Plugins are essential tools that can be added to your WordPress
installation.Like most of WordPress functions, they can be added
with just a few clicks. They all have their own uses, some are very
useful for getting more traffic, whereas others can add a
“stickyness” to your blog to keep visitors on it for longer.
WordPress plugins have made it easier for newcomers and blogging veterans to manage their blogs.
There are literally hundreds of plugins available, so we’ll just discuss
the essential ones below. These all help in SEO, gaining return
visitors and tracking your statistics.
This plugin automatically optimizes your titles for search engines,
generates proper Meta tags, and allows you to create your own
unique titles and descriptions for each and every post/page you
publish. If you only ever add one plugin add this one.
If Your blog will get spammed, askimet is a plugin that catches spam
and quarantines it. You will find that it is already listed in your list of
plugins, activate it. You will need to go to WordPress.com and
register for an API. All the details will appear at the top of the plugin
area once askimet is activated.
Google XML Sitemaps generates a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask.com to better index your blog. With such a sitemap, it’s much easier for the crawlers to see the complete structure of your site and retrieve it more efficiently. The plugin supports all kinds of WordPress generated pages as well as custom URLs. Additionally it notifies all major search engines every time you create a post about the new content.
Sociable offers a great way to let your visitors do the legwork. By
adding a Sociable footer to your posts, visitors can quickly and
easily add your beloved content to their favourite social
bookmarking site, such as Digg, Delicious, Facebook and many
Simple Tags plugin allows you to add Technorati tags to your blog
posts. This can bring in extra free traffic from people searching in Technorati.
WP Super Cache generates static html files from your dynamic WordPress blog. After an html file is generated, your web server will serve that file instead of processing the comparatively heavier and more expensive WordPress PHP scripts.
WP-DB-Backup allows you easily to backup your core WordPress database tables. You may also backup other tables in the same database.
This plugin will monitor your blog looking for broken links and let you know if any are found. Some key features include:
Monitors links in your posts, pages, the blogroll, and custom fields (optional).
Detects links that don’t work and missing images.
Notifies you on the Dashboard if any are found.
Also detects redirected links.
Makes broken links display differently in posts (optional).
9.Google Analytics for WordPress: Google Analytics provides valuable data about traffic to your website and blog. Knowing how an individual found your blog and whether he or she visited your product page afterward can help to determine the effectiveness of your content. Google Analytics for WordPress offers easy installation through the Google Analytics API – meaning you can begin tracking your website stats in just a few clicks.
This plugin makes adding an advanced contact form a breeze –
offering customizable dropdown menus, radio buttons, Captchas,
and styling – so that you can focus on the important task of getting
your visitors there in the first place.