Top 10 Plugins for WordPress
I am seeing more and more blog posts about how successful bloggers reach their amazing numbers every month. But I wanted to do something a little different. I haven’t seen many posts about which plugins to use with your blog and which ones will benefit you the most.
When I first started my blog, I had no clue what I was doing. No clue what a plugin was, what a widget was, what coding was, and it was all VERY overwhelming. So over the next few posts I’m going to go over the basics of blogging. Today is all about the best, must-have plugins that I use on my own blog. So let’s get going!
Number one on my list of plugins is Jetpack. This plugin allows you to install a ton of popular plugins with one click (and update them all the same way). Jetpack boosts your site’s performance by taking the load of the features off your servers, making it faster. You can also count on regular updates, enhancements, and troubleshooting. I personally love the security features it has which protects my site from spam and suspicious log-in activity. LOVE.
#2 Yoast SEO
For many (including myself) SEO is quite a mystery. It requires a lot of knowledge and know-how. But Yoast SEO makes it all so much easier. It does the hard work for you. It first and foremost helps you write better content. Yoast SEO makes you choose a focus keyword when you’re writing articles, and then makes sure you use that focus keyword frequently throughout your post. It gives you a page analysis that shows if your article is red light, yellow light, or green and good to go! How awesome is that?
#3 WP Smush
I recently downloaded this plugin and have seen a fantastic speed improvement for my site. What this plugin does is “smush” your image sizes down so your site doesn’t lag. Having a quick site is a must for bloggers. If it takes too long to load, you’ll lose visitors quickly.
#4 Tiny MCE Advanced
This plugin simply allows you more options on your visual editing toolbar while writing your article. You will have support for creating and editing tables, more options when inserting lists, and the ability to set font family and font sizes. You do have options anyways, but this just gives you MORE options..
#5 Title and No-follow for Links
As a novice, I was completely unaware what “no-follow links” were and that google requires them when you add links to other sites on your webpage. Basically instead of inserting “rel=”nofollow” manually to every single one of your links, you simply click, “add no-follow” on a box. Simple! All companies you work with should require you to add no-follow links. If they don’t, they are doing something wrong. Don’t ever agree to adding follow links to you posts! Google cracks down on stuff like that and you could get in trouble.
There are a ton of sharing apps to choose from. Shareaholic is the one I used from the beginning and have loved the options of changing the colors, sizes, and shapes of my share buttons. If you want customizable share buttons, get these.
You know the pop ups that are insanely annoying on most blogs? Yes, that is from Mailchimp most likely. However, you don’t have to have the super annoying ones that make browsing a huge pain. On my site, I have it pop up in the bottom right corner and it doesn’t disturb anything you’re reading. And I still have a great response from people signing up. There is nothing that makes me click off of a site quicker than annoying pop ups. Don’t be that blogger. Please..
#8 Google Analytics and Adsense
I need to be able to see how much traffic I’m getting, and google analytics is an easy way to do this. Instead of having to log onto google, it’s right there in your blogging dashboard. It’s also nice being able to see how much my site is bringing in from my ads. Again, it’s a time saver and it’s nice to stay on top of your earnings and traffic.
#9 Akismet Anti-Spam
You would not BELIEVE how much spam this plugin stops from getting onto my site. It automatically checks all comments and filters out the ones that look spammy. It even has a discard feature that outright blocks the worst spam, saving you disk space and speeding up your site. It is a huge life saver and a must download.
#10 Comment Luv
I really love this plugin. It allows fellow bloggers to show their most recent post links when commenting on your blog. I love seeing it on other blogging sites and always like to see bloggers taking advantage of it on my own site as well. The more the merrier! We’re all in this together.
So there they are guys. My top 10 plugins for WordPress blogs! I could actually add a ton more to this list but decided I’d just do a “top 10” for now. What is your favorite must-have plugin? Please share below so I can check it out too 😉 There are always new ones being added and I love finding interesting additions that can spruce up my site!