Blogs are one of the easiest ways to establish a web presence, as there are many blog platforms that eliminate the need to learn how to create a website. Blogger.com is still one of the most popular of the free blogging options. Purchased by Google in 2003, blogger.com offers anyone the option of creating one or more blogs in a matter of minutes. Blogger.com not only has the platform but even provides the web space so that users don’t incur hosting charges.
Do Follow blogs tell the search engines to follow the link left along with the comment. NoFollow blogs, on the other hand, tell the search engines NOT to follow the link that is left with that comment. In other words, with the former, you can get link juice in the form of backlinks; in no follow blogs, you don’t.
The first and foremost guide to choosing the right plugin is by looking at the features provided. Does this plugin allows you to add a Buy now button? Or can it be linked with PayPal, a popular online transaction system? You need to compare the features of the plugin with the needs of your websites. If you are the retailer of products, as a rule of thumb you should aim for plugins that provides easy payments and also plugins that helps you summarize the sales data.
Now if you look above, you will see a button to ‘add new’ plugins. When we click this we can access a bank of free softwares written by nerds who love to support the wordpress platform in their spare time. They usually ask for donations, which we gladly make once we find the plugins performing well for us.
At the cost of sounding condescending I would say plugins are the reason why you would self-host a blog. They are the things that make your blog look professional in comparison with a Blogspot or free hosted blog. They are also the reason why search engines respect you more.
I’ve heard as many stories of getting indexed fast and ranking high in search engines from both WordPress and Blogger users. As long as the content is good, the spiders will come.
You should also set the “Anyone Can Register” in Settings/General to off, and you should have some sort of spam plugin. Akismet is the old standby, the one I use, but there are many of them these days.