10 Must-Use WordPress Plugins to improve your Blog performance

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WordPress comes with numerous plugins that we can use to spruce up our blog and make it more social media friendly. Whether it’s making the site more search engine optimized, encouraging comments and discussions from the readers, making the blog spam free or improving the visual appeal of the blog- there is a plugin to cater to all our needs. Check out these WordPress plugins that you can use for your blog.

1. CommentLuv

The CommentLuv plugin rewards the readers who comment on your blog by automatically placing a link to their last blog post at the end of their comments. The plugin visits the site of the comment authors while they type their comment and pulls out a selection of their last blog posts and tweets that are included at the bottom of the comments. With CommentLuv you can make your blog more interactive and encourage more comments by rewarding your readers.

2. All in One SEO Pack

Want to boost your efforts of making your blog more SEO friendly? Apart from including all SEO friendly keywords in the content, you can make your blog more search engine friendly by using the All in One SEO Pack plugin. The plugin allows you to override any title and set any META description and META keywords that would give you more visibility online. The HeadSpace2 is yet another plugin with more advanced features to enhance the SEO potential of your site.

3. WordPress Popular Post

The WordPress Popular Posts is a customizable sidebar widget that displays the most popular posts on the blog.  The plugin wipes out from its cache, all the posts that have not been viewed for more than 30 days from the current date, thereby updating the list automatically and displaying only the popular ones.  You can also customize the list with your preferred time range (eg. today’s popular posts, last week’s popular posts and so on).  With the WP-PostRatings support you can further show your visitors how your readers are rating your posts.

4. WPtouch

With more and more people reading blogs and browsing the net on their mobile phones, the WPtouch is highly beneficial. This plugin automatically transforms your WordPress blog into an iPhone application-style theme, customizing its appearance, and delivering a fast, user-friendly and unique version of your site to all the iPhone, iPod touch, Android and BlackBerry users. Use this plugin and make it convenient for readers to read your blog on the go.

5. ReplyMe

The ReplyMe sends an email to the commenting authors when someone replies to their comments. This promotes more interactions on your blog and encourages more comments from your readers, if you make it a point to reply to the comments regularly.

6. SEO Smart Links

Inter-linking one article on your blog to other articles can be a great way to encourage readers to read multiple posts on your blog and improve the Page Rank of your website. The SEO Smart Links plugin will interlink keywords and phrases in your articles to corresponding posts, pages and tags on your blog, thereby taking care of all the inter-linking for you.

7. WP Total Cache

The WP Total Cache plugin helps optimize the performance of your blog by speeding up the loading time of blog pages.  Reduced page load time means visitors get to view more pages on your blog, and this improves the user experience on your blog.  A low site performance affects the ranking of your site, and with this plugin you can ensure your site performance doesn’t affect your site rank.

8. WordPress Editorial Calendar

The Editorial Calender plugin makes it easy for you to manage content on your blog by providing a neat editorial calendar of your posts both past and present ones. The editorial calendar gives you an overview of your blog by displaying the dates when each post was published. You can drag and drop to change post dates, edit and publish posts and manage posts from multiple authors.

9. Thank Me Later

The Thank Me Later plugin automatically send a ‘thank you’ e-mail to those who comment on your blog and encourages them to come back to your site. By using this plugin you can create multiple e-mail messages and send the message after a pre-determined amount of time, making the messages appear more personal and unique.

10. IntenseDebate Comments

The IntenseDebate plugin enhances conversations on your blog by giving your readers tools to engage in interesting discussions around your content. Your users can post comments using Facebook Connect, Twitter and OpenID accounts. Email notifications bring readers back to your site to continue contributing to discussions, thereby enhancing your page views.

There are several other plugins that you can add to your WordPress blog. Check out some more plugins on the WordPress plugin page and use the ones that suit your needs the best.

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