5) Akismet

Active Installs: Over 1+ Million

WordPress Akismet Plugin

Spammers are annoying as hell. You’re busy trying to build your business and create amazing content, and these idiots have nothing better to do than leave spammy comments on your blog and contact forms. It’s extremely aggravating quite frankly. Luckily Akismet helps us solve this problem! Akismet is a spam fighting service that protects your WordPress blog from comment & contact form spam. Akismet works as a filter between spammers and your blog.

The process is very simple – you install the plugin, and register for a free account to get a special code called an “API Key”. You enter this code into your Akismet settings page and from there on out Kismet automatically block your site from receiving spam! Kismet basically scans each and every comment and contact form submission and deletes the spam for you – on autopilot!

Akismet is free for personal, non-commercial sites and blogs, and has plans starting at only $5 a month.

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6) Pretty Link Lite

Active Installs: Over 100,000+

WordPress Pretty Link Lite Plugin

One of the main ways people make money online with their WordPress Blog is through Affiliate Links. An affiliate link is a link that can share to earn a commission for a product that you use and trust. The problem with most Affiliate links is that are long, ugly and look Spammy. Luckily, plugins like Pretty Link can help you make beautiful, natural looking Affiliate Links that don’t look Spammy.

Pretty Link Lite lets you shrink, beautify, track, manage and share any URL on or off of your WordPress blog. The coolest thing about Pretty Link Lite is that it enables you to shorten links using your own domain name, similar to sites like bit.ly. So instead of using the ugly affiliate link “http://afilliatesitethatiknowlikeandtrust.com/store/category/itemname/affid=8675309″ use can use the pretty link “http://mikewayne.com/recomends/genesis”!

In addition to creating clean links, Pretty Link tracks each hit on your pretty links receive and provides you with a detailed report of the users IP Address, the time they clicked on the link, how many unique individuals clicked on your link, what page they found the link on and the link text used. Pretty Link is a the best free plugin for people who want to clean up their affiliate links, track clicks from emails, and want to build brand awareness for their own domain rather than a third party service like bit.ly. It’s also great for creating “prettier” links to use in your Email Marketing campaigns!

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