This article is guest posted by Xavier Lazos and Alex Jon Alavi.
If you’re a niche blogger like myself then you need to arm yourself with the right tools to make your online equity a success from the get go.
So everyone has been advising you to switch over to WordPress pronto because if Google would have a mistress … then WordPress would definitely be #1 ;-)
So you’ve installed WordPress (the best decision you could ever make).
The next step is to get the following WordPress plugins installed and activated to help you start on the right track straight off the bat.
I’ve listed the following 8 plugins I use (via priority as I see it), which you can also use as a checklist, the next time you set up your blog.
Plugin #1: Cbnet Ping Optimizer
Advantage: The last thing you want, is for your blog to be listed in the spammer twilight zone.
Well guess what? Every time you update your posts there’s a very good chance your (new)blog is already sending out pings WITHOUT you even knowing it and the last thing you want is all your SEO efforts going down the toilet drain right?
With the Cbnet Ping Optimizer plugin , you’ll be able to make sure your blog ONLY chatters with the rest of the blogosphere when YOU want it to.
After all. A well behaved blog is a good blog ;-)
Plugin #2: Broken Link Checker
Advantage: From an SEO perspective broken links on your blog is a BIG NO-NO and you can be dead sure that your blog will be penalized if your blog is crowded with broken links.
With Broken link checker, you will be notified of broken links via the WordPress dashboard (=cool cockpit view once you’ve logged in) and link nirvana will be a thing of the past.
Plugin #3: WordPress Database Backup
Advantage: Creates simple backups of your blog which is a must if you don’t want to lose all your hard work in the event of gremlin infestation or worse.
Plugin #4: WP Super Cache
Advantage: What do you think a Google bot would say if it (re)visited your website and found a slow churning machine? Most probably: “Slow blog. No time to index it. NEXT !!!”.
With this plugin you’ll be able to speed up the loading of your websites and the Google bots will thank you for it big time the next time they come round for a tea party at your blog.
Plugin #5: Google XML Sitemaps (Search engine Sitemaps)
Advantage: Creates a sitemap which is a layout of your website for smooth web crawlers. Make the bots’ lives easier and they will thank you for it. Big time.
Plugin #6: All in one SEO
Advantage: From a search engine perspective this is a must have and gives you the power of page titles, meta tags, keywords and descriptions. You’ll even be able to configure them on a post by post basis.
Plugin #7: All In One Webmaster
Advantage: As a webmaster there’s a good chance you’ve come across the Google webmaster tool. Yahoo has its equivalent the Yahoo site explorer and Bing the webmaster central.
This All In One Webmaster helps integrate the power of these tools from within your blog.
Plugin #8: Chennai Central
Advantage: There’s a good chance you are hosting several blogs on several domains either for yourself or family and the last thing you need is bandwidth problems.
Chances are you’ve come across sites with the following message : “User has exceed bandwidth for this month”.
Don’t let it happen to you. With Chennai central you’ll be able to control your bandwidth.
And that concludes my comprehensive 8 for WordPress plugins to install on your niche blog(s), so that the search engines will worship em.
Now get cracking :-D
About the authors: Xavier Lazos and Alex Jon Alavi are brother in laws with a passion to create bonuses for cool information products, that teach beginners and intermediates the ropes to dominating competitive buying niches that make money online. Their latest bonus is Alex’s Crazy DPA Experiment – A Unique Traffic Ultimatum Bonus