Blogs about blogging are one of the more competitive niches in the blogging community. These are the ones run by bloggers who have a lot of experience and success in running websites, especially blogs.
Anyone considering on getting into this niche should have experience and success in another blog niche before trying. This post shares WordPress plugins that you should consider installing if you are in the blogs about blogging niche. If there are more than one plugins suggested, it doesn’t always mean that you should install all of them.
All of these plugins are 100% GPL. Most of them are free, but a few may be premium or may only work with certain premium themes.
Niche Recommended WordPress Plugin Series: Blogs About Blogging
MailChimp List Subscribe form
For MailChimp users, this plugin allows you to integrate a widget optin form into your website.
This is a plugin for Aweber users needing an optin widget.
This does just about all you need for a newsletter. This may not be a good solution for larger websites as it may take up a lot of resources.
Some of the other newsletter and opt-in plugins, I’m not so happy about, especially with their support. You will need to try them out and see what works best for you.
This allows you to hook your website up to Google Feedburner to optimize your RSS feed and give you stats too. The plugin is older, but works for most people. There are some cases that this plugin may not work.
Growmap Anti-Sam plugin is suppose to help deter comment spam by placing an extra field in to ask commentators to verify that they are human. This tool also has other options for moderating comments.
Akismet – (This comes as a default plugin with WordPress installations)
This is a plugin under the Automattic company developed to reduce comment spam. It requires signing up for an account and for some users, it may cost a little to use.
Both of these plugins both identify and help harden WordPress security. I recommend trying out each one individually before selecting the one that suits your needs.
W3 Total Cache
W3 Total Cache reduces load time to your site by offering to minify your css and reduce page load in browsers by producing a cached copy. This plugin can be integrated with a CDN (content delivery network) to add a level of security and reduce load time even more. If you have a dedicated server with memcache installed, you can take advantage of this plugin’s option to use that feature to store your site’s cached pages.
Comment Additions and Reader Love
This adds a field that users can checkmark to subscribe to comments in the case that they are interested in the blog post’s discussion and may want to come back to it at a later time.
Digg Digg offers a few ways to place social share icons on your blog like manual display and floating display.
Flare is much like Digg, but is a floating display. It has uniformed design to promote more design congruency with how the social share icons should look.
The Floating Social Bar is a bar you can put on individual posts or pages that float from top to bottom when you scroll down your posts. It also is designed to be fast and offers the most important social share places that bloggers need.
Featured Content Sliders
Both the Meta Slider and the Slidedeck 2 Lite offer several different choices to display a featured content slider.
The Genesis Responsive Slider is highly recommended for people who use the StudioPress Genesis theme framework.
After a lot of problems with free plugins available for forms, I stopped using them and switched to Gravity Forms. It is user-friendly and has a lot of options. It is more than worth a $40 investment.
WordPress SEO by Yoast is an in-depth plugin to help you optimize your site for the search engines. You can optimize it for your RSS feeds, and it will even put together a sitemap for you.
Google XML Sitemaps puts together a Sitemaps.org valid sitemap.
As a notation, you can have both WordPress SEO and Google XML Sitemaps installed, BUT you do need to make sure the WordPress SEO plugin’s settings are not checkmarked to allow the plugin to create a sitemap.
If you have links coming up as not found, you might want to use the redirection plugin to manage all those links.
Author hReview adds a way to list a product and give it a star rating that an be picked up in the search engine listings. It also has a widget that you can feature the highest rated items you have reviewed.
This plugin gives your WordPress installation a section to create and manage polls. You can display the polls and their results in widgets and in an archive page.
Polldaddy is a third party poll management system that is under the Automattic company… same company that WordPress is under. You create the poll, promote it on your site or elsewhere, and Polldaddy does the rest.
PowerPress or Blubrry allows you to host and play audio on your website, especially for podcasts.
While you can use shortcode within WordPress to embed audio and video within your own site, with video, you probably will want to use Youtube’s embed. This helps for SEO and the Youtube’s iframe embed is more responsive.
The WordPress Media Library by default allows you to create a gallery. However, you may want to add effects to make the navigation much easier. The FooBox plugin allows a lightbox effect to your photos that also allow people to share them on the social networks. I know there are similar plugins, but this premium plugin is a great investment.
Chitika, Linkworth, Text Link Ads, and Adsense are all third party advertising services. You can place their network ads in widgets, and posts, and earn money from each click of your visitors.
Both Ads by datafeedr.com and WP125 allow you to have in house advertising on your website in order to earn money.
I do want to note that I would mention Amazon, but there are several states in the United States that cannot use Amazon affiliates.
Do you use any of these plugins for your blog in the Blogs About Blogging niche? What other plugins do you recommend?