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Updated by Carlton Smith on Nov 29, 2016
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Wordpress - Plugins I Always Use

Google XML Sitemaps

This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and to better index your blog. With such a sitemap, it's much easier for the crawlers to see the complete structure of your site and retrieve it more efficiently. The plugin supports all kinds of WordPress generated pages as well as custom URLs. Additionally it notifies all major search engines every time you create a post about the new content.

Metronet Tag Manager

The great thing about Google Tag Manager (GTM) is that you are able to gather most of your tracking scripts in one place. You can then fire these scripts whenever you want, specified by the rules you set up. This sounds great, right? Well it is. The only problem is that sometimes it takes a bit of implementing to set these rules up. This implementation can either be setting a dataLayer variable in the dataLayer before the tag manager script is loaded, or pushing a HTML event handler with the variable "event" to the dataLayer when a button is clicked. The problem is that this isn’t always that easy to do when you don’t have the ability/access to add the code to your site.