With recent search engine algorithm changes including the farmer update, you need to make sure that you are taking the right steps to have the most of your site. Apart from the search engine optimization aspects of your WordPress site, you should definitely focus on the user experience as well. If you have taken a look at the WordPress plugin directory, you might have been overwhelmed after seeing thousands of plugins. It could hard to pick out the best ones, so we have provided you with an updated list of the must have WordPress plugins for 2012.
This plugin is seen everywhere and in fact, it is one of the default plugins that WordPress comes with. If you don’t already know, WordPress blogs are heavily targeted by comment spam, and so Akismet is always a must have for bloggers running WordPress. Akismet uses a special API key which you must get (it is free), and it automatically sends spam comments to the trash. In some rare cases, you may see legitimate comments appearing in the spam section, so they have included an editing feature as well.
It is now considered to be one of the best SEO plugins for WordPress. The plugin offers you the ability to enhance your site’s SEO by including specialized keyword, description and title tags. In terms of posts you make on your website, you will always have the option to add a SEO title, description and keywords. These entries will be used when the search crawler finds your webpage, and it will be indexed in its system. This plugin is surely a must have if you are working on increasing your sites visibility on the search engines.
This plugin has a lot to do with a specific search engine algorithm, but it also helps with the user experience. It is a known fact that having related internal linking structures for your website is help, and this plugin helps with just that. When you make a new post on your blog, this plugin will automatically search your database to find any relevant posts and link to them. Over time, this will greatly benefit your internal linking structure. In terms of the user experience, for someone reading a post about topic C, another related post on topic C would certainly be of interest.
For those affected by the Google Panda Update and for those who don’t want to be affected, this plugin is a must. The Panda Update affects users who have duplicate content or content of low quality. If you are the original content holder, you can use the REL author tag to let search engines know that you are the author. This plugin will be enabled on all posts and pages created on your WordPress site.
This plugin will really help with the overall user experience, as it will cache your posts and pages instead of pulling it from the database every time. In essence, it will reduce overall load times and even some bandwidth on your side of the deal. All the plugins we talked about here are available for free, and remember that these are just some of the must have plugins; you can have as many as you wish.