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Top 8 Best Free Essential WordPress Plugins of 2013

Plugins are an essential part of WordPress so we have listed our favorite Top 8 Best Free Essential WordPress Plugins of 2013.

Searching for and installing the best WordPress Plugins in any one category can be a nightmare so we have narrowed the list down to get you off to a fast start. Install these plugins and you'll have the basis of a great blog.

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1. WordPress SEO by Yoast

1. WordPress SEO by Yoast
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The most single most important free WordPress plugin in your arsenal. WordPress SEO by Yoast. SEO for WP doesn't get ...

The most single most important free WordPress plugin in your arsenal. WordPress SEO by Yoast. SEO for WP doesn't get ...
WordPress › WordPress SEO by Yoast " WordPress Plugins

WordPress out of the box is already technically quite a good platform for SEO, this was true when I wrote my original WordPress SEO article in 2008 and it's still true today, but that doesn't mean you can't improve it further!

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2. Sharebar

2. Sharebar
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Just my favorite Social Media Plugin. Add's a vertical box to the left of the blog post that travels with the scroll....

Just my favorite Social Media Plugin. Add's a vertical box to the left of the blog post that travels with the scroll....
WordPress › Sharebar " WordPress Plugins

Sharebar adds a dynamic and fully customizable vertical box to the left of a blog post that contains links/buttons to popular social networking sites. For wide blogs, a vertical bar with popular sharing icons appears on the left of your post.

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3. Google Analytics

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Not much to be said here other than an absolutely essential plugin if you want to know where your traffic is coming f...

WordPress › Google Analytics " WordPress Plugins

This plugin adds the required javascript for google analytics.

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4. Google Analytics Dashboard for WP

4. Google Analytics Dashboard for WP
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Love this Plugin, gives you all the data you need for a quick overview of your traffic and where its coming from plus...

Love this Plugin, gives you all the data you need for a quick overview of your traffic and where its coming from plus...
WordPress › Google Analytics Dashboard for WP " WordPress Plugins

Using a widget, Google Analytics Dashboard displays detailed info and statistics about: number of visits, number of visitors, bounce rates, organic searches, pages per visit directly on your Admin Dashboard. Authorized users can also view statistics like Views, UniqueViews and top searches, on frontend, at the end of each article.

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5. Google XML Sitemaps

5. Google XML Sitemaps
WordPress form builder

This plugin is a modern and advanced tool for easy and fast creating of a WordPress Form.This is the best WordPress Form plugin in WordPress Plugin Directory.