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Some Great WordPress Plugins For 2013




There are so many different and amazing WordPress plugins out there, but it can be confusing to know which ones to use. I have discovered a few that are new to me so I wanted to share them with you.


 I don’t think you should use every one as that will simply slow your site down and is unnecessary.


Some of the plugins I am listing are free and others are paid ones, I know many people just starting out will opt for free plugins (I did for a while) and while that is ok it is best to upgrade to paid versions, which give you more options, when you can.


Pretty Link Lite

With Pretty Link Lite you can create some beautiful URLs, shorten them, share them and track them, all the while using your domain name – makes for some great branding!


What Would Seth Godwin Do

If you want your visitors to appreciate your website even more, then try this great app: it will send out different welcome messages to your visitors, depending whether it’s their first time on your site or they are returning visitors.


Back Up Buddy

Back ups are a must, especially when it comes to your website. Backup Buddy is an amazing plugin that you can use to easily back up your entire WordPress installation.



VaultPress is another great backup service. What makes it even better, however, is that it also helps with your security. Apart from real-time backup of your content, it also restores your website automatically and performs daily security scans.


WordPress SEO

Everybody wants their blog to be on the first pages of Google searches, and that can require a lot of work. This great plugin (probably the best SEO plugin for WordPress) will help you optimize all of your blog’s content.



I think we have all heard of this one, the free version is good but the paid version has many more features that reduces the amount of plugins you need as many are included in it. This amazing tool helps you reward your readers by allowing them to post a link to their latest blog post at the end of each of their comments, as well as some other, very cool features.


Tweet Old Posts

Tweet Old Posts is a plugin designed to tweet your older posts to get more traffic.
This plugin helps you to keeps your old posts alive by tweeting about them and driving more traffic to them from twitter. It also helps you to promote your content. You can set time and no of tweets to post to drive more traffic


WP to Twitter

Linking to each of your blog posts on Twitter can bring in lots of traffic, but it can prove to be very time consuming. The WP to Twitter plugin will automatically post on Twitter on your behalf whenever you post anything from your blog. You can also choose your own URL shortening service for the plugin to use.


Share Juice Pro

I read about this plugin at Adrienne Smith’s blog, why not head on over to read more about it and how it was created.


Add Link to Facebook

Automatically add links to posts or pages that are being published to your Facebook wall, pages or groups. Simple one time setup and forget. The way links appear on Facebook can be customized.You can save lots of time with your blog promotion with this simple plugin.


W3 Total Cache

The only WordPress Performance Optimization (WPO) framework; designed to improve user experience and page speed. This helps me to improve my server performance, caches every aspect of my website and it considerably reduces download times.


P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler)

If you have too many plugins on your website, you can expect it to run a lot slower, and that can be a big problem. P3 is an incredibly useful plugin that will search through your website and create a performance report to let you know which plugins are slowing it down.


WP Subscribers

WP Subscribers will help you get lots of new subscribers. WPSubscribers has a ton of comprehensive features that you can add your opt-in form in anywhere of your sites: in a pop-up, footer-bar, post content, sidebar…Also this plugin gives you an exclusive ability to create as many opt-in forms as you want, all are very easy to customize and take just a minute to set up.



Subscribe2 provides a comprehensive subscription management and email notification system for WordPress blogs that sends email notifications to a list of subscribers when you publish new content to your blog.


Google Analytics for WP

In order to provide the right content at the right times you will have to closely monitor your blog. Google Analytics for WP will make tracking your blog’s analytics very easy and efficient.


What plugins do you use? Do you know any other plugins that you think I should’ve mentioned but haven’t? I would love to hear from you so please share your thoughts below, and if you liked this post then why not share it with others via the social share buttons.


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  • Sapna says:

    HI Pauline,

    These are some of the amazing plugins for sure. I’m looking forward to using backup buddy as I’m currently doing the manual backup. WP subscribers, I don’t know whether it has the cost involved or it is free, will love to explore this.

    Thanks for this great share.

