There are far too many WordPress plugins floating about these days. Not that that is a bad thing, but in the interests of your sanity, here is a list of a few that are actually worth considering.

5 Awesome WordPress plugins to help grow your blog

I’m not going to talk about boring plugins that do things that are helpful or essential. I am going to tell you about 5 plugins that will help you to actually grow your blog.

All in one SEO

Your blog needs SEO, so get the plugin, learn how to use it and start doing the basic bits of SEO on every page and post you write. Even if you are not planning to actively pursue a link building strategy, if you don’t at least know which keywords you are targeting, you will be losing out on potential traffic.

Sexy bookmarks

You want people to share your blog and tell their friends about it. If you can write a blog that actually gets talked about online, it will grow much faster. A big part of this is writing really great content and making your blog genuinely good.
But to this along, you need to remind people to share your blog. Sexy book marks make it easy to add buttons to every post which are just wonderfully clickable.

Time release

Regular readers like consistency. It is a great idea to make sure you publish your posts on consistent days. But that’s not always practical.
Time release is a plugin that will automatically publish your posts on schedule. You can write a whole batch of “backup posts” and set them to time release and then they will be published one by one after x days of nothing being published.

Related posts

A major cause of traffic leakage is readers who land on a post, read it and then leave. You need to make sure there is something to engage your reader at the end of the post to entice them to stay a little longer.
The related posts plugin will suggest more posts related to the one your reader just read; hopefully thereby keeping them on the site – simple, but very effective.

Any sign up form

Ok, this isn't a specific plugin – there are loads to choose from, and it really depends on how you plan to send out email marketing messages. But you absolutely should try using a pop up email sign up form to catch email addresses. Building a mailing list is one of the best possible ways to gain repeat readers.

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1 comments

  1. Raj @ WordPress Blogging // August 23, 2011 at 3:46 PM  

    how can u forget Google XML sitemaps plugins which is very crucial for blogs..

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