My Top 10 Favorite WordPress Plugins

I have to admit, researching and playing with WordPress plugins is definitely one of the most FUN aspects of blogging! When you first install WordPress.org, it comes as a blank slate… And so you are responsible for adding all of the different plugins, which add various features and functionalities to your blog.

There are thousands of plugins out there online today… Some will be add great value to your blog and some will just be unnecessary. It’s quite a bit of work and pretty time consuming to go through all of the countless plugins out there on the web and decipher which ones are relevant and which ones aren’t. So, if you’re a social media entrepreneur and you’re building a business for yourself online, I’ve put together my personal top 10 list of favorite plugins to help you optimize your blog in the best possible way!

To install a plugin, you just log into your WP dashboard, click on ‘Plugins’ in the left sidebar, and then click ‘Add New’.  From here, you can do a search for each of the plugins listed below.  When you find it, click on ‘Install’ on the right side of the screen, and then follow the prompts to install and activate your plugin… And voila!  It’s as simple as that!

Ok, so here are my top 10 favorite WordPress plugins…
(In no particular order really):

1.  Tweetmeme ~ This is the Twitter icon you see on this post both at the beginning and the end.  It helps visitors ‘Re-tweet’ (share your post on Twitter) your content and it also tracks it nicely, so you have great social proof on your blog!

2.  What Would Seth Godin Do ~ This is a plugin that actually cookies visitors and tracks who’s new and who’s returning.  You can then craft welcome messages accordingly… See the welcome message at the beginning of this post for an example.

3.  Viper’s Video Quicktags ~ This plugin will help you easily embed videos onto your blog from Youtube, Google, Vimeo, Viddler, and other top video sharing communities.

4.  Sociable ~ This is one of many possible content sharing plugins that you can add to your blog posts to encourage readers to syndicate (or share) your content on other social networking and bookmarking sites.  Other popular ones:  ShareThis and I Love Social Bookmarking.

5.  Tiny MCE Advanced ~ This plugin gives you ‘Microsoft Word-like’ functions when writing your posts… Very helpful when it comes to paragraph spacing, font size, and other various typing features.

6.  Comment Re-Direct ~ You can direct first time commenters to a page of your choice thanking them for their support and feedback… Great for relationship building!

7.  Commentluv ~ This is the plugin you see on my post here that showcases commenters latest blog posts with a little heart icon.  It helps drive traffic back to your commenters’ sites and encourages more people to want to comment on your blog!

8.  WP Related Posts ~ This is a plugin that lists related posts down below each blog post… Very helpful in encouraging multiple post reading!

9.  WP Super Cache ~ The more plugins you install, the slower your blog load time will get… So this plugin will help speed up the load time of your blog.

10.  Pretty Link ~ This is a plugin I found recently thanks to one of my amazing Blog Mastery students, Kary Rogney.  It will help you drive traffic to your tribe members’ blogs. Your tribe is a group of people who are your peers and whom you have built a strategic partnership with. You promote them, they promote you… Everybody wins! (To learn more about the Pretty Link plugin, check out Kary Rogney’s video tutorial here:  http://karyrogney.com/feature-your-tribe-on-your-wordpress-blog)

Hope you took some great value out of this post today!  I’d love to hear your feedback, so make sure you leave a comment down below with your thoughts or questions!  And also, you can use the Tweetmeme plugin right now by clicking on the Re-tweet icon down below here… Thank you!  I totally appreciate it!

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Amanda October 2, 2009 at 2:33 pm

Hey Katie!
Thank you for sharing these valuable plugins! I have to say your blog is one of the easiest to navigate and SHARE with other social media outlets because of the fabulous plugins you have. Sometimes I’ll come across a great blog post but the blog designer doesn’t have Share This or Sociable and it makes sharing their post such a hassle!
Any serious blogger really needs to install plugins that will enhance the viewer’s experience on your blog. It’s all about your viewers!

Thanks again!
Amanda
.-= Amanda´s last blog ..SuperQuick Tip Of The Week – You, Inc. =-.

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Alex Lim November 14, 2009 at 11:48 am

Definitely agree with you there, every blogger needs to make it as easy as possible in letter other syndicate your content!
.-= Alex Lim´s last blog ..The Perfect Internet Network Marketing System =-.

