Plugins are tools that increase the functionality of your blog. They are very simple to use (usually just install, activate and maybe tweak a few of the settings) and it means you can add complicated functions to your blog without having any html knowledge.

 

 

 

If you are starting up a new WordPress blog here are the five plugins I suggest you look into using first:

 

1) Akismet

 

Blog-comment spammers will find your blog quickly – sometimes even before your blog starts getting popular. And since they use bots to find and spam your blog, they can fill up your blog fast with hundreds of comments in the span of just a few minutes. (I’m speaking from personal experience here.) There are a few ways to get around this, such as by disabling comments (not recommended) or by not showing any comments until you’ve approved them (that’s extra work for you).

 

A faster and easier solution is to use Akismet, which filters out the comments that look like spam. This saves you a lot of time, and you don’t have to worry about good comments getting deleted, since you can always manually review the comments Akismet has filtered out.

 

2) All-In-One SEO Pack

 

If you’re optimizing your content for the search engines, then grab this free plugin, as it will further optimize your blog in a way that’s pleasing to the search engines. You can add the necessary titles, meta tags, keywords etc. that will help you to rank quicker and easier.

 

3) Google XML Sitemaps

 

Creating and submitting sitemaps will help with your search engine rankings. This plugin creates and submits these sitemaps for you automatically when you create a new post or page. It also updates your sitemaps if you update a post or page. Google XML sitemaps also helps your blog to get indexed in the search engines quickly when you first publish it.

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4) Sociable

 

This plugin makes it easy for both you and your readers to bookmark your blog posts on 99 different social bookmarking sites. The ability to bookmark your blog posts is extremely important because it will help you to get new readers and increase your traffic numbers. You don’t have to use all 99 though – most people just add the ability to share on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and a few of the main social sites.

 

5) WP-Backup

 

The WordPress documentation warns that if something ever happens to your server so that your files get corrupted or erased, you’ll lose your entire blog. The instructions then go on to explain how to backup your WordPress database. If you want to make this important task easier, get the WP-Backup plugin. You can set this plugin up to automatically back up your blog according to your own schedule – e.g. you could back up once a week and then on the designated day this plugin will send a backup of your database to your email address.

 

These tools will help you drive more search engine traffic, save time and save yourself from future headaches and aggravation so they are well worth checking out.

 

You can find more free WordPress plugins by visiting wordpress.org. This post was supplied by Mark from pandaseo.co.uk.