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  1. I’d offer BackupBuddy as an alternative backup solution. Very comprehensive, it even automates the storage of backup externally. I use it with Amazon S3 to store multiple backups without hogging all my hosting space.
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  2. Why no mobile plugin? The WP-Touch plugin, this instantly converts your blog into a suitable format for mobile browsers.
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  3. Claire says:

    Wow! What a comprehensive and useful list! Thanks Lilach! I know you’re a great proponent of pop-ups (you have already persuaded me of their benefits and now there’s even more reason to embrace them!) – Several of these plugins are new to me, and a few have engendered ‘aha’ moments; now I realise that the clever strategies you and other gurus employ are simple plugins!! I will shortly be utilising a lot of these on my own and clients’ websites. =)
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  4. Hey Lilach,
    This is my first time to your site and I must say you have some really great tips. Also some very useful information. I think I need to look into that “tweet old post” plug-in, it sounds like a great way to put so life back into to older stuff. Thank you for your time and insight. TTYL
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  5. Hi Lilach,

    That’s a very comprehensive and very useful list – thank you so much for sharing :-)

    I also use Backup Buddy. Find it very user-friendly. Haven’t had to restore anything yet so can’t vouch for its reliability but the iThemes guys are very responsive & supportive, so I have no doubts myself.

    For SEO, I use SEOPressor (also ranks your post out of 100%).

    Love the sharing folks!
    Best wishes,
    Vinden Grace
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  6. Hi Lilach, ha ha, now we get to know how you get that little cool ‘last post’ slider!
    … Just out of interest, why do you prefer Scribe SEO over SEO Pressor, I thought that was the industry ‘standard’.
    Thanks for the list,
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    • Lilach says:

      Thanks Mandy:) Yes I thought I had kept you waiting long enough lol

      To be honest I haven’t used SEO Pressor so can’t really say, but I love Scribe SEO and wouldn’t be without it now:)

    • Sarah says:

      SEO Pressor underlines, bolds and italicizes your keywords, in post. I think the emphasis is not on what I write but on the keywords. To me that means the keywords take precedence over the reading experience, and I might not want a certain word made bold mid sentence, seemingly for no reason.

      Not using it I think makes for a better reading experience as a reader, countless times I have tried clicking an underlined phrase and then thought “doh!”.
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  7. Thank you for this list. There are so many plugins to choose from it really can be hard to know which ones you need or in my case….Have I missed any? I’m off to go compare our plugins :) BTW, this is my first time to your blog and I’ve really enjoyed your posts! I’ll be back, lol

  8. Using 3 out of your must-have plugins. But I do have a counterpart for the others. I will try to install Link Within by next month and then buy Pop Up Domination.
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    • Lilach says:

      Thanks Nica:) Which ones are you currently using? Link Within is a great plugin and you’re be surprised by how much traffic this little plugin creates. I love Pop Up Domination – enjoy:)

      • I’m using Tweet Old Posts, Comment Luv (free version), and Akistment. Others I can’t live without are All in One SEO, Contact Form 7, WP backup to Dropbox, and Only Wire. Tiny MCE Advance and What Would Seth Godin do.
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        • Lilach says:

          Thanks Nica:) All in one SEO is a popular plugin too. Hadn’t heard of What Would Seth Godin do and wasn’t sure it was a plugin lol but it is so thanks for the share:)

        • Hey Lilach and Nica,
          Yes, I use What Would Seth Godin Do too and recommend it — gives a more personal feel to new readers. I use WordPress SEO by Yoast instead of All In One SEO, but nothing wrong with All In One. Also a fan of Comment Luv (keep threatening to upgrade but haven’t gotten around to it yet).

          Another plugin I wouldn’t be without now is Bulletproof Security — lives up to its name. I use it in conjunction with Login Lock to harden up WP’s security.
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  9. Lilach,

    There are so many plugins that it is useful to get an expert’s take on the really useful ones. Many thanks.

  10. Wow!

    Lilach I have to tell you I love your blog and hate your blog. I love the AWESOME content and hate all the new ideas you give me to make more get more traffic. Well, I don’t really hate that…I guess I love, love your blog.