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Are You Destined to be Blogger? October 5, 2009 at 5:56 am

Wow.. Thanks Katie for sharing us your favourite WP Plugin. As soon as i build my WP blog, i will be back to this page for sure.

Daniel Likin

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louise evans October 5, 2009 at 12:13 pm

Hi Katie, thanks for the info…I have a big problem Ive deleted my plugin panel and now i cant get it back….what the hell am i gonna do!! get back to me please

thank you
Louise Evans
.-= louise evans´s last blog ..Using Louise’s power affirmations Combined With EFT For an Online Business =-.

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Eric Carter October 6, 2009 at 1:47 am

Katie!

Thank you very much for all that you do. So simple, yet heartfelt in your actions. This list of plugins is very helpful to cut through the many, many plugins existing.

Health and Happiness!
.-= Eric Carter´s last blog ..Absolving Fear =-.

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carry October 6, 2009 at 3:40 pm

Hey Katie,
Thank you for the Twitter Tip, my followers almost doubled from last night.

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Gil Pizano December 17, 2009 at 3:36 am

Wow I haven’t seen much success with it, I wonder why… :(
.-= Gil Pizano´s last blog ..How to Lose Weight Without Excercise =-.

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Matthew Praetzel October 12, 2009 at 1:59 pm

I use TinyMCE advanced. Makes editing any post a lot easier. When I don’t care to edit in HTML view that is.

If you need to add tinyMCE capabilities to your profile biography check out my plugins:
More Wordpress plugins.

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Dennis October 13, 2009 at 3:50 pm

I love the Tweetmeme plugin! Such an incredible tool. Not just for people to share content I create, but it makes it so easy for me to share other people’s content as well, like yours!!!
.-= Dennis´s last blog ..The Importance of Having a Blog =-.

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Terry Carter October 14, 2009 at 11:10 am

Hey Katie,

Great stuff girl! Blog looks fab – but more importantly, great content ;-)

Been catching up on the blog webinars after-the-fact in the back office.
.-= Terry Carter´s last blog ..Social Media Revolution Is In Full Swing =-.

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Martin October 17, 2009 at 6:39 am

You did not mention sexy bookmarks on your list. I am considering this Plugin to add on my blog. You’re using it and it really looks neat.
.-= Martin´s last blog ..How To Be More Successful =-.

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Katie Freiling October 20, 2009 at 10:24 am

Hey Martin, I actually started using sexy bookmarks after this was published… I love it! It’s definitely recommended :)

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Lindsay Fields November 8, 2009 at 5:34 pm

Love this and all of your tips, Katie! Thanks!
.-= Lindsay Fields´s last blog ..What to Expect at Your First Hot Yoga Class =-.

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Marnee Masales November 18, 2009 at 9:47 am

Hi Katie
Very informative. Thank you.

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Darvin @ Discount Yoga Mat November 25, 2009 at 3:27 pm

I am relatively new to blogging and have yet to take advantage of the “social media”, but this list will definitely help me when I’m ready to give it a shot!

Thanks.
.-= Darvin @ Discount Yoga Mat´s last blog ..Do Follow Blog, Comment Luv Keyword Luv =-.

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Andria December 3, 2009 at 9:36 pm

Thanks! This is a great list, and now I know what I’ll be doing until the wee hours of the morning. ;)
.-= Andria´s last blog ..Christmas Card Pic FAIL =-.

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Allie December 4, 2009 at 12:05 pm

Thank You katie, there is always something new for me to learn from you.

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Benjamin December 4, 2009 at 7:10 pm

Great Collection, I like the “Smart SEO Link” plugin, this interlinks yur post automatic related to keywords, but you can add a list of keywords and URLs, and this plug in automatically links these words to your insert URLs if they appear in a post.
.-= Benjamin´s last blog ..Dirty CPA Marketing, make money with CPA Affiliate Marketing! =-.

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Christina December 22, 2009 at 8:01 am

Hi Katie,

Could you please tell me what plugin you use in your sidebar to feature Popular Posts, Comments and Tags?

