WordPress is a powerful tool not only for creating a Blog but for complete Websites. There are a ton of Plugins for various purposes and here I have listed 5 great plugins to help you with SEO, analytics, performance and security.
I learned about P3 from Kim Castleberry on her blog and if you want to learn more I would encourage you to go visit her site. She has great information on all sorts of technical stuff for working with your blog and productivity in general.
Anyway, back to P3, part of your SEO performance is measured by the speed your site loads. Firstly, making sure you have a good hosting service and if you need one you can check out Blue Host.
To many Plugin's can slow your site down or even put it into overload. P3 can be downloaded from the WordPress site.
By installing this tool you can see what effect your plugins are having on your site. To many plugins, which according to WordPress; 12 gets you into overload and your site will suffer.
You are trying to get to a load time of about 2 seconds, which is the human factor, takes to long people get bored and leave.
In this example you can see one plugin is responsible for 50% of the load time. In this case it was over 2 seconds!
Once you have finished tweaking ypu can remove the P3 plugin!
SEOpressor is an on-page SEO plugin that allows you to optimize your on page SEO.
What is great about this plugin is you give it up to 3 keyword phrases and it will check your article for:
- Keyword Decoration
So what is keyword decoration? To put it simply it makes sure you have keyword in the H tags, Bold, underline etc
The Content section makes sure you article is long enough, you have keywords in the Meta Tags, keywords in the alt text of your images and keywords in the right places in the article.
Caching is a way of speeding up your website and W3 Cache works with Plugins like Cloudflare which provides CDN capabilities.
Learn some more about W3 in the video below.
Wordfence is a security plugin that has a free version and a paid for version.
Even with the free version it is going to tell you when WordPress, your theme or your plugins need up grading in addition to notifying you when somebody is trying to login to your site.
I have been using it for sometime and the number of attacks and trying to login as admin is amazing. If there are two many logins from a particular IP address then that IP address is locked out from future logins.
Clicky is an analytics tool. You install the plugin and resister at clicky.com , install the site key and away you go.
An example output from the clicky website is shown below.
From here not only do you see you basic traffic you can see what is being looked at and where your searches are coming from.
You can't make informed decisions about what is working and what is not without the right information.
What is great about clicky is you can get a breakdown of your visitors, how they got to your site, what page, what keyword, where they are from, which search engine they used and many more.
Over to You!
So what is your favorite WordPress Plugin and why? Leave a comment below