Top Essential WordPress Plugins

Wordpress bloggingDon’t Be Without Essential WordPress Plugins!

It really cannot be understated how important it is for blogs to have installed a majority of the essential WordPress plugins.

Unless you operate a private, unlisted blog that gets no traffic, this is paramount!

Especially if you own a business and operate your blog as your central hub, getting hundreds or thousands of hits per day… then of course you may already know and have these essential WordPress plugins installed.

One of the advantages of using WordPress for blogging is its flexibility and functionality.

While this gives us a vehicle to add fantastic feature rich content, and create a traffic ready and track-able central hub, it also opens doors for some destructive forces.

But those forces can also be dealt with and catastrophes averted by the use of these few essential WordPress plugins.

This list is one which makes my blog more secure, and as potentially high ranking as it cam be be!

My Top Essential WordPress Plugins

I have categorized these and then put two stars by the ones I think you can’t live without no matter what, a single star by the other essentials, and then there are some extras that are still very highly rated.

essential wordpress plugins for securityBlog Security Plugins

These are absolutely the essential wordpress plugins because they will safeguard your blog against damage or loss by spambots or hackers. If you do nothing else, install these plugins first!

Akismet – Without a doubt the most necessary (why WordPress.com includes it by default). Any blog can be targeted by seriously bad spambots that will put links to very unseemly places on your blog unless you take measures to stop them!

Bulletproof Security – I recently posted about this one – WordPress Security Plugin to Keep Hackers Out!

Conditional CAPTCHA for WordPress – keeps your Spam folder from filling up with hundreds of spam caught by Akismet – as you do need to check here for occasional false positives, it is really a chore when you have pages and pages of trash to sort out! Let this plugin do the dirty work for you.

There are other similar plugins but you should at least have one that will act as a layer on top of Akismet which doesn’t catch all spambots! One that I use is the Growmap Anti-Spambot Plugin which asks your commentator to click a check box before they are allowed to submit their comment.

WordPress Database Backup – This is so essential in the event that by some catastrophe, corruption or unforeseen event  you lose your blog. You can automatically set this plugin to back up your posts and content on an automatic schedule. This is also easily manually accomplished via the click of a button. Very important to back up before upgrades and blog moves!

And here are some that I have not used but that you might also consider -

Bad Behavior is one that I have not tried, but could prevent denial of service attacks by preventing bad bots from ever even reaching your site.

But a list of top essential wordpress plugins would not be complete for just enhancing security when there is so much more functionality available!

essential wordpress plugins for SEOSEO Enhancing Plugins

A list of essential wordpress plugins would not be complete if they didn’t assist you as one of the keys to improving your SEO.

Google XML Sitemap – The purpose of site maps is getting your pages crawled. This file is used by Google to crawl your pages. In other words, it will help your pages to be seen within a coulple of days.

All in One SEO Pack – Allows you to ensure that the most important parts (tags) of your page are set for the maximum possible SEO. For example, if your title is worded in a way so not to emphasize your keyword phrase in the beginning, you can edit the <TITIE> tag here. Some themes do supply this functionality but if you have one that does not, then I highly suggest you have this.

Google Analytics for WordPress – you really don’t want to go without knowing how your blog is doing with traffic Another alternative for this which I also use is the StatCounter plugin; it gives you all the same statistics as Analytics, but right in your dashboard and in a much easier to read format.

SEO Pressor is a seriously powerful SEO companion, doing the job of an SEO coach sitting within your editing session giving you crucial pointers for your on page SEO. It has helped me to finally reach Google’s page One for some very competitive keywords. with the help of some content syndication to accomplish the off page SEO.

There are a few more important ones to go in this category.

First is the Broken Link Checker which will find dead links whose destinations have after time been moved or deleted, whether in comments or in your old posts.

One more optional plugin will enhances your SEO by giving readers a reason to stay longer, the ‘Outbrain’ plugin. You see the icons at the bottom of this post which link to other posts here? That’s it! I actually see lots of traffic originate from those buttons!