    Thanks for the leadership and great contribution to the community.

    I’ve got more work to do….thanks!
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  11. Radu says:

    Hello Lilach, I’m using most of the plugins you’ve mentioned but i want to say that it will slow down your browser’s speed. That’s why i’m using two browsers and the things are looking better.
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    • Lilach says:

      Thanks Radu, yes that’s one valid point to use, the more plugins you use it can affect the speed of your site. There are plugins you can use which help speed things up like W3 Total Cache which is what I use:)

  12. Great list Lilach. I use many if not most of the plugins you listed. I will definitely take a look at Google Cards because I’m just setting a new Google+ brand page so that may come in handy. So funny about those darn pop up forms – yes, for the record I hate them. I do have one, though I changed the settings to they wouldn’t pop up in a reader’s face every time, or on every page. Still, what my stats say is that nearly 30% of my new subscribers come from, ta da … clicking on the simple little link at the bottom of each post.
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    • Lilach says:

      Thanks Marquita:) Yes the Google Cards is a great way to grow your network on Google +.

      It’s funny isn’t it, so many people don’t like pop up’s and yet they work. I’m not a huge fan of them but if I’m not interested in signing up I’ll simply push the x button. I would experiment with your settings and see which one gives you the best conversion…

  13. Fantastic list Lilach. A few here I haven’t checked out yet that I will definitely be considering. Thanks for the great post!
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  14. Just a quick thank you to a fairly newbie looking for good direction, found it here ;-)

  15. Lynn Brown says:

    I love WordPress too Lilach! Your list of plug-ins are very helpful and I enjoy many of the ones listed here. I have to say though, the jury is still out on the ‘pop ups’…. I wrote a blog post not too long ago and really got some varying comments and objections. For instance, your pop up comes up every time I navigate to another page of your site. Does the PopUp Domination allow you to just have the pop up come up one time when people visit your site?

    Really appreciate you sharing your list of plug-ins, it is a great resource to refer back to.
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    • Lilach says:

      Thanks Lynn, pleased it was helpful:)

      Re pop up’s – I’m currently using WP Subscribers as my pop up although used Pop Up Domination for a long time and loved it. I moved onto WP Subscribers as it has some other great features as well as the pop up.

      The problem with pop up’s is that as annoying as they are they work. I completely understand why people don’t like them, they can be annoying however if you’re providing a great gift and also have good content on your site then if the person doesn’t want to sign up they simply click the x button. I don’t personally see what all the fuss is about, the majority of the websites I visit each day have pop up’s and if if I’m not interested in signing up I simply click the x button and continue reading.

      I would urge anyone who is against pop up’s to try them and out test the results before they judge. There is a reason why so many of us bloggers use them, it’s not to annoy people it’s simply to build a list. I spend a lot of time researching and creating content that I’ve been told adds value and a girl has to make a living somehow! So I work hard on building my list.

      I don’t use paid marketing methods, all my traffic comes from free sources and I’m currently getting around 50-70 optins a day (sometimes more). If I turn off the pop up (which I have done to test how it’s working etc) the numbers can be as low as 10 a day… hence I have a pop up!

  16. Many of those are my favorites as well, I have found it is very important to have favorites. I learned about a new one not on your list when I got hacked a while ago, it was called Bullet Proof Security. It prevents hacking.
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  17. Oh! This is such a great post! This list is going to be so helpful to me as I just had my blog re-done and I was wondering which plugins were going to be the best addition for it. It’s great to have a list which someone explains what the plugins are.
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  18. Thanks Lilach for sharing your comments and experiences with these plug-ins. I appreciate the information.
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  19. Val Heisey says:

    Thanks for a great post Lilach. Your guidance in blogging is superb! I was just thinking the other day about plugins. I will keep this post bookmarked for future reference as I decide which ones to put on my site.
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  20. Herbert says:

    Awesome set of plugins Lilach. I am planning to have Tweet Old Post installed at my blog too. Thanks for sharing.
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  21. Amit says:

    What a great post lots of useful plugins. Thanks so much for sharing this awesome post and info. with us. Keep Rocking the social world. Have a great day. Keep Smiling ((Hugs))
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  22. Paula Kemp says:

