11 WordPress Plugins You’ve Gotta Have


As a freelance writer I work with many different blog owners on a regular basis and that means I get the chance to see just about every plugin imaginable.

Ninja Affiliate Plugin

Every once in a while I’ll come across a new one that is just amazing and I wonder how I ever blogged without it.  I want to give you a list of the top 11 must have plugins for any WordPress site.

    CommentLuv – This is a great tool for new blogs that provides a link back to the commentors most recent blog post.  This will attract new readers and triple the amount of comments you see on your blog. Download it

    Ninja Affiliate Plugin – One of the recommended plugin for affiliate marketers, it helps you cloaking your affiliate links, automatically converting keywords on your blog to affiliate links and a lot more to help you make money from affiliate products. Download it here

    Google XML Sitemaps – If you want your blog indexed by Google you need to use this plugin.  It tells Google where all of your pages are and which ones need to be indexed. Download it here

    WordPress.com Stats – I know, you already have an analytics account but this one shows you your stats from your dashboard.  No more logging into a seperate site, although you should keep your other account to compare the numbers. Download it here

    Pingler – This plugin tells all of the major search engines and directories that you’ve updated your blog and it does it automatically after each new post is published. Download it here

    Sexy Bookmarks – No, this doesn’t have anything to do with porn.  It’s just a really nice looking set of links to all of your favorite social media bookmarking site that helps remind your readers to share your blog with others. Download it here

    Subscribe To Comments – Many blog themes come with this pre-installed and I think it should be a requirement.  This gives your readers the chance to get notified when someone else comments after them.  It helps bring readers back and engages them. Download it here

    Related Posts Plugin – This will show your readers a list of articles related to the one they are currently reading.  It will get them to click deeper into your site and stay longer.  Download it here

    WPtouch – How often do you read blogs or surf the web from your phone? You’ve got readers doing the same thing so why not optimize your site for their phone with this plugin. Download it here

    Akismet – It’s built into WordPress and for a good reason.  It’ll catch 99% of your spam comments, important if you install CommentLuv. Download it here

    Contact Form 7 – Probably the easiest to use contact form available.  Let’s you customize how many fields and what they say, plus you can insert it into any page or post on your site. Download it here

Plugins are not going to get your site to page 1 of Google but if you have the right ones installed they can sure get you pretty close.  The rest will be up to you, providing great content and doing your off page SEO.

Article by Josh Ray

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  • Dean Saliba December 4, 2010, 3:02 pm

    I like posts like this because I always find a plugin that I have not heard of before. The WPTouch plugin is the one that takes it this time. No cexcuse not to make my blog look nice for people using their phones now. 🙂

    • ZK@Web Marketing December 5, 2010, 12:52 am

      WPTouch plugin is a great find , my analytics report showed that I have a high number of users comming from iphone and this plugin works like a charm to make the blog iphone friendly …highly recommened for all blogs

  • Android December 4, 2010, 9:09 pm

    We don’t really need the Wordpress stats and Sexy Bookmark because there are some alternative we can choose such as Google Analytics … 🙂

    • Harshad December 9, 2010, 3:00 pm

      I prefer WP Shortstat and Share This over those two.

  • used tires December 5, 2010, 3:14 am

    Hey Josh, great compilation you’ve put together! Out of all of these I may give “Google XML Sitemaps” a shot!


  • Alex@Jocuri December 5, 2010, 8:21 am

    Great plugin suggesting,
    But are you sure about akismet? It has a lot of false positives and it can mark comments as spam even if there aren’t.
    Oh, and nothing about seo plugins like all in one seo and how about w3c cache for speedy loading?

    • p90x February 15, 2011, 5:31 pm

      Thanks for recommending the W3 cache plugin. I really needed a plugin to help speed up my sites loading times.

      – Robert

  • ZK December 5, 2010, 10:59 am


    You are right about w3c cache plugin , it has great capabilities to speed up your blog. If it was not for akismet all of us would be spending half our time cleaning out spam 🙂 Matt Mullenweg and his team are doing a great job on Akismet ..although I agree that at times it does pick up positive comments as spam but full marks to the team for such a valuable plugin….

    SEO wordpress is also a great plugin and highly recommended, if you are using the Thesis Theme then the SEO capability is already built in.

    • used tires December 5, 2010, 6:29 pm

      @Zk, yeah akismet isn’t perfect but its certainly a must have plugin. The only thing I wish they had was more support for those who happen to get banned from posting comments, always seems impossible get out of their “bad” list lol.


      • Jasmine December 13, 2010, 9:18 pm

        You are right. In the past, I once got into the bad list and I could get out of it by sending them an email. But since then perhaps their users have grown to so huge that they may not entertain such requests anymore!

  • TechNiNa December 5, 2010, 11:11 am

    Good list of plugins..Since internet on mobiles is getting popular…WPtouch is a must…

    • p90x February 15, 2011, 3:53 am

      I did get the chance to try WPtouch and can’t say enough good things about it. I recommend it.

      – Robert

    • Dodge Neon SRT4 February 16, 2011, 10:35 am

      Yes, Wptouch is the best plugin man.