    Sapna recently posted..Hey Google Larry Page you have these businesses unexplored(An infographic)My Profile

    February 18, 2013 at 5:41 pm
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Sapna
      There are so many great plugins that I had a difficult job only naming a few :) Backup Buddy will make your life easier for sure, let me know how you get along with it!
      WP Subscribers is a paid plugin but it is worth taking a look at, if it is not for you right now, you can bookmark it for a later date.
      Thanks for stopping by, as always it is great to see you, enjoy your week.

      February 18, 2013 at 6:33 pm
  • Paul Profitt

    Hi Pauline, there are so many great WP plugins to choose from. But from a social media point of view. You will find it hard to beat Comment Luv Premium and Premium viral Magnet.
    Paul Profitt recently posted..Why Does Affiliate Marketing Suck?My Profile

    February 18, 2013 at 6:13 pm
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Paul
      Welcome to my blog, it’s nice to see you :)
      It can be so confusing for anyone just starting a blog to know which plugins to use, and as you say there are so mnay great ones, so many that I could only list a few.
      I agree with you that CommentLuv is very, very good, I have not heard of Viral Magnet so I will check it out, thanks for recommending it.
      Hope you have a great week.

      February 18, 2013 at 6:28 pm
  • Erwin

    Hi everyone,

    I know there are millions of plugins to use so to pick the best onbes out is a problem.

    I think everybody uses or must use comment luv.
    And there are good social media plugins you didn’t mention.

    I’ll try some of the ones you’ve recomended.

    Thank you.

    See you on top.
    Erwin recently posted..3 Most Common Lies About Affiliate MarketingMy Profile

    February 18, 2013 at 7:27 pm
  • Dan Sumner says:

    Hey Pauline,

    Thanks for sharing some great plugins there. I use 90% of those but did pick up a new one to check out :-).

    Thanks for sharing!

    Dan Sumner
    Dan Sumner recently posted..How to Create an Auto Responder Series That WorksMy Profile

    February 18, 2013 at 9:33 pm
  • Corina Ramos

    Hi Pauline!

    Thanks so much for sharing these plugins. It helps narrow down the list because there are so many to choose from. There are a couple I’m using now and some I’ll definitely play around with tonight like the What Would Seth Godin Do and WP SEO.

    Thanks again for sharing these. Have a great week ahead!
    Corina Ramos recently posted..Earn Money As A Product DemonstratorMy Profile

    February 18, 2013 at 10:14 pm
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Corina
      How are you doing? great to see you here :)
      Yes there are so many plugins, some do the same as others, which ones do I need? where do I find them? these are some of the questions from newbies that I came across so I wanted to share with all of my readers, I think there is always some that we have not heard of…
      Would love to hear how you find the couple that you are going to try, keep me posted!
      Hope you have a great week, I have a lot on my “to do” list so hopefully will get through it LOL

      February 19, 2013 at 12:54 pm
  • Akos Fintor

    Hey Pauline,

    I would say I have about 80% of plugins installed on my blogs.
    Excellent list of cutting edge of plugins.

    thanks for the research and the share!
    Akos Fintor

    February 19, 2013 at 12:04 am
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Akos
      It can be a little confusing for any newbies out there so I wanted to share my list with them as well as the more experienced readers of my blog. Glad you have most of them installed, any ones you have that were not on my list that you would like to share?
      Thanks for stopping by, have a great day!

      February 19, 2013 at 12:50 pm
  • Joy

    Hi Pauline

    Great list of plugins, Particularly interested in the one to monitor performance as I’m always being told by hosting company that my blogs take up too much resource :-(

    My favorite plugins are, Yoast SEO, Shareaholic, Broken Link Checker. Some overlap with those you suggested, just my thoughts.

    Joy recently posted..Changing NameserversMy Profile

    February 19, 2013 at 12:20 am
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Joy
      P3 is a good one to check performance so I would check it out, sometimes we need to see if our blog is slow in loading so this one will help!
      I like Broken Link Checker which I found from Barry Wells earlier last year, I was surprised at the results and have used it ever since.
      Great to see you again, how is it going with Social Media Spiders Web?