Thank you,
Christina

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Katie Freiling April 7, 2010 at 5:12 pm

Hi Christina, that’s not a plugin, it’s actually something that was built into my theme, Fresh News by Woo Themes :)

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Boardwalk @ Recycling Christmas Cards December 26, 2009 at 9:13 am

This is a great list of plugins. I think the two I’m most excited about are “What Would Seth Godin Do” and “Tiny MCE Advanced”. I have always wanted to give my commenters the ability to truly edit their posts, like a Word document.

“What Would Seth Godin Do” sounds really cool, but I’m not clear on what it does? You say look at the top of the post for an example, but is it the little box in the top right corner that you are referring to?
.-= Boardwalk @ Recycling Christmas Cards´s last blog ..Christmas Card Crafts =-.

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Ajay Thosar January 1, 2010 at 5:20 am

I liked your video on Social Marketing by creating a blog. Please keep sending me other lessons.
Thanks
Ajay Thosar

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Kellie Hosaka January 20, 2010 at 1:55 am

Mahalo (thank you) once again Katie for giving your readers such great content. You are really assisting us in our education and we very much appreciate your sharing!
Love & Aloha,
Kellie :0)
.-= Kellie Hosaka´s last blog ..YOU CHANGE YOUR LIFE TODAY BY CHANGING YOUR INNER GAME =-.

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James Hannan March 23, 2010 at 4:55 pm

Hi Katie
I love the life you bring to your work while at the same time a seriousness for results.
Keep up the amazing work.
James (your friend in oz)
.-= James Hannan´s last blog ..Dual Networking Webinar – Understand How To Use It… =-.

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aida April 12, 2010 at 6:46 am

i love w3 total cache and seo searchterms tagging 2 :D

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Jaime April 20, 2010 at 2:45 pm

A Great Plugin I like to use is:
Jeff Johnson’s Traffic Getting SEO Plug-in
http://www.undergroundtraininglab.com/tgsp-install/
I think it’s great! It tweaks your blog for the best results. And gives you suggestions on what to do to make your blog better.
.-= Jaime´s last blog ..Why Having A Domain Name Is Important =-.

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Kimberly Bollmann April 20, 2010 at 8:20 pm

Hey Katie,

Great video about your manifesto. I was just posting about this the other day. I wanted to know how you added the facebook feed to your blog? I like that, and would like to add it to mine.

Keep rocking! I’ve been hearing your name a lot lately which only means good things!!

Kimberly Bollmann
.-= Kimberly Bollmann´s last blog ..Porfolio or Not… All Eyes Are Watching! =-.

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Jesse April 21, 2010 at 3:33 pm

I have to say Katie… Whenever I’m looking for good information, I always stumble back to your blog. What you do is amazing! I hope that someday I’m able to provide the close to the amount of value you bring to the community.

Thanks for the tips on the plug-ins!
.-= Jesse´s last blog ..A Great Leader Follows the Leaders? =-.

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David Michael April 21, 2010 at 6:46 pm

Katie, could you do a tutorial on viral tweets 2.(Like My Blog)
I’m having a hard time uploading to my wordpress!
.-= David Michael´s last blog ..Living Food= Healthy Living! =-.

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Gabe April 23, 2010 at 9:06 pm

Great post. I found it extremely helpful! I’m excited to install them on my new blog.

One question that I didn’t see addressed here: What is the name of the facebook widget you have in your sidebar that shows your fan page updates as well as fans?
.-= Gabe´s last blog ..90 Second Website Builder Review =-.

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Rob @ Digital Memory Card Readers April 27, 2010 at 11:27 am

Hi Katie:
I just wanted to say thank you so much for allowing us to take advantage of the great plug ins you have installed here. They really are great tools to have. Any body who knows anything at all about seo, knows the value of back links from a quality site like you have made here. A few links from quality sites like this one are much better than a whole bunch of links from some of the other really low quality sites that can be found all over the internet. I think you have done an outstanding job here, and I wish you all the best.
Thanks again for making this available to all of us
Rob
.-= Rob @ Digital Memory Card Readers´s last blog ..USB Powered Digital Memory Card Readers. =-.