Now if you aren’t into social media (what? :) then possibly the last few social media boosting plugins won’t be as essential for you, but truly, if you are looking to own a high traffic blog, then these are just as necessary as the initial few for your SEO if you understand the impact of social media on your SEO.

essential wordpress plugins for social bookmarking

Social Media Boosting Plugins

These plugins will ultimately help your SEO by boosting your social visibility, and the benefits that come with getting comments, votes and back links.

Digg Digg – great for getting people to syndicate your content while reading your post! Buttons are bigger and there is a floating option as well. This is still my favorite social bookmarking tool for it’s flexibility, and it includes everything from LinkedIn to the Facebook Like button.

Comment Luv – For anyone commenting on blogs (especially ones with the ‘do-follow’ plugin installed), this is a great way to thank them by giving them a valuable back link to their own. Comment Luv works with their blogs feed to post a link to their latest post under their comments.

Do Follow – This is a plugin that removes the default setting of  ‘No Follow’ from your blog so that your links and commentators links are followed by the search engine crawlers, boosting your SEO (as long as your destination links are relevant) and theirs.

Subscribe to Comments – This allows people who have commented on your blog to know when you have replied – a great way to engage your readers and keep them coming back!
Facebook Fan Box puts a Facebook Fan page box on your side bar, and includes a like button.  But there is a new breed of plugins that use the XFBML interfaces that allow plugins to enable users (once they ‘Like’ your page) to interacts with the blog via their Facebook account, like adding a comment to the profile post which includes a link to your post……

Although a bit more complicated, the Simple Facebook Connect (I know, an oxymoron) is a base plugin that allows ad-ons that provide a more feature rich environment. More about this (where I found out about it) is at HyperArts How to Add Facebook’s XFBML Like Button & Social Plugins to Your WordPress Posts). So why don’t you see one of these on my page you may wonder? Well, for now I am still working on my Fan page! :)

Going Beyond the Top Essential WordPress Plugins

Ok, that about does it. But there is just one more that I think bears mention. This plugin isn’t as essential depending on your blog’s theme, but if you have one which displays the entire post inline, it helps with aesthetics and readability- WP Limit Posts Automatically

So, if you do not have all of these essential wordpress plugins, then go get them now and improve your blog!

 

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  1. I love these types of posts because everytime I read one I discover a new plug-in that I could be using. I need to be careful though, too many pluggins will start to slow the blog.

    Thanks for the great list Vicki!

    ~ Michael Novak

    • Vicki says:

      Hi Michael!

      You are right, I always come across a new one, and I do think it has made mine go a bit slower. But I did tidy up my list, and removed some that I was not using, because I understand that even ones you have not ‘activated’ can work to slow things a bit. However I trimmed my list to the ones that have stars beside them (except I haven’t activated the Facebook one yet until I publish my ‘Fan’ page :) and it’s seeming ok (does anybody think it’s slow to load? if so please let me know!)

      Thanks for stopping by Michael, it’s always nice to see you!

      Wishing You a Wonderful Weekend!
      Vicki

  2. Awesome post Vicki.

    I always learn about the best wordpress information from you…I can thank you for several of the plugins I use on my blog, most recently your bulletproof security suggestion!

    I’ll be adding the subscribe to comments one on my blog now!

    Have an awesome weekend, my friend! Thanks for the link to the Do Follow badges!

    Heather

    • Vicki says:

      Hi Heather!

      Thanks so much! It’s good to see you here as always! I’m glad you installed that security plugin, I’d really become worried since the recent hacker attacks! And I’m assuming you noticed my comment on your blog about the Conditional Captcha, I have been so releived to see my spam folder EMPTY for the first time ever! There have been nearing and over 100 a day recently, those spam bots are really busy! But I do see REAL comments occasionally in my spam folder, so had to wade through all those pages to find the odd one or two, now I won’t have to do that any more!

      I look forward to seeing you around, and hope you have a wonderful weekend!

      Wishing You All the Best!
      Vicki

  3. Ryan Yokome says:

    Vicki!

