WordPress is an excellent platform with so many themes that are perfect choices for your business website, straight out of the box. Since every blogger has individual needs that WordPress can’t necessarily anticipate, its developers have created more than 20,000 plugins to resolve users’ issues. Bloggers often encounter problems in performing tasks like modifying the core behavior, adding additional tools for administrators, etc. With the use of third-party plugins, all these problems have been fixed. Below is the list of five most effective WordPress blog plugins 2014, which are easy to install from your WordPress dashboard.
1. Google Analytics for WordPress
When you have a website, you’ll be interested to know how many visitors you have, how they came to your site, what are their activities on your site and much more.
The Google Analytics for WordPress plugin allows you to track your visitor’s behavior easily and with lot of statistics. You need not bother about copying of code script and where to place it as Google Analytics has made the job easier for you by taking care of all such things. The plugin is free to install.
In general, users just copy the Google Analytics code script into their theme and that’s it. By doing so, they are left with lot of powerful features of Google Analytics unused. This plugin makes it easy for you to utilize those features too. As soon as you login to your GA account, you get easily connected to Ad sense that start showing clicks on a per keyword and on a per page basis.
Google Analytics offer you another interesting feature- “track outbound clicks and download.” By clicking on this option you will be able to see in analytics, what people clicked on and what they downloaded.
2. Akismet 2.5
Akismet 2.5 is by far the most effective anti-spam plugin available for WordPress. It is free to install and has received millions of downloads. So far, no other anti-spam plugin has crossed this number.
Akismet was first released in 2005 by developers of Automatic, and has been continuously modified over time in an effort to combat spam in the most effective way possible.
Every time a new comment is posted, Akismet grabs it and checks the comment to find whether or not it is spam and returns thumbs up or thumbs down. As a result, you can save time sorting through and deleting spam comments from your blog.
The internal process by which Akismet filters spam seems interesting. It keeps spammers from affecting your site’s page rank, and gives you more time to connect with your readers, instead of browsing page after page of spam. This plugins are free for personal use. However, business blogs should pick from one of the paid plan options.
3. WordPress SEO
WordPress SEO by Yoast is a powerful plugin for your WordPress blog. It helps you improve the quality of your content. WordPress SEO helps you pick a targeted keyword when you’re writing articles and then makes sure you add that targeted keyword everywhere in your content.
Using the snippet preview you can see how your page appears in the search results and you can make changes if you are not satisfied with your title or meta description. This way the plugin not only boost your search engine rankings but also increase your site’s organic traffic.
The WordPress SEO plugin performs a careful analysis of your post. It checks, for instance, if you have added images to your post and whether they carry an alt tag containing the targeted keyword for that post. It also checks if your posts have a low word count. Overall, this plugin helps you write quality content that search engines love.
4. YouTube Sidebar Widget
As the name itself suggests, YouTube sidebar is widgetised and ready to install into any WordPress theme that supports widgets. It allows you to add a title for the section, specify the username of the Youtube user you want to extract videos from, decide if you want the video titles to be shown, choose the number of videos to extract and lastly add a filter to help extract only relevant videos instead of all of them.
Disqus is a plugin that allows your commenter’s to connect with your social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter, Google, Flickr, YouTube and others.
This plugin allows you to show statistics for your blog’s Disqus comments- most important discussions, best commenter’s, recent comments. It instantly notifies you as and when you receive reply to your comment. Another interesting feature of Disqus is that it lets you take part in a conversation directly from email. The plugin’s anti-spam technology filters spam automatically.
Kelly Marsh is a freelance journalist who has been writing about mobile technology, customer relationship management and women’s health for more than a decade. These days she is busy to contributes on online development.