What 22 Plugins Do I Use?

After the post that I published on the blog yesterday I received a few enquiries (sadly all from Twitter and Email, none from the comments section) asking me what 22 plugins I now use for this blog.

So here they are in alphabetical order:

1-click Retweet/Share/Like

I love this plugin. It produces buttons so your readers can share your post on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Digg, Stumble, Google Buzz and it includes an option to email the post to friends.


This was something that I installed recently. It is a way of giving something back to a commenter, in exchange for leaving a comment they are given an extra link at the bottom of their comment.

Contextual Related Posts

With this plugin you can display a list of related posts at the end of a post. A great way to keep readers on your blog.

Exclude Pages from Navigation

If you have created pages that you do not wish to be included in your navigation menu then this little plugin is the one for you.

Fast Secure Contact Form

This is the plugin I use to receive emails from my readers and visitors. Might not be the best option, and I am looking for a better one, but it does the job as long as you have Akismet installed.

FeedBurner FeedSmith

A plugin that I have rarely thought about since I installed it. It redirects any attempt to access my feed to my Feedburner feed.

FT FacePress II

This plugin saves me time every day. When I publish a post on my blog it automatically publishes the title, excerpt and link on my Facebook profile and on my Facebook Fan Page.


A plugin that masks urls. Why have http://yourdomainname.com/folder/folder/affiliatenumber when you can have something like http://makemoneylessons.com/go/bluehost/. You can also change the ‘go’ bit to whatever you wish. It even tracks how many clicks each URL receives.

Google Analyticator

This is just something that is displayed on the admin panel dashboard for my pleasure. It shows me the traffic details for the past month without me having to log into my Google Analytic account.

Google XML Sitemaps

A plugin that nobody should be without. It helps you rank in the Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask search engines a lot quicker. I use it once a week but if you post more often than I do then you can use it daily.

Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin

This little baby has replaced Akismet. It displays a box in your comments section that must be ticked by the commenter to prove they are human. No tick, no comment. It means no more wading though thousands and thousands of spam comments trying to weed out the odd real comment.


If you are not happy with the default WordPress comments section then why not give IntenseDebate a go? It is a complete overhaul and offer great features that you won’t find with the WordPress default version.

New Adman

I’m a lazy man so I use the New Adman plugin to inject my ads into my posts (top middle and bottom) and to inject an ad onto the front page of my blog (above first post). No having to edit theme files for me. 🙂

NoFollow Free

A very simple plugin that turns your blog into a do-follow blog. It also comes with a top commentators widget but I don’t use that as it has no option to reset it.

PopUp Domination

What a great Christmas present this was!

You may have seen this premium plugin in action a lot recently. It displays a pop-up when you enter the blog, people use it to generate subscribers for their mailing lists. I haven’t launched it yet but everyone is raving about it.

SRG Clean Archives

It displays your archives in a neat little list on its own page. No more will you have to put up with the increasing ugly list in your sidebar.

Text Link Ads InLinks

This is a plugin that I use to insert links Text Link Ads into my blog, saves me having to manually do it by editing files.

Top Commentators Widget

This is another plugin that I use to give something back to my readers who comment. It displays my top commentators in my sidebar and gives them a backlink. You can set it to reset the count whenever you want.

Tweet old post

A great plugin that I don’t know how I managed without. It posts random posts to your Twitter account.


A plugin that places a navigation menu for your posts at the bottom of the home page.

WP About Author

This is a plugin that I use to tell my readers a bit about me. At the bottom of a post it displays my bio that it pulls from my user account

WP EzineArticles

This is helpful for when I want to publish articles from my blog onto Ezine Articles. Just enter a bio and pick a category and it will submit it for you.

So there you have it. Hopefully you’ll find a couple in there helpful. Do you already use any of them?

Dean Saliba

Dean Saliba is a freelance writer, professional blogger, media enthusiast, dirty football player and huge professional wrestling fan who covers a wide range of subjects and niches including, making money online, traffic generating, pro wrestling, blog reviews, football, how-to guides, music, internet marketing and more.


  • A very big list, thanks mate

    One question, FT FacePress II

    Does this post with images?