    This is so funny. You and I must be vibing at the same level. I just finished writing a WordPress Plugin post and sent it to the Tribe.

    I go in there and you has submitted yours JUST before mine! LOL

    Awesome Plugins :)

    • Vicki says:

      Hi Ryan!

      Isn’t that what happens when people start hanging around together, they begin to think alike! That’s the power of a mastermind group, and the Tribe has exactly that effect! I can’t wait to see your post and compare lists!

      Great to see you again here, have an awesome weekend!

      Wishing You Wonderful Success!
      Vicki

  4. Ed Alexander says:

    Hi Vicki,

    Nice listing of essential WordPress plugins. I’m using or have used most of these WordPress plugins you have listed on either my WordPress site or client’s sites. And of course my favorite of all of them is the BulletProof Security plugin. LOL ;)

    Your site is really nicely layed out visually with well written content. Rock Solid Very Nice Work!!!

    • Vicki says:

      Hi Ed!

      So nice of you to stop by and comment, and thanks so much for your compliments, they mean a lot coming from you!

      And thanks so much for your excellent work on BPS, it’s awesome! I know from comments on my earlier post that many people have installed it since. What are your thoughts on including the Anti-captcha plugin, do you have that one? I was reading about that one and it seems it would probably be a very good one to use.

      Again, thanks so much for stopping by, I look forward to seeing more of you!

      Wishing You Brilliant Success!
      Vicki

      • Ed Alexander says:

        Hi Vicki,

        I came across your site while doing a Google search so SEO kudos to you. ;)

        So kind of you to spread the BPS word. My ultimate goal is to ruin every single would be WordPress hackers day with BPS. LOL

        You would ask me about the one plugin out of all the ones you listed that I have not tested yet. ha ha. This plugin is on my list of plugins to check out. I personally think it could be very useful. What I really like about the plugin is you can manually approve the comment in hindsight.

        I get over 300 spam bot comments a day, which Akismet catches. So it is taking me 10 minutes a day to trash that spam. I have pondered the positive vs negative effects of spam bots – ie do all these spam bot comment posting attempts help my ranking or hurt my ranking in a traffic sense? Someday I’ll get around to really taking a good look at this.

        Thanks,
        Ed

        • Vicki says:

          Hi Ed!

          Thanks, it will be good to know what you find out about anti-captcha – keep me posted!

          And you might want to try conditional captcha, since I have still 0 spam in my folder, apparently it only asks potential bots for captcha and if they fail then they cannot post a comment… I wouldn’t think this would affect ones SEO but you’ll have tl voice your opinion on this too!

          And don’t tell me I came up on the first page for just ‘SEO’ by itself? I didn’t think I had done that well LOL!

          Thanks again for your additional help with BPS, I’ll copy the new .htaccess folder and then activate your new version after that.

          I hope that you enjoy the rest of your weekend!
          Wishing You the Very Best as Always,

  5. Dr. Dick says:

    Thanks, Vicki, for adding lots of VALUE for those of us who are consistent bloggers!

    Dr. Dick

  6. Jennifer May says:

    Awww… WordPress plugins! Always fun to learn new ones and you have a couple on here I didn’t already have.. too cool! Thanks for the great list! :)

    • Vicki says:

      Hi Jennifer!

      Yep, I had so many that I had to put off installing until I got through some wordpress wackyness that I was going through (upgrade and server issues and you name it) and when I finally got everything up to snuff I was sooo happy! All my faves are installed now :)

      Thanks for stopping by, always a pleasure to see you!

      Wishing You Wonderful Success!
      Vicki

  7. Hi Vicki,

    thanks for sharing your top ten plug-ins. I have had a couple of them already, but not all of course. So I’m really grateful for your advice. I installed Bulletproof Security according to your post – but I refrained from activating it because I felt insecure regarding their instructions…

    Have a blessed weekend and take care

    Oliver

    • Vicki says:

      Hi Oliver!

