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The 15 Best WordPress Blog Plugins

Girl on ComputerThe best WordPress blog plugins will help your WordPress blog visitors have a better experience, help drive more web traffic to your WordPress blog, help you build SEO Backlinks to your site and make your life as a blog owner easier.

Listed below are my favorite WordPress Blog plugins and I believe you will enjoy using them on your WordPress blog.

List of the 15 best wordpress blog plugins.

1) All in one SEO.
This plug in provides Search Engine Optimization for your wordpress Blog.
I usually use the Thesis WordPress Theme with build in SEO on all my blogs.  If the WordPress Theme you are using does not have built in SEO features, then the All in One SEO plug in will help you site get found by the search engines.

2) RSS Footer Blog Plugin by Joost de Valk
Eavery blog has an RSS feed that sends out your blog articles to other sites. This plug in will add a footer to your feed that has a link back to your site so anyone reading your article from a RSS feed will have a link back to your site as well as creating a link to your site that is appreciated by search engines.

3) Google Sitemap Generator
Every Website needs a Site map to please the search engines.  I use comments to prioritize the blog posts for the automatic site map priorities.

4) Akismet
This comes with every WordPress blog and I love it for catching comment spam.
4) GASP Anti-spam Plugin Update: I am now recommending Gasp anti-spam Plug in.  You can see it in action on this blog.

5) Backtype Connect
Totally awesome WordPress Blog plugin that pulls in mentions of your blog post as a comment.  This plugin shows related conversations (from other blogs, Twitter, Digg, FriendFeed and more) inline with your own comments.

6) Broken Link Checker
Checks your blog for broken links and missing images and notifies you on the dashboard if any are found.  This is a great blog plugin that finds any broken links on your site.  It works great especially if you have affiliate links on your site.

7) Do Follow
Removes the evil nofollow attribute that WordPress adds in comments.  This plug in gives SEO value to blog comments and rewards the commenter with a valuable link back to their site.

8 ) Google Analytics for WordPress
Great plugin if your blog theme does not have a Google analytics feature.  This plug in saves to the trouble of adding your Google Analytics code to your site editor.

9) SexyBookmarks
SexyBookmarks adds a (X)HTML compliant list of social bookmarking icons to each of your posts  It looks great and is a bit more fun that using some of the other social bookmarking plugins.  This is a great social bookmarketing plugin.  The other popular one is Sociable.

10) Vipers Video Quicktags
Easily embed videos from various video websites such as YouTube, DailyMotion, and Vimeo into your posts.  You can fully configure how the videos are displayed (width, height, colors, alignment on the page) and much more. Your site will even stay (X)HTML valid unlike with the code provided by most video sites.

11) WordPress Database Backup
This plugin will send you a email with a backup of your wordpress database on a regular schedule.

12) TweetMeme Retweet Button
Getting your Blog posts tweeted is a good thing and this plugin is familiar to your readers and will make it easier for your readers to retweet your post.

Thesis WordPress Theme13) Thesis OpenHook ( For Thesis WordPress Theme users only)
This plugin allows you to insert arbitrary content into the many hooks that the Thesis Theme Framework provides. If you are not familiar with adding hooks to your theme, then this plug in is for you.

14) CommentLuv
Plugin to show a link to the last post from the commenters blog by parsing the feed at their given URL when they leave a comment. Rewards your readers and encourage more comments.

15) Pretty Link
Shrink, track and share any URL on the Internet from your WordPress website!  This is a great plug in for tracking links on your site.  Wonderful for affiliate marketing webistes.  I use it on my What Laptop Should I buy site.

Speciality WordPress Blog Plugins:

1) Testimonial manager
No longer supported, yet it works great.  I found this new Testimonial plug in for you yet I have not tried it yet.

2) Fast Secure Contact Form
Easy way to allow visitors to send you a question or comment by email directly to you with a Captcha form.  Not to be sued to capture email addresses for you list like Aweber Email manager, it’s just to get direct feedback.  You can see an example on the SMS Mobile Media Marketing & Internet Marketing Consulting page

3) Wibiya toolbar
Interesting new footer toolbar like you can see on the iZigg SMS Mobile Media Marketing 90210 page. (Update, I removed this social media sharing toolbar because it was messing around wtht my images on the site)

4) WPTouch
Add mobile phone automation to your blog with the WP Touch  WordPress Blog Plugin.  You will see that many sites like mashable use this plug in to provide mobile users a fast loading easy to read site that is mobile friendly.
There is a free version and a more powerful and flexible paid version.  Choose the one that is right for you.  If you are on a mobile phone, you are seeing WP Touch in action.  It has a button at the bottom that offers visitors the opportunity to turn off the mobile version so that is really cool.

Did I miss one of your favorites?  Add it to the comments below so the next reader will benefit.

