Sep 13, 2007
Building a Killer WordPress Blog: Preferred Plug-In's

First of all, I have to give mad props to Ryan Ward for getting me started with the WordPress plug-in’s.  I deleted my old WP blog because I didn’t like the functionality, and I was getting spammed like crazy.  I complained about it in the AWG @ Real Estate Webmasters, and Ryan gave me a great list of plug-in’s.  I installed them, and then found a couple more that I like, as well.  Here’s the list of plug-in’s I’m using, and why:

  1. Lucia’s Linky Love – This plug-in is the best Do-Follow blog plug-in out there.  It strips the no-follow attribute from your comment signatures, but with different settings you can control.  Check out what this plug-in can do for you.
  2. The All In One SEO Pack optimizes your WP blog for the Search Engines.  It accomplishes this by cutting down on the duplicate content the spiders see, and by optimizing the meta-tags & title for your blogs.
  3. Did You Pass Math? is an awesome plug-in that verifies human users (i.e. – kills the spambots) by asking simple questions like “what is the sum of 9 and 0.”  Definitely a must for your blog…and your sanity.
  4. Subscribe to Comments will definitely help increase participation in your blog.  It allows users who comment on the blog to, well, subscribe to comments.  Go ahead and make the “subscribe” box checked by default, and watch your comment #s climb!
  5. Sociable is a sweet little plug-in that allows you to tack on social bookmarking tags at different points in your blog.  All the big social bookmarking sites are there – and there are about 20 you’ve probably never heard of!

So…that’s what I’m packing at my WP blog.  Let me know what you guys think – or if I’m missing anything major here!

16 comments so far
  • Thu Sep 13, 2007 at 8.50 pm

    A few other great plugins for blogs. I’m also using these.

    WP-PageNavi : Navigational links gives high PR to older pages!

    Permalink Redirect: Permalink Redirect ensures that pages and entries are always accessed via the permalink. Otherwise, a 301 redirect will be issued. Avoid Duplicate Content

  • Mon Sep 17, 2007 at 9.40 am

    I’m hoping you use Akismet…definitely the best spam blocking tool available

  • Mon Sep 17, 2007 at 10.24 am

    Nope – I like DYPM much better.

  • Sat Sep 22, 2007 at 8.10 am

    Nice list of plugins.. Saved me the research, that’s what I love about the internets :D

  • Mon Oct 8, 2007 at 6.59 pm

    Hi Eric,

    Not sure this falls in the plugin category, but, I see you are doing it here on your blog and I do this on mine as well. Your URL’s are rewritten and I think this can sort of fall into the “plugin” category although it’s built into the CMS. If anyone comes across this and would like to know what I’m talking about, check out Eric’s URL. Specifically, the part where the URL is the title of the post. Search engine and human engine friendly:-) This is very easy to do, but I will warn anyone who has lots of posts that if you change your URL’s, all of your posts will be temorarily lost while the SE’s respider your blog.

    Here’s how you change your URL’s:

    -From your CMS, go to Options/Permalinks

    – Go to Common Options and check the radio button that says “Custom, specify below”

    -Type this /%postname%/

    – Click update.

    That’s it.

    Your URL’s will be rewritten with words that actually make sense.

  • Mon Nov 26, 2007 at 1.31 pm


    Don’t have a WordPress blog yet but have heard a lot of great things about this platform. After reading your post and about the plug-ins I know I will be getting one started shortly. Thanks for this information.

  • Wed Dec 12, 2007 at 3.33 pm

    This is a great list and basically what I use on my blog. I use Akis as well as a plugin called 1 click install so I dont have to mess with uploading or any of that stuff as well.

  • Wed Dec 12, 2007 at 5.53 pm

    Thanks for the comment, Sam, and good to hear from you. Where are you hanging out these days?

  • Thu Dec 13, 2007 at 4.13 pm

    I hang out on a couple SEO blogs but mostly I just spend a lot of time selling real estate.

  • Fri Jan 4, 2008 at 4.54 pm

    Thanks a bunch for adding those links! My main blog is on wordpress, and I’m really ecstatic that you turned me on to Lucia’s Linky Love. I think this is a great way to encourage your visitors to come back when used in combination with subscribe to comments.

    One that I use personally is called Tailhitter; it adds the Hittail code to your blog posts so you can track your long tail as well.

  • Sun Mar 2, 2008 at 3.17 am

    You recently up’d your LLL, is that working better now? I recently went to it from do-follow for the reasons you stated, but wonder if I need to up it as well.

  • Sun Mar 2, 2008 at 8.50 am

    Yeah….there were people that were abusing the site for deep links to diff’t pages on their site. By bumping it to 4, it killed all the live links to the deep links that they had dropped (basically, there were guys coming by & dropping 3 comments to a specific page on their site, then revisiting a few weeks later & dropping 3 comments to another page.) Also, it’s tougher for them to do that. I just don’t like it when people are obviously trying to manipulate.

    BTW – I don’t mind when genuine participants link to different pages on their site…it’s just the blatant offenders that were bugging me.

  • Wed Mar 4, 2009 at 9.27 pm

    OK – so I should have read this prior to posting my last comment! Great resource list. I have Lucia’s on my blog as well. Set the parameter pretty low – presently at 4 comments. Though, I have noticed that some folks have theirs set to as many as 10.

  • Ann
    Tue May 5, 2009 at 1.13 pm

    Hi Eric,

    Thanks for the tips. I am always looking for ways to improve my blogs.

  • Tue Dec 1, 2009 at 6.15 pm

    I’ve recently got my new website up. Thanks for the tips on the wordpress plug-ins. I absolutely love WP and all it has to offer. I’m going to have to try Lucia’s Linky Love sometime. I’m still getting it all up and running!

  • Tue Dec 1, 2009 at 11.53 pm

    Great tips, I now look forward to putting them to use!

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