      February 19, 2013 at 12:47 pm
      • Joy

        Hi Pauline

        I’ll be interested to see if P3 can help my sluggish blog!

        I’m working my way through Sue’s course, and joined the monthly one. It’s great value and I’m learning a lot. Not finding it easy – but good to be stretched.

        Joy recently posted..Social Media Marketing for Dummies – An AlternativeMy Profile

        February 19, 2013 at 9:13 pm
        • Pauline says:

          Let me know how you get along with P3, it has helped mine….
          Glad you are enjoying the course, and like you say it’s good to be stretched, it will be worth it in the end!

          February 20, 2013 at 9:52 am
          • Joy Healey says:

            OUCH!!! P3 tells me that Jetpack is taking up huge amounts of my resources.
            Can’t even remember which parts of Jetpack I’m using. Better start investigating – again LOL Joy
            Joy Healey recently posted..Backing Up Your Hosting Account – 3 LessonsMy Profile

            February 23, 2013 at 2:26 am
          • Pauline says:

            Hi Joy
            At least you have found out now the cause of some of the problems…
            Have a great weekend

            February 23, 2013 at 3:02 pm
  • Tonya Stephens says:

    Hi Pauline,
    Great post on these plug ins. Back up Buddy looks like a winner as well as Vault Press, also Tweet Old Posts might bring some good traffic…I will out these…thanks !
    Tonya Stephens recently posted..MLM Tips | Overcoming The First Obstacles To Your SuccessMy Profile

    February 19, 2013 at 12:31 am
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Tonya
      I use Back up Buddy and Tweet old posts and both are very good, I am looking at Vault Press to see which I prefer. There are so many to choose from it can be confusing for anyone starting a blog, I have found some good ones from other posts I have read and wanted to share some others.
      Thanks for taking the time to stop by, have a great day :)

      February 19, 2013 at 12:36 pm
  • cararta

    Hi Pauline,
    Bookmarked the page so i can come back!
    Have very few of these on my blog….some a little similar.

    Think my Comment Luv covers several of them..
    Thanks for another great share.
    cararta recently posted..Free WordPress Backup PluginsMy Profile

    February 19, 2013 at 12:49 am
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Cararta
      There are so many plugins to choose from, and some of them do the same thing so I wanted to list a few for anyone who needs them.
      CommentLuv is the best!
      Have a great week.

      February 19, 2013 at 12:23 pm
  • Adrienne

    You’ve listed a lot here Pauline that I either don’t use or have never used. See, there are just so many plug-ins out there that people get overwhelmed with which ones to use so this is an excellent post for newbies.

    Thanks for mentioned Share Juice Pro because Ashvini has done a wonderful job with this creation. I love it.

    Now CommentLuv Premium is of course my favorite with Share Juice Pro coming in second. To me these are must haves but since they are paid plug-in they aren’t a necessity if you’re watching your funds. You’re still using the free version of CommentLuv so your readers are still getting some love.

    Thank you again for sharing this list Pauline and you have a wonderful week.


    P.S. Just an FYI Pauline. Your Twitter ID isn’t set up on your sidebar nor below your post. It’s just in the one above your posts. Thought you might want to look at that.
    Adrienne recently posted..Marketing Tips the Walking Dead Could Teach You about BloggingMy Profile

    February 19, 2013 at 12:54 am
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Adrienne
      It can be so confusing for newbies as there are so many to choose from, I hope this list will give them a head start.
      I was only too happy to include Share Juice Pro as I have it and really like it, Ashvini has done a great job!
      Thanks for letting me know about my Twitter ID I will look into it :) there is always something that we have to sort out LOL keeps us on our toes…
      Hope you have a great week too Adrienne.

      February 19, 2013 at 12:21 pm
  • RobG says:

    Hello Pauline nice list of plugins, I have a few that you named on your list and that work very well.
    I have stop using some many plugins because I have had problems in the past with unstable plugins so I’m more careful now what I install and will only use what is needed.

