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Blogging Guest Posts

6 Best WordPress Plugins for New Bloggers

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

Pretty Awesome 3D Metal WordPress LogoHey guys! This is a guest post from James Adams.

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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Useful Tools

How To Redirect URL in Your Blog

You wrote a killer article and you received many, many links that are linking to your article. For some reason, you wanted to change the permalink. But if you changed it, the links to your blog will be broken

This is when a wordpress plugin, called ‘Redirection’, comes handy.

Redirection let you redirect any URL in your blog to another site, or to any other page in your blog.

With redirection, you can redirect the visitors who visits the original permalink to the new one, so that your visitors won’t end up in a 404 page.

How to use it

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To get to where you can set up redirections, for wordpress 2.6 users, go to Manage >> Redirection. For wordpress 2.7 users, go to Tools >> Redirection.

It is very simple to set up a redirection.

First, you type in the source URL, the URL that needs redirection (/twitter). Simply type a slash, and then the URL.

Then, type in the target URL, the URL that your visitors would be redirected to (http://twitter.com/Gloson).

People who visit ‘https://www.glosonblog.com/twitter’ will be redirected to ‘http://twitter.com/Gloson’.

If you want ‘/twitter’ to redirect to one of your blog posts, type in the target URL, ‘/your-blog-post’.

To finish creating the redirection, click ‘Add Redirection’.

The plugin will also show you how many times the URL has been accessed. Cool eh?

Important:
It is best if you create two versions of the source URL (one with a slash ‘/’ and one without) because

although https://www.glosonblog.com/twitter redirects to http://twitter.com/Gloson,
https://www.glosonblog.com/twitter/ (with a slash) won’t. So, you need to create another redirection (type ‘/twitter/’ in the source URL) so that the people who visits the URL with a slash would be redirected, too.

How it is useful

404 pages
Like the story I told above, if many blogs are linking to one of your posts and you have changed the permalink, you can set up a redirection so that the people who visits that link will be redirected to the right page and not a 404 page.

Affiliate links
For Internet marketers who would like to hide affiliate links, this plugin comes in handy. Simply redirect your visitors to your affiliate link from a source URL like this, ‘/go/product-1’ or something like that.

URL Shortening
This is useful for long URL’s that are hard to remember. For example, you can’t remember that long URL to your facebook profile. You could use your blog for redirection. For example, https://www.glosonblog.com/facebook redirects to my facebook profile.

I find this plugin handy and useful. Oh, and to download the plugin and read more about it, click here.

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A Plugin That Lets You Upgrade To WordPress 2.7 Easily

Update 2020: This post is now outdated and archived, but feel free to read it to remember what it was like. ?

WordPress 2.7 has been around quite a long time already, and I was still using wordpress 6. It was because I do not know exactly how to upgrade it. So, I didn’t upgrade to wordpress 2.7.

One day, my friend, Sundar, asked me whether I have upgraded to the latest version of wordpress. I said no. He then introduced a plugin that lets you upgrade to 2.7 easily. It’s called WordPress Automatic Upgrade.

According to its description, here’s how the plugin works:

  1. Backs up the files and makes available a link to download it.
  2. Backs up the database and makes available a link to download it.
  3. Downloads the latest files from http://wordpress.org/latest.zip and unzips it.
  4. Puts the site in maintenance mode.
  5. De-activates all active plugins and remembers it.
  6. Upgrades wordpress files.
  7. Gives you a link that will open in a new window to upgrade installation.
  8. Re-activates the plugins

It will guide you step by step through all that.

After finishing the steps, I saw wordpress 2.7 in front of my eyes! It is more advanced and is much easier to navigate than 2.6.

I hope you will find wordpess 2.7 useful and easy. Again, to download the plugin, click here.

Further reading…
10 Things You Need To Know About WordPress 2.7

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Blogging

A Very Convenient Plugin For WordPress

I had trouble managing my categories. Every time I had to modify the categories of some posts, I had to go into the post. Then, I had to go back out, and go into another post to modify its categories… How inconvenient!

I thought there must be a more convenient way to manage categories… And eventually found one. How happy I was! Now, I do not have to go into and out of a post to manage their categories anymore; I can edit it right from wp-admin/edit.php.

This plugin, called Admin Management Xtended, lets you edit some of your post settings from wp-admin/edit.php. So, you don’t need to go into and out of a post to edit its settings anymore!

Features

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Before you install the plugin…

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After you do…

The plugin added a ‘Post Revisions’ link there. Click the pencil icon near each title, author, categories, and tags of the post to edit it right away. In the ‘Actions’ column, you can toggle the visibility of the post, change the publication date, edit the slug (the permalink), and toggle comments off and on.

When you click the pencil icon near the categories of the post, a window will pop up. You don’t have to leave the page. Isn’t it convenient?
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After you modify the categories, click save, and voila – it’s modified!

If you click other icons of the plugin, a similar thing will happen. If you click the toggle visibility and comment icon, just wait for a little while, and it’s done.

If you click post revisions, a window like the one above will appear, showing the history of your edits of your post. Click one, and you will be taken to a page with the HTML code of the post of that time. This is useful if you think the old version of your post is better than the new one.

Installation

And did I mention… It’s completely free!

Click here for the homepage of the plugin and click here for the direct download.

After you have downloaded it, unzip and upload it into your wordpress plugin directory (www/wp-content/plugins/).

After that, activate it in your wordpress administration plugin area.

You’re done!

I really enjoy that plugin, and I hope you’ll enjoy it too!

Update: In wordpress 2.7, this feature is featured in it(mouse over a post and click ‘Quick Edit’), so you do not have to install this plugin for WordPress 2.7.