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One of the nice things about Wordpress is that there are a ton of plugins out there that will make your life easier by letting you integrate anything you want into your blog without having to touch any code. Over the years I’ve run and tested tons of plugins across dozens of sites and some plugins have proven indispensable. Here I will share the ones that fit this category.
Every professional blog should have RSS tracking for feed subscribers, an email list signup form, and an analytics package. I recommend Feedburner, Mailchimp, and Google Analytics along with a few helpful related plugins.
One of the first things I’d recommend doing after launching your site (or even right after you come up with your brand name) is to go out and register your username on the top social media sites. This is great for both reputation management and to start participating in relevant communities.
Your logo is often the first thing that people will see when they visit your website. While it’s possible to just use a text header when starting out, I’d highly recommend getting a really good logo from the beginning (bad logo design can actually cost you). Logos help establish your brand and credibility.