    Thanks so much for sharing your list with us My friend. Have a wonderful day.
    RobG recently posted..How to Publish Weekly And Keep Your Readers Aroused And InterestedMy Profile

    February 19, 2013 at 1:36 am
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Rob
      We have to be careful not to use too many plugins as that can slow down our site, but many paid versions come with extras so we do not need as many, CommentLuv Premium is one example.
      Thanks for taking time to stop by, hope you have a great week.

      February 19, 2013 at 12:16 pm
  • Ian Clarke

    What a great list of plug ins…..many thanks for the research and sharing. I have recently purchased a program called Blog Defender, which does what it says on the label using three different plugins. The only problem I have experienced is being locked out of my own site for an apparent security breach……very frustrating. Sometimes plugins can slow access to your site, which is another thing to be aware of.
    Ian Clarke recently posted..Your Blog Will Benefit From This MedicineMy Profile

    February 19, 2013 at 1:41 pm
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Ian
      How are you? do you use any of these plugins? what does Blog Defender do? I have seen it around but not researched it yet.
      I hope you get the problem sorted out, that must have been frustrating being locked out of your own site! let me know how it’s going :)
      Hope you have a great day

      February 20, 2013 at 10:00 am
  • Neamat Tawadrous

    Hi Pauline,

    Great List of plug-ins. I have some of those plug-ins already and I have to say I love CommentLuv Premium. It is very efficient. I was looking for something to backup and secure my blog and I think Backup Buddy and Vault Press are exactly what I need right now.

    Thanks Pauline for such a great list.

    Be Blessed,

    Neamat Tawadrous recently posted..The Most Common Challenges in Network Marketing!My Profile

    February 20, 2013 at 2:52 am
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Neamat
      I think everyone should have CommentLuv for their blog, it is the best around! if anyone starting out cannot upgrade to premium they can use the free version then upgrade at a later date.
      Let me know how you get along with Backup Buddy and Vault Press, would love to know :)
      How is your week going so far? I have a little catching up to do from yesterday as we went out for a long lunch…

      February 20, 2013 at 9:48 am
  • Barbara Charles

    Wow. Nice list. Plugins are something I am not quite comfortable with yet. I use them but only those that are recommended. You gave a good list here. I saw three that I need to go check out immediately. Thanks for the list.
    Barbara Charles recently posted..Unique Reasons To Use Facebook Groups?My Profile

    February 20, 2013 at 2:52 pm
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Barbara
      There are so many different plugins out there it can be so confusing knowing which to choose, I like to follow up on recommendations, that way I know that they must be working well. Glad you see some that you like to check out, I would love to know how you get on.
      Have a wonderful day.

      February 21, 2013 at 5:34 pm
  • Donna Merrill says:

    Hi Pauline,

    Thanks for this list of WP Plugins. There are so many out there that come up. Here you have given us a nice easy list of what we could use and why. Simple, easy! Most articles I read about plugins are so darn confusing.

    People will talk about one and go on and on about it. It makes me over think. But the list you provided is wonderful. I can pick and choose things I may be interested in. I thank you for that. The one I want to explore is “Back Up Buddy” – can always use that!

    Many thanks,
    Donna Merrill recently posted..Guest Posting – Tried And Tested Brand Boosters!My Profile

    February 20, 2013 at 7:57 pm
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Donna
      I wanted to give a quick expalnation of what the plugin does so that it makes it easy for my readers to see if it interests them, I have also seen articles on this subject that are so long winded that it was confusing…
      Let me know how you find Back Up Buddy if you decide to use it, I like it so far.
      Thanks for stopping by, hope you are enjoying your day so far.

      February 21, 2013 at 5:32 pm
  • Dee Ann Rice


    I love lists of plugins.

    I think I use or have used all but 2 of those. For those two I think I am using a different plugin that does the same thing.

    It is great to see what someone else if using. You wrote a great description also so we knew what the plugin did.

