What plugins would you recommend to improve my blog?

As a writer who often ghostwrites blog posts for clients, I’m constantly searching for better plugins to help improve their overall blog. Whether you use WordPress or Blogger, or any other blogging software, there are thousands of wonderful applications available to improve your blogging experience—and more importantly, your readers. Below is a list of five of my favorite tools and applications which I frequently use for myself and my clients.

Sexy Bookmarks—to encourage the sharing of your blog posts and other content more easily among the readers and their social networks, I like to use Shareaholic’s Sexy Bookmarks plugin. It’s graphically appealing, it keeps a counter of the shares for other readers to see, and it’s easy to install and use. (www.shareaholic.com)

Shareaholic Recommendations—this is another favorite WordPress plugin of mine, again from the Shareaholic family. With Recommendations, you can increase your reader engagement and allow them to linger a bit longer on your site by highlighting other related content across your blog. You can choose from 3 or 4 “other recommended” blog posts after each post on your site. (www.shareaholic.com).

Flickr—when you’re writing a blog post, be sure to always accompany it with a photo. It can be a photo of the person or subject you are writing about. In some cases, you may not have access to a good, eye-pleasing photo to attract your reader’s attention. There are many services available online that will allow you to use other people’s photos and images at no cost to you, as long as you provide credit to them. One of my favorites is Flickr. You’d be surprised at how many in the Flickr community will allow commercial use of their images. Use their searching tool to find the right image for your post. Just be sure to their photo allows for commercial use.  (www.flickr.com)

Diigo—this nifty application allows you to annotate websites and other blogs by highlighting, adding sticky notes, taking screenshots, and more. It’s an easy way to track other articles that you may want to reference in your blog post later on. (www.diigo.com)

SEO Blogger—drive more traffic to your site using this tool. No matter what you are blogging about, SEO Blogger will help you find the most sought-after keywords for your subject area so you can optimize the content. You can research keywords, see its popularity on the web, and compare them with other keywords, right from your editing screen. It’s also a great tool for keeping track of the keyword density on your site. (www.wordtracker.com/seo-blogger)

Let’s hear from you! What are some of your favorite blogging tools and applications that make blogging less of a headache for you..

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About Daniel Casciato

Daniel Casciato has his own business as a social media consultant, freelance copywriter, ghostwriter, and ghostblogger. The Pittsburgh native loves his Steelers, Penguins, and Pirates. Learn more about him at www.DanielCasciato.com.

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