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6 Best WordPress Plugins for New Bloggers

Update 2020: There were originally 12 WordPress Plugins listed here but now only 6 are regularly maintained.

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There are over ten thousand plugins that you can add to your new WordPress blog.

There are plugins which will optimize your content, manage your pictures, and connect you to the social networks.

Which ones are the best? Following is a list of ten WordPress plugins that you should place on your site.

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1. All in One SEO Pack

Make your posts more search engine friendly by installing the All in One SEO Pack. No problems for beginners, simply install it and it runs. Creates META tags. Custom post types are supported, and it has a built-in API. Advanced users can tweak this plugin to their heart’s content.

2. Google Analyticator

With Google Analyticator you can integrate Google Analytics so that you can track who is referring traffic to your blog.

You can see what users view, what pages they view on your site before they complete a goal, how long they stay on your site, and where they go when they leave.

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3. Add to Any

This plugin allows others to share your posts and pages with any service. Integrate this service through Google Analytics.

Optimize your selections from over a hundred social networks, including Twitter, Google Buzz, Delicious and Facebook. Maximize the chances of your posts going viral.

4. WP Super Cache

Optimize your blog by serving up static html pages instead of loading the information each time. This reduces the server load. An essential plugin if you are expecting a lot of users to your site.

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5. Google XML Sitemaps

Google XML Sitemaps makes it easy for the search engine crawlers to look at your site. It pings Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask.com with any changes that you have made to your blog. Tweak your plugins, customize your parameters and priorities.

6. Akismet

Akismet is essential to preventing spam comments from your blog.

It will hold those posts for moderation to let you determine whether you have received a visit from the spam bots.

It is activated by using your Akismet API Key. There is a counter which will tell you how much spam Akismet has captured.

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7. SEO Automatic Links

Interlink your posts and make your blog rise in the page rankings on Google.

This plugin works automatically to connect phrases, tags, categories and pages within your blog. You can set the links themselves to open in new windows for those who want to stay on your blog.

8. LinkWithin

If you want to help your users find other posts on your blog that are related to the one they’re reading, then this plugin is a great way to show related posts.

There are other plugins that list related posts, but they tend to be most text-based, and easy to miss. However, LinkWithin provides a visual interface that engages users. Install LinkWithin and boost your pageviews instantly.

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9. FeedBurner FeedSmith

By integrating FeedSmith you can automatically make your RSS feed redirect to feedburnerFeedBurner, which means you can get really useful data on how many subscribers you have, who is using your feed, how your feed is being read. FeedSmith is indispensable.

10. Digg Digg

Although the name suggests that this plugin is for Digg only, it isn’t. Digg Digg allows you to add social shared count and voting buttons for super high traffic websites including Digg, Reddit, StumbleUpon, Twitter and Facebook. Using this plugin can help your best content go viral as it makes sharing easier.

11. Ozh’ Admin Drop Down Menu

If you’re serious about your blog then you’ll probably spend a lot of time in the backend administering posts, pages and media. This plugin makes it much faster to navigate, hence making admin less of a chore.

12. WP Security Scan

This plugin is an essential part of defending your blog from hackers. It will scan your blog’s setup and advise how to make it more secure by making your password stronger, ensuring you have the correct file permissions, changing database prefixes, etc. A must have for any WordPress blogger!


Installed plugins should make your blog run smoothly and more efficiently. With Add to Any, you can share posts easily. With the All in One SEO pack, you will make your posts more SEO friendly. Stats allows you to track your visitors without confusion. These plugins are easy to use and will make your blog shine.

This guest post was written by James Adams, a writer who covers developments in technology and analyses new hardware for Cartridge Save.

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62 replies on “6 Best WordPress Plugins for New Bloggers”

Great list of plugins you got here Gloson. I use most of them and will check out the others that I haven’t used as yet.

I stopped using the Akismet because it does not work well, so I don’t recommend it. I use the GASP plugin which keeps spammers out.

It would be really cool if you did a post about how your blog comment moderation has changed since switching from Akismet to GASP. I have thought about switching, but I don’t want the extra headache of moderating comments as much.