    Thanks for a great list.

    Dee Ann
    Dee Ann Rice recently posted..The Secret To Great Blog Post TopicsMy Profile

    February 20, 2013 at 9:26 pm
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Dee Ann

      There are a few plugins that do the same thing, we just have to find the ones that we like and can work well with our site, I know some themes especially the free ones can cause a problem with certain plugins.
      I also like to see what others are using, sometimes I will ask other bloggers if I see something what plugin they use for it.
      Hope you ahve a great day

      February 21, 2013 at 5:28 pm
  • Melanie Legaspi says:

    Hi Pauline!

    You’ve listed a lot of good plugins that I may even check out. There’s some I’m already using, especially CommentLuv. Gotta love that plugin right? Thanks for sharing all these plugins!
    Melanie Legaspi recently posted..Body By Vi – Why I Chose ItMy Profile

    February 21, 2013 at 12:55 am
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Melanie
      Welcome to my blog, thanks for taking the time to stop by :)
      I can be difficult to find which plugins are good and which we may need, yes I love CommentLuv too, it’s the best!
      Have a great day.

      February 21, 2013 at 5:22 pm
  • Robert Corrigan says:

    Hi Pauline,

    Thanks for the info, there are a few in your list I haven’t seen before so I may check them out. It’s easy to go plugin crazy and slow your load time down as you rightly say.

    I’m looking for a plugin that does all my work automatically without any input from me. Do you know of one or will I have to get one created?

    Robert Corrigan recently posted..The Easiest eBay Start-Up Ever?My Profile

    February 21, 2013 at 4:43 pm
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Robert
      There are so many plugins that it can be difficult to choose which ones we need, or are good, so that is one of the reasons I wanted to share this list.
      I agree we have to be careful not to have too many as they can slow down our site.
      Sorry don’t know of a plugin that can do all the work for you, you will maybe have to create one!
      Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.

      February 21, 2013 at 5:20 pm
  • Mayura

    Hi Pauline,

    Great list of plugins. Actually I don’t use plugins as I’m on Blogger blogging platform but I’ve been using some of them for client websites dear.

    Now I believe almost everyone knows about CommentLuv :) I’ve known Yoast SEO, W3 Total Cache, Tweet Old Posts and most recently Share Juice Pro at Adrienne’s place :)

    I’ll take a look at other plugins and thanks for adding short descriptions to know what they are for Pauline :)

    Mayura recently posted..Save Web Content or Pages to View Later with PocketMy Profile

    February 21, 2013 at 9:14 pm
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Mayura
      I did not realize that you were using Blogger, have you considered changing to a hosted platform? it would be so much more beneficial for you I’m sure :)
      I am loving the Share Juice Pro that Adrienne shared with us all, I am glad that I checked it out!
      Have a wonderful day

      February 23, 2013 at 4:06 pm
  • Dita from Blogging basics says:

    Hi Pauline,

    Great list of plugins. The other one I really like is the TinyMCE. It really empowers your editor with wonderful options.

    I have not tried some of the ones suggested and I think I am going to use the Backup Buddy. I am using one now but it does not seem to work very well.

    Once again, thanks

    Dita @ Blogging basics recently posted..Choosing The Best Blogging Platform For Your BlogMy Profile

    February 22, 2013 at 5:17 am
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Dita
      There are so many different plugins so I like discovering ones that are recommended, one of the reasons I wanted to share some that I have found to be good. I like TinyMCE too, it works very well. I would no be without CommentLuv and I always recommned this one, it is vital to our blog if we wish to increase traffic for one thing!
      Have a great day

      February 23, 2013 at 3:39 pm
  • Evan says:

    Aha! The selection is really stunning. If i could I would use all of them but it make cost me a headache)) Anyway Thanks for the tips. My favorite one are P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler) and Subscriber
    Evan recently posted..Free Science WordPress ThemesMy Profile

    February 22, 2013 at 11:22 am
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Evan
      Use only what you need as having too many can cause problems but it’s good to see you have P3 as it shows up any that are slowing down your site, I always recommend that one, as well as CommentLuv!
      Enjoy your weekend

      February 23, 2013 at 3:27 pm
  • Tim Bonner says:

    Hi Pauline

    I use some of the plugins you mention and some alternatives to the others.

