Yesterday I got the heads up that I was tagged in a recent post by John Lamansky of The WordPress Expert.  I normally don’t partcipate in these types of “blog games”, but after reading John’s post, I really think it is a great idea and allows us to spotlight a few WordPress plugins that are underrated or somewhat unknown.

John choose to highlight the following 3 underrated plugins in his post (click over for a description):

  1. Broken Link Checker
  2. WP-Project
  3. WP SEO Master

Here are 3 plugins I would like to add to the list that I think are useful, yet underrated:

  1. Blog Metrics – This is a wonderful plugin by Joost De Valk that was designed for multi-author blogs like this one.   It tracks all sorts of unusual analytics by individual authors that I find extremely helpful.
  2. Digg This – I think this plugin used to be fairly well known, but I don’t see it on many blogs anymore.   This plugin does nothing normally, but when it recognizes that a post has been Dugg, it will create a digg-style button and display it within the post to help encourage people to Digg your post.   They can Digg the post without leaving your website!
  3. Math Comment Spam Protection – It adds an extra step for people leaving comment, but it stops spam cold in its tracks.  I use this on many of my blogs and haven’t really had any spam troubles since.

Hopefully some of you will find a use for some of these plugins.

I suppose now I should continue this by tagging three more people.  How about Michael at WPCandy, Leland of ThemeLab, and Jeff of Jeffro2pt0.  If you haven’t been tagged yet, but would like to participate, feel free to do so on your own blogs to help highlight some relatively unknown plugins.

Kyle Eslick is WordPress enthusiast who took his passion for WordPress to the next level in 2007 by launching WPHacks.com as a place to share hacks, tutorials, etc. Connect with Kyle on Twitter or Google+!

  • http://wordpress.jdwebdev.com John Lamansky

    Cool, I always wondered what plugin was generating those math-based spam protection fields!

  • http://www.themelab.com Leland

    Thanks for the tag! Not exactly sure how this “blog game” works though. Do I just list 3 not-so-well-known plugins and link back here and/or the original post on jdwebdev.com?

  • http://feeds.feedburner.com/MeAndMyDrum Mark Sierra at MeAndMyDrum.com

    That broken link checker is pretty nifty. It has found 19 broken links on my blog so far…yikes!

  • http://www.wpproject.com Richard H

    Ah yes, Math Comment! That’s the one I’ve been looking for. Thanks Kyle.

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  • http://kyleeslick.com Kyle Eslick

    @ Leland – There are no rules really. You don’t have to link back to anyone if you don’t want to I don’t think, I just wanted to highlight John’s post. Basically you just list a few plugins that you feel are underrated. :D

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  • http://techblissonline.com Techblissonline Dot Com

    Guess My new plugin, Broken links remover is also worth taking a try – http://techblissonline.com/broken-links-remover-wordpress-plugin/

    cheers,Rajesh

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  • Hanna @ Watch Live Tour de France

    This is the first time I’m hearing about the math comment plug-in. I’ll have to figure out how to incorporate it into my blogs. Thanks.