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  • Chris Fellows October 27, 2010, 12:48 am

    There a many great wordpress plug in to choose from to enhance our blogs. Personally, I use CommentLuv, Do follow, and TweetMeme Retweet buttons. I like it when my blog posts are shared or posted on Twitter so I use the TweetMeme Retweet buttons.

  • Julianne October 28, 2010, 10:51 am

    Hi Clay,
    I’m new to your site, glad I found it.
    Thanks for sharing all the plug-ins. I didn’t know there were so many to choose from.
    I love the retweet button.

    • Clay Franklin November 10, 2010, 1:02 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Julianne. I realize I need to write another post with a few new ones I have found that add links to Social Media sites. It can be a daunting task to decide on what plug in to use. Too many and sometimes it breaks something, so finding just the right mix is critical to the blogs success.

  • Esha Putra October 28, 2010, 8:11 pm

    i use The All in one SEO Pack, Broken link checker in all my blogs…
    and i’m pretty satisfied of it.
    in addition, i use WP database Backup.

  • Mark Henry November 1, 2010, 12:20 am

    hey clay!!
    you did a very good job by summarizing all the detailed info at one platform.. i seriously liked your blog post:)

  • Clay Franklin November 1, 2010, 12:47 pm

    I deactivated the Wibiya tool bar because it was acting weird with my images on the site. I will keep you posted as I learn more about the configurations and if I decide to reactivate the plug in.

    One Great plug in I forgot to mention is WPTouch. I use it on my sites to automatically create mobile web pages whenever someone goes to my site from a mobile phone or iPad. I highly recommend WPTouch for blogs that need to be mobile friendly.

  • John November 2, 2010, 3:08 am

    Great informative post. I’ve tried most of those plugins for wordpress before. I find them very helpful. I will also try those other plugins, I hope they are also good. Thanks for sharing.

  • charlie November 4, 2010, 9:09 am

    Nice list of plugins. I have been experimenting with Headspace over All in one SEO, and also use spider tracker to see when my blog is indexed

    • Clay Franklin November 10, 2010, 12:56 pm

      Charlie, What is your opinion of Headspace over All in one SEO? I am thinking of trying the Headspace wordpress SEO plug in on a clients blog that does not use Thesis.

  • Nina Williams November 10, 2010, 3:55 am

    Great list–will definitely try some of these plugins you recommended. In addition to All-in-One SEO Pack and Google XML sitemap, I use Dean’s FCKEditor for Wordpress–gives you more flexibility in composing your posts.

    • Clay Franklin November 10, 2010, 12:58 pm

      Nina, Great tip! I will check out Dean’sFCKEditor. Composing posts can be frustrating sometimes in the standard editor. I also am going to try out the FBlike plugin.

  • Signals November 14, 2010, 6:56 am

    Nice collection of plugins. I already use most of them on my blog, but still there are several plugins I didn`t hear about. Will try `em soon. Thanks for sharing!

  • Straw Hat Luffy November 16, 2010, 7:29 am

    great plugins you have there, thanks for sharing.

  • James November 19, 2010, 1:10 am

    Great list you’ve got here. Pretty impressive job on collecting all this wordpress plugins. I’m just a newbie bloger and all this will help me a lot. Thanks and keep posting.

  • BrandonCox@WordpressForMinistry November 19, 2010, 12:54 pm

    A very nice list! There are a few that I add to every single Wordpress site for some small, but very important functionality, such as Align RSS Images (which does what it says it does), No Self Pings, and RSS Footer.

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    This is a smart blog. I mean it. You have so much knowledge about this issue, and so much passion. You also know how to make people rally behind it, obviously from the responses. Youve got a design here thats not too flashy, but makes a statement as big as what youre saying. Great job, indeed.

  • Bonnie Harris November 26, 2010, 1:10 pm

    Great list of plugins here! I would add a warning note…if you’re like me and you love plugins be careful they can slow down your site quite a bit. I’ve had to really be selective in plugins to avoid damaging the performance of the site.

  • Maggie December 1, 2010, 11:51 pm

    This is a great list! I still need to learn how to use all these plug ins or at least be familiar with it. Thanks for sharing your resources with us!

  • Avery Thompson December 3, 2010, 1:08 am

    i use many of them…
    though not each of them..
    pretty satisfied..

  • John Stamford December 3, 2010, 1:10 am

    i think you need to add the backup plugin
    such a WP DB backup..
    it can give us more warranty….

  • Chris December 5, 2010, 6:14 pm

    Nice list. If I had to choose only 3 WP plugins it would have to be All-In-One-Seo, Yet Another Related Post Plugin (YARPP), and the Google sitemap generator.