    Hi Lilach, Thank you for this comprehensive list. I am new to blogging and WordPress so this is a great list for me to learn what are the best plug-in’s, I will be definitely checking out your recommendations! Can I ask, what is the name of the pop up that comes up to the right when you scroll to the bottom of the page, is it part of pop up domination? Once again, thanks for sharing. Paula
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    • Lilach says:

      Thanks Paula, appreciate your comment:)

      That plugin that flies across the bottom of the screen was on the list:) It’s no 6 (upPrev Previous Post Animated Notification )

  23. Sandy says:

    Hi Lilach,

    Great list and my favorites are:
    “CommentLuv Premium” for commenting and start a community with your visitors.
    “Scribe SEO” looks like a great plugin for SEO
    “upPrev Previous Post Animated Notification” for links inside
    “Link Within” for Linkbuiling inside with older posts

    Last year i started with a blogspot blog for learning about online marketing and SEO.
    With blogspot… you can`t test these plugins. But Santa had a present for me… two domains.
    my blog “umgezogen” with 301 on my own domain and a new domain for test all about WP and all the plugins. i hope, i can learn more about all this things and methods, it`s a really great business and so interesting for me.

    So, thanks a lot for sharing your tips about the Plugins.
    With best wishes from Germany and i wish you much success with your projects.
    greetings from good old germany. Sandy :-)
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  24. Muskie says:

    Both 7 & 8 link to the same plugin on WordPress.com

  25. Thanks for the great list! I was just thinking about downloading complete backup to my site. Have a myriad of other backups, but like the idea of having it all in one.
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  26. Hi Lilach – a great list. I’m in the process of creating a new blog and was getting confused about all the Plugin options out there. This will help me soooo much! Nicci

  27. OMG!! Lilach.. I love you.. simple as that.. I love to come across different plugins. Most of the time I already have every plug in listed.. yet I have to admit.. I’m missing quite a few of yours.. I appreciate you sharing this information with us.. make it a great day and keep smiling.

    • Lilach says:

      Thanks Shalonda, my pleasure and really appreciate your great comment:) I tried to share plugins that are less used and the ones I personally use. There’s nothing worse than stumbling on a blog and getting excited and seeing the same plugins you already have…!

  28. Alan says:

    Hi Lilach, great list of plugins, fantastic resource tool. I also use backupbuddy and find it very good. It is a paid tool though, but I feel well worth the money. Akismet I think is probably one of the most valuable plugins I have ever downloaded and put to use. Another one to help with SEO would be “All in one SEO”. And I really like Tubepress to display my youtube videos nicely on my site.

    Keep moving forward!

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    • Lilach says:

      Thanks Alan my pleasure:) Some of the wordpress plugins I listed are paid and worth every penny:) Akismet is a great plugin and very popular too.

      I really should be displaying more videos so thanks for the tip re Tubepress, that will come in very handy:)

  29. Great list Lilach! There is a few on this list that I will definitely be looking into for sure. Love your blog my friend, you always give such good value!!!

    Mark Harbert

  30. I have a few of these plug-ins Lilach but there are some here that I must take a look at especially for backing up my blog. Note to self, I really must get a pop up sorted.

    Thanks for a great post,
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  31. Avinash says:

    Great list, I think a plugin like WP Optimize should also be part of this list, to make sure that there are no overheads in the DB tables.

    I know YARPP can be intensive but if the server is capable to handle I think YARPP with templates is better over widgets for related posts.
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  32. Demetrice says:

    Well written article, well done! I loved it!

  33. Hi Lilach,

    This is quite a list. Thanks for sharing! There is so much for us new bloggers to learn. I am one of those who is on the fence about popups. So many say that they work, so I must try one out on my blog. Looking forward to checking out the other plugins as well.
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    • Lilach says:

      Thanks Jamella, my pleasure:) Yes you’re right about pop up’s, such a mixed divide although the bloggers who don’t like them tend to be the ones who haven’t tried them on their blog so don’t realise how amazing the results can be. Try it and see what happens and take the time to measure and test it by changing the frequency of how often they ocur, timings etc.

