WordPress Plugins and How I Use Them

Below is a list of my most frequently used WordPress plugins, along with descriptions of how I use them and links to examples in some cases.

The name of each plugin is linked to its download page (each link opens a new window).

  • Akismet
    Included with your WordPress installation, Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not and lets you review the spam it catches under your blog’s “Comments” admin screen. Use it on all my blogs.

  • Broken Link Checker
    Exactly as the name suggests. LOVE this plugin. Placed on all my blogs — works especially well when I actually use it. :-)

  • Contact Form 7
    Manages multiple, customizable contact forms.

  • Deactivate Visual Editor
    For use with Exex-PHP to ensure that you don’t break your php code. Using this heavily on AffiliateBloggerPRO

  • Exec pHp
    Use it to execute PHP code in posts, pages and text widgets. See also ‘Deactive Visual Editor’ plugin.

  • Faq Tastic
    VERY nice plugin. Can generate multiple FAQs.

  • Google Analyticator
    Enables Google Analytics logging on any WordPress blog without template modification. Stats show up in your Dashboard as in the screenshot below (and then some).

  • Social Share & Locker PRO
    Social Share&Locker Pro is far away the best Social sharing plugin for WordPress. Was built to cover all the necessities and to gets more Shares into your website.

  • Social Share & Locker PRO
    Social Share&Locker Pro is far away the best Social sharing plugin for WordPress. Was built to cover all the necessities and to gets more Shares into your website.

  • Search and Replace
    LOVE this plugin! As name implies, allows you to search and replace anything in your ID, post-content, GUID, titel, excerpt, meta-data, comments, comment-author, comment-e-mail, comment-url, tags/categories and categories-description. Excellent for changing links if you haven’t created a single redirect page or you’re not using MaxBlogPress’ Ninja Affiliate.

  • Search Everything
    Choose which of your posts, pages, comments etc. you wish to include in search. I use this specifically to exclude pages from my search functions.

  • WP-DB-Backup
    Easy backup for your core WordPress database tables.

  • What Would Seth Godin Do
    Drops cookies to display different messages for new visitors and returning visitors according to your specifications.

  • WP No Category Base
    Completely removes the mandatory ‘Category Base’ from your category permalinks.

  • WP-Polls
    Adds an AJAX poll system to your WordPress blog. You can see it in the sidebars
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  • Yet Another Related Posts Plugin
    Displays a list of posts and/or pages related to the current entry, introducing the reader to other relevant content on your site.

  • Yoast SEO
    This plugin is written from the ground up by Joost de Valk and his team at Yoast to improve your site’s SEO on all needed aspects. While this WordPress SEO plugin goes the extra mile to take care of all the technical optimization, more on that below, it first and foremost helps you write better content. WordPress SEO forces you to choose a focus keyword when you’re writing your articles, and then makes sure you use that focus keyword everywhere.


  1. says

    Great stuff as usual…………Sharing your plugin set was a treat ,……gave me lotz of ideas………………………THANX ROS


  2. says

    Hi Rosalind,
    I read your email on WP Shopping Pages with interest. Going through this post on plugins I thought you need to know that the links ‘here’ in your Amaniche section seem to be broken.

    Kind Regards

  3. says

    Hi Ros, I know you promote a different WordPress theme than the Thesis theme, which is popular amongst other affiliate gurus. Have you done a post explaining the differences in the themes and why you prefer the one you do? All the best.

  4. says

    re: Bob Tyndall on redirecting YouTube videos with affiliate links:
    You can do that with this plugin (plus other things):


    Note: I am the product owner, so naturally a bit biased :)

    Great list Rosalind.

    For adding PHP to posts/pages there’s also ‘PHP Execution’, which allows the WYSIWYG interface to be kept on, and also ‘sniplets’ which is a potentially more secure way of doing it if you have multiple users.

  5. Scott Krantz says

    Great Article! I’m glad to see I have 8 of these plugins. I love the broken link detector.

    I’ve been wondering; do you cloak your affiliate links with a plugin? I’ve been trying to figure out how to do it.

    My favorite plugin and the only one I install with an FTP program is WP Easy Uploader. It uploads plugins, themes, and any other file right from the backend. It even unpacks the zip files for you.

  6. Morna says

    Thank you so much, Rosalind. Your newsletters are always filled with valuable information. Not to put you in a spot but…how does AmaNiche compare to ReviewAZon (especially in ease of application)?

