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WordPress plugins  there are millions(?) to choose from and they are so easy to install. I tend to be cutting edge and change my plugins often, but here are some of the best plugins to improve WordPress for social media and digital marketing.

The point here is that writing original content can be easy – but your great works need to be found. Online or Digital Marketing is not just for selling a product or a brand – its about selling you. So maybe take a look at your own marketing needs and then see if these plugins help.

Popularity Contest

by Alex King & Crowd Favorite

Do you envy those posts from Mashable that are called ’35 favourite resources you might have missed’ or ‘200+ popular posts on …’ — well greed is good and using the popularity plugin you can recreate these posts yourself.

If only I could figure out how to get WordPress to write these automatically for me each month. Then I’d be out of a job!

Mailchimp Widget

Widgets by Mailchimp
I use Mailchimp … I like Mailchimp – its free, which makes it easier to sell to clients and means I can play around with Newsletters, autoresponders and more. This Mailchimp Widget makes its easy to add a sign-up form in any sidebar

Campaign Monitor

Widgets by Woothemes

If you prefer Woothemes or Campaign Monitor — then this has got to be the right choice. Newer WordPress themes by Woothemes now come with a number of free widgets for Campaign Monitor. Nice!

Akismet

by Automattic

It’s still the best ‘free’ protection you’ll ever need to wear online. It won’t stop comment spam, but it does help make it easier to just click and get rid of spam. It’s already installed and working hard for you, I hope?

WWSGD

by Richard K Miller

What Would Seth Godin Do? I don’t know — I haven’t finished reading Lynchpin and that has nothing to do with this plugin. The idea here is any new or returning visitor is presented with a text message or call to action at the top or bottom of your posts and pages. The brilliant part is that it is for new or returning visitors – while its just as easy to find a plugin that looks lovely and tells the ‘reader’ (you) where you came from (google, digg, etc) the origin of search is not so important here.

Out of the box, this plugin welcomes visitors suggesting they might like to subscribe to your RSS feed. For existing visitors it suggests your feed by email.

Twitter Tools

by Alex King & Crowd Favorite

Nasty Nasty Twitter and its OAuth. Horrible things that Twitter has made — Earlier this year Twitter made it impossible for the average Joe Blogger to get a good post automatically tweeted. But at least if you can figure out how to sign up for your own Twitter App and get your own OAuth keys, then 99% of the hard work is done. Twitter Tools also supports url shortener bit.ly and #hashtags.

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