More WordPress Plug-in GoodnessBy
Today must have been WordPress Plug-In Day. I spent a large part of my day today explaining plug-ins, recommending them, finding new ones, installing them, and tweaking them. Whew.
Here are a few of the plug-ins I got to know a little better today.
SRG Clean Archive
I have been looking high and low for a way to create a quick and easy listing of all my blog posts in one place. I wanted this not only for my own reference, but more so for my readers. An archive by month without a full listing of the posts is of no use to anyone.
Sean of GeekWithLaptop had my solution! It is called SRG Clean Archive. The result looks like this – my archive page. This one is a very quick install and it’s readme file is easy to follow. If you have installed this in the past, you need to go back and get the latest version. Version 3.0 is hot off the press as it was just released today.
SEO Title Tag
The key to the sucess of many of my sites is the search engine traffic (okay, that’s the key to just about everyone’s success) and I knew I didn’t have everything in my code completely optimized. I emailed Sarah Lewis of Blogging Expertise for a bit of her insight. Namely, I wanted to know which plug-in she uses for modifying the title tag to be more SEO friendly (like what she did for eMoms at Home).
Sarah recommended Net Concept’s SEO Title Tag plug-in. The SEO Title Tag plug-in allows you to overwrite your blog name in your post title tag with the actual post name. This is much more search engine friendly as it produces reinforces relevant keyword matching.
It was a quick install that only required a small amount of customization – all of which was done through the Dashboard (options and pasting a line of code in the header.php file).
If you aren’t in the mood for a plug-in, Daily Blog Tips has instructions on creating an optimal title tag – complete with the code. I found this by way of Randa’s post 5 SEO Enhancements for Your Blog.
I started the day helping Ponn at Empower Women Now add the WP-Amazon plug-in to her blog. With this plug-in you can add photos and links to relevant products to your blog posts through a quick search, then an even quicker drag and drop.
Of course, you have to have an Amazon Affiliate account first (so the plug-in knows who to credit), but once you do, this plug-in is so easy to use.
What plug-ins have you discovered recently or would you recommend as a must have for your blog?