The Only 7 WordPress Plugins Business Bloggers Need
CC: Only only by Thomas Hawk.
Serious, professional and business bloggers listen up:
Forget all those top 100 WordPress Plugins lists, those top 10 SEO Plugins for WordPress compilations.
I blog for 4 blogs now, at 3 of them I'm am the main or only person to do so and I don't need more than 7 plugins for WordPress. Even these only 7 WordPress plugins business bloggers need are too many in some cases.
With WordPress plugins less is more, for security, clutter and upward compatibility reasons.
While setting up a new business blog I rechecked the plugins I use on my SEO 2.0 blog and elsewhere. You will notice a big surprise. Scroll to the bottom if you can't await it.
the one and only anti-comment spam solution. Use Akismet and spam becomes a rarity.
2. WordPress Database Backup
Backs up manually or automatically. After last time my databae got hacked I was really glad to have that. A true must have.
To make links in comments and pinkbacks count in search engines. There are plenty more sophistacaed plugins to disable the default "nofollow" attribute on those links but simple is beautiful, they just add more clutter. Why give your readers real links? Why give your guest a cup of tea?
I had to give up. FeedBurner is th best RSS feed enhancement out there, it's by now alömost standard. You have to use it.
There are plenty of social media buttons plugins but most of them add clutter and look bad or redirect you to their sites. Sociable, currently maintained by renowned SEO Blogger Yoast is the best.
6. WP Super Cache
In case you want to get featured on Yahoo, CNN or Slashdot use this. Also it's perfect to block DDoS attacks by the infamous crap site Digg.
7. A "Related Posts" Plugin
There are dozens of "related posts" plugins and I still haven't found one suiting my requirements. Any suggestions? You really need one to retain your readers. I promise to install one in 2009!
Surprise, surprise: I don't use a single SEO plugin!
Yes, one of the most popular SEO blogs out there does not use SEO plugins for WordPress.
It's partly my SEO 2.0 business blogging philosophy partly due to the fact that I haven't found a SEO 2.0 WordPress plugin that makes sense to me.
OK, OK, in case you're into SEO 1.0 and love
- meta tags
- fighting duplicate content
- PageRank sculpting
and the likes I recommend Platinum SEO Pack. I've installed it but later deacticivated it as I wanted to keep my non-SEOed WordPress to prove the point that SEO 2.0, that is SEO without conventional SEO, works.
Business bloggers do not need to care too much about many plugins sometimes interfering with each other. Reduce clutter and keep it simple below the hood too.