The provided list is really awesome.All 12 Best WordPress Plugins not helpful only for newbie but also for experienced fellows. Gonna implement Yoast SEO plugin to mine,its containing xml map with it too….

Great post..
I am interested with All in One SEO pack, Google analyticator, and SEO Automatics Link.
I assume that a blog is success if the blog traffic is high and increase day to day. All of tools that I mentioned will help us to increase blog traffic. I hope my blog traffic will increase from day to day.

Hi James,

unfortunately, one of my sites is in Drupal and I miss the LinkWithin plug-in which is only available for WP sites. I hope they make it Drupal-compatible one day. Great article.

very nice list of plugins.. I might add a few more… rss footer, a great plugin that allows you to add a copyright text at the end of you rss.. and maybe quotes collection, good for bloggers that want to add randon text, quotes and other in the sidebar

they are almost all great plugins, but I don’t like google analyticator.. I mean, what’s it’s purpose on this earth?:D come on, google analytics does everything you want and to integrate it you don’t need a plugin, whatsoever… just copy-paste the js tracking code to the header file.. and you’re done;)

Hi Jake,

Thanks for the comment πŸ™‚ . Well, it might seem pointless, but beginners mostly don’t know how and where to paste the code. LOL. So the plugin makes it all easier for them.

Cheers,
Gloson

Personally I find it quite useful and i’m not at beginner, it would be straight forward enough to copy n paste, but when themes are frequently being updated, it’s much easier just having a plugin take care of the work, that way you know it will be on every page, also you have extra functions that are nice too.

Thanks Gloson, enjoyed the article πŸ™‚

Thanks for a great list, I’d add ‘after the deadline’ which is a pretty good proof reader. I hadn’t heard of link within, I’ll go and check that out.

Out of those plugins, I like the SEO automatic links the most. Creating interlinks of my post took some time and with this plugin I don’t have to worry about missing any links to my older articles.

I suggest that you need to replace the WP Super Cache by W3 Total Cache because it worth and useful than the WP Super Cache.

I used to really like All In One SEO, but I think it only gets mentioned so much because of it’s popularity, not that it is the best or most useful.

I’ve started using something called SEO Ultimate, it’s no where near as popular but the amount of features it has is immense!

I personally like the all-in-one SEO pack because it enables me to add keywords and description to my blog posts. In fact, it improves my blog’s success on search engine. Thanks for the new plugins.

Hi Gloson, Thanks for the list…I can say that this blog post help me a lot, I have been searching for plugin that can help me increase my blog readership and I think you and James has really helped me in solving this issue.

Thanks a lot for sharing this awesome contents.

Superb list of plugins you got here Gloson. I use most of them and will check out the others that I haven’t used as yet. I have got mostly which i was searching for my blog. I am reading your every post as well. My Best Wishes with you.

-sara

There are so many plugins in the whole wordpress , which are desirable .But the most convenient plugin is Aksmit . Akasmit uses for stopping the spammers to reduce spam comments .

Hi Gloson, I can’t believe a very small age you are providing such a nice and informative blog. Good plug ins you shared. Keep sharing.

I installed FeedBurner FeedSmith and LinkWithin after reading about them here. I can’t say anything about the results but installing LinkWithin only took four easy steps. The links to other related blog posts on my site showed up immediately. Thanks for this post. I’m excited about using these to make my blog a better experience for my readers.

Great plugins are there in wordpress and they are all very useful. I am using different web 2.0 and for me wordpress is one of the best. Great tips with this article very helpful and informative +1 to Google, 1 like to facebook and retweet to twitter πŸ™‚

Hi Gloson, I can’t believe a very small age you are providing such a nice and informative blog. Good plug ins you shared. Keep sharing.

do i dare to comment on the selection , no. But i like to say i am liking the ranking of the plugins u know what i mean no.1 for All in One SEO Pack and Number 2 for Google Analyticator. Great choice of plugin and as always great post gloson. Keep it up.

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