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Cendrine Marrouat

Social Media Slant Founder Cendrine Marrouat is a social media journalist, blogger, coach, curator, and author living in Canada. In 2012, she released The Little Big eBook on Blogging: 40 Traffic Generation Tips, a comprehensive resource that provides bloggers of all levels with essential information and precise guidance to attract quality traffic to their blogs. She is currently working on an eBook on social media strategies.
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Wordpress stats

Every month, the WordPress.com team releases mind-blowing numbers. November did not go against the established order. Check out the short list below:

  • 36 million published posts (1.5 million on November 21)
  • 245 million words
  • 53 million comments (2 million on November 1st)
  • 7 million likes

A quick look at the official stats page also reveals that WordPress.com now powers 73.2+ million blogs around the world. Posts also generate 14.6+ billion views monthly.

WordPress recently launched a new default theme (“Twenty Fourteen“) and released its WP Photos App for Firefox. Additionally, Co-Founder Matt Mullenweg made Time’s 30 under 30 list, which celebrates the Millennials who are changing the world.

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    13 WordPress plugins to add to your collection

    13 WordPress plugins to add to your collection

    You may remember the two articles I recently curated on WordPress plugins. If you want more, I have found two excellent resources for you. First, a list of seven Twitter plugins reviewed by Nikhil Jain: Twitter Tools Click To Tweet Twitter Mentions As Comments Nextend Twitter Connect Hupso Share Buttons Twitter Plugin Kebo Twitter Feed...

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    WordPress › Disqus Comment System " WordPress Plugins

    WordPress › Disqus Comment System " WordPress Plugins

    The Disqus comment system replaces your WordPress comment system with your comments hosted and powered by Disqus.

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    WP-Optimize Database Cleanup and Optimization Plugin for WordPress

    WP-Optimize Database Cleanup and Optimization Plugin for WordPress

    Latest version hosted at WordPress Official Plugin Directory I use WordPress solutions in a day to day basis. WordPress comes with a very extensible framework that allows you to add comprehensive and powerful functionality to your Blog system. WP-Optimize plugin is written to simplify your daily WordPress works simpler.

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    WordPress › WP Super Cache " WordPress Plugins

    WordPress › WP Super Cache " WordPress Plugins

    This plugin generates static html files from your dynamic WordPress blog. After a html file is generated your webserver will serve that file instead of processing the comparatively heavier and more expensive WordPress PHP scripts.

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    WordPress › WP Smush.it " WordPress Plugins

    WordPress › WP Smush.it " WordPress Plugins

    Yahoo's excellent Exceptional Performance series recommends optimizing images in several lossless ways: stripping meta data from JPEGs optimizing JPEG compression converting certain GIFs to indexed PNGs stripping the un-used colours from indexed images Smush.it offers an API that performs these optimizations (except for stripping JPEG meta data) automatically, and this plugin seamlessly integrates Smush.it with WordPress.

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    WordPress › Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARPP) " WordPress Plugins

    WordPress › Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARPP) " WordPress Plugins

    Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARPP) gives you a list of posts and/or pages related to the current entry, introducing the reader to other relevant content on your site. Thumbnails: a beautiful new thumbnail display, for themes which use post thumbnails (featured images) New in YARPP 4!

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    WordPress › Contact Form 7 " WordPress Plugins

    WordPress › Contact Form 7 " WordPress Plugins

    Contact Form 7 can manage multiple contact forms, plus you can customize the form and the mail contents flexibly with simple markup. The form supports Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering and so on. Docs & Support You can find docs, FAQ and more detailed information about Contact Form 7 on contactform7.com.

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    Tweetily - Tweet WordPress Posts Automatically

    Tweetily - Tweet WordPress Posts Automatically

    Tweetily will automatically tweet your old WordPress posts for you driving massive Twitter traffic to your WordPress blog. You've got your great blog content, now let Tweetily tweet your old WordPress posts automatically and drive massive Twitter traffic to your blog FOR FREE!

