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What WordPress Plugins are Vital to the Success Of Your Blog?

What WordPress Plugins are Vital to the Success Of Your Blog?


    If you have a WordPress blog, then you definitely use some plugins. There are so many plugins available for different uses, so it can become really difficult to find out which ones are the most needed for your site. Because of the benefits that plugins offer, webmasters and blog owners often tend to use too many plugins. Too many plug-ins cause several problems.

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    If you have used too many plugins for your blog or website, then it will load slowly. Slow-loading sites are not good for visitors — and especially not good for conversion of prospects to customers. Google recently announced they were going to start using page load times in their algorithm, which means now load time will also affect your search engine rankings.

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    So…how many WordPress plugins should you use? The answer to this question is: the fewer, the better.

    Basically, use those plugins which are absolutely necessary for managing and running your blog like a professional one. A plugin is necessary for your blog if:

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    • It increases the loading speed of your blog;
    • It helps you to add a new feature that is important for your blog and business;
    • The plugin increases safety and security of your blog by eliminating viruses, malware, spam and other such problems;
    • It helps you to improve the search engine ranking of your blog;
    • If it benefits you and your blog in any other way.

    What WordPress Plugins Do I Recommend?

    There aren’t many that I fully recommend, but here’s my small list:

    1. Google XML Sitemaps – Google Sitemaps is very important from the point of view of SEO (Search Engine Optimization). If you have a sitemap for your blog, the search engines find it easier to crawl your blog and index it. That alone makes it a vital plugin for your blog.
    2. Akismet – This is an important plugin because it saves your blog from spam. It filters the comment spam and saves your time wasted in going through and deleting the spam manually.
    3.  W3 Total Cache – This plugin can help you to speed up your blog. It caches your site so your blog can load faster for your readers.
    4. An advertising management plugin –  There are several plugins available that can help you to manage the advertising on your blog. If you have a blog and you use different types of advertising for generating revenue, then you need this plugin to control your advertisement placement and other vital factors for generating more revenue. The plugin makes it easier for you to manage the placement, frequency, customization of the ads you place in the blog. Several are available by using the search term “Advertising” from within the plugin administration end of your WordPress blog.
    5. A plugin for forms – You  need a plugin for creating forms to use in your blog. Using forms you can allow people to contact you without showing your email ID, which saves you from the “spam masters”. There are different plugins available for the creation of forms. Ones to try include Contact Form 7, Gravity Forms.

    My final piece of advice? Never use more than 10 plugins for your blog.

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    What WordPress plugins (if any) do you use and why? Let me know in the comments below.

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    8 Replacements for Google Notebook

    8 Replacements for Google Notebook

    Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

    1. Zoho Notebook
      If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
    2. Evernote
      The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
    3. Net Notes
      If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
    4. i-Lighter
      You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
    5. Clipmarks
      For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
    6. UberNote
      If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
    7. iLeonardo
      iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
    8. Zotero
      Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

    I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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    In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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