Many of my small business clients understand the benefits of blogging, such as what I covered in Why your small business should have a blog. But there next question is often – which blogging platform do you recommend? I always answer: WordPress.org. You can customize the URL, the design and have the most control over your blog.
One of the great things about WordPress are the many free plug-ins you can add onto your page yourself. No coding needed. Here are my favorite top 5 WordPress plugins:
All in One SEO Pack
This plugin makes SEO soooo easy. It adds three boxes to each post and page on your blog, where you type in the Title, Description and Keywords that are relevant.
It is much like Google Analytics, but shows you immediately what pages and links your customers are clicking on. Plus, partnered with WordPress.com Popular Posts, you can add a side widget that keeps track of your most popular articles.
AddToAny: Share/Bookmark/Email Button
Great tool for your readers to access all types of social media to quickly to promote your blog posts. It covers Faceobook, Twitter, Linkedin, Digg and many more.
This plugin allows you to easily add rotating client testimonials to your blog. You can also add a page or post with all of your testimonials listed.
This is the greatest comment spam catcher out there. No more inappropriate comments. This comes standard with WordPress, but you must activate it.
How to install the plugins
To add these WordPress plugins to your blog, logon to your WordPress account, click on “plugins” and then “add new.” Type in the plugin name you want, hit the “Search plugins” and the plugin will come up. Click “install” and it will take you through the process. To add it to your widget area (usually your sidebar or footer area), click on “Appearance” and then “Widgets.” Drag the plugin bar to either the sidebar or footer area. Enter the Title and any settings options and hit save. It now will be live on your blog.
Which are your favorite WordPress plugins?