      I wouldn’t worry about just sending an email to the plugin author, Edward Alexander, who has also commented here on this post but was very responsive when I asked for his help. I think you’ll be glad you did!

      Wishing You Every Success!
      Vicki

  8. Aaron Decker says:

    Great post Vicki, I have come across a couple of plugins myself that I need to use. Thanks for sharing, I really like your post Vicki. Keep the awesome blog post coming.

    • Vicki says:

      Hi Aaron!

      Great to see you again! :) – yep, these plugins are the ones that I think everyone should have (or at least some similar ones!) I just checked out Ryan’s post as well, and installed the sexybookmark plugin he had suggested. I had seen that share menu around but didin’t know what plugin it was!

      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment – enjoy the rest of your weekend!

      Wishing You the Best,
      Vicki

  9. Great post as always Vicki. There are soooo many good wordpress plugins, so it’s nice to see a summary of the ones you find most important.

    Have a great weekend! Julieanne

  10. Sye Wells says:

    Vicki! I absolutely received great value from this post! Thank you so much for sharing. There are so many plugins ….sometimes it helps to have their functionality broken down. Thank you for taking the time to create the links and definitions. I am now headed over to my wordpress dashboard to add “subcribe to comments”. Thank you. I look forward to staying connected to your blog… so much great content here. Sye-

    • Vicki says:

      Hi Sye!

      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting here! Great to see you, I really enjoyed your related post widget tutorial as well (as you can see, now added here!)

      I do so appreciate your support and we’ll stay connected for sure! I noticed some awesome content on your blog as well!

      Wishing You Brilliant Success!
      Vicki

  11. Hi Vicki!

    Thanks for inviting me back to your Blog…it’s always nice seeing you. :)

    Ooo, more neat plugins to look at. You’ve made it so easy to pick & choose from. KUDO’s once again!!

    Have a highly inspired day…your tribal friend Steven Suchar

    PS…Your new domain name ROCKS too!!

    • Vicki says:

      Hi Steven!

      Thank You once again! It’s always good to see you too :)

      And thanks on the domain name! I had always been disappointed that VickiBerry.com was taken (happens to be a Realtor in my own town!), so after pondering which variety of my name to take, I figured the easiest was Vicki-Berry.com – Personal Branding demands at least something close!

      Thanks again for stopping by to visit, always a pleasure!

      Wishing You Wonderful Success,
      Vicki

  12. Gerald Gigerl says:

    Hey Vicki,

    yet another awesome post, from where do you get all these amazing ideas! I got out some really good points from your post, that I´ll immediately integrate into my business!

    Having the right and proper plugins can make an enormous difference!

    Have a great and relaxing sunday,

    Gerald

    • Vicki says:

      Hi Gerald!

      Thank You! Great to see you as always! Well to answer your question I tend to write about what I have either struggled with, wondered about or enjoyed, and once I have it figured out, if it is something I think might be of value to others then I wirte about it! We have so much going on every day that I know it’s a great source of content!

      I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend too!

      Wishing you All the Best!
      Vicki

  13. Hey Vicki,

    These are some awesome plugins! I definitely like the ones you had about boosting SEO rankings as I never even thought about this before you posted this. Thanks so much for your great insights and keep up the great work :)

    See you at the top,
    Michael Stead

    • Vicki says:

      Hi Michael!

      So nice to see you as always! I’m glad you got something out of this, it’s always good to find different peoples’ lists, as that’s how I’ve collected most of these! And of course I’ve discovered more since but my essentials have still not changed. I hope that you see a difference in your SEO!

      Wishing You Awesome Success!
      Vicki

  14. John Engle says:

    Hi Vicki,

    Great post… having these plugins broken down to their use is awesome. 2 of the plugins that I don’t have up and running yet are the Askimet (I have it, but never clicked Activate), and the Google Analytics for WordPress. I will be installing them right after I finish with this comment.

    A SEO WordPress Plugin that I have recently come across is the SEOPressor plugin. I just installed it, and it is the most amazing SEO plugin I have come across, making on-page SEO idiot-proof… pardon my French.

