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So this page is basically a list of the plugins that I use on my blogs, with a brief summary and link for each one.

the first plugin is to be my own “BlogTactics NoFollow” plugin.

I had this made for me to allow me to easily add the “nofollow” tag to blogroll links as Google gave a couple of myblogs a PR0 and the only reason I could see for them having done so was the blogroll links. A week or so after I added the plugin to those blog the PR came back, so I guess it did the trick! πŸ™‚

Here’s the link for the “No Follow” plugin: –

WordPress NoFollow Blogroll Links Plugin

Update: New Plugin for WP 2.8.1: –

I updated this blog to the WP ver 2.8.1 recently and it seems that WordPress for some reason have decided to get rid what I always found to be one of the most useful features in WP, the ability to add a “Text Widget” that you could basically put any text or html code in to and have it display in your sidebar wherever you placed the widget.

I have no idea why they’ve done this, and it could be that I simply can’t find the feature, but I had to come up with a way to deal with the problem in order to get all the bits I want back in to my sidebar.

The solution i’ve come up with is to create some simple text widgets that I can upload as plugins, and once they’re activated they show up in the widgets menu, so I can add stuff back in.

I’ve made a new video showing how to use these widget which will add as a post as soon as I can here: –

Adding Text Widgets In WP 2.8.1

Here’s the download link for the text widget plugins, there’s 5 at present, but let me know if you need more and I’ll add them…

Text Widget Plugin for WP 2.8.1


My Must Have Plugins List

and here’s a list of 20 odd other plugins that I use, it’s not a complete list, but these are the plugins that I use most often on all of my blogs, and all except one are free.

They’re all pretty easy to get set up and configured, but as soon as I’ve caught up on my backlog of videos to make I’ll also do some showing how to use each of the plugins, just to make sure you’re getting the most out of them.

So here’s the list: –

1. All-In-One SEO Pack
All-In-One SEO Pack Plugin
Out-of-the-box SEO for your WordPress blog, By uberdose.
This is a must have plugin as far as SEO (Search Engine Optimization) goes, as it takes care of most of what you need for your blog.

2. Auto-hyperlink Url’s
Auto-hyperlink Urls Plugin
Auto-hyperlink text URLs in post content and comment text to the URL they reference. Does NOT try to hyperlink already hyperlinked URLs. Improves WordPress’s default make_clickable function, along with adding some configuration options, By Scott Reilly.

3. Auto Social Poster [Not Free]
Auto Social Poster Plugin
Bookmarks your posts to a wide range of social bookmarking sites automatically, with randomization built in to reduce footprints and make sure your SB accounts don’t get flagged.

4. Brian’s Threaded Comments
Brians Threaded Comments Plugin
This gives you threaded comments and a β€œwandering” comment form, By Brian Meidell. You can see it in action in the comments area of this site.

5. Google Sitemaps
Google Sitemaps Plugin
This generator will create a Google compliant sitemap of your WordPress blog, By Arne Brachhold. I’ve no idea if this is the best Google Sitemaps plugin, it just happens to be the one I use, the important bit is that you do use one.

6. MaxBlogPress DealDotCom Widget
DealDotCom Widget Plugin
Show the latest deal of the day from DealDotCom in your blog and earn lifetime commission from the sale, By MaxBlogPress. This is a pretty simple way of monetizing your blog, but only really useful if your blog is in the “make money online” or internet marketing niche. You can see an example in the sidebar on this blog.

7. MaxBlogPress Ping Optimizer
Ping Optimizer Plugin
Saves your wordpress blog from getting tagged as ping spammer, By MaxBlogPress. A real useful plugin to make sure you’re only pinging valid ping addresses.

8. No Duplicate Comments
No Duplicate Comments Plugin
Prevent visitors from leaving duplicate comments/pingbacks/trackbacks to a post, reducing spam, By Scott Reilly.

9. Permalink Migration
Permalink Migration Plugin
With this plugin, you can safely change your permalink structure without breaking the old links to your website, and even doesn’t hurt your google pagerank, By Dean Lee. This is VERY USEFUL if you have started a blog with the default permalink struture and want to change it to the best permlink structure for SEO purposes – see previous post here – seo friendly wp permalink structure

10. Post Teaser
Post Teaser Plugin
Post Teaser generates a preview or β€œteaser” of a post for the main, archive and category pages, with a link underneath to go to the full post page. It includes features to generate a word count, image count, and an estimated reading time, By WeyHan Ng.

