Starting a Blog using WordPress? Then These Plugins are for You

I recently became aware of a number of folks that are blogging or new to blogging. With that in mind, I thought I’d do a quick post of some of my favorite WordPress plugins.

Akismet

Akismet is a must for any WordPress blog because it helps bloggers manage and trash spam comments. Unfortunately, some site visitors grace comments with links to places I don’t want to go and info I don’t want to share. Akismet “filters out your comment and track-back spam for you, so you
can focus on more important things.” I’ve had this plugin for years and have used it on various blogs and it is a great time saver. It’s easy to sign up for an API Key and it’s free to use for personal blogging with different pricing plans depending on how the blog is being used.

Share and Follow

Share and Follow is a great plugin that adds sharing icons at the bottom of posts or pages. This plugin has an extensive administration section that lets you choose which icons are listed. Share and Follow is packed with lots of options for many of the social sites including Facebook “Like”, StumbleuUpon, and ‘Tweet” buttons.

XML Sitemap Generator

XML Sitemap Generator is a handy plugin for generating Site Maps. Site Maps are used to submit to search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing. If you want these search engines to be aware of your blog updates, and your blog’s structure, then this is the plugin to use. There’s a lot of customization available for XML Sitemap Generator, including what you want to include in the sitemap, prioritization and more.

Web Ninja Google Analytics

If you have a blog, then you should get yourself set up with Google Analytics to track traffic to your blog site. Google Analytics let you track how many visitors, where they visited from, how long they stayed on your site, and so much more. Once you have an analytics account with Google, then install Web Ninja Google Analytics to easily integrate your Google Analytics account with your blog. Again, there’s a lot of options to set.

Hope this helps. If you have any favorite plugins, let me know and I’ll check them out. Thanks so much.