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When I first transferred over to WordPress from Blogger and didn't have anything set up, it felt like I got 2,000 spam comments in one hour. Akismet is a must for any WordPress blog.
I prefer using the WordPress commenting system, but my dilemma was that I wanted my commenters to get my reply through email and also be able to respond through their own email if they wanted to. I tried one or two other plugins that were supposed to send my reply through email, but when I tested them with a friend, she never got the emails. This plugin though, worked beautifully! Now my commenters receive an email with my response and they can respond from their emails if they want.
Ahhh, LOVE this one! I searched FOREVER trying to find something that would organize my posts in my categories section. The reason I love Content Views the most is because it automatically loads my posts when I publish them, so I don't have to go in with each new post and add them. Also, it has tons of options to customize everything to your liking. One day I may get the pro version (it's $29 a year) but seriously I love the way it looks now.
Really easy plugin to track Google Analytics stats on your WordPress blog.
This plugin has SO MUCH. It's like a one stop shop for tons of things your blog needs, a must in my opinion.
I love this plugin because at the end of all of my posts, I can choose an action box that invites readers to sign up for my newsletter. It's all set up to go through my MailChimp account and I can make multiple boxes for different types of posts. I REALLY want to upgrade to the pro version so that I can match the design to my blog.
Adding this to my blog has helped me tremendously in easily connecting my MailChimp account to my signup boxes. And my subscriber list is EVERYTHING.
My favorite plugin for sharing related posts beneath my...posts. I like that I can pick which posts are shared and also I like that it's responsive. Also FYI, apparently nRelate is going to be discontinuing their plugin, so definitely check out this one if you're in the market for a new related posts plugin.
This is my plugin that helps me monitor my Google Adsense ads. And unfortunately, they are temporarily removed from WordPress while they fix a licensing issue. Similar plugins with good reviews are Ad Inserter, Google Adsense, and Quick Adsense.
This was not the first security plugin I installed. My first one locked me out of my blog completely and for some reason I just didn't reinstall it. I went with this one instead. It has over 800,000 downloads and is rated 5 stars. I haven't had any security threats since installing it and I also love that it makes your site faster.
A must have!!!! I use this plugin with every single post I write. It helps me set up keywords and descriptions for search engines.
12. WP Super Cache
I'm not super technical, so I can't explain this plugin in detail, but it makes my blog faster and that's always a good thing.
One thing I learned early on was that plugins can crash your blog if you aren't careful. And sometimes even when you are careful, things can turn sour quickly! My friend Jennifer over at The Deliberate Mom told me she keeps track of the date, time, and plugin that she either installed or updated. That way, if her blog were to crash, she would have her list ready for her web host so that they could easily figure out which plugin was the issue. Genius! This is a great tracking sheet to add to a blogging binder.
So...I could talk blogging all day...what are some of your favorite-must-have plugins?