Security Plugins for SEO Optimization

Dabbling with WordPress has stretched me – gotten me out of my comfort zone and given me some beautiful headaches! (-_-)  It has challenged me to the max, but I have loved every minute of it.  “When the student is ready, the teachers will appear.”   I have seen that for myself with the amazing support of a facebook online group – a group of supportive entrepreneurs willing to pay forward what they’ve learned.  I am very blessed indeed.  I want to thank every one of them for their servant hearts. Enjoy!
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Security Plugins for SEO Optimization – Your blog needs to be protected against damage or loss by spambots or hackers. The first step is to install these plugins.

1. AkismetTired of comment spam?  Let Akismet handle it.   Akismet filters out your comments and tracks back spam for you, so you can focus on more important things.  WordPress.com includes it by default.  Bad spambots will put links to very unseemly places on your blog unless you take measures to stop them..

2. CAPTCHA for WordPress – Services like Akismet are great at detecting spam, but if you get lots of it then you have to sort through the spam queue in case there are any false positives.  This plugin requires either Akismet or TypePad AntiSpam to be installed and active in order to work.  Let this plugin do the dirty work for you. (I’ve not used this one yet as for now I have no problems with spam… but keeping it in mind for the future…)
3. WordPress Database Backup  WordPress database backup creates backups of your core WordPress tables as well as other tables of  choice in the same database. Essential in the event that by corruption or unforeseen events,  you lose your blog. Set this plugin to back up your posts and content on an automatic schedule. This is also easily manually accomplished via the click of a button especially before upgrades and blog moves.

SEO Plugins – Keys to improving your SEO.

  • Security Plugins for SEO Optimization makes sure the most important parts of your post are set for the max SEO. Tags are a real important part of your post . Really easy to use.
  • Google Analytics for WordPress – Don’t go without knowing how your blog is doing with traffic.  My friend Linda at The Media Mix suggests the StatCounter plugin; it gives you all the same statistics as Analytics, but right in your dashboard in a much easier format to read.
  • Google XML Sitemap – The purpose is getting your pages crawled. Used by Google, it will help your pages to be seen within days.
  • Broken Link Checker – Sometimes, links get broken. A page is deleted, a subdirectory forgotten, a site moved to a different domain. Most likely many of your blog posts contain links. It is almost inevitable that over time some of them will lead to a “404 Not Found” error page. Obviously you don’t want your readers to be annoyed by clicking a link that leads nowhere. You can check the links yourself but that might be quite a task if you have a lot of posts. Broken Link Checker will find dead links whose destinations have after time been moved or deleted. Something to thing about that I might add in the future.
  • SEO Pressor – Some find it hard to get to the top of search engine rankings, especially Google. No matter how hard they try, they just can’t quite get it.  SEO Pressor does the job of an SEO coach giving you crucial pointers for your  SEO. It seriously helps to reach Google’s page ONE for some very competitive keywords.  A must but is not free.
  • Outbrain’ plugin  Outbrain automatically places your best content at the foot of your article to guide readers towards other posts they may be interested in. You have the option of text or thumbnails and can also obtain reader feedback with the use of our rating system. Our reporting system allows you to see what articles are getting the highest click throughs and track your most popular posts.  See the icons at the bottom of posts which link to other posts here?  Lots of traffic can originate from those buttons.
  • Smart Update Pinger –  Ping your post to multiple sites as you publish it.  It helps the search engines to find you more quickly.  This plugin only does the ping when you first post, not when you edit.

Social Media Plugins

1. Facebook Fan Box Plugin – Display a Facebook Fan Box on your blog. Put the Facebook Fan Box in your sidebar using the widget mode or call the function inside your template.

2. Comment Luv Plugin – For anyone commenting on blogs (especially ones with the ‘do-follow’ plugin installed), this is a great way to thank them by giving them a valuable back link to their own. Comment Luv works with their blogs feed to post a link to their latest post under their comments.

3Comments Plugin– This allows people who have commented on your blog to know when you have replied – a great way to engage your readers and keep them coming back.

4. AddThis –  Get more traffic back to your site by installing the AddThis WordPress plugin. With AddThis, your users can promote your content by sharing to 295 of the most popular social networking and bookmarking sites (like Facebook, Twitter, Digg, StumbleUpon and MySpace). Our button is small, unobtrusive, quick to load and recognized all over the web. We also optionaly support address bar sharing in modern browsers.

Security Plugins for SEO Optimization NOTE:  There are many more plugins available and not discussed here.  These are the simple basics, some that are good to use as a startup on your blog.  More to come – in the future!

In Gratitude,

Norma Doiron

Norma

 

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