  34. Warren says:

    Great list Lilach, only one I’d add would be Maxpressblog’s Ninja Affiliate plugin for those who promote affiliate products like hostgator, aweber, etc.

    Instead of visitors seeing a big long affiliate link they see something like http://www.sociable.co.uk/hostgator and it looks much better. (converts much better too)
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    • Lilach says:

      Thanks Warren:) I will definately look into Maxpress blog’s Ninja Affiliate plugin as I myself promote products so this looks like it could come in very handy – thanks for the share:)

      • Warren says:

        I probably should have mentioned it’s a premium plugin, I think I paid $97.00 for it.
        It was worth the price though and it’s worked awesome since I picked it up two years ago.
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        • Lilach says:

          Thanks for the heads up. I have no problem with paying for plugins if they work and I get great results, some of them on my list are premium versions and I genuinely think they’re worth every penny and couldn’t run my blog as well as I do without them:)

        • Warren says:

          Agreed! We get so spoiled with all the free one’s that it can come as a shock when someone actually wants to make a living selling them! LOL

          I just looked and am only using 4 premium ones. (Though I’m seeing a lot of talk about premium commentluv)

          1. Maxblogpresss Ninja Affiliate
          2. Popup Domination
          3. OIO Publisher
          4. indexing tool
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  35. Another great and useful compilation, Lilach. I use and love some of these (like WPSubscribers, for instance) but was curious about some others. upPrev Previous Post Animated Notification, for instance. So you answered my questions before I got around to asking you. You’ve given me plenty of food for thought with all these plugins and I’ll be exploring them as I see fit.

    As great as the world of WordPress plugins is, I have a word of caution: be careful about installing too many plugins on your site as it can really slow your site down.
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    • Lilach says:

      Thanks Srinivas:) Yes I love WP Subscribers too, it’s definately helped increase my list too:)

      I agree about having too many plugins, you do have to be careful as it can slow down your site and also sometimes they can conflict on the odd occassion.

  36. Lou Barba says:

    Hi Lilach,

    I use a bunch of these, but I’m still bookmarking this post for future reference. I’ve been a “gadget guy” for quite a while, and I’ll have fun checking these out.


  37. Jayne Kopp says:

    Hi Lilach, thanks for sharing your list of treasures. I have most of them… with the exception of two or three. I personally like GASP and use it instead of Akismet.

    I was wondering about the WordPress ‘complete’ Back up. Does it really ‘Completely’ back everything up or do you use other means of back up as well? I use WP DB Back up but of course that’s just the Data Base. I back up manually the other files once per week… but not too comfortable. Just want something that ‘bingo’ with do it all!

    I really like this pop up … or slide out that you mentioned… I’ll go back up and have a look at what it’s called in a sec… the one to my right… sharing your latest post. That’s kind of cool. I had noticed it before.

    Hope you are having a great Saturday. Actually it’s Sunday your time… :-) Hope it goes wonderfully!

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    • Lilach says:

      Thanks Jayne:) I only use that one back up and it seems to do the trick:)

      The side fly in box (pop up etc) not only is a nice little “gimmick” but it actually increases people spending longer on my blog as they then read other articles.

      Hope you had a great weekend:)

  38. Sanjeev says:

    Hi Lilach, I use many of them from the list though never tried POP-up plugins till now but looks like you are getting good success with them. I use SeoPresser for my SEO work along with WP SEO by yoast and they do an excellent job.
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    • Lilach says:

      Thanks Sanjeev:) There are quite a few people on here who are also useing SEOPresser, I personally love Scribe SEO and have seen a dramatic increase in Google traffic since using it.

      Let me know how you get on with pop-ups… I think you’re be very surprised with the results:)

  39. Great list Lilach! Use some of them. But I would like to add P3 Performance that scans your blog and finds out which plugins are slowing you down. One of my plugins that I don’t need really did. So I disabled it and my blog is faster.

  40. Kris Olin says:

    Great list of WP plugins, Lilach!

