About six months ago we published a popular list of WordPress plugins for affiliates. While we stand by that list and urge you to take a look, six months is a long time in the digital world. Below is a new 2011 list of WordPress plugins for affiliate marketers and other Web professionals:
Google XML Sitemaps
Will automatically create a special XML sitemap of your website to help the search engines better index your content. This plugin also automatically notifies the search engines whenever new content is posted to the site.
WP Super Cache
Creates static html files from your WordPress blog, ensuring faster-loading Web pages that will result in better search engine results and lower bounce rates. The approximately 1 percent of users who do not see static files will also benefit by seeing different cached files -- which are still better than uncached files.
This WordPress Analytics plugin offers extensive conversion tracking for affiliate sales including what site and page a hit originated from; which search engine found your site; what keywords were used, the landing page visitors entered from and much more. Tracking is currently available for ShareASale and ClickBank, but more networks are expected to join in the near future.
FD Feedburner Plugin
Automatically redirects the main feed to Feedburner.com without the need to modify templates, set up new hidden feeds, modify .htaccess files or asking users to migrate to a new feed. There is an option to also redirect the comments feed, and all existing feeds become Feedburner feeds transparently for all users.
Fast becoming considered the best WordPress SEO solution, this all-in-one meta-data manager has dozens of features and provides an import function for numerous other SEO plugins including the All in One SEO Pack from last year's list.
Don’t be misled by the name as Digg has certainly seen better days. However, this all-in-one social buttons plugin provides display counts not only for Digg but also for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Reddit, StumbleUpon, TweetMeme, Topsy and many more.
AskApache Password Protect
Uses fast and proven built-in features that add multiple layers of security to your site. Affiliates can set up password protection using basic authentication or the more secure digest authentication, building a virtual wall to stop attacks and also block spam.
Another security precaution, this plugin limits the number of login attempts from a given IP range within a certain amount of time. It defaults to a one-hour lockout of an IP after three failed login attempts within five minutes, but the times can be modified through the Options panel.