11. Related Posts
Related Posts Plugin
Returns a list of the related entries based on active/passive keyword matches. By Alexander Malov, Mike Lu & Jon Bourne.

12. Similar Posts
Similar Posts Plugin
Displays a list of posts similar to the current one by comparing the way they use words. By Rob Marsh, SJ.

13. Subscribe to Comments
Subscribe to Comments Plugin
Simple plugin that allows people to subscribe when they make a comment on a post, so that they then receive an email whenever someone else places a follow up comment on the same post. Obviously this is a fantastic way to get people to come back to your blog.

14. Trackback Validator
Trackback Validator Plugin
Eliminates spam trackbacks with surprising accuracy (see website for details). By Dan Sandler and Andres Thomas-Stivalet.

15. TweetMyBlog!
TweetMyBlog Plugin
Updates your twitter account with each new post to your blog. By John Merrick & Soren Jordansen.

16. Unique Articles Wizard
Unique Articles Wizard Plugin
Receive unique articles directly into wordpress – with full control over categories By Dr. Noel Swanson.
This plugin is free, you don’t need to be a full member of UAW to use it, check out the previous post and video to see how to find it –
Automated Blog Posts Free Plugin

17. Weasel’s No HTTP Author
Weasels No HTTP Author Plugin
Checks to see if the author name in your comments contains β€œHTTP:” to help filter out spam. This only sets the β€œspam” flag on the comment; Akismet does the dirty work and actually removes and reports the comment. By Andy Moore.

18. What Would Seth Godin Do
What Would Seth Godin Do Plugin
Displays a custom welcome message to new visitors to encourage them to sign up as an RSS subscriber, By Richard K Miller.

19. WordPress Database Backup
WordPress Database Backup Plugin
On-demand backup of your WordPress database, By Scott Merrill.
This may not be the best WP backup plugin, it’s simply the one I’ve been using for ages. I believe there is another one that will do backups automatically and email them to you, which sounds more useful…

20. WordPress Stats Stats Plugin
Tracks views, post/page views, referrers, and clicks. Requires a API key. By Andy Skelton.

21. WP-Grins
WP-Grins Plugin
A Clickable Smilies hack for WordPress, basically this adds smileys to the post and comments options, which is kinda cool. By Alex King.

22. WP PlugIM
WP PlugIM Plugin
Adds PlugIM button to your WordPress blog posts. By Sudar.
Only really useful if your blog is in the “make money online” or internet marketing niche.

23. WP-SphinnIt
WP-SphinnIt Plugin
Adds SphinnIt button to your WordPress blog posts. By Michelle MacPhearson.
Only really useful if your blog is in the “make money online” or internet marketing niche.

24. AdSense Deluxe
AdSense Deluxe Plugin
This plugin makes it a lot easier to add AdSense adds to your blog.

Hope this helps, and don’t forget to popback and check for new ones now and then, or just sign up for the RSS or newsletter to get informed when I add new stuff..

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Comment by Jeremy
2008-07-15 15:46:49

I can’t seem to figure out how to add adsense to my new blog. I was hoping to get your plugisns and can’t find em either πŸ™

Comment by coration
2008-08-18 07:34:46

First of all i wanna say that this is a great post, i downloaded and installed almost all of them, some of them however return into an error on the down page.
To get adsense on your website you should go to the page, than you can make and customize an add, and than you get the code, you copy paste the code from google, into your WIDGET editor, as txt, just clikc txt and paste it in there. It’s not a plugin. After that you should wait a while, untill google’s crawler found your site, and analyzed your information.

Comment by admin
2008-08-18 10:36:13

Hi Coration,
using widgets to put adsense on a blog is the simple way to do so, but it does mean that the ads are in your sidebar, not in the post itself.
The purpose of the AdSense Delux plugin is to allow you to easily include AdSense within posts themselves.
Matt Garrett

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Comment by coration
2008-08-18 11:14:24

ow that’s nice. So you just click on the topic to comment, and then the ads should show up in the post itself by itself?

Comment by Paul
2008-07-24 10:12:08

Hi there Matt,

Any ETA on getting your plug-in page back up and running? Was looking forwards to downloading your noFollow plugin!!



