I’ve got to admit, one of my favorite pastimes is wasting massive amounts of time tinkering with my WordPress plugins. I’m a sucker for “Top WordPress Plugins” posts on other people’s blogs.

I could browse the thousands of plugins at the WordPress Plugin Directory, but I find that it’s much easier to take recommendations from other bloggers.

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Here are seven of my favorite lists followed by the plugins that I use on Genius Types. Remember, after you tinker with your site, make sure that it still jives on all browsers. Read Checking Browser Compatibility for more information.

Plugin Posts

Top (must have) WordPress Plugins Part I & Part II
at eJabs.com

Essential WordPress Plugins
at BloggPro.com

Five Essential Plugins You Shouldn’t WordPress Without
at AlexShalman.com

TOP 30 WordPress Plugins in Blogosphere
at Staska.net

Top WordPress Plugins
at TheBlogJoint.com

Top WordPress Plugins You Can’t Do Without
at InMyPlace.info

WordPress Plugins
at AdesBlog.com

Plugins Used on Genius Types

Aksimet -saves me hours by fending off spam comments.
AdSense-Deluxe -an easy way to organize google ads.
Bookmark Me -the del.icio.us button at the bottom of my posts.
CG-SameCat -generates a list of pages in the same category.
Dean’s Permalinks Migration -get out of jail free card for changing my mind.
Exec-PHP -lets me run PHP in posts and pages.
Feedburner Feed Replacement -directs RSS feeds to feedburner.
Get Recent Comments -generates a list of recent comments in the sidebar.
Google Sitemaps -creates a Google-friendly sitemap.
Gregarious -Digg and Reddit buttons.
Kramer -converts inbound links to pingbacks.
MyAvitars -adds MyBlogLog avatars to comments.
Popularity Contest -most popular posts.
SEO Title Tag -customizes my title tags.
Show Top Commentators -lists the top contributers to comments.
SRG Clean Archives -archives that don’t give me a headache.
Subscribe to Comments -alerts people of follow-ups to their comments.
Tags in the Head -not entirely sure what this does, but makes me feel better.
Terong Related Links -lists related links.
The Excerpt Reloaded -customizable excerpts.
Underscore Permalinks -uses _ instead of – in permalinks.
Ultimate Tag Warrior -organizes tags for each post.
Contact Form -a simple contact form.