We all know that WordPress is very popular. It’s easy to use, easy to customize and simply a great content management system. My team and I use WordPress for our online tech magazine, Zincubate, and have discovered a handful of helpful WordPress plugins (and yes, we actually use them).
Akismet ï¿½ Block Spam in WordPress
This plugin received 4/5 stars on the WordPress Plugin Directory. All blogs and places with comment boxes in general have problems with comment spam (weï¿½ve all seen them). Akismet handles all spam comments by filtering through your blog comments for any spam-like stuff. If spam is found, you can review it and unspam to help the plugin become more accurate for your needs. This plugin is awesome and makes it so we donï¿½t have to worry about spam infiltrating our site ï¿½ it just does the work for us.
All-in-One SEO Pack ï¿½ The Best SEO Plugin for WordPress
This plugin optimizes your WordPress blog for search engines. This plugin generates Meta tags automatically and is the only plugin to provide SEO integration for e-commerce sites by WordPress. In addition to that, the All-in-One SEO Pack is easy for newbies to use and easy-to-customize for the more experienced WordPresser ï¿½ simply use directly after installation or customize features to fit your more advanced needs. For example, the All-in-One SEO Pack generates META tags automatically or you have the option to override them and choose. Itï¿½s all about your preferences!
WP to Twitter ï¿½ Integrate Your Blog & Twitter Accountï¿½
Donï¿½t have the time to take your post to Twitter? Use WP to Twitter plugin to automatically send your posts to Twitter as they post on your blog. Set a template up to have the same message post every time or customize your message for each. Use this along with HootSuite and you will never lose your grip on social media again!
Similar Posts ï¿½ Quickly Boost Your Blogï¿½s SEO
This plugin does exactly what its name entails: lists similar posts for each blog post. Similar Posts uses a postï¿½s title, tags, and content to access and display similar posts. You can also customize to match your own blogï¿½s needs.
WP Auto-Affiliate Links ï¿½ Best Affiliate Link Plugin for WordPress
This plugin will not be useful for everyone; itï¿½s great for those that participate in affiliate marketing. At Zincubate, weï¿½ve developed relationships with specific companies to do affiliate marketing ï¿½ we write about their products/services and link to their websites (everything we review on Zincubate is NOT based on compensation). Anyway, with the WP Auto-Affiliate Links plugin, all we have to do is type a keyword and the plugin creates the link for us. This makes it extremely easy on our writers since they no longer have to take the time to link to a bunch of keywords in their reviews.
Do you use these plugins for your WordPress site? Do you have others that you swear by? Leave them in the comment box below!
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