Comment by admin
2008-07-27 07:13:40

Hi Paul,
I’ve added the nofollow plugin link back above and I’ll try and get the rest of the plugin links added later this week.

Comment by Daydah
2008-07-27 02:01:48

Er… Matt,
Nice site and all, but I was led here by Caroline MiddleBrook with a promise of getting the plugin – NoFollow. Cant seem to find it anywhere, so pls where else can I get it?
Thanks in advance,

Comment by admin
2008-07-27 07:11:46

Hi Daydah,
I’ve just added the link for the nofollow plugin back on to the page above for you, apologies!

Comment by Christopher Clayton
2008-07-27 04:11:54

argh, bring back the plugins =[

Comment by admin
2008-07-27 07:08:34

Sorry Chris, I’ve added the nofollow plugin link back on above, and I’ll try and get the rest of this page rebuilt later this week.

Comment by admin
2008-08-14 11:51:19

The Plugins page is back and updated with a much bigger list!

Comment by Phil Wiley
2008-08-17 16:44:46

Hi Matt

Re No 19, the WordPress Database Backup.
The one that sends backups by email is WP-DB-Backup. I use it on all my blogs.

What I’ve done is set up a Gmail account just for the backups, and I’ve got WP-DB-Backup setup so that it backs up the database daily, direct to the gmail account. Then every few weeks I’ll login to the Gmail account and delete all the emails except those from the past few days.


Comment by admin
2008-08-18 08:41:32

Hi Phil,
thanks for the link for the WP-DB-Backup plugin, I’ll go grab a a copy and check it out.
Using a seperate GMail account for the backups to be sent to is also an excellent suggestion!
Matt Garrett

Comment by Paul Shipgood
2008-09-05 04:12:20

Your link for the Auto Social Poster Plugin contains an error.

The URL comes up as: “http://www.mat4com/files/asp.thml” but of course should be:
“” (i.e. with a dot between mat and com).

Also my revised attempt at loading with the dot still failed so I tried it ending with /asp.html in case that was also wrong but this didn’t work either, though I can get just to work but that takes me to the Mat4.Com : SEO, Internet & Affiliate Marketing Videos page
(one of your sites, I guess – who’s the yeti in the shades? πŸ˜† )

Comment by admin
2008-09-05 12:15:38

Well spotted Paul, and thanks!
I’ve made the corrections so it works now.
and yup, that’s me in the yeti jacket, it’s my ski gear…

Comment by Louise
2008-10-13 23:10:18

Regarding No. 8, it’s no longer necessary as it’s been integrated into WordPress now πŸ™‚ .

Comment by Carey
2008-10-16 18:52:49

I just wanted to say thank you to you! I recently downloaded the podpress plug-in to start using podcast on my blog and I had no idea how to figure out how to actually get the podcast on my posts.

I went and read the wordpress instructions in codex (I think that’s what it’s called,) I read the installation instructions in podpress and still I could not get it to work…then I did a search on how to do this and I found your videos part 1 and 2 and VOILA I now know how to upload a podcast on my blog.

Thanks so much for the easy to understand and follow instructions for this. I truly appreciate it. Btw, I just bookmarked your blog.

Have a great day!


Comment by Yvette
2008-10-30 04:51:05

Hi there
Is there any feedback on the Auto Social Poster Plugin? Curious to know if it’s working.
Yvette πŸ˜›

Comment by admin
2008-10-30 19:44:39

Hi Yvette,
I use the auto social poster on pretty much all of my blogs and am very happy with the results. πŸ™‚
There’s a banner for it at the bottom of this page.

Comment by Peter
2008-12-06 11:31:23

Hi Matt,

I found your site using the keyword unique content, I was impressed with the details on the video, however, in your plugin list if I open the link to receive the free plugin from unique article wizard, the link takes me to the sales letter and there is no mention of the free download.

Kind Regards


Comment by admin
2008-12-06 11:59:42

Hi Peter,
If you watch the video it shows where the link is to grab the free plugin as it’s not obvious, it’s down at the bottom of the page.
here’s the video to watch, which also shows how to configure the plugin: –

Comment by Mike Maggs
2008-12-08 17:24:34

Hello Matt,

I’m having another upload/refresh problem. This time with plugins. I’ve sucessfully uploaded the following plugins; postTeaser, Google sitemap generator, Wp-23 related, and subscribe to comments. Neither of these are showing up in my admin so that I can activate them. Any suggestions?

