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There are currently over 10,000 free pluggins avaiable for wordpress, and even more when you include premium paid plugins.

How do you know which ones you should be installing into your blog?

We’ve complied this list in order to help you have the highest functioning blog possible.

In no particular order, here are the top 20 plugins to install on your WordPress.org Blog:
  1. Pretty Links – Link shortener, ex.  YourDomainName.com/YourLink
  2. Digg Digg – Adds the cool Share and Tweet button, to your site.  (look on the right of this article) With Digg Digg you can pick over a dozen sites to link to your article from within this one plugin.

  3. Ultimate Google Analytics – Use this plugin to link your google analytics account to your blog.  Just copy and paste your UA code.
  4. Platinum SEO Pack – Quickly add Meta tags, keywords, and descriptions to your blog posts.
  5. Facebook Like Box – Got a Fan/ Like page for your business?  Show it off on the sidebar with this plugin.
  6. Contact Form 7 – Create a simple (or complicated) contact form, and make it easy for your readers to contact you.
  7. Disqus Comment System – You can find it at the bottom of this article.  Disqus is our prefer program for commenting
  8. WP Super Edit – Make WordPress more like a word processing program.  With this plugin you can change fonts, font sizes, and have advanced image and linking options.  Great plugin.
  9. WP Super Cache – Helps your blog load up quicker to repeat viewers of your site.
  10. Google XML Sitemaps – Creates sitemaps for your site, which allows google’s SEO robots to link your site to google search quickly and easy.  Just set it and forget it.
  11. Shockingly Simple Favicon – Helps you upload an image and change your favicon.
  12. cbnet Ping Optimizer – Sends your blog updates to News sites with information on your RSS feed updates.
  13. Exclude Pages (from Navigation) – Want to create a secret page on your blog?  Want to create a special offer that requires a hidden link to access?  Then this is your plugin.
  14. SEO Friendly Images – Helps your image posts show up in online image searches.
  15. WP Auto Tagger – This plugin searches your blog posts for keywords to be used in SEO and META tags.
  16. Facebook Like Button Plugin – Click the like button on this page, and you will be able to recommend this article to your friends.   Your readers will do the same on your sites.
  17. SexyBookmarks – Check out the share an enjoy images below.  You can pick over 50 sites to link your blog to and share.
  18. Yet Another Related Posts Plugin – Links articles on your blog together which leads to longer viewer-ship times on your blog.
  19. WP Greet box – This plugin adds a cool welcome box at the top of your blog posts to new readers.
  20. WP125 – Helps you track and manage 125×125 advertisements on your website.

Comment below and tell us your favorite wordpress plugins.  Which ones did we leave out?  How would you rank them in importance?

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