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Francesco May 6, 2010 at 7:37 am

Oh that’s def. the Post I was searching for!
You’re always precious Katie!
.-= Francesco´s last blog ..Darling, you’re my Sunshine =-.

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Francesco May 6, 2010 at 7:57 am

That’s def. the psot I was searching for today!!! :)
.-= Francesco´s last blog ..Darling, you’re my Sunshine =-.

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Curt Bizelli May 20, 2010 at 2:08 am

Hey Katie, yet another great one. The ones I “took note of to check out” are:
Viper’s Video QuickTags
Tiny MCE Advanced
Comment Re-Direct (very excited about this)
WP Super Cache

I notice you mention another social sharing plugin over Sexy Bookmarks; without noticing the date of the blog post, I take it that this was an older one; some formatting errors in this blog post as well. ;-)

God Blessings are best and Thanks Again,
Curt
.-= Curt Bizelli´s last blog ..Do I Need To Be Money Driven To Make A Lot of Money? Im worried Ill become less compassionate! HEY, GOOD QUESTION! =-.

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Francesco May 20, 2010 at 7:33 am

Hey Katie!
How can you give the “What Would Seth Godin Do” plug-in that Orange colour?
And how can you put it in that particular position?

Thank you.
In appreciation,
Francesco
.-= Francesco´s last blog ..Picture yourself in the future and share what youll love to do! =-.

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Vicki Berry May 21, 2010 at 9:17 am

Hi Katie!

Thanks for this list, awesome! You are a wonderful contributor to the community!

I have a question for you, as it is a basic need for tracking and I have liked the WP Stats plugin for that, I know so many that recommend the Google Analytics plugins, but there seem to be at least 4 top ones to choose from (all rating 4 and 5 stars with similar descriptions – which one do you recommend?
Google Analyticator
Ultimate Google Analytics
Google Analytics for WordPress
WP Google Analytics

Thanks so much!
Vicki
.-= Vicki Berry´s last blog ..You Are Already Programming Your Mind Let it Be for Success =-.

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Sukie Baxter May 22, 2010 at 5:50 pm

Doh! I always do things the hard way. I loved a few of the features on your blog so I used my website examiner tool to figure out the source code and from that I derived the plug in names. If only I’d known you wrote this blog post…

:-)
.-= Sukie Baxter´s last blog ..7 Slimming spices to help you lose weight =-.

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Leesa Amick May 23, 2010 at 8:09 pm

Great tips; thanks for sharing such important content! I’m
looking forward to working on these tomorrow! God bless!
.-= Leesa Amick´s last blog ..Piano Practice-scales; chords =-.

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Jonathan McGowan June 3, 2010 at 10:58 am

Hi Katie

Your Blog is incredible I Really enjoy reading it great job.Your Blogging Mastery class was Excellent!

Having a problem with # 8 related post plug-in everything is working great, except I can’t figure out how to get the continue reading permanent button to show up. It’s great on all your post.
Can you help

Thanks for all
Jonathan
.-= Jonathan McGowan´s last blog ..Some Day I’ll………Where all MLM, Network Marketing Dreams go to Die. =-.

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Katie Freiling June 3, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Not sure Jonathan! You may want to contact the plugin developers :)

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Obiad Dnia June 8, 2010 at 2:41 pm

thanx a lot! nice work
.-= Obiad Dnia´s last blog ..Obiady i Catering =-.

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Amy June 22, 2010 at 10:20 pm

love these!
.-= Amy´s last blog ..Do Challenges Stop You? =-.

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Dean Stone June 28, 2010 at 2:21 pm

Great plugins The related post is what i was looking for thank you
.-= Dean Stone´s last blog ..Wordpress Optimization =-.

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Jennifer May June 28, 2010 at 4:36 pm

WOOHOOO!!! Is all I have to say Katie! I have been trying to figure out forever what plugin is needed for the little messages on top of each post… I could not find it for the life of me! (You would think I would come here first to find out… haha) So Number Two “What Would Seth Godin Do” was very, very helpful to me!

Thank you for this and you definitely had a couple more listed here that I do not have yet. Time to get to work. So excited to add some new plugins. Thanks for the great post and tips. You are awesome! HUGS!
.-= Jennifer May´s last blog ..A NEW Day… A NEW Vibe- An Inspiring Note From Me To You… =-.