Mike Maggs

Comment by admin
2008-12-08 18:02:42

Hi Mike,
um, I know this may seeman obvious quesion, but have you uploaded them to the public_html/wp-content/plugins/ folder?
and you did unzip them first, rather than uploading the zip files.
apologies if these seem obvious things, but it’s always the best palce to start.

Comment by Phil Wiley
2008-12-08 19:06:16

the usual problem, when plugins don’t appear in your admin, is that they are nested inside another folder.
Example: the all-in-one-seo plug in comes as a zip file.
If you unzip it you see a folder called all-in-one-seo-pack. But if you upload that folder it doesn’t appear, and that’s because there’s another all-in-one-seo-pack folder nestled inside that one.
So before uploading plugins just make sure there are no nestled folders, and if there are just upload the last one you get to.

That should do it.

Comment by admin
2008-12-08 19:21:15

Hi Phil,
well spotted, I hadn’t thought of that one!
thanks! πŸ™‚
p.s. hope you’re well Phil, long time no speak! 😎

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Comment by Christopher
2009-03-28 11:37:22

Thanks Phil and Matt,
I have been searching for that answer on how to get the all in one seo pack to work on my blog and just didn’t know who to ask. Had it uploaded on my server in the plugins file and it just wouldn’t show up in the wordpress admin to activate it. Took your advise and its up and running now.
Thanks again for solving my problem. πŸ˜€

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Comment by Phil Wiley
2008-12-08 19:37:40

I’m doing great Matt, been a bit quiet online because I’ve been on vacation so much this year. Only been back working for a few weeks since I took off in early August, and I’m off again next week but only for 5 or 6 days (it’s summer here in Australia, and right now it’s about 34c here which is in the 90’s fahrenheit)

BTW, the reason I know my way around WordPress is that most of my sites these days are WordPress blogs. Often a combo of quality original content and content pulled from YouTube, etc. Example of one I’m working on at the moment:
Most of the original content I have written for me is on the right of the page under The Very Best Of I Only Wanna

Have a good Christmas πŸ™‚


Comment by admin
2008-12-08 19:50:23

I remember reading in one of your newsletters about your parents visiting and your daughter’s wedding, I hope it all went well! πŸ™‚
it’s not quiet that warm here in good ol'”blighty”!
WP does make it a lot easier to build out good quality sites, and the range of plugins available mean you can do so much with them, especially with automation, which is always cool!
gimme a shout when you’re next back in the UK, we must find time for a beer or two this time.. πŸ˜‰

Comment by Joshua Collins
2008-12-18 23:18:01

Great post Matt!
I have a question or two…
Does that no-follow work automatically or do we have to manually add a check next to a box when adding links? Cause I do not see a box that I must check πŸ˜‰
And second, is it a good idea to maybe set-up a silo of some sort? For instance, the same company that created Auto Social Poster – nice plugin by the way – has created a plugin that Silo’s Pagerank… Or at least that is what I gather it does. The way it does this is by adding no-follows on certain links throughout the blog and optimizing the blog for PR by limiting the PR leak.
Would that be good, or is that really just some mumbo jumbo stuff and is just a way for mass-automation to sell another plugin?
Was just curious cause I am not an expert in SEO when it comes to PR leaking.

Joshua Collins

Comment by admin
2008-12-21 14:46:36

Hi Joshua,

The “No Follow” isn’t automated, as you may only want to use it for some links.
once you’ve activated the “Nofollow-links.php” plugin when you go to add or edit a link simply click on the “Link Relationship (XFN)” menu and you should then see and extra tick box for “pr_nofollow” at the top of the list.

yup, the auto social poster plugin ( rocks!

I’ve not seen their new plugin, but will check it out, if it stops PR leakage and refocuses it where needed it could be very useful. I’ll make a post about it here or on once I’ve checked it out.


Comment by Carl Barton
2009-01-26 04:48:58

That nofollow plugin is exactly what I’ve been looking for. I was getting worried that google would penalise me for all the blogs I link to on my blogroll, but I also need some dofollow links that link to other sites and resources. Nice and simple to implement all that with this plugin.


