I got an email from a reader from Montréal, Québec today. She said she just discovered my work and likes my “humor and great writing style.”
Okay, now she already has me on her side, right?
She closed her message with a question.
“I would like to know if a French website like yours exists. I would like to find advice in French language to improve my blog.”
It got me thinking. How easy do I make it for readers whose first language is not English to read (and share) my blog posts?
Not very easy, I am afraid.
I’m going to have my in-house WordPress guy, @bobwp, install it this weekend. And that totally got me thinking about which other plugins and widgets would help bloggers protect their content from spammers and get it read and shared more.
So while I was at it, I cornered Bob for some advice on the best plugins for showcasing content on your WordPress blog. (If you don’t have a WordPress blog, he can help you with that, too.):
@bobwp’s Top 10 Plugins List for Your WordPress Blog
1. All in One SEO Pack
If your theme does not have built-in search engine optimization features, this one does an amazing job of helping SEO on your site.
2. Google XML Site Map
This plugin makes it easier for Google and the other search engines to pick up your pages.
3. WordPress for Google Analytics
Gives you great stats on your site traffic.
4. Gravity Forms
This is a premium plugin. For $39 a year you get updates and consistent, reliable support for creating almost any kind of form you’d like on your blog or website, with the ability to customize the information.
A smart plugin that catches most, if not all, of your spam in the comment section—before it is published.
6. WordPress W3 Total Cache
If your site is loading slowly, and it isn’t because you have a lot of images, this one reduces download times and gives your reader an overall better user experience.
7. WordPress Database Backup
Backs up your database.
This premium plugin not only backs up your database, but all of your WordPress files, including plugins and theme settings. Schedule regular backups and store on your server or upload them to your computer for safe storage.
9. Viper’s Video Quicktags
This plugin makes it easy to stream in video from popular platforms like YouTube.
10. Digg Digg
All-in-one plugin that allows you to integrate all the social share buttons into WordPress easily. Displays counts for number of times readers share. For $5, the premium one also shows Facebook likes, complete with the photos of people who did the sharing.
A special, 48-hour offer for my readers
Now here’s the deal. With some research, you might be able to figure out how to install these cool plugins (or which of them would meet your blog and reader needs).
But for the next 48 hours, until 5pm Pacific Daylight Savings time, Bob is making his 2.5-hour, $250 WordPress support retainer available for just $150
That’s a 40% discount— but just until Friday.
The cool part is that you can live anywhere. Bob can walk you through how to do the fixes yourself with the screen sharing features of Go to Meeting. Or give him your list and he’ll do them for you.
Barbara Saunders, who runs the Association of Self-Employed Communication Professionals, bought one today because she wanted to, in her words, ‘have an expert in my pocket.’
If you’d like an expert in your pocket—to help you install the shiniest, coolest plugins for your blog, or get a few things done, like moving your site, creating a beautiful email subscription sign-up graphic or just getting over a few humps— you can see Bob’s offer here.
What about you?
Do you have favorite plugins and widgets for your blog?
Missing any that you’d love to have?
Share with us in the comments.