Here are some of the more useful plugins for WordPress I have come across recently.
1. GD Star Rating – http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/gd-star-rating/
This plugin allows you to set up a rating and review system for posts, pages and comments in your blog and allows you to pull in stars into your SEO listings once there have been votes on your pages. There are many options for displaying the rating stars. You can also add widgets into the sidebars for displaying ratings and other statistics generated by the plugin.
Make sure you go into GD Star Rating / Settings / Special and make sure Automatically Embed Google Rich Snippets is ticked.
You can search for this plugin in the plugins section of WordPress or download and install it via the link above.
2. WordPress SEO by Yoast – http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-seo/
This plugin was written from the ground up by WordPress SEO consultant and WordPress developer Joost de Valk to improve your site’s SEO on most aspects.
This plugin covers many areas but most importantly:
- Page Analysis
- Meta & Link Elements
- XML Sitemaps
- RSS Optimisation
- Editing of .htaccess & robots.txt file
3. Shareaholic – http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/shareaholic/
This plugin adds really slick social bookmarking menus and related content widget to your posts, pages or index. You can have all 3 if you wish.
- Recommendations & Related Content – Increase reader views by highlighting related content
- Social Analytics – Actionable and easy to understand
- Classic Bookmarks – Classic Bookmarks offer a clean-cut and professional look for your blog
- Full support for Facebook Like Button, Facebook Send, Google Plus, Pinterest
- Share Counters for Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc
- Official support for Google’s URL shortener (goo.gl) and Google Analytics
- Localised in 15+ languages
This plugin tries to prevent you form being penalised by the Google Panga algorithm by checking your content . This plugins does an online search for phrases in your content which may be duplicate on other parts of your website or other websites. When you save a post or page click the “Check for Duplicate Content” button an Plagiarism will then show you content which may be duplicate. A link is provided for every problematic phrase and will show the related search result.
This supports several search engines and platforms such as Google, Google Blog Search, Bing, Bing Blog Search and Yahoo Search.