  • Chris Fellows December 9, 2010, 12:16 pm

    Thanks for the info on Backtype Connect. I hadn’t heard of this, but I’m installing now. Looks good. I like the rest on the list. Think I may do the mobile one as well. How about performance. The wp performance one with caching I think is good to make the blog more responsive.

  • stampare foto su tela December 10, 2010, 4:03 am

    Thanks for sharing this great list of wordpress plugins. I’m quite familiar with some of this, but others are just alien to me. I must try them all and find out which is useful. Thanks for sharing such an amazing info. Thanks again and keep posting.

  • ESD Mats December 12, 2010, 11:05 pm

    IntenseDebate has been bought by Automatic (creators of WordPress) and they have a really cool “Plugins” page where you activate plugins without having to install them separately in WordPress. Hopefully more plugin authors will submit their plugins for approval.

  • Manila Directory December 13, 2010, 4:14 am

    Wordpress database backup is really cool :)

  • Holly December 15, 2010, 10:26 am

    Haven’t you mentioned KeywordLuv or have I skipped it in your list? It is one of my favorite plugins for WP, because it allows people to use both keywords and their real names. I see you’ve installed it here on your blog, that’s great, I really appreciate it!

  • Dylan Fletcher December 17, 2010, 1:07 am

    Wow! I do appreciate you for sharing these numerous wordpress blog plugins. Eventhough I’m not familiar with some of the plugins but surely these will be a great help to me. Thanks for sharing your rersources to us.

  • Clay Franklin December 17, 2010, 11:28 pm

    I just added the Facebook Like Plug in I searched and searched and found that this is the one that is used by the most people and is recently updated. You can even add faces to the widget under preferences.

  • beauty PR firms December 18, 2010, 1:36 am

    I quite familiar with some of the blog plug ins that you’ve mentioned but some are really unfamiliar to me. Anyway, thanks for this post and for sharing these list to us. I know I would be using them someday. Your generosity is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

  • Jimmy January 7, 2011, 4:30 am

    A comprehensive list, indeed. The DoFollow plugin needs to be used more widely – I’m a firm advocate of DoFollow blogs because we all need some link love!

    ReplyMe is a cool plug-in that I use, and I’d definitely recommend it to anyone!

  • Daniel@Sock Buster January 15, 2011, 10:57 am

    Hi Franklin,

    Honestly, that is a good list. However, I would remove Akistmet anti-spam plug-in. It is very efficient but it catches valid comments very often. I have saw many good comments in the spam folder of my blogs. This happens because some blog owners are ignorant and mark as spam comments they do not like or because the commenter is using a commercial website in the website field, so they do not know they are giving feedback to akistmet . Bottom line, I would remove it. There are better anti-spam plug ins.

  • Sam January 24, 2011, 12:32 pm

    I agree with Dan- as it’s great to catch those who use “Buy Viagra” and “Nice Post!” when it’s absolutely nothing relevant is good, it’s I’ve heard that Akismet is more of a headache then help. I would say that Analytics, KeywordLuv and CommentLuv are my favorites. They’re simple, but they help in extraordinary ways. After all- isn’t all of our goals to be number one? :)

  • Susan January 26, 2011, 8:24 am

    Thanks, Clay! Great selection, indeed. I also see the KeywordLuv plugin on your blog, so I don’t know why you haven’t included it into your list ;) I also wonder if there is some plugin to generate and customize a tag cloud for a WP blog?

  • Clay Franklin January 27, 2011, 1:34 am

    Hi Susan, You are right. I should have included KeywordLuv in the list. I need to write another blog plug in post to cover the useful word press plug ins I missed. I found the Tag Cloud Plug in you are looking for in my archives. It’s called wp-cumulus. It is a flash based very cool looking tag cloud plug in. Here is the link for you http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-cumulus/
    Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

  • Fredrik@förstoppning January 28, 2011, 5:33 pm

    Hey, Clay! I’m looking forward to your future post about the Wordpress plugins you like the most. Always interesting to see what people like and not.

    Regarding the plugin you told Susan about: things that are flash based are not usually good plugins that I recommend one using if they’re optimizing their websites for search engines. Google hates flash and can’t index it!


    • Clay Franklin January 28, 2011, 5:42 pm

      I agree Fredrik, Flash is not the best for Google indexing and it is not good for mobile devices like the iPhone and iPad. On the other hand the wp-cumulus is a cool looking tag cloud widget that visitors surfing the web may enjoy and click on a tag. It has the tags always moving around in a cloud.
      Thank you for stopping by and contributing to the value of this article with your insight and knowledge.

  • Leo@Websites for Accountants February 21, 2011, 7:29 am

    I am not a big fan of the Wibiya toolbar, as I find it too intrusive.

