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5 WordPress Plugins To Boost Your Blog Success

Usage of the WordPress plugins on your blog is highly subjective matter since no blog is the same. In fact I always advocate using as few plugins as possible to achieve the results you want and offer functionality you target market expects.

But reality is – sometimes we don’t even realize that functionality we are looking for is already implemented by someone and is available in form of simple plugin. And all you are left to do is make decision - Just How Badly You Need This Functionality?

While digging through the latest released WordPress plugins in search for one very specific function I was interested in for one of my Niche Blogs – I have run across 5 Plugins that could be used to HUGELY boost your blog success by providing more functionality, not available otherwise.

So here they are in No Specific Order:

Links Page – Boost Your SEO

Links Page plugin is simple in its design and I think one of the perhaps most useful to bloggers, although too often overlooked. Idea is very simple – instead of having your blogroll seen on each and every page of the blog, which some SEO Experts said can damage your SEO – create a Separate Page designed to do one thing and one thing only – show relevant links.

Great option for Manual Link Building effort, which nobody have discontinued yet as effective means of SEO boost. Using it as simple as creating a page dedicated to links exchange, add short-code to it and then just build blogroll as you normally would:

links page plugin

WordPress Ultimate Toolkit – Boost Your Relevancy

Any time you can somehow present to your readers extra content relevant to what they are currently reading, enhance their engagement and participation with your blog – you have a lot higher chance of them coming back to your blog!

WordPress Ultimate Toolkit plugin does just that – allows you to give readers access to relevant content depending on what they are reading now, as well as boost Commenters! And while it has more functionality then what is mentioned above – I think it deserves evaluation just on this merit alone. See image below, as it is self-explanatory:

wordpress ultimate toolkit

As you can see – relevant posts are shown ONLY on single content pages. Great way to present more reading to your visitors!

LiveHelpNow Help Desk – Boost Your Reader Engagement

LiveHelpNow Help Desk is actually a full suite of tools that allows you to integrate a full-fledged support system into your blog. I think it can become a major separator from competition if you choose to offer this type of support to your readers and visitors.

While it might not be applicable for every type of blog – it should do wonders for people who are into Coaching, Mentoring, Network Marketing to boost authority status and increase number of leads!

LiveHelpNow Help Desk

Static Feed – Boost Your RSS Load Speed

Static Feed plugin is not for everyone and will not work on hosts that have mode gzip disabled but if you host support it – you can gain some speed on page load, RSS and XML feed page load that is as unnecessary queries to database are removed.

Think of this plugin as WP-Super Cache for your RSS :-)

RSS No More – Boost Your RSS Interaction

I always prefer to display a Full RSS Feed from my blog, meaning that entire content from each of my blog posts is made available to my readers. I believe that readers who choose to sign up for my feed do so to take advantage of convenience it provides and I don’t mind if they don’t have to visit my blog to read full post.

Opinions on this subject split pretty much down the middle and many prominent bloggers don’t allow Full RSS Feed in order to have you coming back to the blog every time.

I think RSS No More plugin allows to somewhat bridge the 2 and while providing only partial feed – it cuts off the content display at same place where you placed “MORE” tag, making your RSS Feed similar to your blog home page.

It basically gives more content to a person to allow him or her make more educated decision on whether visit to blog is needed to read the rest than “castrated feed” provided by WordPress when you choose to show excerpts.

Once again – this is just my opinion but this plugin CAN BE helpful to you.

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Alex Sysoef is an IT Consultant, Internet Marketer and ProBlogger who shares his passion and knowledge of WordPress, SEO, Social Media and traffic strategies on his blog WordPress Howto Spotter. Connect on Twitter or Facebook

29 Responses to “5 WordPress Plugins To Boost Your Blog Success”

  1. Joe Marsh says:

    Thanks Alex…

    These are plugins I can use for sure. I was just getting ready to look for a Link Page Plugin.