  7. says

    Thanks for a very helpful post on plugins. While I haven’t ventured into installing a blog on my server yet, these are excellent suggestions. Being a blog newbie, this definitely helps as a guide when I get my nerve up to do a WP install. :-)

    I was wondering, with the new FTC laws, is there a plugin for adding these extras to a blog site? Are they automatic when you upload a WP blog? What’s the best way to stay within the new laws?



  8. Renee says

    Thanks once again for giving away all your “state secrets”….love, love, love the list of plugins. And thanks to your commentors who added a couple of more. (but don’t tell anyone else about Amaniche…:-)

  9. says

    Nice list of plugins. I see the bad behavior plugin is doing it’s job by blocking more than 500 access attempts in the last week. Thanks for sharing this info.

  10. says

    This is a very useful list of plugins.

    I love wordpress plugins and there are a few ones you’ve mentioned that I’ve never heard of before including Amaniche and popshops.

    Can’t wait to try them out!

  11. Mark Krusch says

    Hi Rosalind,

    Thank you for sharing your plugin list! I use most of these.

    Here’s a plugin I use that you might want to check out – StatPress Reloaded – by Manuel Grabowski

    You can find it at: http://blog.matrixagents.org/wp-plugins/

    It’s similar to Google Analytics but you don’t have to leave your blog to check the stats, plus it gives you stats on the spiders that visit your blog!

    Thanks again for sharing.


  12. says

    Hi Ros

    Thanks for sharing this info. I had already implemented several plugins on my WordPress site and now I have added a few more to my collection that were suited to my site. There are so many plugins to wade through so this information has really helped.



  13. says

    Brilliant list Roz, thanks a lot. Just a heads up on the contact form, It’s not actually showing on that link just says [contact-form 1 "Contact form 1"]

  14. says

    Awesome! I have been waiting to get this from you for a long time!

    Thanks Ros. Your site does help people like me not have to do all the testing to see what we should and should not use!


  15. Olufemi says

    This was very useful and excellent information. Ros you are very giving and unselfish. You really want to see people succeed.

    I’m an affiliate of yours–the Super Affiliate Handbook is a MUST read!
    I had whole sections yellow from highlighting!

    Thanks Rosalind

  16. says

    Hi Ros,
    This is a GREAT list! Thanks. There are so many useful plugins and I keep adding them…and my web page loads slower and slower…

    One I’ve found recently that helps with blog slog is “JavaScript to Footer”. It moves the scripts from the header to the footer; significantly decreasing loading time on the blog.

    “WordPress Super Cache” or “HyperCache” also help with the blog loading time.

    Thanks again for a great list. I will implementing some of these!


  17. says

    I have just started to use wordpress and find it hard to know what is good for plugins because there are just too many. Thanks for narrowing the list down for us wordpress newbies.

  18. says

    Thanks for sharing this; I’m off to get a few more for my growing collection. I thought I’d share two new can’t-live-without favorites which are saving my life in the new WP-as-CMS projects.

    Page Management Dropdown. This jewel has completely eliminated the dance from edit list or pagemash to the editor to display and back; it generates links to every page and provides them on an easily accessible dropdown menu. Authored by Jascha Ephraim, found at http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/page-management-dropdown/

    Ozh’ Admin Drop Down Menu. Major real estate saver since everything admin is at the top of the screen again, beautifully colored and easily found. Authored by Ozh, http://planetozh.com/blog/my-projects/wordpress-admin-menu-drop-down-css/ (also available at wordpress.org)

  19. Kim says

    thank you, I was going to ask what you used for the “comments” section, I want to put one on my WP blog…now I know 😉

  20. says

    Hey Rosalind, thanks for the great list of WordPress plugins. WordPress is probably one of the easiest and most effective platforms to use. These plug ins really give you a huge advantage.

    Thanks again.

  21. says

    Hi Rosalind…I’ve lurked at your site for a while, but this is my first comment! Not only are your posts great, but I can’t help but feel a connection since I’m both Canadian and a woman is this male-dominated corner of cyberspace :0)

    Great list of plugins — I’m already using many of these (except I prefer Dynamic Content Gallery [ http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/dynamic-content-gallery-plugin/ ]to Featured Content Gallery since FCG has conflict issues between jQuery and MooTools…), but thanks for the heads up on Popshops – I hadn’t run across that one before!

  22. Bob says


    I was wondering if you coould send me the link where you add an affiliate link to youtube videos. I tried it before but couldn’t get it to work. I’ve misplaced the email.


    Bob Tyndall

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