As of December, 2012, WordPress is the prime choice of blogging for nearly 80+ million websites, making it one of the most robust, feature-rich and powerful CMS platform for bloggers, magazines, news websites, and several businesses. Many popular websites like RedmondPie.com, and Jeffbullas.com are quality online businesses that are based upon WordPress. Big commercial businesses are seriously considering the use of this CMS due to hard working bloggers contributing quality content around the world.
So, with all that said, 2013 is just around the corner and I have great things to share for the New Year. However, in order to make the best of this platform, it is important to use plugins. Plugins are addons for WordPress that enhance its functionality for reader engagement. There are thousands of plugins but there are only a few that are handful. Let me cut down your search for the right plugin.
While there are several paid plugins, there are many free ones that you can easily use. In this post, I shall be unveiling the top 100 wordpress plugins for you, some of them you might be using, whereas others you might have never heard of. Have a look at them:
1. All in one SEO plugin
2. WordPress SEO By Yoast
3. SEO Auto Links Related Posts
The best feature is that after the end of your blog post, the plugin lists related posts pertaining to your keywords, and the type of content to keep your visitors engaging on your website. Moreover, there is a built-in slider for it that slides latest related posts when you scroll down a page or post. It works wonderful, and is a must have for bloggers. You get to choose the number of posts and their styles to be listed at the end of your post page.
4. Broken Link Checker
5. Contact Form 7
6. Google XML sitemaps
7. Google Analytics for WordPress
The prime objective of relying on a powerful CMS platform such as WordPress is to avoid heavy coding in updating and customizing a website and yet attain all of the powerful features. Want to know who are your visitors? Where are they coming from? How much time do they spend on your website and what is your website’s bounce rate? Install Google Analytics for WordPress and integrate your website with Analytics to enable tracking on your blog. You can either manually enter the code or let the program do it for you.
8. Quick Adsense
Although not the most downloaded plugin for WordPress, I found it to be extremely useful for my blog. For any blogger, the preferred choice of monetizing his/her blog is integrating Google’s Adsense program, which is free to join. However, instead of manually placing HTML code in different parts of your website, install Quick Adsense so that you get the most out of this plugin. You choose to customize the locations of adds on your website on header, at the beginning, middle, and/or end of post, and in sidebar. The best part is that it enforces you to follow Google’s guidelines for Adsense which allows not more than 3 ads per page. Plus, buying the pro version entitles you to complete peace of mind from unnatural clicks on ads.
9. WordPress Backup to Dropbox
10. After the Deadline
12. Pricing Table
13. Facebook Like Box
14. WordPress Email Newsletter plugin
15. Digg Digg
16. Hello Bar
I saw it on SEO-Hacker.com, a renowned Philippine based SEO company. It did grab my attention and in the long run I also plan to use it. You can also track the number of clicks on your link with a built-in link analytics control option.
Just install and activate this plugin and see how visitors from mobile would find it attractive to browse your website. You get all of the things automatically done without using any manual coding. There are advertisement options built-in so that you can monetize on the mobile traffic.
18. W3 Total Cache
With up to 10 times, this plugin would improve your WordPress loading speed. What it does is that it caches all elements of your blog so that the browser doesn’t have to load it every time, giving quick access to your readers. You are totally free to make adjustments to any aspect of this plugin.
From my end that is it. I would be sharing more essential wordpress plugins with you, but these ones are the most important for any new and upcoming blog. Good luck!