The following article is showing the list of WordPress plugins that will help you have a better experience with your blog. Most of these are must have plugins for WordPress.
Besides Akismet, which is automatically installed on WordPress, here are the plugins I found useful:
- All-in-one-seo-pack – Plugin for Search Engine Optimization
- Google xml Sitemaps-The Google Sitemap Plugin automagically pings Google, Yahoo!, and MSN Search at regular intervals, notifying them of new content and/or changes to your site.
- Optimal Title – optimize your post titles for search engines
- Smart ping – Protects you from over pinging. When you edit your post, it prevent pinging so you are proteced from being considered as spammer
- Another WordPress meta plugin - This plugin allows you to specify META information, that is keywords and descriptions, for your posts and pages. Additional META keywords are derived from your categories.)
- “What Would Seth Godin Do?” – This plugin will definitely help you get more RSS subscribers! It’s called “What Would Seth Godin Do“
- WP-Contact Form – Great contact form plugin with security question. Here is an example on my contact page.
- Darren’s Related Posts plugin or Wasabi Related Entries – As your blog grows you will certainly like to have one of these plugins which will help you to detain your readers on the blog, by showing related posts at the end of your post.
- ADD This- for social bookmarking
Favicon manager – manage favicon image.
- UltimteTagWarrior – for tagging
- Tag sugest Thing- Tag Suggest Thing uses the Yahoo! term extraction API to find tags to suggest.
- Embedded Tag Thing- To display a word in a post as a tag, wrap it in markup (with square brackets!)
- Adsense-Deluxe – Place Google AdSense ads inside your WordPress Posts
- Ad Rotator – Rotate adsense, and any other kind of ad, graphic, etc. wherever you place the code
- MaxBlogPress Stripe Ad- displaying a single line of advertising message, a special note or other information right at the top of your blog
- Global Translator- translates a blog in fourteen different languages. Hmm, its not so accurate translation, but you may want to have this for your blog.
It never hurts to be well informed with the latest on WordPress plugins and you can always explore more in this area, because you want to plug in your blog to higher level!