2/27/2012 - Must have free WordPress plugins for 2012
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Top wordpress plugins for 2012 to Engage your users and Boost your search engine ranking
I myself like all you other clever bloggers out there are constantly on the lookout for new or recently risen plugins to keep my blog modern, increase user engagement, boost my websites SEO ranking or even just track my stats more efficiently



1. User Engagement
Interactivity is a key feature to keeping visitors on your site, this can be done by adding social networking features and anything else that promotes clicks on your site such as post suggestions

Simple Reach

A Fantastic way to engage people with suggested posts, a great way to show visitors your content and how popular it is, feature rich Simple reach allows customization to suggest posts within related categories or across the board suggestions.

A plugin thats relatively new this is gaining a lot of popularity as it well should its an excellent plugin that's well worth installing on your blog

RATING

9/10





WIbiya's Web Toolbar

This beautifully made plugin gives a great range of interactive features that's fully customizable through your Wibiya account. Adds Chat functionality, social share functions, feed subscriptions and more

I'm yet to see the plugin appear in many, but i have a feeling this tasty little toolbar will be synonymous with WordPress blogs due to its ease of use and feature rich interactivity

RATING

8/10



DiggDigg

The best way to give visitors the ability to share your posts across the social networking sites. Includes many social networks and article submission sites to easily share your own posts upon publishing and giving visitors the same option

This is fast becoming a very popular plugin, i myself cover it in and other Social plugins in my post Best social plugins of 2011

RATING

10/10



CommentLuv

Entice your visitors to comment and to come back by giving them the ability to link there latest blog posts into the comment, has been shown to improve comment frequency and memberships to your site, which develops your email list for SEM purposes

Fantastic plugin with great control and features in the settings, widely used and the most popular commenting system available

RATING

10/10

















2. SEO and Analytical


Google Analytics

Integration of Google analytics to your wordpress using a plugin rather than manually placing the code, comes with a mini analytics report in your dashboard

A Must have to track your websites traffic you would be stupid not to install it..

RATING

10/10



Post views

A great plugin for you to track which posts are attracting hits and which need more promoting, counts the views in the posts section of your dashboard

I couldn't imagine not using this, for PPC, affiliate reselling or just to gain an idea of popularity it is essential

RATING

7/10



Google XML Sitemap generator

This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask.com to better index your blog. With such a sitemap, it's much easier for the crawlers to see the complete structure of your site and retrieve it more efficiently. The plugin supports all kinds of WordPress generated pages as well as custom URLs

Essential to compete in the search engines, this top rate plugin alerts the the search engines to crawl your newly published posts or pages

RATING

10/10



Greggs high performance SEO

There's is a list as long as your arm when it comes to SEO plugins but this one comes highly recommended and i use it personally

One of the more popular SEO plugins available for free (for top performance you may want to look at a premium plugin for this task)

RATING

7/10


SEO Smart Links

SEO Smart Links can automatically link keywords and phrases in your posts and comments with corresponding posts, pages, categories and tags on your blog. Linking to your older posts from newer ones automatically using keyword links

I'm yet to see the plugin appear in many, but i have a feeling this tasty little toolbar will be synonymous with WordPress blogs due to its ease of use and feature rich interactivity

RATING

8/10
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