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    Seo Friendly Table of Contents

    Seo Friendly Table of Contents

    This plugin puts a table of contents on your page. You just need to type one line of code in the page/post editor. That's it! You dont need to edit your themes source code. The plugin allows you to set a title of the toc box.

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    Google (XML) Sitemaps Generator for WordPress

    Google (XML) Sitemaps Generator for WordPress

    This plugin generates a XML-Sitemap compliant sitemap of your WordPress blog. This format is supported by Ask.com, Google, YAHOO and MSN Search. More information about what XML-Sitemaps are and how they can help you to get indexed by the major search engines can be found at Sitemaps.org and the searchenginewatch blog.

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    Breadcrumb NavXT

    Breadcrumb NavXT

    Breadcrumb NavXT, the successor to the popular WordPress plugin Breadcrumb Navigation XT, was written from the ground up to be better than its ancestor. Table of Contents Purpose Breadcrumb NavXT is a WordPress plugin compatible with WordPress versions 3.2 and up. This plugin generates locational breadcrumb trails for your WordPress blog.

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    [WordPress Plugin] Automatic Post Thumbnail

    [WordPress Plugin] Automatic Post Thumbnail

    Please continue all discussions regarding the free plugin in the plugin forum. This plugin now has a PRO version WordPress 2.9 introduced a new feature called Post Thumbnails (a.k.a Featured Thumbnails) allowing you to assign an image to your post. This image can then be easily shown in your blog using a simple function.

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    Comment spam prevention for your blog - Akismet

    Comment spam prevention for your blog - Akismet

    Akismet filters out your comment and track-back spam for you, so you can focus on more important things.

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    WordPress › Fancier Author Box by ThematoSoup " WordPress Plugins

    WordPress › Fancier Author Box by ThematoSoup " WordPress Plugins

    For support requests please use our dedicated support forums at - http://support.thematosoup.com/ If you're looking for a way to make your every page a landing page for new contacts and leads, then you will find Fancier Author Box by ThematoSoup invaluable. Make your every post stand out and attract your readers' eyes.

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    WordPress › WPSocialite " WordPress Plugins

    WordPress › WPSocialite " WordPress Plugins

    No one likes long load times, but we all want to be able to share our content via Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks. These take a long time to load. Paradox? Not anymore! With WPSocialite (utilizing David Bushell's amazing SocialiteJS plugin [http://www.socialitejs.com/]) we can manage the loading process of our social sharing links.

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    WordPress › Simple Share Buttons Adder " WordPress Plugins

    WordPress › Simple Share Buttons Adder " WordPress Plugins

    The Simple Share Buttons Adder utilises features that, as a WordPress user, you will be familiar with. A self-explanatory administration screen will have you showing your Share Buttons on your posts and pages in no time!

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    WordPress › All in One SEO Pack " WordPress Plugins

    WordPress › All in One SEO Pack " WordPress Plugins

    All in One SEO Pack is a WordPress SEO plugin to automatically optimize your WordPress blog for Search Engines such as Google.

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    WordPress › EWWW Image Optimizer " WordPress Plugins

    WordPress › EWWW Image Optimizer " WordPress Plugins

    The EWWW Image Optimizer is a WordPress plugin that will automatically and losslessly optimize your images as you upload them to your blog. It can also optimize the images that you have already uploaded in the past. It is also possible to convert your images automatically to the file format that will produce the smallest image size (make sure you read the WARNINGS).

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    WordPress › JS & CSS Script Optimizer " WordPress Plugins
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2 Comments

  1. Jeevan Jacob John

    That’s a lot of blogs (too bad I can’t visualize the number..but still, that’s a lot of blogs).

    Appreciate the plugins list, Cendrine :) I am almost done with my installed plugins list, I just need to go over and finalize it before I launch the blog (this week, I am focusing on creating pages).

    Anyways, thank you for the post! Hope you had an awesome Tue :)

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