I am certainly finding these “Five” series of posts very educational. There has been such great discussions around each one and I am learning a lot from all of the experience of the visitors here at the site. I appreciate your willingness to speak up about what your likes and dislikes. There is nothing like a spirited conversation and sharing of information to get the brain juices flowing.
So our “Five” for this post is blogroll related plugins for your website.
Feed Reading Blogroll – This plugin uses Googles index of feeds to grab the latest post date and title and display it on your blogroll. There are several configuration options and it can organize the presentation of the blogroll links in order of the freshness of the latest post. You will need a free Google API key to use this plugin.
Nofollow Blogroll SEO – This simple plugin puts rel="nofollow" on non-homepage Blogroll Links. It allows you to share links with your favorite sites but not take a hit in your SEO for having sitewide links. This is a fairly new plugin in the development cycle but due to its simplicity is not likely to require a lot of development down the road.
Better Blogroll – Collecting a lot of links in your blogroll to the point they take up an entire sidebar? Well this plugin is the solution to that problem. It allows you to specify a specific number of blogroll links to display in your sidebar and then it randomly fills that from your entire collection of blogroll links. So it keeps things fresh and shares the link love! This has several other features that just give added benefits to the plugin such as image links, displaying the links category and setting links to no follow. This is one of the more popular ones with almost 9,400 downloads to date.
Advanced Blogroll – This plugin allows you to display your blogroll links by category; order them by name, link ID or randomly; display with text links only, graphics only or both; select how many links to show and also opt to add the no follow attribute to the links.
Google Reader Blogroll Widget – This one lets you grab your Google Reader subscription and display it in your sidebar as a blogroll – you can even use the custom Google color schemes in your sidebar display for it.
I look forward to seeing what you use for blogrolls in the comments. Thanks and stay safe out there on the net!