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14 WordPress.org Plugins That Make Sense & Simply Work

wordpressOver the last few months I have had the pleasure of working on the Authority Domains blog, which is hosted by us. We use WordPress.org. I have had a number of messages asking me which plugins to use. With there be literally hundreds to choose from, many that have the same functionality, it can be hard to choose. The following list are the ones we have had luck with. Frankly, it was all trial and error. Some plugins work better with certain templates. So remember, these plugins work great with our template, but may not work as splendid with yours.

NOTE: Be sure to update to the latest version of WordPress before installing any of these plugins!

Place Google AdSense ads in your WordPress Posts. For complete usage and configuration click on AdsenseDeluxe under the “Options” menu. By Acme Technologies.

Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not. You need a WordPress.com API key to use it. You can review the spam it catches under “Comments.” It simply works. See also: WP Stats plugin. By Matt Mullenweg.

All in One SEO Pack
Out-of-the-box SEO for your WordPress blog. Options configuration panel As far as I am concerned, this is a must have!
By Michael Torbert.

FeedBurner FeedSmith
By FeedBurner.

Google Analytics
Adds Google analytics to your blog, with all sorts of advanced tracking toys enabled. By Denis de Bernardy. You will need to have a Google email addy to use this. Yep- it is free.

A solid social bookmarking plugin. We aren;t currently using it, but it might work for your needs. Try it out! By Ankur Kothari.

Popular Posts
Displays a highly configurable list of the most popular posts. It helps you keep the spotlight on the most popular posts from your readers. Requires the latest version of the Post-Plugin Library to be installed. By Rob Marsh, SJ.

The ShareThis WordPress plugin provides a simple way for users to add your post to many social bookmarking sites, or to send a link to your post via email, AIM, Facebook, Twitter and more. To check out the ShareThis plugin for WordPress, visit: http://sharethis.com/wordpress

StumbleUpon It!
Easy plugin that allows your visitors to submit your blog posts to StumbleUpon.com. By Andrew dela Serna.

Subscribe To Comments
Allows readers to receive notifications of new comments that are posted to an entry. This makes your blog sticky!  Based on version 1 from Scriptygoddess By Mark Jaquith.

The TweetMeme button easily allows your blog to be retweeted (RT). The button also provides a current count of how many times your story has been retweeted throughout twitter.

WordPress.com Stats
Tracks views, post/page views, referrers, and clicks. Requires a WordPress.com API key. By Andy Skelton.

WordPress Database Backup
On-demand backup of your WordPress database. You will be happy you add this! By Austin Matzko.

Need a contact form? WP Contact Form is a “drop in” form for your readers to contact you. It can be implemented on a page or a post alike.

“How to” Install Plugins

  1. Download plugin and save to your computer.
  2. Open the zipped folder.
  3. Click “extract all files”
  4. Upload files or folder to “wp-content/plugins” on your “remote server” via FTP on FileZilla.
  5. In WordPress Dashboard, click on “Plugins”
  6. Click on “Activate” to enable each plugin.
  7. Follow any specific instructions on how to use each plugin (this is important).

I tried to give credit to the original creators of these plugins, so to give credit where credit is due- I want to hear your favorite plugins. Have at it in the comments section. I hope this blog helped provide a beacon of direction in a world overrun with a great many useless WordPress plugins.

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5 Fantastic Firefox Add-On’s For Social Media & SEO Folks!

A number of conversations of late have turned up the need to outline some valuable Firefox Add-ons. I did an impromptu poll and found 8 out of 10 polled browse via Firefox, while only 3 out of 10 have actually ever installed an add-on in Firefox.

So with that, here are 5 quick add-on’s for Social Media and SEO folks. Trust me; they will make your life easier.

1. ShareThis – I have sung the praises of Share This on this outlet on numerous occasions. The Firefox add-on will allow you to share any indexing page in numerous Social channels with the simple click of a button. The button stations itself to the right of your URL bar in Firefox. I use and abuse it!

2. Alexa Sparky– Say what you will about Alexa! Some say it is not completely accurate. That could be true, but I have found that when you drive your Alexa rankings down (Remember lower the better. For example this blog is ranked in the 574,000 range- while Facebook is ranked #4) you business will see a direct correlation of activities in a positive manner. For being a free service it is a great tool to give you an idea of how your web presence is doing. As for the add-on, it gives me insight right out of the gate about a website and how that business is really doing in terms of exposure.


3. NoDoFollow – Download the add-on, click on Tools and scroll down to NoDoFollow and you can see any Do follow link in grey/blue, while all NoFollow links are in red. This is valuable at seeing if your links are being tracked by Google and Bing. Keep in mind to scroll over all links in grey/blue and look at the lower left hand corner of the Firefox screen to make sure the URL is pointed to an external link. For example, when you hover your icon over a DoFollow link in Facebook, you will see it is pointing to another Facebook page- not the external link you would hope. Facebook and Twitter are virtual nonentities in the SEO world. They are however great for exposure, so don’t not use them because they can’t create in-links!


4. FireShot – Sharing is caring. Well this takes screen shot sharing to a whole new level. It has robust functionality and you can pay for it. But really…why? The free version allows you to quickly take screenshots and upload them to easycaptures.com. You can edit it and add captions incredibly easy. This is huge for Social Media reporting, PowerPoint presentations and it is..well…fun!


5. Hyperwords – This is a stellar add-on for research or to keep up on a topic based on #keyword. It adds an option to the mouse right click that will allow you to find more information related to the keyword that is important to you. For example, if you are reading an article and you would like to see Wikipedia entry for Mr. Met, highlight the word and right click, go to references and click on Wikipedia. Viola, everything you would want to know about the NY Mets mascot!


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5 Must Have Social Media Widgets for Business

There are literally thousands of Social Media widgets popping up daily. For business, some are better than others. The following 5 widgets I have successfully implemented for clients who have not built a full community. I would however be remiss if I did not mention that the future of enterprise platform providers will be their ability to seamlessly integrate widgets into their platform. Something to keep in mind!

With that-here are the five:

  1. js-kit-echoJS-Kit Echo – A commenting tool that can be also used a Testimonial solution. Look how Authority Domains used it here. As you can see, it fits seamlessly into any existing website and looks and feels like it belongs.
  2. Share This– I have blogged extensively about this widget. Why every indexing page of every website is not using this is beyond me! Even if it is an old fashioned push website, this tool is easy to plug in and makes the content of that page something that can be emailed, IM’d, and put into all the major Social Media channels. Many of those channels are “do follow” by Google, which means link juice and organic rankings for that page.
  3. FriendFeed – Create a Friendfeed page and add in all of your “Social” usernames and password. Friendfeed will document and display all of your social acitivities in an easy to follow display. This give the end user the ability to follow all of your travels in an easy to use navigation. This is an important add-on for bloggers.friendfeed Here is a great example of a client using it effectively.
  4. Tweetizen– A couple months back I made mention of Tweetizen. It is a way to post a Twitter group (based on keywords) within any website. If you know CSS you can edit the colors and size to fit your web presence. Although something far more powerful could be already created. Today it was announced that the Delicious creator quietly launched Threaded Twitter Conversations.. http://twit.ac/Tt_V Something to keep an eye on.
  5. Feedzilla RSS– Having pertinent industry news makes your community, blog or website sticky. It makes your web presence a destination to return to more regularly. It will also give you insight into the latest news so you can blog or offer your opinion real time. You can also add a video Feedzilla widget.

Below is a list of widgets your organization can utilize today. But the five above are ones that I feel are must haves for any business web presence. Please comment and add any other widgets you have successfully utilized.


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