Last updated: 2013 June 15th (Image credit)
Want to get more out of your WordPress site? Here’s the most noteworthy WordPress plugins I’ve come across and use in 2013. You can already see the majority of these plugins in action here at Trovatten.com and I highly recommend you check them all out and make them generate great results for you as well!
Best Social Sharing Plugin for WordPress
Pay with a like
Pay with a like or tweet isn’t really a new thing.
But this plugin by wpmudev is brilliant.
We’re all a big family here, so I’ll tell you how I use this plugin.
First I give my subscribers something free. You know, in order receive your have to give.
At the button of my freebie I’ll ask something like: “If you enjoyed X, I really hope you will share it with your friends. And if you do, I have a little extra something for you ;)”. See “pay with a like” in action.
I use Share Bar to easily add Social Sharing buttons like Google+, Twitter and Facebook like/shares to my blog. You can see the plugin in action by clicking on one of the Social Sharing Icons in the left side – Badam dish!
Boost Subscribers With These WordPress Plugins
OptinSkin – Premium WordPress Plugin
OptinSkin is another WordPress Plugin developed by Glen at Viperchill.com. I It will add a nice-looking and high-converting Opt-In form below your blog post with social sharing options and is split-test-ready. Now you don’t need a designer or any coder to make it happen! Here’s a screenshot of Glen’s OptinSkin-form. You can try OptinSkin, before you buy it.
Subscribe To Comments
Increase the depth of conversations on your blog and get a faster on-going dialog around topics by using the Subscribe To Comments plugin that let’s commentators subscribe to followup-comments with a single click. I am currently testing it, and so far it seems to work without any problems!
The Viperbar – A topbar that gives you subscribers
I discovered this plugin a couple of weeks ago at Glen’s bad ass blog – Viperchill.com. The Viperbar is a slick topbar you can use to increase your number of subscribers. It has custom styling options, and most importantly it allows for split-testing, so you can adapt and figure out what suits your blog. You don’t have to write any code yourself to use it. I’m using it at the top of this blog, so take a look and see if you like it. Perhaps the way I’m using right now is a bit too pushy, but I’ll be testing it over the coming weeks and figure out how to use it best.
What Would Seth Godin Do (WWSGD Plugin)
Do you want to treat new and returning visitors the same? No, of course not. Legendary author Seth Godin advocates using cookies to distinguish between these two categories, and this WordPress Plugin makes it easy for you to do just that. With “What Would Seth Godin Do” you can tailor a targeted message for each segment of users on your blog, and make sure that each group is welcomed differently and in relation to their familiarity with your blog. A common way to use ”What Would Seth Godin Do”, is to engage new visitors with a message like: “Hey – Are you new here? Subscribe here and follow me here”.
Track And Analyze Data With These Top-Quality WordPress Plugins
Yoast’s Google Analytics Plugin
Yoast’s Google Analytics Plugin is a simple one-click installation that brings Google Analytics to your WordPress blog. It adds a bunch of features that you just don’t get simply by adding the regular tracking code to your site. It allows you to tracks your outbound clicks and the amount of downloads to name a few. This is one of the most popular Google Analytics Plugins for WordPress.
WordPress Stats does a great job providing you with basic statistics about you blog, directly in your WordPress Dashboard. I’m a Google Analytics-addict myself, but it’s very convenient that WordPress Stats shows visitor data in your Dashboard.
WordPress Plugins for Affiliate Marketing
Pretty Link Lite
Pretty Link Lite is one of the most popular affiliate marketing plugins for WordPress and here’s how I use it. I recommend The Thesis theme for my readers and the creators of Thesis have their own affiliate program, which means I get a small commission from them whenever I refere a new customer. But here’s how my affiliate-link looks: http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=198392&u=594157&m=24570&urllink=&afftrack= It’s not the most beautiful thing right? With Pretty Link Lite I can mask this link with my own custom link. I’ve picked www.trovatten.com/thesis/, which looks a lot more pretty and when people click it, they get redirected to the long ugly URL.
SEO Smart Link
SEO Smart Link is one of the best affiliate marketing plugin to automatically add a link to a certain page, whenever you mention a certain word in your blog posts (or in the comment-secton if you like – I wouldn’t recommend editing people’s comments).
With SEO Smart Link I can create a rule that says: “Every time the word “Thesis” or “Thesis Theme” is mention on my blog, make a hyperlink to my affiliate link “www.trovatten.com/thesis/”. SEO Smart Link also has a feature that can limit the amount of links, pointing to the same URL. This is to prevent your posts from looking too spammy.
WordPress Plugins to Avoid Spam, Boost Speed and Performance
Broken Link Checker
The purpose of Broken Link Checker, is to ensure that you won’t direct any of your visitors to a 404-page. The plugin will scan you blog posts, comments and images for dead links in order for you to easily return to correct them without having to click through them all yourself. Everyone needs broken Link checker, just go download it straight away. This blog post will be here when you return…
Mobile-friendly WordPress blog
WPTouch turns your blog into a mobile-friendly site and makes it a better experience for your readers to browse through your blog when on the fly.
Akismet Anti-Spam Plugin
Akismet is pre-installed in your WordPress installation by default. Before you can use the anti-spam plugin you should sign-up here to get your very own API-key and be up and running in a few minutes.
WP Maintenance Mode
WP Maintenance adds a customizable “under construction” message to your blog while you get all your content ready for launch. This way you can rest assured that no one views your blog or index your site before your feel ready to publish it in full.
Here’s how this site looks to the public while I’m writing this post:
WordPress Plugins For Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
Yoast’s WordPress SEO Plugin
This is another epic plugin from the godfather of WordPress Plugins Mr. Yoast. Yoast’s WordPress SEO plugin has all the Search Engine Optimization features you need to optimize your on-site SEO, from custom title tag and descriptions to a sweet “Keyword targeting tool” that can tell if you have used the relevant keywords in your post. In my opinion is Yoast’s plugin the best wordpress plugin for SEO, although I know some of my friends will argue that All In One SEO Pack is better. Try both of them out and select for yourself!
Screenshot from Yoast’s SEO For WordPress plugin:
Improve Your RSS Feed With These WordPress Plugins
MediaRSS makes is possible to show images and a short brief from your blog post, in your subscribers RRS feed. This makes your RSS feed stand out, gain attention and in the end will bring you more readers than your competitors. Here’s how it looks in action.
RSS Footer is a simple plugin that makes it possible to tailor a specific message to your RSS-readers at the end of your blog post.This is a create place for a call-to-action. Here is a screenshot of my RSS Footer:
WordPress Plugin For Spelling and Grammar
After the Deadline - After The Deadline helps you with grammar and spelling, before you publish your posts. This plugin has been a great help for me while working on Trovatten.com, which is my first blog that’s not in my first language. I know that this plugin isn’t that sexy, but it sure is a great help :)
The Best Premium WordPress Theme
+ The Theme behind Trovatten.com
The first theme I tried on Trovatten.com was Mysitemyway’s InFocus, but then I regretted it. The InFocus theme has a very good customer support-forum and an elegant design, but the theme was too slow in my opinion. That’s why I bought The Thesis theme. I really like the readability and the speed of Thesis. And when it’s come to tweaking and customization Thesis is by far the best.
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That’s my take…
Which WordPress Plugin do you think are must haves in 2013?