When it comes to WordPress plugins, there are lots of them readily available for free on the Internet that will help to spruce up your WordPress blog. You can check out the WordPress Plugin site for a whole list of WordPress plugins available. However, before I continue, do take note that your WordPress blog must be a self-hosted one in order for you to be able to install plugins.

You can download the plugin, and install it by going to the “Plugin” section from within your WordPress Dashboard, and select the option “Add New”.

Thereafter, you need to select the “Upload” option and then you can upload the plugin (in zip file) by selecting the file and click on the “Install Now” button.

When it comes to the top WordPress plugins, there are 5 that I would highly recommend.

In this post, I’m going to share with you top 5 WordPress plugins that you should install in your WordPress blog:


1. Akismet

This plugin can be found in your list of plugins by default. To use it, simply activate it. What this plugin does is that it helps to filter out spam comments and automatically delete them after 30 days.

No doubt this plugin manage to help screen out spam comments, some genuine comments also get filtered at times – What you should do is to visit your spam folder there and then to check out whether there are any genuine comments that are “accidentally” filtered by the plugin.


2. All In One SEO Pack

This plugin helps to optimize your WordPress blog for the search engines – Where you can specifically specify your title, description, as well as tags for your main index page, posts as well as pages – All these will help your WordPress blog to get ranked based on the keywords and key phrases you specify in those columns.


3. Ultimate Google Analytics

This plugin will automatically insert Google Analytics code into your blog – And capture statistics about your website – Such as visitor volume, from where your visitors arrive from, their duration of stay, etc.

However, before this plugin will work, you need to sign up for a free account with Google Analytics.


4. AddToAny: Share/Bookmark/Email Button

This plugin will allow your blog readers to either share, or bookmark your web page, as well as email this web page to their friends.

When activated, this plugin will add an icon to the bottom of your posts and pages.


5. Google XML Sitemaps

This plugin will generate a compatible sitemap file of your WordPress blog which is supported by Ask, Google, MSN Search, as well as Yahoo.

Sitemaps are an easy way for webmasters to inform search engines about pages on their sites that are available for crawling (and indexing in the searching engines).

A sitemap is an XML file that lists URLs for a site along with additional metadata about each URL (when it was last updated, how often it usually changes, and how important it is, relative to other URLs in the site) so that search engines can more intelligently crawl the site.

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