This list contains my top 7 Must Have WordPress Plugins.
Because I’m a visual learner, I’ve included screenshots of each plugin to help you get a better understanding of how to use each one. Experience is the best teacher which is how I have learned which plugin’s work best for my blog. I hope you will find this information helpful.
1.Click to Tweet by CoSchedule
Click to Tweet is great for the right kind of post. It isn’t necessarily a tool you will wish to use for every single post you write. It’s great for blog parties, giveaway’s and current events type information. Most readers are willing to help you get the word out for current events.
You may wish to update a post and add the Click to Tweet feature once you see that a particular posts is very popular. My Christmas Party Games post was one of the first I wrote when I began my blog. It has been very popular from the beginning. I have updated it a couple of times including adding in the Click to Tweet link.
2. Easy Recipe
Easy Recipe will do two things to make your blogging life better!
- Allow you to be able to have Rich Pins. (Go HERE for 3 Easy Steps to Add Rich Pins, a very simple and easy to understand tutorial)
2. Add a more professional looking printable recipe to your blog post.
I use the free version of Easy Recipe (Free is always good!) The paid version will allow you to include a picture inside the printable area.
SEO means Search Engine Optimization
My favorite thing about Yoast is the SEO ‘coaching’. YOAST will give you the ‘green light’ when you are SEO ready. Click on ‘Check’ (as shown in below screenshot) to learn which corrections you need to make if you have a yellow or gray light.
Clicking on ‘Check’ will take you to the Page Analysis with a list of suggestions and tips to make your post Search Engine Optimal.
Once you have all green Yes’s (as seen in screenshot below) and the green light on your Dashboard Edit Post, you are good to go!
Enjoy organic visitors who are able to find your site when they enter matching search terms into their search engine.
Bloggers love comments! I used to comment on blogs long before I became a blogger myself.
If I had seen other interesting blog title links in the comments, I would definitely click on them. I frequently visit a blog from the Comment Luv link. Don’t you?
TIP: If you have the Comment Luv plugin on your blog but you are not seeing those links show up in your comments, please go fix the problem. It’s probably very simple and even has a quick fix from the Plugin owners.
5. Jetpack by WordPress
My Favorite Thing About The Jetpack Plugin for WordPress is Site Stats.
You will find a comprehensive list of Site Stats for up to one year. This is excellent information to help you determine your strategies going forward.
How to get to get there:
Highlight ‘Jetpack’ in your Dashboard and then click on ‘Site Stats’
You will find
- Bar graph with stats for Days, Weeks & Months
- Referrers to help you see which social media sites are performing best for your blog
- All of your Top Posts & Pages (now you know what your readers are interested in)
- Search Engine Terms being used to find your blog posts
- The links being Clicked on your blog
6. Revive Old Post by Themeisle
Revive Old Post does a great job of social media sharing of your older posts. You choose which posts will be shared and how often. The free version includes Facebook and Twitter. I stick with the free version. The great thing about Revive Old Post is that you set it and you’re done. Other social scheduling sites like Hootsuite are wonderful but you do have to go set the schedules often.
Shareaholic offers an array of features we all need on our blog. You will get floating social share buttons, the Pin it button over each and every image, nice sized and attractive related post links, social follow buttons and even affiliate links.
The down side of Shareaholic for me is that I’d like to select the Promoted Content myself.
There you have it! My top 7 Must Have WordPress Plugins.
- Click to Tweet by CoSchedule
- Easy Recipe
- Yoast SEO
- Comment Luv
- Jetpack by WordPress
- Revive Old Post by Themeisle
What are your Must Have plugins? We’d all like to know!
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