    I’m going to install Thank Me Later right after this comment.
    Here is what I on my blog currently:

    All in One SEO Pack
    Automatic SEO Links
    Better WordPress Minify
    cbnet Ping Optimizer
    Disqus Comment System
    FeedBurner FeedSmith
    Google XML Sitemaps
    RSS Footer
    Social Sharing Toolkit
    upPrev Previous Post Animated Notification
    Use Google Libraries
    Wordpress Automatic Upgrade
    WordPress Database Backup
    WP Super Cache

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    • Lilach says:

      Thanks Kris and thanks for sharing your plugins too:) I’m interested to know more about the cbnet Ping Optimizer as haven’t heard of that one:)

    • Hi Kris, Lilach,

      Just wanted to mention that I also use Google XML sitemaps. It’s a way to notify search engines when you’ve added or updated content. It therefore expedites the indexing of your new / revised content, making it available to searchers faster.

      I’m liking the pop-up / no pop-up discussion, especially your sharing of a few stats. You’ve convinced me it’s worth the trade-off.

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  41. Great list Lilach! Very comprehensive.
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  42. Thanks Lilach for the comprehensive list! Glad to finally hear about your famous “slider” plugin :)

    All the best,
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  43. Hey Lilach,
    Thanks for sharing the plugin in a bunch 90% of them are also my short listed and favorite too that I used most of them in my blogging sites.
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  44. Sire says:

    Commentluv premium has to be my favourite by far. One plugin that you mentioned that many blogs fail to use is the subscribe to comment plugin. This is essential as it notifies the commentator when someone replies to their comment which generally encourages them to come back to continue the conversation.

    I used to us upPrev Previous Post Animated Notification but got rid of it as I wanted to speed up my sites loading time. BackupBuddy is turning out to be another of my favourites as are nrelate, WPZonBuilder and Firewall as it protect my blog against hackers.
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    • Lilach says:

      Thanks Sire, yes I love CommentLuv Premium too and think every blog should have it! – It certainly would encourage me to leave a comment:)

      Thanks for the share re nrelate and WPZonBuilder, haven’t heard of those ones so will check them out:)

      • Sire says:

        No problems. I’ve also found that a lot of CommentLuv Premium members are not using it to it’s full advantage. You could be one of them but I’m not sure because being your blog your not displaying the heart on the end of the comments. To get an idea of what I mean just hover your mouse over the heart at the end of my comment.

  45. Debra says:

    What a helpful list – that introduced me some great new features for my new blog!
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  46. Absolutely Awesome. Thanks for posting all these. Now I have to go through and update. Cant wait actually, these will help alot. Thanks Ryan
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  47. Jon says:

    Excellent list. The share volume of plugins makes it a daunting task deciding which ones to install to keep things manageable.

    An alternative to “Really Simple Facebook Twitter Share Buttons” that will give you your “up and down” is ‘sharebar’ by Monjurul Dolon.
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    • Lilach says:

      Thanks Jon:) Yes you’re right, there are so many to chose from, kind of like a kid in a candy store (for me anyway lol).

      Thanks for the tip about sharebar, I’ll look into that:)

  48. Thanks so much for this post Lilach! I’m in the process of completely revamping my blog and I have been researching the most efficient plugins to use. You have saved me a great deal of time and eliminated a few headaches in the process. I appreciate you sharing this info!

  49. s says:

    Hi Land thank you for the post. I always love reading what plugins others are using. I’m relatively new to IM and I’m developing my ‘favourite plugins’ list. Here are some of the free WP Plugins I like:

    -Adsense Extreme
    -Broken Link Checker
    -Google Privacy Policy
    -Dagon Design XML Sitemaps
    -Random Excerpts Fader
    -Slick Social Share Buttons
    -WordPress SEO (by Yoast)
    -Yet Another Related Posts Plugin

    Thanks for sharing your list.
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  50. Thanks for sharing Lilach. Awesome resources I use a lot of them myself and will try some others.
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  51. This list of plugins can be much helpful for everyone. But, of course, the most interesting and the most important for every blogger is CommentLuv Premium , because of its huge number of opportunities
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  52. I have some of those plugins on my blog, and some others I had and deleted with time, either because they scrambled my blog or because they weren’t anymore useful. My preferred ones are WP-Touch, Seo Smart Links, Autoptimize and WP Optimize. I have a question though: using CommentLuv doesn’t render Subscribe to Comments useless? On my main blog I’m using Livefyre and there isn’t anymore need for other comments’ plugins so I’m a bit curious as on another blog I’m using CommentLuv too, the free version. :)
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    • Lilach says:

