WordPress is a powerful piece of blogging software, there’s no denying that. What makes it even more functional is the ability to add plug-ins to your installation to turbo charge your exposure and your income. In this post I’ll be letting you in on the top 6 plug-in’s that I use on every single blog I create. The best part is that all of these plug-in’s are absolutely free for you to install on your own blog. Let’s start the list.
1. Yoast SEO
Yoast is an SEO plugin that has been around for a long time and as such has been well supported and upgraded throughout the years. This is a must have on all my blogs and allows you to specify target keywords, create optimized meta descriptions and titles as well as ton of other behind the scenes features that make your blog more easily found by the search engines. Warning – Don’t go too crazy with your optimization. Remember to write for the visitor and not the search engines. See my post on creating killer blog headlines for more information on that.
Get it: Yoast SEO
2. Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin
Nothing is worse than logging into your WordPress administration area and seeing there are 300 spam messages that you have to sort though and delete. Growmap Anti Spambot does all the work for you and keeps spammers out of your site and away from your comments box. The best part is that it does it elegantly by having a very simple check box that users need to tick to indicate they aren’t spammers.
Get it: Growmap Anti Spambot
3. WP Google Authorship
What’s the new secret to success in SEO? Well, it’s not really a secret and the program has been around for years but the Google authorship program is your fast track to success in the blogging world. What this plugin does is link your blog to your Google+ account to assure Google that you’re not a spammer and as such gives you a HUGE rankings boost over your competitors. It also puts your photo next to your website in the search engines to make your site standout from your competitors with your ugly mug next to it. It usually takes a while for Google to associate your Google+ account with your blog so make sure you install this and link it up with your posts today!
Get It: WP Google Authorship
4. Google Analytics for WordPress
From the same makers of Yoast SEO, Google Analytics for WordPress simply links up your Google Analytics account with your blog to track visitors and performance. It provides you with a ton of features you’ll probably never need to use but it’s nice to know you have them as your blog grows and you need to track advertisement clicks and the individual performance of each article. We love it because it’s a fast and simple install to track visitors on your website.
Get it: Google Analytics for WordPress
5 .Twitter Facebook Social Share
– Social sharing is a must-have feature for your blog. When a visitor reads your post or review, you want them to be able to share it with hundreds of their friends instantly on sites like facebook, twitter, or pinterest. There are indeed plenty of social sharing plug-in’s out there. Some give you way too many options, some are huge and distracting, some even follow you down the page as you scroll. Only “Twitter Facebook Social Share” provides you with a simple integration, all the customization you could want and best of all, is simple and stylish.
Get it: Twitter Facebook Social Share
6. Pretty Link Lite
If you’re reviewing or recommending products on your website then you know that the affiliate links given to you by the companies you make commissions from are ugly and not very memorable for your visitors. Pretty Link Lite solves all of that by making your links short and simple i.e. http://www.gauravheera.com/hostgator so that your links are easy for your visitors to remember if they don’t click right away. It also has the built in functionality to make your links “no-follow” to the search engines and best of all, every click is trackable through their system.
Get it: Petty Link Lite
Well, that’s it for now. There are of course many more plug-in’s out there depending on what type of blog you’re building but these should be staple plug-ins for all of them. Check back soon as I’m sure I’ll be adding to this list as I get suggestions from my readers. Remember to take action and start “plugging in” your blog today!