    Two people that I have spoken to about this plugin have replied… it is “phenomenal” and the other person said it is “freakin amazing” I guess those words sum it up pretty good.

    You need to check it out… I know once you do this will be another plugin on your page here! I have actually written a post about it, please check it out!

    You have a great day!

    John Engle

    • Vicki says:

      John,

      This is too funny, I had just read your post last night and had to run out before I had time to comment or get the plugin, but briefly looked at their page (I hope you are an affiliate and that is your link :) but I DO plan on getting it, it sounds awesome! Sounds like it will take a lot of the guess work out of the SEO and help me to go back through older posts and update them for better SEO. And yes, I probably will add it to my list here!

      Great to hear from you, always a pleasure to see you here!

      Wishing You Brilliant Success,

      • Vicki says:

        Hi John!

        I just thought I should include an update here to let you know that I did just add SEOpressor to my list of essential plugins above! For all the reasons you stated, and it’s like having and SEO coach on your arm while you write your posts. What a great plugin, thanks for suggesting it!

        All the best,
        Vicki

  15. Great post Vicki! Definitely useful for us bloggers in Internet Land! :)

    • Vicki says:

      Hi Philip!

      Thanks for stopping by, great to see you! Enjoy the plugins, especially the BulletProof security, some peace of mind comes with that one!

      Wishing You Wonderful Success,
      Vicki

  16. Pat says:

    Just discovered the power of that “luv comment plugin”… added it to my site… thanks for the good information.

  17. Joe Young says:

    Hey Vicki,
    Awesome post. There were some that i never heard of but have now. It is so important to protect from hackers too. I have a few blogs I cannot even access because of hackers. Hundreds of articles too. I will figure a way to debugg from my smartftp panel.

    Thanks for giving away some great ones.

    -Joe

    • Vicki says:

      Hi Joe!

      Wow , I am sorry to hear about your losing your blogs like that! I was somewhat releived when WordPress 2.9.2 was supposed to address certain security risks, and then heard about the hackers getting into peoples’ hosted blogs and literally wiping them out.

      I did some research before finding and settling on Bulletproof Security and am so happy I did, especially after talking with the author, he really knows his stuff!

      Wishing You Massive Success!
      Vicki

  18. Hey Vicki… Thanks for all the great plugins especially Facebook Fan Box. I just started a Fan Page… JoinCoachFreddie.
    I’m going to install it… thanks

    Coach Freddie

    • Vicki says:

      Great Freddie! I just joined your Fan page earlier today! (catching up on some FB notifications I should have done days ago! :)

      Glad you found something useful here!

      Wishing You Amazing Success!
      Vicki

  19. Yemi Ogunbase says:

    Vicki,

    Once again, you come through with a post I can use immediately! I finally figured out how to use Simple Facebook Connect, and it’s because of the link you listed above.

    Thank you for continually adding value to our community. You’re amazing!

    To Your Success,
    Yemi Ogunbase

    • Vicki says:

      Hi Yemi!

      Great to see you again, thanks so much for your compliments! I was thinking of adding a post just about the Facebook and Google Friend connect widgets, but had to delay to get some other things done, so I’m glad you found help through this post!

      Wishing You Brilliant Success!
      Vicki

  20. Jon Ochs says:

    Vicki,

    Another great post! I think the importance of having some of these essential plugins installed is often overlooked by new bloggers. They add some very crucial functionality that will great enhance both the blogger’s effectiveness and the reader’s experience.

    Thanks for the post :)

    Jon

    • Vicki says:

      Thank You Jon!

      I know, it’s easy to take for granted when you’ve slowly learned the importance of these over time, one by one, so I thought I’d put it together here, as I’d seen many people do with their favorite plugins… but I tried to keep it to the absolute essentials (however I did add a bit of the extras here :)

      Thanks again for stopping by, always a pleasure to see you!
      Vicki

  21. Tyron says:

    I Installed this plugin on my blog and it’s working like a charm. Good thing is now I don’t hve to check my spam comments for real comments and number of spam in my spam queue is less by 95%.
    Must have plugin wiith Akismet to fight spam.

