Here is my list of the top 10 must have Wordpress plugins.
This plugin in is the end all of plugins as far as SEO goes. It allows you to enter meta data for each post, page, and your home. It will even auto generate them if you get lazy. This plugin can also add duplicate content to robots.txt. Basically, it is the easiest way to make SEO a little easier. And we all know the easier something is to do, the more likely you will do it.
Akismet comes with the Wordpress installation and for a good reason. If you get any traffic at all to your blog, you will undoubtedly get spammers. This handy little plugin nearly eliminates 100% of it. It creates a nice little spam folder so you can view the spam comments and moderate them.
3. Easy Adsense
A contact form is a must on your site. It is a good way to get feedback and stay in touch with your readers. Contact Form 7 is an easy way to add a contact form to any site. Simple insert [easy-contact] in a post or page and you will have your full contact form inserted. With this plugin you can easily edit your form for your needs, as well as the design of it. It also supports many features including AJAX submitting, CAPTCHA, spam filtering through Akismet, file uploading, and a host of those stuff.
This plugin in automatically creates an XML sitemap for your blog. Google loves these because it helps your site be crawled by their bots. It is literally plug and play. Just install it and the plugin will create the xml on your site and update it when you make a new post.
This speeds the **** out of your blog. The plugin basically stores a copy of your page onto your site so your site doesn’t have to keep making requests. If you all of the sudden get a surge of traffic, and your bandwidth can’t handle it, your site will crash. If you have this, it won’t. It is as simple as that.
If your database dies, which happens when you least expect it, this plugin can be a life saver. Without any technical knowledge, you can install WordPress Database Backup and schedule back ups to be downloaded to your computers, downloaded to your server, or emailed to yourself. Its as easy as that.
All this tiny little plugin does is add a subscribe to comment check box in the comment form. If users click this while submitting a comment, an email will be sent to them every time a new comment is posted onto that particular post. It is a great way to get readers to come back to your blog and get more involved.
Zemanta is my new favorite. I don;t know how I blogged before this handy little plugin. In reality its not little at all. It has so many features. It automatically looks up links for you to use in your text, including amazon products with your affiliate link of course. Another great feature is that it looks up creative commons pictures on the web based on your text. You can just click the picture and plae it right into your article. There is also a bunch of other stuff which I haven’t actually used yet, but I plan to get to know Zemanta very well.
10. Future Calendar
This is one of the simplest plugins but still is a must have. All it does is create a calendar on your edit post screen that shows what days you have posts scheduled to publish. It is simple, yet a nice way to look at your scheduled posts.
So there are my top 10 Wordpress plugins. Have any that you thought should have made the list? Leave a comment below and tell me.