Comment by Philip
2009-02-25 12:09:13

Any “no follow” plugins for the list of pages? Really just want to control the PR juice within my own site, but can’t seem to find any plugins that accomplish this.

Comment by admin
2009-02-25 20:54:26

Hi Philip,
grab the All In One SEO Plugin, that should do everything you need with regard to adding no follow to things like the categories links.
Matt Garrett

Comment by June
2009-03-31 12:55:20

Hi Matt,

I have been installing some of the plugins that you have suggested on my new blog. Thank you for this post, BTW, but I have a question about setting Brians Threaded Comments. Do you leave blank the Max Nesting Levels or do you only allow say 4? Also, what would the Custom Comments Target: option be used for? What do you consider the proper settings?

Comment by admin
2009-03-31 14:09:38

Hi June,
I’ve always just left the settings in the Brians Threaded Comments plugin as they are.

Comment by June
2009-04-01 12:06:48

Thanks Matt!

Comment by Ralph Morton
2009-04-18 13:54:43

Maybe I am going a little nuts, I have spent the last half hour looking for the adsense plugin. Can’t seem to find it.


Comment by admin
2009-04-19 22:44:17

Hi Ralph,
nope, you’re not going nuts, I hadn’t added it to the list, sorry!
it’s there now as number 24.

Comment by Suzi
2009-05-14 01:57:55

Hi Matt. The link for adsense deluxe goes to quite an old version (last updated June 2006) will this still work ok on the latest version of wordpress?


Comment by admin
2009-05-14 23:30:58

Hi Suzie,
yup, it still works.

Comment by Kathleen
2009-05-28 22:25:07

Hi Matt,

Just wanted to send a quick note saying thank you for all the great information. I just started using WordPress and your website is a godsend. I plan on spending the next week digesting the information contained on your site and in your video’s so I can put together a plan of attack for my blogs.


Comment by Michael Podgoetsky
2009-06-09 00:05:21

Matt thanks for your suggestion i will install the plugins and you gave me hips more ideas that I used wonder about but now, I know!

This is great and by the way thanks for your reply.

“Why do you use No Follow plugin on your blog?

kind regards

Comment by shirley
2009-07-20 18:41:16

thanks for the post. all are great Plugins!

I have a little challenge – I installed the Adsense-Deluxe, and when I click on the Adsense-Deluxe settings, it gives me an error saying – YOU DONT HAVE PERMISSION to access

I am using WP 2.8 and chmod 777 on the directories already. can you help ?

Comment by Tehnosysteemid
2009-08-28 14:01:35

I installed almost all plugins talked here; very good article! Trying hard to get PR higher from zero.
kind regards


Comment by jim kelly
2010-03-10 10:48:18

Hi Matt,

I have great google rankings,but no sales

What is my next big step please, as no one else will tell me



Comment by admin
2010-04-14 12:28:54

Hi Jim,
I’d recommend not having quite so many adverts and concentrating on building a mailing list with an autoresponder (like or by offering a free report of some sort to get people to sign up to your email list, then you can mail them offers directly on a regular basis.
hope this helps!

Comment by Ron
2010-09-30 13:16:15

I am trying to figure out how I can set up my blog to auto post through a customized RSS feed and cannot seem to get it. Basically, I want to set the parameters of the feed and have it simply create new posts once a day based on the content I tell it to pull. Can anyone help me out on this?


Comment by admin
2010-09-30 15:34:32

Hi Ron,
that kinda depends on the RSS plugin you’re using.
I’d suggest trying out
it’s easy to set up and pretty powerful, and free. πŸ˜‰

Comment by luis
2010-11-21 21:17:42

Just wanted to say THANKS πŸ˜€ Matt for all your help and all that good info you post in your blog

God Bless


Comment by Bec
2011-01-14 16:05:38

Wanted to mention that the no follow blogroll php page link you have on this page produces a page not found error. I did find the zip download link in your top 12 plugins article via the search engine.

Keep up the good work, I’m learning a ton of stuff here!

Comment by admin
2011-01-19 22:26:35

Hi Bec,
thanks, I’ve corrected the broken link! 😳

Comment by Pat
2011-01-27 17:46:16

Brilliant! Thanks sooo much!!!

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