  22. Leysan says:

    Network Marketing in web = success. WordPress is the best CMS for business

  23. Joe says:

    Thanks for the great info. Vicki. There are so many plug-ins to choose from, that it could take forever to sort them out!

    I think your list is sensible and I’ll be using some of your suggestions. First up is the Bulletproof security.

    Peace and prosperity;

    Joe

    • Vicki says:

      Hi Joe!

      I’m glad you found this list useful – it took me a while to really nail down which ones I thought were and were not so useful, and then to pick out what I thought was essential. Some of them may have equivalents but I usually went though the descriptions for all related plugins before I picked one in a categroy, even when I had recommendations.

      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment!

      Wishing you Tremendous Success,
      Vicki

  24. Deangelo Hanrahan says:

    Thank you for the excellent variety with plugins, i have several favourites to, including the all known “All IN SEO “and also the easy privacy policy and also SEO friendly images (got some excellent results with it)and lastly pretty links (great for cloacking) affiliate links…

  25. Thanks Vicki, I’m going to have to try out these Facebook ones. o many excellent plugins available now!

    Rachael Macgregor

    • Vicki says:

      Great Rachael!

      I hope you like the ones you choose, yes there are so many great plugins to choose from! I sometimes think that I have too many to the point my blog is loading too slowly, but I don’t know what I would remove of the ones that I have!

      Great to see you again, thanks for stopping by and taking time to comment!

      Wishing You Fabulous Success,
      Vicki

  26. anonymous says:

    Hi, very good tutorial for this Plugin. I have some Problems to use WordPress-Plugins, my Provider has bad php-settings. But i try this, thank you.

  27. Hey Vicki,
    These are some great plugins for wordpress blogs. I would say I use half of them on my blog site. I’m trying to find a good, easy to set up backup program for my site and i’ll definitely check the one you recommend out. Thanks for sharing
    Sherman

    • Vicki says:

      Hi Sherman!

      Thanks, and yes the backup plugin is great, I have it send me weekly backups and I don’t worry so much anymore about the what ifs!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  28. Jamie Bennett @home biz mentoring says:

    Hey Rachael,

    Great list and definitely must have plugins for anyone operating a blog….

    I wanted to explore what SEOpresser does for you and look forward to reading about it when you post more info….

    Thanks,
    -jamie

    • Vicki says:

      Hi Jamie!

      I don’t know how I missed your comment, it’s been so long now! But thanks, and I’ll be happy to report that I have really had some great results from using the SEOpressor!

      I hope you’re doing well and that I’ll see you around soon!

      Wishing You Wonderful Success!
      Vicki

  29. Kayla Schroeder says:

    Thanks for this awesome post, Vicki! I just stumbled upon your GLORIOUS blog this evening, and I’m so glad I did!

    You have an incredible amount of valuable, relative, insightful information that I’m excited to explore.

    Lots of Love,
    Kayla

    • Vicki says:

      Hi Kayla!

      Thanks so much for your glowing compliment! I’m happy you tripped over my blog and will be glad to have your continued support!

      Wishing You Happiness and Fabulous Success!

  30. Great post! I use Thesis as my theme, so I really do not need too many of the SEO plug-ins (outside of the Google XML Sitemap)! However, I would love to see what your thoughts were about plug-ins today. It seems like it has been about 9 months or so since this blog post… do you recommend others like Disqus or Social Media Widget? Are there better plug-ins out there? New ones? Let me know if you ever post an updated list! I will be sure to take a read and pass along to my friends and colleagues!

    P.S. What LinkedIn share plug-in do you recommend?

    • Vicki says:

      Hi Dwayne!

      Thanks for that, and as I have modified my list over time since this post was initially written, I have come back and updated it twice already! I do this with most of my posts as needed.

