool is highly recommended because it uses the power of Caching and Minifying files within your website to decrease the load time. This plugin is widely used and there is a lot of information about how one can setup the plugin in the right way. Search Engines will really appreciate your decision in installing this plugin as they love quick loading websites
WordPress Seo by Yoast : This is probably the only plugin that you will need, to update all aspects of SEO for your WordPress website. It not only helps you write better content but also helps you with the important tasks like creating an XML Sitemap, which will make it easier for search engine spiders, to crawl through your website.
All In One SEO Pack : This plugin makes it really easy to optimize your website for search engines. Just some of the features include:
• Google Analytics support
• Advanced Canonical URLs
• Support for CMS-style installations
• Nonce Security
• Built-in API
SEO Auto Links & Related Posts : With this plugin, auto links, related posts, and slide-out related posts are automatically created once you reach the end of the article. Ultimately, it saves you from having to manually do internal linking for every post and every page.
Google XML Sitemaps : This plugin generates a special XML sitemap to help search engines such as Google, Yahoo, Bing, and Ask.com to index your site more easily. The plugin also notifies major search engines whenever you create a post containing new content.
WP Ping Optimizer : Every time that you press save while working on your WordPress blog post, it pings. Because of this, you can be viewed as being a ping spammer. Luckily, this plugin prevents such an occurrence, but also help ping correctly once a new post has been properly completed.
ThirstyAffiliates : If you are running a website and earning your money through affiliate marketing, then this is the ideal plugin for you. This plugin helps you in organizing your affiliate links, assists you in inserting them into your posts, pages and comments and also helps you in creating pretty links instead of ugly affiliate links by using link cloaking. Relatively new tool but a definitely must have if your monetizing your website through affiliate marketing.
Advanced Responsive Video Embedder : Sharing videos on your website has become the “in” thing these days. Unfortunately the native WordPress video embedder is not up to the mark and still needs development. But to overcome this issue the advanced responsive video embedder plugin is a perfect solution. This plugin has support for a ton of video sites including the popular ones like YouTube, Vimeo, Metacafe, etc and is also responsive.
Sharing Buttons & Analytics by AddShoppers : We all know how important it is to connect to social media and to gather attention to your website. This plugin not only does that really well, but gives you a complete analytic report of the social activity happening on your website. The social media buttons are very well designed and the reward sharing feature within the buttons encourages users to actually click on them.
Related Post by Zemanta : This plugin is a great tool to retain your readers. Sometimes, you may not get the answer from a particular post or simply want to know more; this plugin suggests a few posts along the same topic and encourages you to read more. The thumbnail feature is also useful, since the image increase the chances of you, actually clicking on the related post. This tool also gives you a report for the clicks that you have received on the related posts section. Related Post by Zemanta is also responsive and works great on mobile devices too, hence making it a must have WordPress plugin for your website
Live Chat – Casengo : If you are looking to get a chat application for you website or blog to interact with your users, then this plugin is for you. You just have to create an account with Casengo, install the plugin in your WordPress website, select the color theme and the position of the chat window and you are good to go. Highly recommended for ecommerce and support based websites.
WPtouch : This plugin automatically transforms websites to make them accessible formobile devices. Using the plugin, you can make your website easier for people to use while on the go.