      Thanks Andrea, haven’t heard of autoptimize, will check that out:)

      I’m on the premium version of CommentLuv so not sure to be honest, you could always try and contact Andy he’s very approachable:)

  53. Melissa says:

    Perhaps i won’t be original if I’ll tell you that I like CommentLuv Premium most of all) But nevertheless all other plugins are also obligatory for the majority of websites and blogs

  54. Wow Lilach this is an absolutely amazing post. It is so helpful. Thank you very much for sharing I’m going to post a link to it on my website. Thanks a million :)
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  55. Joyce says:

    This is the biggest list so far and i have to say that i haven’t even heard of half of them. But am worried if i install must of this plugin wouldn’t we slow down out website and cause all sort of problems. I have had some experience like this before?

    But i have to say you’ve done a really good job putting this together.

    • Lilach says:

      Thanks Joyce. Yes you do have to be careful but you can add (ironically) plugins to help speed up your site too.

      For me I find them really useful and if it slows it down a little then it’s worth it – although I haven’t been told it is.

  56. luke says:

    Oh wow!

    I just went a plugin frenzy!

    Just wanted to add some more that I adore!

    Crayon (I need to highlight code in decent way)
    Yoast SEO (Straight up beasting it!)
    Login LockDown (protect yo shit!)
    Pretty Link (nice for affliate links, plus is tracks for you)
    Fast Secure Contact Form (ze best contact form out there)!
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  57. Hi Lilach, Just when I am getting satisfied….I have enough correctly installed plugins on my blog, you upset the apple cart. Now I have 3 plugins to investigate….and I was on my way to bed. Grrr….I mean, thanks!
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  58. Alex says:

    an excellent list of plugins, this is more than enough for us. And would you mind if i add some of my favourite here?
    SEOPressor – Tell you what you need for best optimizing your post.
    WP Interlink – Help you find and link to the old post in you blog.
    Hope this will help, and thanks again for the list Lilach.
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  59. James says:

    I would like to add one of my favorites: rank tracker, it will send you an email every time someone comes from google and the position of your website for that search, very useful to discover new words your website is ranking for:)
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  60. Thanks I have been looking for several ideas to enhance my blog. The ones that I will be working to add are teh pop up, the SEO and the one that slide at the bottom.

    Thanks for you many articles that help, You Rock.

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  61. Hi Lilach, hope you are well and nice to meet you as i’m a first time visiter at your blog.
    wow what a list you have made use of and wonderful information that you have given, thank you for that..
    Here are five of the plugins i’m using and all free,
    This first one here is just amazing for all your seo and its a bigger to work out and i’m still working on it check it out and lets us know how you get on..WordPress SEO yoast , If you have the all in one seo then you need this as it help to transport data from one to the other ..SEO Data Transporter These three are just basic but i like to use them anything that helps with seo…right..
    SEO Friendly Images, SEO Title Tag, cbnet Ping Optimizer

    hope you like all the best,
    simon newcombe….
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    • Lilach says:

      Thanks Simon and great to meet you too – I hope you’re visit my blog again soon:)

      Great list you’ve shared, I hadn’t heard of SEO Data Transporter so many thanks for sharing:)

  62. Hi Lilach,

    Thanks for this great list of plugins. I have seen the previous post fly-out box on many blogs, but could never figure out what the name of the plugin was. Now I know, thanks!

    One plugin that you mentioned, that I do not like is, Askimet. I have had GASP installed for over a year now on my blog, which is DoFollow, btw, and although I do get many spam comments, I don’t lose good comments. Like I did when I had Askimet. I see that you have GASP as well, which is now part of ComLuv Premium.

    Do you still use Askimet along with GASP? I would love to know how they work together for you.

    Thanks for sharing your list Lilach and have a great day!
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    • Lilach says:

      Thanks Ian:) Yes the fly-out box was such a popular plugin and so many people asked me about it I had to reveal it:)

      I do use Askimet and GASP and (touch wood) they seem to be working OK. I must admit I do check my spam comments every day and often have to unspam a couple but I don’t mind as Askimet does seem to do a good job most of the time!