    I would add to this list the SEO Title plugin (to be able to generate optimised titles for your tags and category pages), Cookies for Comments (stop 100% of automated spam), WP Super Cache (save WP having to generate the page every time it is viewed by caching a version of it -> makes blog faster) and YARPP to cross link posts (Yet Another Related Post Plugin)

  • Ajeet@Outstanding Writing March 3, 2011, 1:41 am

    Interestingly, in any top plugin list, I always see “All in one SEO.” That is a great measure of its creators success.

  • John May 3, 2011, 11:04 am

    I use CommentLuv and All-In-One SEO, but I hadn’t heard of WP Database Backup or WPTouch. The db backup sounds super convenient, and mobile friendliness is of course important to any web designer today. Thanks for these. Always nice to see lists like this with a lot of thought put into them.

  • Dan May 25, 2011, 7:46 pm

    This is a great list but, it doesn’t surprise me that you rated All In One SEO at the top. The Google Sitemap Generator is also a great addition.

  • Dan@New Era Debt Solutions Review May 29, 2011, 3:16 am

    Hey Clay,
    Thanks for the list. We are in the beginning stages of building out our blog and while I already have a few of the plugins you mentioned like the All in one SEO that is one of the greatest plugins I have found. I really like the testimonial manager. Especially the rotating feature on the widget, so we can have all of our testimonies on there but only display some of them at any given time.

    We did use the wordpress backup database plugin, but ever since the upgrade to WP 3.0 the email feature stopped working. It was very convenient for us to have the file emailed to us every week. Not sure why it stopped, but we are going to have to look for another backup solution I think as no matter what we try we can’t get it to work.

  • Karen June 12, 2011, 10:19 am

    My Goodness – no mention of SEOPressor? This is one of the best things I have ever paid for! Download this plugin and every time you write a post or a page it will tell you how you are doing on your optimization. It tells you when you need to use H2, H3 tags for headers, if your keyword density is adequate, whether you have used an ALT tag in a picture, and if you have used your keyword in your first paragraph and final sentence, plus many other essentials for proper SEO. It takes a lot of the guessing out of SEO, without it I would have screwed up on many occasions – we all need that organic traffic!

    Thanks also for the tips on the 15 others, most of which I already use and a couple I will be trying – thanks for a very helpful post.

  • Kredit September 2, 2011, 6:06 am

    Yes you should set you have the All in One SEO plug-in. And the Google Sitemap Generator plug-in. The possibilities are almost infinite expansion that’s the good thing about Wordpress.

  • Business Card Design Texas September 22, 2011, 4:28 am

    I haven’t used all of the plugins but have used some of them. Great one! Thank you for your worthy sharing.

  • Liam Duffy October 5, 2011, 7:51 pm

    Nice guide, thanks for this, i just started a blog and its missing these addons:

    Google Sitemap
    Google Analytics

    Ill be adding them promptly. I have also learnt to write the blog in Windows Live Writer… much nicer than the wordpress dashboard.

    • Clay Franklin October 29, 2011, 12:37 am

      Windows Live writer sounds nice. I’m on a Mac but word press formatting can be frustrating at times.

  • Max Leaman@ primelending dallas tx October 27, 2011, 11:44 pm

    All these word press plugins are very good. I know of A kismet plugin which helps to control spam and also about the comment luv plugin which of course is very good for the people commenting on a certain blog. I have also learned about other plugins which I did not know about before.

  • Rosie November 14, 2011, 12:49 pm

    I use some of these and they work great, I’ll have to look at the other ones you listed on here, too.

  • Allen December 21, 2011, 7:24 am

    Thanks for including the dofollow plugin with your recommendations. It took me a long time to even become aware of Wordpress’s strange decision to make their blogs nofollow, and then to understand what it all meant. Now I share the link juice and get quality comments.

  • Ana @ Increase Web Traffic April 4, 2012, 9:49 am

    I use many of these plugins, Clay, and they definitely make it much easier to run a blog like mine.

    However, Akismet is one plugin that I would drop from your list.

    To give you an example, when I comment on most Akismet-enabled blogs, my comments go into spam, or worse yet, never show up anywhere – not even spam.

    Akismet does that to many legit comments and they refuse to do anything about it.

    • Clay Franklin April 4, 2012, 12:16 pm

      Thank you for stopping by Ana. Thank you for letting me know about your comment. I needed to find it in the akismet spam folder. Not good. I will take your advice and remove it from the list and add the comment spam catcher you use on your site over at http://www.trafficgenerationcafe.com
      I was reviewing your plugins and love your site. The spam catcher process, the author box, and the articles totally rock as does the site owner.
      Hope to see you around the SF Bay area.

  • Nile August 26, 2013, 2:55 am

    I would replace All in one SEO with WordPress SEO. AOISEO is bulkier….its a resource hog.

    Otherwise, the rest of your list looks great!

    • Clay Franklin November 17, 2013, 3:48 pm

      Great idea Nile. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.