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Best WordPress Plugins for Your Blog

Choosing the best WordPress plugins for you blog is important if you want it to be successful. Plugins offer a wide variety of SEO (Search Engine Optimization) customization and enhancement.

As you probably already know, ZSZN runs off of WordPress. I choose my plugins carefully and ensure they do not affect one another and cause confliction. The worst thing you can do is install too many plugins and end up hurting your SEO rankings, which of course will decrease the amount of organic search visitors to your blog. The only plugins I use are WP-reCAPTCHA, All in One SEO Pack, Google XML Sitemaps, and WP Contact Form. Below I have the download locations of all the plugins and an explanation as to why they are a must have.

WP-reCAPTCHA – This plugin adds a powerful CAPTCHA requirement to your registration form and comments. This reduces the amount of comment spam to virtually nothing by requiring users to enter simple words shown in the picture. This plugin is very customizable and easy to implement.

All in One SEO Pack – I consider this plugin the best option to reduce duplicate content, and auto generate meta keywords and descriptions for all your pages. This is essential as it will optimize your blog to its fullest potential.

Google XML Sitemaps – Having a regularly updated sitemap will help spiders locate all of the pages on your site and your pages will become indexed quicker. This plugin is fully automatic and updates your sitemap each time you publish new content. It also adds your sitemap URL to robots.txt which is great. You should be sure your sitemap URL is submitted to Google, Yahoo, and Bing through their webmaster tools.

WP Contact Form – If you are looking for a simple and easy to use form for visitors to contact you, this is the one. All you have to do is install the plugin and then add  the code “<!–contact form–>” (without quotes) to the body of the post or page to display the form wherever you want it.


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