By Kevin Serwatowski
If you’re operating a WordPress Web site or blog, up to now you’re always searching for a way to innovate and make your site easier to use for you and your visitors. WordPress plugins are quick shortcuts that are easy to learn, install, and use.
The ten plugins listed here can help any blog in some way. I also wanted high functionality, low cost, ease of use, popularity, and simple installation. I chose those I found to be bonehead-proof and powerful.
- WordPress SEO by Yoast
With over 7 million downloads, this is one of the top ranked WordPress plugins. It’s powerful, easy to use, and fully functional for optimizing your pages and posts for search engines. Just download it, install the plugin, and it goes to work optimizing your blog or Web site. With that many customer reviews, this plugin is not to be overlooked.
- WP Google Drive
Backing up your WordPress site files is essential, and it’s easy with this plugin. This plugin backs up to Google Drive making it extremely simple and convenient.
- Ebyline WordPress Payments
Ebyline developed a plugin that allows clients to pay freelance writers directly from their WordPress dashboard, making them an industry leader in connecting freelance writers and clients who need content creation. The plugin also keeps track of W9 tax information, too. It’s very convenient.
- Google Analytics Dashboard for WP
Track your Web site traffic without navigating away from your WordPress dashboard. The ease of this plugin is enormous, producing real-time images of what your traffic is doing right from inside WordPress.
Help your blog get noticed and stand out without clutter. You can get your blog posts noticed via social networking media. It works with Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+. It has the usual Facebook sharing buttons so you can increase your blogs’ sharing ability.
- Thank Me Later
Provide a much more personal touch to the auto response emails that are programmed to be sent to new comments and visitors with Thank Me Later. Make your “Thank you,” emails more personal with the ability to customize certain fields, and send it hours after the signup, rather than retroactively. Test it and see how well you like the results.
Akismet is a set-it-and-forget-it WordPress plugin that filters junk comments and identify legitimate comments and the spam. You can moderate all comments if you want to, and using Akismet will send reports while improving the filtering.
- Contact Form 7
If you’ve recently filled out a blog contact form then there’s a good chance it was powered by Contact Form 7. Contact Form 7 works with Akismet, so those spammers aren’t going to misuse your contact form or clutter your inbox.
- Simple Pull Quote
Content scrutiny is on the rise, and with good reason. More people are questioning more of the statements and claims made on the Internet and in the press because of suspicions about the source of the information and who has to gain by publishing it. Simple Pull Quote is a plugin that adds a button to your post dashboard allowing you to highlight the text that was pulled from another source. The visitor then sees a clear, concise quote that stands out, and deduces that the statement was copied from another source.
- JM Twitter Cards
Tweet with media included and turn your Twitter stream into something more like Facebook or Google+. Insert into your Tweets images and video from the blog post that link to your content. When the tweet is selected, it’ll show more information about that tweet such as its title, a short summary, image, and Twitter account and source link. If you would like to insert pictures and video directly into your Twitter stream then this plugin is the one! Over 100,000 downloads in just over two years.
The most established bloggers depend on plugins.
Plugins make operations simpler and blogging more effective. Plugins allow you to use complete SEO packages and work directly with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+; they’re incredible time saving assets.
Thank you for reading!