  63. Kris Olin says:

    Hi Lilach,

    Great WP plugins! I just installed Link Within and it is just brilliant!

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  64. Ginger says:

    I always enjoy WP Plugin posts, there were a few on your list that I’ve been looking for, so thanks for publishing them! :)
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  65. Lilach, thank you for sending me to Plug-in Heaven!
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  66. Alex says:

    Great post, I wrote one similar last week! I love WPSubscribes, it does what it says on the tin and works perfectly! My subscribers went through the roof when I started using it!
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  67. Dear Lilach,


    I can’t seem to get my hands on enough tip lists like this. I’m not at all surprised that CommentLuv is at the top of your tops. This is, hands down, my fave too! I think that the social enticements from Premium are amazing, not to mention the support.

    I hadn’t heard of a number of these and it seems I’m using some that appear to be similar to your recommendations but that are perhaps clones.

    This one is a definite bookmark on my browser! Thanks for the swell list!

    Cat Alexandra
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  68. OK, this will keep me busy for a while – I can’t tell you how much I appreciate all the help. Thanks is about the best I can do, so THANKS!
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  71. Hi Lilach, I’ve just linked to this article in my latest blog post. :)
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  72. ouedkniss says:

    hi lilach
    very awesome and helpful list , thank you so much
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  73. Excellent post :D Thanks I was looking for that twitter repost old post plugin in :D
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  74. WP Firewall and Login Lockdown are a must… if you have ever had a WP hacked you will wish you had them installed. They don’t stop every attack but they do go a great deal of the way to doing so.

  75. Catherine says:

    Wow thank you for this list. I’m in the process to revamp my website & these plugins will be an amazing asset to optimize it + brilliant comments.
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  76. Great post! love all the referrals to superb plugins!

    BTW the link to like within des not work :-(

    Love your posts!
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  77. Nolan says:

    Just released the new LAX Slider – A Parallax Post Slider For WordPress.
    A Post/Page/Product etc Slider with content preview.
    Implement with simple shortcode.
    Download: http://codecanyon.net/item/lax-slider-wordpress-parallax-slider/2295339
    Demo: http://nuvuthemes.com/lax-slider-demo/

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  79. Abhijit says:

    Hi Lilach,

    This is a great list of must have WP plugin. I also like all in one seo, seo pressor, xml-sitemap, wp-metarobot, getsocial, keyword luv etc.

    Thanks mate for sharing this..
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  80. Thank you for the information. I just started a blog and am I new to WordPress. A friend has been sort of coaching me but your information will help me do some learning on my own. I love that people are so helpful with information about WordPress.

  81. David says:

    sorry if I missed it, but what is that plugin you use in the bottom right-hand corner labelled “Contact” that lets you schedule an appointment with you, etc.? Very slick!
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  82. Nice list Lilach – some I knew, some I didn’t.

    One thing that’s been bugging me for a while is the tiny font size in HTML post editor. I created a plugin to allow you to customize the size and font face. No more microscopes for me:
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  83. IF you ask me wordpress has an edge over other blogging platform because of plugins availability. This are great plugins to have and I will sure pick the once that are not on my blog and add. Thank you for sharing
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  84. Lori Felix says:

    I love the idea of Link Within and was using it for awhile. I have a coupon and a frugal ideas blog and many posts contain promo codes or coupons that expire. Link Within was displaying expired coupons and deals so I stopped using it.
    Is there a way to pick and choose which categories it draws from? I also have posts that contain tried and true tips that are always valid.
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    • Lilach says:

      Thanks Lori. To be honest I stopped using Link Within and started using a different plugin so I’m afraid I’m not sure of the answer. You could try contacting their support and see if they know?

      I’m actually in the process of updating this post, a mixture of the recommendations that people have added within the comments section plus some cool plugins I’ve since found and love:)
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  85. Charles says:

    Hi Lillach,

    Nice list, but I really don’t like some plugins you stated above.
    Anyways you can always checkout SEO Processor, and EasyAzon(for your affiliate links)…
    I think you’ll love ‘em ;)… Cheers
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  86. sophie says:

    Hi Lillach,

    Love all this, and this is new to me.
    what plug in do you have at the bottom for the contact where you say “let’s talk”.
    Just installed 3 of the plug ins you mention. Thanks so much!

