10 WordPress Plugins For Serious Bloggers

One of the things that makes WordPress so great is the way the right plugins can absolutely turbocharge your site.

I’ve put together a handpicked list of the top 10 WordPress plugins you should be using if you’re serious about building a blog that works as hard for you as you do for it.

1. All-In-One SEO Pack

Automatically optimizes your wordpress posts and pages for the major search engines. If you’re new to blogging, you really don’t have to worry about changing any of the settings since it works just fine out of the box.

If you’re a more advanced blogger and want to use custom post types or override title and description settings, you can customize to your heart’s content.

2. Comment Luv

This is a great way to meet people online who are doing interesting things in your niche, as well as a way to encourage people to leave comments on your blog.

Comment Luv pulls the last few posts from the commentator’s site and gives the option to include one of them as a link at the end of their comment. It also works hand-in-hand with the Spam Free WordPress plugin.

3. Fast Secure Content Form

The easiest way to embed a customizable and secure contact form on any page of your site. It also includes the option for a visitor to schedule meeting, video chat, or conference call.

4. Google Privacy Policy

If you’re planning on using Adsense ads on your blog Google requires you to have a privacy policy. This plugin makes it really easy since once you’ve installed it, all you have to do is copy and paste the shortcode <!– googleprivacypolicy –> into the page or post where you want the privacy policy to appear .

5. Google XML Sitemaps

Having a quality sitemap helps your site get indexed by search engines more efficiently. That  means your posts and pages will show up in Google, Yahoo! and Bing search results faster. This plugin automates the whole process and updates it for you as well every time you modify or create a new post or page.

6. MailChimp/AWeber

If you want people to subscribe to your blog, you’ve got to make it easy for them. The best way to do this is by having a subscription opt-in form in a prominent location on each page of your site.

7. Slick Social Share

Slick Social Share adds a floating row of buttons that makes it convenient for your visitors to share your content and images on all of their favorite social networks. It also includes options for newer social networks like Pinterest.

8. Spam Free WordPress

This is the best spam plugin I’ve ever used. It blocks 100% of the automated comment spam that might hit your blog, and you also don’t have to worry about “real” comments accidentally being marked as spam. It will save you hours of having to clean out your spam filter.

9. WordPress Facebook Like Plugin

Adds a Facebook button to your posts or pages so people can “LIKE” or share your content with their Facebook friends without even leaving your website. When someone “LIKEs” your content, a notification will show up on their Facebook timeline, which helps your content gain even more of an audience.

10. WordPress Editorial Calendar

Sometimes the hardest part of blogging is making sure your content goes out on a regular schedule. WordPress Editorial Calendar makes it easy to organize your posting schedule.

Once you’ve written your content, you can schedule entries to be automatically posted in advance on whichever dates or times you choose.

Just think of your WordPress admin panel as the nicest, state-of-the-art kitchen out there, and plugins as all the shiny new appliances on your countertop that make preparing a killer breakfast quick and simple.

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