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If you use WordPress, you know how great of a platform and can be. You are able to write blog posts, build out a website, put videos on a page, optimize your website, and so much more. What started out as a blogging platform, has turned into the way many people build their websites. Hit Me SEO happens to be one of those companies.

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What I wanted to do for you today, was share of few of the plug-ins that we use to help with our optimization. Before I get any flack about how this plug-in doesn’t work well, or how this one is better, please understand I am just sharing with you, some of the plug-ins that we use on a daily basis. The beauty of WordPress, is there are so many to choose from. Here is just a basic list:

All in One SEO Pack –  all in one SEO has been one of our favorites for years. The plug-in allows you to create your title, descriptions, and for those of you who are still looking to incorporate keywords, add those as well. The plug-in will tell you how long of a title tag to have, description tag, and other important information. Highly recommend this plug-in.

Delete All Comments –  Before you go and install this, please understand the point of this plug-in. It is to delete each and every blog comment that you have in your site. Let me repeat this, it will delete every single comment that you have on your site. We like to blog, and provide useful information to our readers, but bots and spammers has really made the use of comments, to be more annoying than anything else. So if you happen to be reading this, don’t even bother to leave a comment. It will simply be one of about 1500 we get per day. Rather than go through each one we simply use this plug-in and delete all comments.

Delete Pending Comments –  If you have some blog comments that have already been approved, but now it fallen victim to spam, this plug-in may be great for you. The delete pending comments, allows you to delete only those that are sitting in the pending section of the site. Your previous comments that you’ve approved, are fine. If you’ve been a victim of a town of spamming comments, this plug-in may be great for you.

Google XML Sitemaps –  This simple plug-in creates a XML site map for Google. It ensures that each and every page of your website, is found by the search engines. Without this plug-in, the search engines need to search and find your pages on its own. This can take forever if your site is not put together properly.

Social Media Widget –  This plug-in is more about what we currently have on our site right now, compared to what we really recommend. It doesn’t matter what plug-in you use, you just need to make sure you have something, that allows you to share your information via social media. This is not a bad one, and we currently have it on our site.

 

There are a ton of great WordPress plug-ins, and new ones are introduced every day. There are a few, that we used to really improve conversion rates for our clients, but they cost a few bucks. For those of you that have been working on your website with WordPress for any period of time, this list is probably not a big surprise to you. For those of you starting out, the plug-ins above, or an absolute necessity. If you would like to get your business or website to the top of the search engines, give us a call today. We would be happy to give you a free website analysis of your site, and give you straightforward answers on what needs to be done, to help you drive more traffic, and increase sales for your business.

 
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