Crucial WordPress Plugins

I’ve promised a post on all the plugins I use here on Ready Fire Aim, and that every blog should use to increase traffic and usability. I won’t focus as much on SEO in this post, however, some of these plugins will certainly help readers not only discover your blog, but encourage them to click around once they’ve arrived, increasing pageviews and ad impressions. Some others on the list exist only to make your job easier as a blogger. So here we go -

  • Akismet
  • Yes it comes with newer versions of WordPress, but it’s still worth highlighting. Akismet will almost eliminate spam comments on your blog. It does this by checking all submitted comments against a common database shared by all Akismet users (read, almost every WordPress blog in existence), so it’s extremely accurate. TechCrunch has caught over 1,000,000 spam comments with Akismet. Enable it if you haven’t already.

  • Custom Admin Menu
  • This plugin allows you to organize your WordPress Administrator menus in any way you like. This becomes especially useful as you install lots of plugins, each with a separate configuration page.

  • deli.cio.us cached++
  • Automatically grabs your latest tagged links from Deli.cio.us and displays them on your blog. Great for links that don’t deserve their own post, but are worth sharing with your readers. You can see it in action on the bottom right of my footer.

  • Firestats
  • Simply the best statistics package for WordPress I’ve come across. Tracks all referring links, so you can see where your traffic is comings from. Also breaks down your visitors by operating system, browser, and country. Extremely useful, in a narcissistic way.

  • Feedburner Feed Replacement
  • Another stat tracking plugin, this one ensures that all your feed subscribers go through FeedBurner. If you don’t use FeedBurner, it’s something you should look into. It gives you total control over your feed, the option to add some extras, and the ability to track how many feed subscribers you have.

  • runPHP
  • A little more hardcore than some bloggers may need, this plugin allows you to run blocks of PHP code inside your posts. I use it to generate the direction listings in my Files section.

  • Similar Posts
  • You can see this post in action in the sidebar of every post on this site. It compares the text of the post currently being displayed with all the other posts on your site, and displays links to those it deems most relevant. This is a good way to make your site “sticky”, so visitors will click around, instead of just reading one post and leaving.

  • WordPress Reports
  • Another statistics package, which compliments FireStats very nicely. Whereas Firestats gives a nice view of the past 24 hours, WordPress Reports integrates with Google Analytics and Feedburner to provide all kinds of useful stats for the past week and month, and shows you how they compare to the week or month before that. Lets you see which posts are “hot” and which are cooling off.

That’s pretty much everything I use here, I’ll probably post again on this topic in a few months, as I find more useful plugins. Until then, enjoy these, I hope they make blogging easier and more fun for you and your readers.

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Bill DAlessandroI'm the CEO at Elements Brands - a company I built from scratch that sells branded consumer products online and in stores. I ship thousands of orders each year, and run it all from my laptop by focusing on automation and outsourcing. I write about my experience with e-commerce, product creation, and startups, with lots of personal bits thrown in. More about me.

Comments

  1. Hey,

    For all you guys out there supporting video content, you can now monetize it free with the NoPrimeTime wordpress plugin. You can also crosspromote your sites if you lack advertisers.

    The plugin can be found here: http://www.noprimetime.com/plugin

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  3. My I recommend my own plugin to this list? I might be a bit biased, but I think it could be very useful to people. I'd love to hear your opinion of it or even a review…
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  5. Hi – Some great suggestions there – but I’d like to suggest another one for inclusion!rnrnIt’s called the Wapple Architect Mobile Plugin for WordPress and it mobilizes your blog. It works for every single device, from a WML phone to a brand new swanky phone with XHTML. Images are dynamically resized and you get the option to really customize your blog any way you want.rnrnIn addition, you can upload mobile logos and style your site so the mobile version matches the website and you retain your brand identity.rnrnIf you fancy giving it a go, the URL is http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wapple-architect/ – it’d be great to hear your feedback!rnrnIf you need any help setting it up or would like any assistance enhancing your mobile blog, get in touch over at http://mobilewebjunkie.com and I’ll do my best to lend a hand!

  6. Hi – Some great suggestions there – but I'd like to suggest another one for inclusion!

    It's called the Wapple Architect Mobile Plugin for WordPress and it mobilizes your blog. It works for every single device, from a WML phone to a brand new swanky phone with XHTML. Images are dynamically resized and you get the option to really customize your blog any way you want.

    In addition, you can upload mobile logos and style your site so the mobile version matches the website and you retain your brand identity.

    If you fancy giving it a go, the URL is http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wapple-arch… – it'd be great to hear your feedback!

    If you need any help setting it up or would like any assistance enhancing your mobile blog, get in touch over at http://mobilewebjunkie.com and I'll do my best to lend a hand!

  7. Hi – Some great suggestions there – but I'd like to suggest another one for inclusion!

    It's called the Wapple Architect Mobile Plugin for WordPress and it mobilizes your blog. It works for every single device, from a WML phone to a brand new swanky phone with XHTML. Images are dynamically resized and you get the option to really customize your blog any way you want.

    In addition, you can upload mobile logos and style your site so the mobile version matches the website and you retain your brand identity.

    If you fancy giving it a go, the URL is http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wapple-arch… – it'd be great to hear your feedback!

    If you need any help setting it up or would like any assistance enhancing your mobile blog, get in touch over at http://mobilewebjunkie.com and I'll do my best to lend a hand!

  8. How about Post Types Order, it allow a post types ordering, something like what PostMash does but for all post custom types including posts and pages. It also order the posts for admin and front side template.

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