The most popular FREE WordPress Plugins according to ProBlogger users.

Over at ProBlogger, Darren Rowse asked his community, “What are your favourite FREE WordPress Plugins?”

With more time than sense on my hands, I compiled a list of the 183 unique WordPress Plugins which commenters mentioned:

The Top 10

Plugin name Number of mentions
Akismet 39
All in One SEO Pack 31
Google XML Sitemaps 26
CommentLuv 16
Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YAFPP) 16
WPtouch iPhone Theme 12
Broken Link Checker 11
SexyBookmarks 11
WP Super Cache 10
Contact Form 7 9

How I totaled it up.
Pasted the comments into an Excel spreadsheet, and removed all the non-recommendations.
Then I matched the plugin name to the plugin home page (mostly the WordPress plugin sites).
Next I tidied up the various spellings people used.
Finally, I did a pivot table in Excel, and here we are.

The other 173

FD Feedburner Plugin 7
TweetMeme Button 7
LinkWithin 6
WordPress Backup 6
Pretty Link 5
SEO Smart Links 5
Subscribe to Comments 5
W3 Total Cache 5
WordPress Related Posts 5
WP Greet Box 5
Exclude Pages from Navigation 4
Google Analytics for WordPress 4
Platinum SEO Pack 4
Redirection 4
Thesis OpenHook 4
Twitter Tools 4
Wibiya Toolbar 4
WP-DB-Backup 4
WP-Stats 4
Comment Reply Notification 3
Digg Digg 3
NextGEN Gallery 3
Ozh’ Admin Drop Down Menu 3
Sociable 3
Social Media Widget 3
What Would Seth Godin Do 3
WordPress.com Popular Posts 3
WP-DBManager 3
AddThis Social Bookmarking Widget 2
Advertising Manager 2
After the Deadline 2
Category Order 2
cbnet Ping Optimizer 2
Contextual Related Posts 2
Disqus Comment System 2
Duplicate Post 2
Facebook “Like” button 2
Get Recent Comments 2
IntenseDebate Comments 2
KeywordLuv 2
PollDaddy Polls & Ratings 2
ReplyMe 2
RSS Footer 2
Scribe 2
Smart YouTube 2
Spam Free 2
StatCounter – Free Real Time Visitor Stats 2
TubePress 2
Ultimate Google Analytics 2
Widget Logic 2
WP Smush.it 2
WP-PageNavi 2
WP-reCAPTCHA 2
WP-Table Reloaded 2
XML Sitemaps 2
Yoast Breadcrumbs 2
1 click re-tweet 1
About Me 3000 1
Ad Buttons 1
AddToAny 1
Ad-Slider 1
Advanced Most Recent Posts 1
Align RSS Images 1
All in One AdSense 1
apture 1
Auto Tweet 1
Automated Keywords Generator 1
Aweber 1
BackUpWordPress 1
better nearby post navigation 1
Blog Mechanics Keyword Link 1
Blogger Importer 1
BuddyPress 1
Bunny’s Print CSS 1
Compact Archives 1
cookies for comments 1
Custom Admin Branding 1
Custom Query String 1
Dagon Sitemap Generator Plugin for WordPress 1
DB Cache Reloaded 1
Dynamic Content Gallery 1
Easy Contact 1
Easy Privacy Policy 1
Easy Twitter Links 1
Event Calendar 1
Excerpt Editor 1
exploit scanner 1
Fast Contact Form 1
Feedburner FeedSmith 1
Find Me On 1
GD Press Tools 1
Genki Youtube Comments 1
GetSocial 1
Google Analyticator 1
Google Integration Toolkit 1
Greg’s Threaded Number Comment Numbering 1
HeadSpace2 SEO 1
Hyper Cache 1
Latest Posts by Category 1
Live Comment Preview 1
Login Lockdown 1
Markdown for WordPress and bbPress 1
MaxBlogPress Ping Optimizer 1
MaxBlogPress Unblockable Popup 1
Meet Your Commenters 1
No-Nofollow 1
NoSpamNX – beats the hell out of Akismet 1
Old Post Promoter (OPP) 1
Organize Series 1
Ozh’ Better Feed 1
Ozh’ Who Sees Ads 1
Page Links To 1
Picbox 1
Post video players slideshow and photo galleries 1
Post Views Summary 1
Postalicious 1
Posterous Importer 1
Posts per Cat 1
Quick Adsense 1
Related Posts 1
Related Ways to Take Action 1
Related Websites 1
SEO pack for 3.1 1
SEO SearchTerms Tagging 2 1
Shadowbox 1
Share This 1
SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam 1
Simple Tags 1
Site Stat 1
Smart Archives 1
Smart Archives Reloaded 1
social for wp 3.1 1
Social Slider 1
SRG Clean Archives 1
StatPress 1
StatPress Reloaded 1
Stray Random Quotes 1
Supr by StumbleUpon 1
Tabber Widget 1
The Contact form 1
Theme Preview 1
Topsy Retweet Button 1
Tweet-Stimonials 1
Twitter @Anywhere Plus 1
Twitter Friendly Links 1
TwitterLink Comments 1
Twounter 1
Ultimate Follow Me 1
Who’s Online – fun to watch! 1
WhyDoWork.com Adsense 1
Wickett Twitter Widget 1
Widgets Reloaded 1
Woopra’s Analytics plugin. 1
Wordbooker 1
WordPress Firewall 1
WordPress Mobile Edition 1
WordPress Popular Posts 1
WP Comment Auto Responder 1
WP Contact Form III 1
WP Email Capture 1
WP Quotes 1
WP Security Scan 1
WP to Twitter 1
WP-Archives 1
WP-backup 1
WP-Ban 1
WP-Cleanup 1
WP-ContactForm 1
WP-Cufon 1
WP-EMail 1
WP-HashCash 1
WP-Print 1
wp-Typography 1

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