      But as you reminded me, I checked my list and did find a couple of additions, so have made yet a third revision! I am sure there are plugins that I’m not aware of and we’ll continue to keep seeing them, so if you find something you cannot live without that’s not covered here, if even functionally through a different plugin, please let me know!

      And I considered Disqus at one time and can’t remember why I didn’t decide to take it (we do have to watch for plugin bloat!), and I had not heard of the Social Media Widget, though I have a few already such as the Google Friend connect, Facebook Fanbox and Top Commentator’s widgets. Now I will say that Digg Digg is still my favorite social bookmarking plugin, I had Sexy Bookmarks but removed it thinking it was overkill. Digg Digg has the Like button, and is so configurable. But I might consider a plugin for the Like button by itself, possibly to display at the top of the post, what do you think ? I haven’t searched for it yet…

      Again, thanks for stopping by and for your feedback! You got me to come back and tweak this once again!
      Wishing You Tremendous Success,
      Vicki

  31. We all have our favorite plugins and we’re all trying to reduce how many we use to speed up our page load times. I just wanted to mention that most of the bloggers using the GrowMap anti-spambot plugin (G.A.S.P.) delete Akismet and only run Simple Trackback Validation to eliminate trackbacks with it. Many bloggers only run GASP and no other anti-spam plugin. You can read more about that on the GASP tab on my blog including testimonials from super bloggers.

    Since you have Akismet installed it is likely this comment will end up in your spam folder so I do hope with GASP blocking spambots that you check spam and rescue me.

  32. Wow some great plugins, I thought I had them all. Really appreciate you sharing. The All in One SEO is so crucial when optimizing.

    • Vicki says:

      Thanks Joseph! Glad you found some nuggets here you could use! And I used the all in one SEO plugin for a long time but have made an astounding difference with the SEO Pressor plugin.

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting!

      Wishing You Tremendous Success,
      Vicki

  33. Hi Vicki, Yes many on my team are using the SEO Pressor plugin and love it. I guess with me I am so set in my ways with SEO and the success I have that I would probably end up yelling at a plugin:) Always great to read your comments

  34. Jess says:

    The useful post EVER!!! Thanks!

  35. Nancy Smyth says:

    Vicki
    What is the plug-in that you use to “share/follow”? Does it have AddThis tracking? I’m looking for a new one for my site. Any input would be valuable.

    Thanks
    Nancy

    • Vicki says:

      Hi Nancy,

      I’ve just recently added the ‘Easy Buttons’ plugin which provide the follow/share ones you see to the top right. The one to the left is Digg Digg which I mentioned in this post. Neither have AddThis tracking that I am aware.

      I’ve not yet come back to add the ‘Easy Buttons’ here but I suppose I should!

      Thanks for stopping by, let me know if you have any other questions!
      Wishing You Fabulous Success,
      Vicki

  36. Petra says:

    Great post, thanks! I like starting day from such a lecture.

  37. Jenny says:

    Great for me that I found your Blog… I just started with my own Blog, can I reference to this post? I want to write something on similiar topic!

  38. SEO Firm says:

    Great list, and I cannot speak enough to the importance of database backup. I unfortunately learned the hard way a year or so back, and have sworn by it since. It is also great, like you said Vicki, if you ever decide to migrate your blog over to another platform or want to use all of the posts for some other purpose. IF you put in as much time and effort in to your blog as I do then you know how heart breaking it would be to lost all that. Back up your stuff!

  39. Judy LeGlise says:

    Another great post by Vicki Berry. I see you changed you picture. I like it.

    • Vicki says:

      Thanks so much Judy! :D

      Great to see you again, thanks for stopping by! (what happened to your gravitar? I thought you had a pic last time on your comment… Are you using a different email possibly? That could be it, add it to your Gravitar.en account!

      Let’s catch up soon – can you believe it’s already almost March?!?!
      Have an awesome week!
      VickiVicki

  40. Martin says:

    The Digg Digg plugin has been taken over by a a company called buffer app. They have supplied a link on the page you have linked to, however it may worth updating the link on here as well.

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