New plugins are created constantly, so it’s easy to remain unaware of what just may be the perfect plugin for your self-hosted WordPress blog.
That’s why I went looking… just for you.
You might find something in this list you didn’t know you needed until you see it.
Please note that I haven’t tested these, and always back up your blog before installing something new on it and messing around.
PressTrends looks to be a pretty slick statistics plugin. What makes it different from other analytics plugins is that it doesn’t measure the usual stuff in the usual way. It specifically tracks metrics important to blogs: things like post-to-comment ratio and comparisons to averages for items such as number of posts and comments.
Check out PressTrends.
Google Referrer Checker
This one, called Google Referrer Checker, really caught my attention. In SEO, backlinks are very important. But how do you know that Google has indexed the pages out there which link to yours? Because without that, a backlink is pretty worthless. There is no authority to pass along the link if the referring page is not even in Google’s search index.
So what this thing does is figure out which backlinks to your site are indexed by Google or not, and if they’re not it displays a link to them in widget in your sidebar, which you can give a “As seen on” title or something to that effect.
Because this link is on your blog and your blog is being indexed by Google, then there is a good chance (not a certainty) that Google will crawl and index those pages.
Once those pages are in Google’s index, those links drop from the widget.
Chekc out Google Referrer Checker.
Pinterest RSS Widget
Pinterest is hot right now.
And while it may eventually be seen as something other than a site for women, right now it’s still mostly a site for women and I make sure all my female clients know about it. Wouldn’t it be cool if you could display your latest pins on your blog?
Well, looky here: Pinterest RSS Widget.
Bonus: Might as well throw this one in here, too: a Pinterest plugin that puts a “pin” button on your posts so others can pin your content to their boards.
A/B Test for WordPress
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: if you’re not split testing, you’re leaving money on the table. But nobody’s going to do it unless it becomes easy. Or at least… easier.
Check out the A/B Test for WordPress plugin.
WordPress Social Login
I recently learned that sites which allow users to log in using one of their social networks have higher interactivity and visit times.
The WordPress Social Login plugin lets other’s comment or log in to your site with one of their existing social media profiles.
If you use any of these or try any of them and want to relate your experience with it, feel free to leave a comment. If you have any suggestions for plugins you think I should mention in a future post, let me know!