    Our mastermind group was just talking about that this past week.

    Here is an additional plugin that I find as a must have. I love it. It’s called Pretty Link and makes all your link redirection easy and smooth.

    Thanks
    Joe
    ‘TrafficSponge’ is now here…

  2. Amazing what you can find when doing some serious searching for other things.

    I do agree though to only use the minimum whenever possible.
    .-= Mike Paetzold´s last blog ..Survey results have been interesting =-.

  3. William says:

    You always have great posts. I love the plugins thank you for your hard work, makes mine alot easier. You the Best my Friend.

  4. Zack says:

    I’m going to check out that WordPress Ultimate Toolkit. I have a similar plug-in now, but not real happy with it.
    .-= Zack´s last blog ..The Best Way to Meet a Link Partner =-.

  5. TheSpotter says:

    Thanks guys!

    I, myself always play with different plugins as well. The only wish I have is that more developers would start integrating a “clean uninstall” feature with their code, so our “testing” doesn’t bloat database.

  6. Good list. I am going to check out the WordPress Ultimate Toolkit and the LiveHelp now would work great for a project I’m working on now.

    Perhaps it would help with video broadcasts etc.?
    .-= Chris Guthrie´s last blog ..Shoemoney System Goes Live =-.

  7. Really like the look & idea of that link page plugin, Alex – Thanks so much for the heads-up on it! Over time you’ve come up with so many great plug-ins you should put out a free download detailing your favorites…
    .-= Doug Champigny´s last blog ..Video: Build Traffic & Build Opt-In Lists At The Same Time =-.

  8. Interesting post. Especially like the links page and the ultimate toolkit.

    Keep them coming.

    Kerrie
    .-= Kerrie Sheehan´s last blog ..How to Choose Your Marketing Model and Avoid Chasing Rabbits, Dead Ends and False Rainbows =-.

  9. KS Chen says:

    This is the first time i heard about the LiveHelpNow Help Desk tool. Thanks for sharing! I would like to try it!
    .-= KS Chen´s last blog ..3 Criteria of Keyword Research – Google Adsense Tips =-.

  10. Robert says:

    Hi Alex,

    Those are some excellent plug-ins and I’m particularly interested in the Links Page and WUT.

    Every time I come here, I find something useful and informative. Really appreciate all you do.
    .-= Robert´s last blog ..7 Shoestring Marketing Secrets =-.

    • TheSpotter says:

      Thanks Robert,

      Glad you find it useful. A bit of digging pays dividends sometimes :-) I got couple more SUPERB plugins lined up, will be coming probably next week.

  11. Chandan says:

    Great post Alex. I did not know about LiveHelpNow Help Desk tool. I really need this plugin for my service. Thanks a lot.
    .-= Chandan´s last blog ..Google Sniper Review – An Experimental Review =-.

  12. I have just installed the HelpDesk tool. I actually went for the standard tool it was as easy to use as the widget. The buttton is now live on all pages!

    Thanks for the pointer. We had been using, elsewhere, another online chat/support tool but at much higher cost and lower functionality.

    Thanks for the pointer!

  13. Jim Berry says:

    That help desk plugin is something that I need to pass along.

    Thanks again for your help Alex!
    .-= Jim Berry´s last blog ..“Doug Champigny’s PowerStart 2010 Coaching Program – A Month in Review” =-.

  14. Garth says:

    Interesting. I’m working through my first ExpertWordpress setup and all the training. Once I figure out how all the plugins I’ve already got work, I’ll be back to check these and your upcoming plugin suggestions. I trust your judgement more than most, thanks for sharing!
    .-= Garth´s last blog ..tips-on-how-to-get-an-old-girlfriend-back =-.

  15. serdar says:

    hi,

    very useful plugins… thanks for the post. I will try “WordPress Ultimate Toolkit” as soon as possible.
    .-= serdar´s last blog ..Balanced Scorecard’ın Boyutları Hakkında =-.

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