Top 10 WordPress Plugins for Bloggers and Internet Marketers
WordPress is web software you can use to create a beautiful website or blog. Successful bloggers mostly use WordPress to publish their blogs. The experience with WordPress gets even more rewarding and exciting if a blogger knows how to use the WordPress plugins more effectively. If you are an internet marketer and use WordPress frequently (most internet marketers I know use WordPress) you must use WordPress plugins for quick success.
WordPress has many plugins you can incorporate in the tool, and download from WordPress.org. But not all of them are actually that much effective and why should you waste your valuable time on less worthy tools or plugins? It’s been more than two years I’m using WordPress and to my experience 8 to 10 plugins are very useful for a successful and prolific blogger or internet marketer.
I’m going to publish a list of top 10 most effective WordPress plugins in two categories. The first category is for bloggers who are not in the field of internet marketing and love to just write. If making money is not your priority and you just want to engage yourself in writing, Category 1 is for you. It includes some wonderful SEO plugins that will take care of all your SEO jobs.
The second category is for internet marketers or people who want to monetize their blog or website. It includes the 5 plugins from Category 1 plus another 5 wonderful plugins especially designed for monetizing your blogs or websites.
Category 1: Top 5 WordPress Plugins for Bloggers
SEO Made Simple
This plugin automatically optimizes your WordPress blog for Search Engines. SEO Made Simple from Scribe is a brilliant plugin that allows you to create some really effective SEO campaigns for your site and make you more visible to the search engines. It works by showing you the type of language users are using in their search. It is quite helpful if you add them to your SEO campaigns. The plugin also reveals some keywords and phrases within your own content that you may have missed. If you want to build backlinks for your blog this plugin will help you in doing that as well as showing you where to find influential users on the social media circuit.
All in One SEO Pack
The All in One SEO Pack is a tool which allows you to create effective SEO for your blog automatically (you have to do only a little work). It is a very well built and in depth service that provides you some great ways to do SEO which may have been hidden to you before. It will save your time and help you to perform better user searches. A lot of successful bloggers I know use this plugin.
SEO Smart Links
This plugin can automatically link phrases and keywords from within your blog posts and comments to all corresponding content within your blog or website; including related posts, pages and categories. SEO Smart Links looks for keyword phrases that match the titles of your posts and pages by default (and you can enable categories and tags matching too). These phrases are then turned into the links. The matching is case insensitive and the original case is preserved. Everything happens completely transparent, and you can edit the options from the administration settings panel.
SEO Friendly Images
SEO Friendly Images is a WordPress optimization plugin which automatically updates all images with proper ALT and TITLE attributes. If your images do not have ALT and TITLE already set, SEO Friendly Images will add them according the options you set. Additionally this makes the post W3C/xHTML valid as well. ALT attribute is important part of search engine optimization. It describes your image to search engine and when a user searches for a certain image this is a key determining factor for a match. TITLE attribute play lesser role but is important for visitors as this text will automatically appear in the tool tip when mouse is over the image.
Google XML Sitemaps
This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask.com to better index your blog. With such a sitemap, it's much easier for the crawlers to see the complete structure of your site and retrieve it more efficiently. The plugin supports all kinds of WordPress generated pages as well as custom URLs. Additionally it notifies all major search engines every time you create a post about the new content.
Category 2: Top 10 WordPress Plugins for Internet Marketers
This includes all the five plugins mentioned in Category 1 plus another five plugins which are listed below.
Amazon Affiliate Link Localizer
The Amazon Affiliate Link Localizer is a great plugin if you’re an affiliate marketer. This plugin not only automatically changes any Amazon link on your site to use your affiliate ID, but it also changes the link to point to the user's local Amazon store.
So if your visitor is visiting from the UK they'll get a link to Amazon.co.uk, if they're visiting from the US they'll get a link to the same product on Amazon.com.
All you have to do is provide all your affiliate IDs. Users are notorious for sticking to their native roots so a UK user may discard a link to a US page; many discard the links purely because of the postage and packaging costs as well as the delivery time. It doesn't matter if the link is in your post, in your template or anywhere else on your page - it'll be converted automatically.
Gravity Forms have come up with this fantastic little plugin which is great for perfecting your use of forms within your site. Forget all the boring and arduous coding and designing that usually surrounds the topic of form building; let Gravity Forms help you create clean and usable forms in minutes. It really is pretty simple; you decide what you want in the form, you decide what color and design it should be and you’re good to go. It is a fast and easy way to create professional looking forms.
Simple URLs is a complete URL management system that allows you create, manage, and track outbound links from your site by using custom post types and 301 redirects.
If you use affiliate programs, this plugin is a must for you. Simple URLs basically shortens long URLs to a more manageable bite-size version. With Simple URLs installed you can track each link individually and can see how many times the link has been clicked.
Backup Buddy is the all-in-one solution for backup, restore, and migration. Back up to your server, Amazon S3, FTP account, or send backups by email. Use the backup with the Importing & Migrating script to quickly and easily restore your site on the same server or even migrate to a new server with a different domain and database. Whether you’re an end user or a developer, this plugin is sure to bring you peace of mind and added safety in the event of data loss.
Google FeedBurner is a web management tool that provides custom RSS feeds for your blog for creating effective feed campaigns. It’s very easy to use and a very well recognized plugin. Since feeds play an important role in effective SEO and backlinking, this FeedBurner plugin from Google has been proven quite handy and useful to many successful internet marketers and webmasters I personally know.