It’s been a hot minute since I posted a big list of WordPress plugins that I recommend for new bloggers or just about any blogger from new blog to old. If I remember correctly my last list of WordPress plugins post was “10 Must Have WordPress Plugins for Newbie Bloggers“, I would explain what it’s about but the title pretty much says it all.
I honestly have no idea how long this post is going to take, I am going to assume it will be a while before I get it done especially with the all of the exciting interruptions that typically occur on any given night in our house. It’s now 5:58pm and I don’t plan on stopping until this post is done, at the end of it I will close the post out with what the current time is.
Anyway, the list of plugins below is about 1/2 of the plugins I currently use here on Extreme John at any given point in time, these were the plugins that I felt would be decent to share with you. Who knows you might find something in my list of WordPress plugins that you want to use on your blog, I tried to put them into some kind of category as well. Why? I have no idea, anyway enjoy.
25 WordPress Plugins You Might Dig
If your looking to staop spam on your WordPress blog this is the bad boy that will get the job done and stop dumb spam comments.
If you really want to ace deep linking on your blog this plugin can make it easier, choose specific keywords and slap your target link in place. Depending on your settings aLinks will automatically link your keywords to a link of your choice. Example: The first time I have the text “backlinks” it automatically links it to the post that it corresponds with, pretty sexy plugin huh? Better yet my settings won’t do it again, see… backlinks. Told ya.
I no longer have a need for this plugin due to the fact that I use Thesis Theme here on EJ and it has plenty of SEO friendly options and optimization abilities, however not everyone has Thesis. If your not running Thesis Theme on your WordPress blog, I highly recommend getting this installed right away if you plan on generating any serious search engine traffic.
You can see this kick ass plugin in use here on Extreme John just check out the comments for this post below. I like this plugin so much I did a CommentLuv Project, truly a brilliant way to expose your articles to others.
This plugin really seems like it might serve no real purpose, however look at any of the comments on my blog and you will see that it increases interaction and certainly adds to the personality of a comment. See
6. DoFollow 4.0
Reward or better yet encourage people to leave a comment with this plugin, it will reward your blog contributors with some backlink luv.
This plugin takes the hard work out of doing a weekly blog recap, I wrote a post titled “10 Reasons You Should Do a Weekly Recap on Your Blog” that you should probably check out. Right about now I wish there was a WordPress plugin recap that I could slap in here.
Reward your commentators by separating their name from their keywords, in the link to their website, giving them improved anchor text. Look through the comments here and you will see an example of this plugin in action.
Shows some appreciation to the people that make your blog interactive and add to your blogging community by displaying their name in your sidebar, look in my sidebar you will see my the 10 Big Mouths here.
10. NexGen Gallery
A pretty sweet photo album plugin and manager for your WordPress blog, you can even slap some rotating pictures in your sidebar for everyone to check out. Look in my sidebar and you will see the random pictures from my various picture albums.
Nothing pisses me off more than when I link to a blog post within my own site and it shows up as a trackback in my comments section, by far one of the dumbest WordPress things in my opinion. This stops that crap from happening.
A pimp is a pimp, pimp out your WordPress dashboard with this plugin that changes the navigation in the admin area from the left to the top, and it handles sub categories with a nice clean drop down menu display. You can even change the colors of your navbar while your at it.
A plugin that allows you to create post templates in order to save time writing posts having the same structure.
I’m not really sure why I use this plugin, I guess I use it because I like to think we have interesting topics here that people might want to follow the comment field of, but seriously who am I kidding? Anyway, this makes it a snap for your guests to subscribe to the comments for a specific post.
Setup and automatically send a custom thank you message to a first time commenter on your blog, it’s a great way of showing your appreciation to someone that leaves a comment.
Makes it simple for others to share your content and blog posts on the popular social networking and micro-blogging site Twitter, that is of course assuming you write things that people want to share
A lot of people write me and ask me how I display my Twitter messages in the sidebar of my WordPress blog, this plugin makes it all possible and is VERY simple to implement. Within a few short minutes your Twitter messages will be displayed for your readers in your sidebar.
This plugin is a lot like the aLinks plugin at the top of this list, the only difference is that it doesn’t require any action on your part once you install this plugin. This plugin will automatically link Twitter usernames and Twitter #hashtags, it automatically links @extremejohn and connects it to my Twitter account.
You know you want a chance to show off, this is your chance to do it. Show off your most popular posts in the sidebar of your blog, you can see it here under Hot Topics.
Make it easy for your guests and contributors to interact with each other with a convenient “reply” button under each comment. The reply button keeps your response right under the person you were replying to. Sweet interaction.
This makes it easy for you to get feedback from your readers with a simple voting poll style system. This plugin slows my blog down considerably so I no longer use it in my sidebar (you can), I also prefer for my readers to leave comments instead of clicking a poll button.
This plugin limits how often I check stats on Google Analytics, it gives me a quick snapshot of how many views each post has right in the post view as well as on the main page of my blog. My settings only display to registers users and admin here on ExtremeJohn.com
Scroll down and you will see that I manually places Thumbie into the footer of each of my single post view pages, you can also place Thumbie in your sidebar or just about anywhere else.
If you came here from Google, Bing or just about any other sharing or bookmarking site this plugin probably displayed a welcome message to you, along with some information about how to subscribe to my rss feed.
25. WP Twitip ID
This plugin give your guests the option of sharing their Twitter username in their comment field when they comment on a post, not really sure how useful this plugin really is but my addiction makes me keep it installed.
I hope you found this list of plugins somewhat useful or at least found something in this pile that you were able to use or learn from, if you have a WordPress plugin that you like and didn’t see on the list please leave a comment and share a link to the plugin so we can check it out.
Oh yeah, closing this bad boy out it’s now 8:06pm and this post is a wrap.