When beginning a blog one of the first things to come to mind are plugins. Great example- web.splesh.net.
The 10 “Get First” WordPress plugins when starting WordPress Blog.
1. All In One SEO Pack – It’s top on the list for a reason because it is essential for all bloggers!!! All In One SEO Pack allows tweaking Meta Titles, Descriptions and Tags of your blog without changing the content.
2. Comment Luv – Comment Luv enables you to show some love as soon as a comment has been posted by including a titled link to their last blog post or tweet at the end of their comment. This plugin drastically increases user interaction on your blog through increased exposure.
3. Popularity Contest – A great plugin because it shows which posts are the most popular by evaluating views, comments, impressions, etc. You will be able to create a side bar widget showing the most popular by the date style of your choosing. (year, month, week)
4. TweetMeMe – The Easy ReTweet Button. Using TweetMeMe will increase the likilyhood of your posts being tweeted. So much easier, a must.
5. Yet Another Related Posts Plugin – YARPP provides a list of posts and/or pages related or similar to the current post/page introducing the reader to other relevant content on your site. This will imporove click through rates because it gives the reader more of what they like.
6. WP Super Cache – WP Super Cache makes your blog load faster. What is there to say other then that? Get it.
7. Smart Update Pinger – Plugin protects your blog from over pinging by pinging only when you publish a new post – not when editing. Great for security.
8. Redirection – Bad SEO is often caused by broken links. Redirection enables you to prevent Google Bots and Yahoo Spiders from getting stuck in a loop. Redirection is a WordPress plugin to manage 301 redirections, keep track of 404 errors, and generally tidy up any loose ends your site may have. This is particularly useful if you are migrating pages from an old website, or are changing the directory of your WordPress installation.
9. Contact Form 7 – Every major blog has a contact form. They used this plugin to create it. Visit mine on the Contact tab above.
10. Sexy Bookmarks – A great way to share in the sexiest way possible. The best looking sharing plugin you can get. Sure, there are plenty of alternatives and some of them are probably much better than Sexy Bookmarks, but unlike any other, this plugin actually makes you WANT to share.