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Shelley July 1, 2010 at 10:50 am

Katie…I recently did a post of MY Favorite Top 10 Wordpress Plugins!! How SURPRISED I was to see that you and I have some of the same favorites. lol I guess great minds think alike!

I’m definitely looking into Pretty Link. Got to get that one.

Thanks for sharing all of your great tips!
.-= Shelley´s last blog ..My Top 10 Must-Have Wordpress Plug-ins- =-.

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Bertram T Heath Sr. July 1, 2010 at 8:24 pm

Great information Katie, thanks! You listed almost all plugins I have not used before. Most bloggers list the “all in one SEO” plugin first, I was surprised you don’t use or reccomend it at all. I have to agree with Jaime though, Jeff Johnson’s “Traffic Getting SEO plug in” really knocks it out of the park! I love your blog, thanks for the great tips!

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TJ Chambers July 23, 2010 at 9:18 pm

I will have to take a look at this traffic getting seo plug in you mention and see what is all about. Thanks for the tip Bertram.
.-= TJ Chambers´s last blog ..Jul 21- MLM Lead Generating Training With Cutting Edge Marketing =-.

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Frank Profeta July 2, 2010 at 3:26 am

Hey Katie,

Loving your posts, I’ve been fortunate to have applied a few of the widgets that you mentioned in this post specifically and I feel that it’s given my blog a slight edge compared to how it was before reading this.

So in terms of value – 10/10

Thank you so much Katie!
.-= Frank Profeta´s last blog ..My Top 10 MLM Blog Tips What the master bloggers are doing- =-.

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al spaulding July 4, 2010 at 10:38 pm

As Always Katie you come with non stop value.. I look forward to reading more about your thoughts on different plugins as they come out and you try them…
take care..
.-= al spaulding´s last undefined ..If you register your site for free at =-.

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karl cardoza July 5, 2010 at 5:36 am

Hey Katie KArl Cardoza from malaysia

i caught your videos on setting up wordpress from my friend jon mroz… great stuff and setting up my wordpress as we speak…. just wanna say thanks and rest a sure that i’ll be following your work for a long more time

Cheers
KArl Cardoza

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Heather Crosby July 18, 2010 at 7:52 pm

Katie~
Thanks so much for the information and inspiration. Keep up the great work.
.-= Heather Crosby´s last blog ..Raw or Baked- Veggie Bacon =-.

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Ingebjørg July 22, 2010 at 12:11 am

Hi Katie, I really liked your plugin list and have already implemented most of them on my blog.
I got another very valuable list of SEO plugins that is helping me to rank higher on the search engines. They are great and I can already see results, so I thought I would share them with you and the community.

I also want to tell you how inspiring you are to me, Katie. I get in good mood just to watch and listen to you. Thank you for the work you do :-) you are so valuable !

Have a wonderful day
.-= Ingebjørg´s last blog ..My Highly Recommended SEO Plugins first part =-.

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TJ Chambers July 23, 2010 at 9:16 pm

Thanks for adding these in one place. I heard you mention a few of them in videos.

Now I know a lot more of them.
.-= TJ Chambers´s last blog ..Jul 21- MLM Lead Generating Training With Cutting Edge Marketing =-.

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Del Lewis August 24, 2010 at 7:33 pm

Hi Katie,

What a great post. It has really helped me to add that professional touch to my blog. Thank you for taking the time to present such great content!

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Elusiverick September 5, 2010 at 5:12 am

PEASE HELP !
Firstly let me thank you for all the clear direction you provide so generously to all of us official & unofficial Tribe Members.
Kate can you help me with something off subject, I’m stuck on naming my web page/blog.
I’m thinking of using my personal name, as you do but I’m concerned about how I’ll go with search engines.
Is this taken care of through META TAGS ?
Thanks again Kate,
Peace & love.
Rick.

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Kristin Cagna September 8, 2010 at 4:10 pm

Katie, which plug in are you using for the follow me on facebook,twitter, etc.. ?

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Katie Freiling September 9, 2010 at 11:45 am

FB share and Tweetmeme :)

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