  87. Dragutin says:

    Thanks for the useful list of, and comments about the plugins. I was wondering, though, is your “thankfulness” for each and every comment genuine, or is it yet another “marketing strategy?
    I mean I know that you like when people praise your work, but to literally thank each and every one of them? It’s not very common on the Internet, so I assumed that it’s one of your strategies to make people feel appreciated, even if they did not expect it to be expressed so literally. Or, are you just such a nice person to take time and thank everyone for every single comment? Maybe it’s a trade secret, and I’d have to pay to learn the answer?

    Oh well, thanks anyway :)

    • Lilach says:

      Ha Dragutin, if I told you I’d have to kill you – just kidding lol

      I just think in business you should treat others how you like to be treated and personally if someone takes the time to comment on my blog, regardless of what they say (i.e. positive/negative) I think it’s only polite to reply. Besides, I see my blog as a small community, I have lots of visitors who come back time and time again. Blogging is also about networking:)

      Hope to see you again soon:)
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  88. This is a great list! Definitely going to look closer at some of these plug-ins!
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  89. Ann Mullen says:

    Thanks for all these cool tools. I am going to have a field day checking them all out. I already like the one called Link Within. I’ve seen other people who have it, but didn’t know what it was. Way cool. Thanks.
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  90. That is a very old post but still relevant! I use many of these plugins. Love WordPress because we can customize so easily!
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  91. That’s a lot of plugins. I am more of a minimalist – too many things that can go wrong (too many plugins that I have had to disable). Askimet is one that nobody can do without, though..
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  92. Joe Lee says:

    This is such an amazing list! This will take me many hours to learn and implements all these plugins. And they are so useful!
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  93. Christian says:

    Nice list you have here, happy to see I use a lot of them and yes I need to say thank you for the plugins I never heard about.

    However, I just try to use less plugins and let the wp theme free for a lot of codes.

    Thank you,

    Christian Paul, WMJ CEO

    ps I found your post on facebook groups, nice work
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  94. Alex Smith says:


    I see that this was originally posted back in January, thanks for retweeting. This is a great list. While I like to to keep things simple as others have mentioned, I think many of these features can remain behind the scenes and be unobtrusive to the reader. Looking forward to seeing your updated list!

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  95. Met Rivers says:

    Thank you “L” for the list here. I haven’t heard of many of these. I do see 2-3 that I many now incorporate into my current blogs now.

    Have an outstanding day!

  96. Hi, Lilach;

    This is a nice list you’ve created here. As somewhat of a nube to the WordPress scene, I haven’t taken full advantage of many great plugins– I like the WP3 Cache and the Gravity Forms (which I may buy; I really need a nice contact form on my sidebar :) ).

    Thanks for sharing!

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  97. Great post Lilach. The scribe plugin looks great, do you need a subscription for that or are you using a free version? Also have you had a large increase in traffic using it?
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  98. Tiana Kai says:

    This is my first time on your blog and I love it! Great, useful and concise. This list is awesome. I am a huge fan of CommentLuv, but still need to implement it in my own blog!! (slaps hand).
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  99. UmangUmang says:

    for security i am prefer BPS / Bulletproof security than Secure wordpress
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  100. Lilach, thank you for a good list, will be grabbing WPSubscribers soon if it is truly what I am looking for. I would recommend Limit Login Attempts as a Security Plugin to keep those bad people away…

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  102. hello. was really wondering what plugin this “Let’s Talk! popup box in the lower right corner is! i have been looking for something like this for a while. thanks!

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  105. One of the first plugins I installed when I switched to wordpress was Comment Luv. I think it’s a great way to show the luv to those who take the time to comment on my blog:) I’ll have to check out some of the other plugins you mentioned. Thanks!
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  106. All good plugins, but if all are installed blog will become terribly slow during traffic peaks. Without a doubt all re very necessary for successful blogging.
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