Do you ever wonder why some bloggers seem to enjoy greater success while exerting what seems like less effort than other bloggers who work twice as hard and only seem to get half as much done? Well, in this post I'm going to show you how the successful bloggers cheat the daily clock to get more benefit out of their efforts.
No matter what you might think, blogging is hard work. Blogging it's just about writing a few paragraphs and going outside to play. There are search engine rankings to optimize, articles to tag, comments to respond to, rss feeds to promote, mailing lists to promote and manage, and ads to manage. So with all that to do, anything you can to reduce your labor is a good thing.
Here are ten WordPress plugins that you must have or else you will end up doing more work than you need to.
- SEO Title Tag Plugin - http://www.netconcepts.com/seo-title-tag-plugin/
Customize your blog title beyond what is allowed with the default install of WordPress. "SEO Title Tag makes is dead-easy to optimize the title tags across your WordPress-powered blog or website. Not just your posts, not just your home page, but any and every title tag on your site!"
- Sociable Plugin - http://push.cx/sociable
Add social bookmarking icons to every blog post so that your readers can add you to their favorite social bookmarking site. "Social bookmarking sites allow websurfers to save, catalog, and share interesting pages they find online. The Sociable plugin appends links for your readers to use those sites to the end of each of your blog’s posts, increasing your potential audience."
- Ultimate Tag Warrior Plugin - http://www.neato.co.nz/ultimate-tag-warrior/
Add tags to every post so that your readers can find related content on your site. This is another level of content organization beyond putting your posts in categories.
- Adsense Plugin - http://philhord.com/wp-hacks/adsense
Embed adsense into your blog posts by simply adding a special tag in the post. This is a great time save because you don't have to go to the Adsense ad creator or keep the code in note pad to paste in each time you write an article.
- Talkr Plugin - http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/sds-talkr/
Convert your text blog post into downloadable audio format that can be downloaded or listened to right from your blog. See my article, How To Create Text To Speech Blog Posts
- Contact Form Plugin - http://www.douglaskarr.com/projects/wp-contactform/
Add a contact form to your blog so that your readers can contact you. Effective use of this plugin really depends on how you want to receive contact from your audience. Some people like to allow an email option for reader contact, while other bloggers like to push all the reader communications to the comments for search engine use and community content creation. There is no right or wrong way, but this plugin makes it easy to add a contact form to your WordPress blog without having to hack out a solution yourself.
- Comment Avatars Plugin - http://www.napolux.com/projects/myavatars/
Add avatars to your blog comments. This adds an element of community to your blog and grabs the attention of your readers. It also encourages comment participation and adds visual interest to your blog.
- Subscribe To Comments Plugin - http://txfx.net/code/wordpress/subscribe-to-comments/
Encourage reader comments by allowing them to subscribe to comments so they will know when comments have been added to your blog posts. Your readers probably take in several other blogs and you can count on them remembering to come back and check for updated comments. The subscribe to comments plugin helps you and the reader by letting them know that new comments have been added to your blog posts.
- Comment Spam Protection Plugin - http://sw-guide.de/wordpress/plugins/math-comment-spam-protection/
Protect your comments from spam by adding a spam protection question to each of your comment forms. This plugin is simple and effective. It asks a basic question of the reader that only a human could answer. Because this plugin is so simple it is easy to use and customize, if you are into that sort of thing.
- DoFollow Plugin - http://kimmo.suominen.com/sw/dofollow/
Encourage commenting by allowing search engines to follow links in your blog comments. Readers will be rewarded by a little link love when they comment. Remember that when you use your blog to give to the greater community then you will ultimately get back more. This is the law of reciprocity and it is a valuable point for any blogger how is trying to build value in their site. Be open to sharing the love and the love will be good to you.
These just a few of the WordPress plugins that will help you optimize your blog for search engines, encourage reader comment participation, add advertising to your posts, and enhance your content by offering an audio version.
Keep reaching for success,
P.S. If you are interested in other time saving, money making, blog optimizing ideas, then me and the other bloggers at Yaro's Blog Master Mind Course.