  • Mags December 5, 2010, 4:08 pm

    It’s a great article! I have tested in the past all the above plugins except Ninja Affiliate as I don’t use affiliate links on my blog. I have to say that Comment Luv brought me many more comments. I also very much like Disqus, which is a global comment system that connects conversations across the web. It also increased by blog’s popularity.
    Thank you for sharing that list!

    • Web Developer December 6, 2010, 4:51 am

      I’ve seen Disqus on other blog but have never used it..I should give it a try

      • Mags December 6, 2010, 6:25 am

        Yes, it is definitely worth recommending! To start you have to create an account for a commenter and then you can install the plugin on your blog. I have been using it for a while and I really love it (I think I should work for Disqus as I am doing to good marketing for them:)

        • Jasmine December 13, 2010, 9:20 pm

          What about intensedebate? How does disqus compare to intensedebate?

  • Tej Kohli December 5, 2010, 10:40 pm

    I am looking also one more plug-ins for making a News site map , Is It available anywhere

    • Mags December 6, 2010, 2:47 am

      Hey Tej, do you mean news aggregation plugin?

  • Alex@SEO India December 5, 2010, 11:36 pm

    Great list of plugins Josh, I use most of them in my blog except WPTouch instead of that I use the Wordpress Mobile Pack. I dont know which one is better but well works good for my mobile readers

  • Printable Coupons December 6, 2010, 4:00 am

    Very good plug-ins choices.. i got most of them. and I love askimet..

  • sell used textbooks December 6, 2010, 1:42 pm

    I also really like slimstat, its like google analytics but easy to read on a daily basis.

  • seo affiliate program December 6, 2010, 3:34 pm

    I am thinking of starting my own blog and this post is very helpful. I will take you on your suggestion of using CommentLuv plugin in my own blog.

  • treadmills December 6, 2010, 3:59 pm

    If you use affiliate network like CJ for monetization of your blog, you can use plugin NoExternalLinks to reduce the quantity of external links from each page.

  • road traffic accident compensation December 7, 2010, 3:04 am

    I made a gaming site with Wordpress, but I feel that it still just looks like a simple Wordpress blog. I want it to look like most popular sites, like Engadget. I’d like to know if there are plugins I can use to change the basic Wordpress look, so it won’t look like your basic blog.

  • Software Development Company December 7, 2010, 7:25 am

    WPtouch and Contact Form 7 are good wordpress plugins. Good list of helpful plugins.

  • SEO Miami December 7, 2010, 12:09 pm

    Thanks, that’s a great list!

  • website design hampshire December 8, 2010, 12:53 am

    Great post,
    I have downloaded two from above.
    Thanks for sharing here with us.

  • Debt December 8, 2010, 11:02 am

    I used almost of those plugin, but not really interest for the Wordpress Stats as well. I am now using Google Analytics.

  • Quickbooks Repair December 9, 2010, 6:02 am

    Wow… Cool plugin, absolutely neat and practical, and really user-friendly. thanks for sharing this effective plugin, it make blogging more enjoyable.

  • Harshad December 9, 2010, 2:55 pm

    Lot similar to my list of must have plugin…. my list is a bit long tho 😀

  • Komodo Dragon December 10, 2010, 4:17 am

    That’s an excellent list of quality plugins. 🙂 WPTouch and Contact Form are two I can personally vouch for too.

  • Kaira December 13, 2010, 1:03 am

    Like all the plug-ins, love it.! Im gonna apply this to my blog .

  • Hans December 13, 2010, 11:53 am

    All in one SEO plugin is also a plugin which I really like. Along with Google Analytics stats implementation.

  • Jasmine December 13, 2010, 9:16 pm

    I love all of these plugins. And I have to say that they are all awesome! My favorite is of course CommentLuve, love it!

  • Felicia @ No Deposit Poker December 16, 2010, 12:40 am

    I haven’t tried the WPtouch, checking it out now. Thanks for sharing!

    • Free Voip Calls January 19, 2011, 10:09 am

      me too…need to check more on wptouch !
      does wordpress offer plugin for android as well ?

  • Bret Hart December 23, 2010, 11:47 am

    I think i’ll get Google XML Sitemaps for now. But i’ll bookmark this page to grab something else )

  • website melbourne December 27, 2010, 6:10 am

    Superb looking plugins!
    I am going to download them all right now.
    Thanks for this great sharing.

  • dedicated cpanel February 2, 2011, 2:05 pm

    Wow those are great plugins, I have most of them but I also really like Slimstat as well.

  • Windows 8 February 4, 2011, 9:43 am

    Ninja affiliate is the best plugin if you like to rule the affiliate market 🙂

  • semmy @ Make Money Online February 10, 2011, 10:19 am

    Hi Josh, thank you very much for your plugin lists! I’ll download this plugin WPtouch

  • Data Entry March 14, 2011, 3:26 am

    Good list of wordpress Plug ins i am also using most of the plugins but my website loading speed gonna be slow

  • online sales October 8, 2011, 7:42 am

    Thanks for the great plugin mate… been using it for a while now and it’s working great on my site.

  • Free Calls to India October 29, 2011, 2:31 am

    You have missed an important plugin called “Reply Me”. Its a great plugin to get the conversation going on your blog

  • johne celina December 25, 2011, 2:40 pm

    plugin is really a nice utility i have tried it