  • You can exclude pages from navigation manually by adding the “exclude” parameter in the page list tag. Here’s a tutorial – http://www.kimwoodbridge.com/how-to-exclude-pages-from-the-wordpress-navigation-bar/

    I’ve replaced Akismet with GASP too. Yay for no more false positives 🙂

    • Thanks for this. I’m going to try this out, if it works then it means I can declutter my plugin list even more. 🙂

      So far I am liking the GASP plugin. It has really helped and I’ve only had to delete a couple of comments from human spammers, but I simply put their email in the Comment Blacklist section (Admin Panal -> Discussion) and that does the trick. 🙂

      • I love what youve got to say. But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could connect with it better. Youve got an awful lot of text for only having important information about many thing.

  • The hype surrounding Popup Domination was what made me discover FasterIM Optin which after a few modifications to the core files works perfectly well on my blog. I set it to appear 30 seconds after a page has been loaded and to appear only once in 2 months as long as the visitor lands on my blog with the same browser/computer and without clearing his cookies 😉

  • Hello Dean

    I think Commentluv is very valuable. Not just for the blog owner, but also for your visitor which gives people linklove… even if I heard rumors that it’s nofllow people can still visit my blog if they like my comments.

    A plugin like Contextual Related Posts or a similar plugin is very valuable for drawing your readers into your other material.

    I personally never got Feedsmith to work, it tells me it cannot read my feed even though my feed count is rising everyday. Can you provide some feedback/assistance in this regard?

    Apparently Google XML Sitemap is imperative.

    Re: nofollow: Do you know how that nofollow tickbox standard with WordPress work?. Do you have to tick it to be dofollow ror should I leave it blank?

    I left a comment about it on another post and see you got Pop Up Domination for Christmas. It’s great innit? I just love it. Did you spoil yourself or did you actually get it as a present from someone?

    I don’t use the Top Commentator Widget as I am struggling with it’s settings. It look unnneat when I put it up. Maybe I should go and look properly. Any advice on the settings?

    I also have the Ezine plugin but deactivated it since I am concerned that it may be deemed as duplicate by Google and screw my blog.

    • Well done on probably the longest comment ever received here. 🙂

      – I’ve been a big fan of CommentLuv since it was first released.

      – Installing a related post plugin is crucial, I think, if you wish to lower your bounce rate.

      – Feedsmith is one of those plugins that installed years ago and just forgot about it and let it ot run itself. 🙂

      – Are you using the one I’m using? I think it is pretty straight forward and it has a top commenters list.

      – Pop-up Domination was bought for me. I would not have paid $47 for a plugin, I’m too cheap. 😛

      – I cheat with the ezine plugin. I only submit articles that have been on my list for well over a year. 🙂

      • Longest comment? Yeah, I do that… sometimes. I hope my comments provide a little value on your blog tho’.

        Thanks for the link. I see what you’re doing with ezine. I’ll try that when it’s time.

        About spending money, sigh… I spent close to around $1200 on plugins, gizmos, themes and other internet marketing trash that didn’t work. I’m getting some freelancing work, so it seems I will be able to pay my wife back for her ‘investment’.

        • All your comments add something to the posts. 🙂

          I joke that I’m too cheap to buy these things, but the truth is I don’t want to buy something and risk being scammed. 🙂

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    (January 24, 2011 - 11:10 am)

    you really use them all?
    i got to try few of them indeed thx 🙂

    • Since I have written this post I have deleted 1-click Retweet/Share/Like as it was severely slowing down the loading of this page. But I still use the others. 🙂

  • for me i am into CommentLuv,Keywordluv,Akismet and so far i am liking Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin too…by the way i saw your post their in growmap.com..did u win something there?

    • I agree, GASP has really helped keep the spam down for me. I think it was an invitation to take part in Ivin Viljoen’s excellent course about how to produce a free report for your blog.

  • Thank you so much for sharing your list of plugins with us! I always wondered what other bloggers are using. I’m wondering why you aren’t using keywordluv next to commentluv? Are you only a fan of other bloggers and not other entrepreneurs, or have you had trouble with this plugin? I hope you will install it eventually, then people like me could write our names in the name section, not only our keywords. But, regardless, you have a very nice blog here, so well done! Best wishes, Flora Rouse

  • Woah! That’s a big list…

    I do see some new names there…gotta try em out! 😀

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