    I had a lot of problems with W3 Total Cache so had to remove it and put WP Super Cache in its place. Like you said above though, you have to discover the ones you like and are comfortable with yourself.

    CommentLuv has to be one of my all time favourites!

    Thank you for sharing Pauline and I hope you have a great weekend!
    Tim Bonner recently posted..HostGator Is My Web Host Of ChoiceMy Profile

    February 22, 2013 at 11:51 am
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Tim
      I remember you having a problem with W3 Total Cache, is everything ok now? is WP Super Cache working better?
      There are so many different plugins that it can become a nightmare trying to find good ones and that will not conflict with our theme, which can happen at times.
      Everyone should have CommentLuv in my opinion :)
      Enjoy your weekend, do you have snow again?

      February 23, 2013 at 3:25 pm
  • Steve King

    Hi Pauline

    I love a good plugin list, it’s so easy to lose track of what’s new, good or bad.

    my current favourite plugin is Easy Video Suite, compared to Easy Video Player it’s on a different planet and EVP2 was pretty good. It’s saves so much time with adding video to the blog and they look pretty cool too.

    Steve King recently posted..Why We Sell Profit From PLRMy Profile

    February 22, 2013 at 11:09 pm
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Steve
      There are so many plugins that it can be so confusing for some people, I love finding list that recommend what is good or bad, I just wanted to share some that I have discovered.
      I have not ventured into videos yet but thanks for recommending Easy Video Suite, I will check it out.
      Have a great weekend

      February 23, 2013 at 3:07 pm
  • Julie

    Hi Pauline,

    Nice list of plugins you’ve listed here. I’ve some of them and there’s a couple I’m going to have a wee look at.

    Thanks for sharing, have yourself a relaxing weekend
    Julie recently posted..The Pests of the Net Hacking at LinkedIn AccountsMy Profile

    March 1, 2013 at 8:36 pm
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Julie
      Thanks for taking the time to stop by, sorry for the delay in my reply, I had a bad week last week, received some awful news and it knocked me for six.
      Glad you enjoyed the list, would love to know how you found the ones that were new to you!
      Hope your weekend was great.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:40 pm
  • Jude Banks

    Hello Pauline,

    It took me a while to figure out that JetPack was slowing down my site. Things have improved since I deleted it, but I have more work to do to improve load times. I will check out P3.

    Thanks for sharing this handy list.

    Jude Banks recently posted..Nifty Tool To Organize Information EasilyMy Profile

    March 7, 2013 at 11:39 am
  • Smartkathy from SEO Experts In India says:

    Hi there. Really a great post. These plugins are so helpful in SEO. Especially Commentluv is just I love that.

    March 8, 2013 at 12:50 pm
    • Pauline says:

      Thanks for stopping by :)
      I love CommentLuv too, it is a great plugin, one that everyone should be using!
      Have a great day

      March 13, 2013 at 1:41 pm
  • Salman Ahmad says:

    Such a Huge and great list of plugins to see here Pauline, Keep sharing more.
    Thanks btw
    Salman Ahmad recently posted..8 Best Android Apps To Backup And Restore DataMy Profile

    March 11, 2013 at 5:24 pm
    • Pauline says:

      Hi Salman
      Thanks, I hope some of the plugins will be useful for you.
      Thanks for stopping by, have a great day

      March 13, 2013 at 1:25 pm
  • Shaun Hoobler says:

    Great article, I find Back Up Buddy and Google Analytics very useful to have indeed. I’d also recommend WordPress SEO by Yoast, it actually proves very useful in improving your search engine ranking.
    Shaun Hoobler recently posted..Work From No Home SystemMy Profile

    March 15, 2013 at 10:54 pm

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