best plugins for wordpress

31 Oct Blogger Hot Tip! Top 5 WordPress Plug-ins for Your Blog

Tips for New Bloggers

One of the things I like the most about WordPress is the flexibility to add options or applications to make your blog be more efficient and better. There two versions of WordPress: the WordPress.com (or better known as the “free” version) and the WordPress.org (or self-hosted version). Each one of them has its own pros and cons.

As a new blogger, I always recommend starting with the free version for two main reasons: first, well it is free (what else can you ask for) and second so you can become familiarized with the program. It did not take me to long to realize that I wanted more options, more applications to personalize my blog and although my free theme came with a lot, I needed more. So I switched to the self-hosted version.

Once I made the switch, a completely new level of access to plug-ins opened up for me. So what is a plug-in you might ask? They are applications that can be used to personalize your blog. Very much like the apps to smart phones, these plug-ins can be a great benefit to your blog.  There is a plug-in for everything. Below I will share my top 5 must-have plug-ins for your blog

best plugins for wordpress

 

  1. WP Editorial Calendar:  This plug-in will keep you organized. It will allow you to set up the post on the day you need to publish and even publish it from the application.
  2. JetPack: This is a plug-in aggregator with lots of options. It includes email subscription, analytics, spell check, sharing buttons, etc. All-in-one and absolutely FREE!!
  3. SEO Ultimate: Want more readers for your blog? Then download this plug-in to increase your chance of finding you when searching in Google.
  4. Watermark RELOADED: Protect your images and don’t let anyone steal them. You can add any kind of watermark to your images with this plug-in.
  5. Optimize Database after deleting revisions: Did you know that every time you revise your posts each one of those becomes a file and archive? Yes, and those revisions take space that you will need to keep posting. Eliminate them with this plug-in.

There are thousands of plug-ins you can use to maximize your blog. These are my top five but you can also see my top 10 list on this post

Have a favorite plug-in? Please share with us.

 

Guest Blogger Yadira Ambert

About the author: Yadira Ambert is the “Diosa Mayor” of El Club de las Diosas. Blogging for over a year to Latinas in the US, Latin America, and Europe in her native tongue, her main topics include Latina culture, career, education, fashion/beauty and family. She has over 10 years experience in Public Relations and Marketing. Her blog, El Club de las Diosas, has been featured in AOL Latino, Tu Voz en Tu Vida and is currently a writer contributor for Telemundo’s Hola Ciudad. Connect with Yadira at @ClubdeDiosas on Twitter

 

Nadia Jones
nadia@thenetworkniche.com

Nadia is the CEO & Owner of The Network Niche Influencer Agency. Nadia has over 8 years of social media marketing experience connecting bloggers and online influencers to brands. She’s been named an “innovator” and “game changer” by her peers for leading the way in how brands connect to diverse and multicultural bloggers.

6 Comments
  • Sili
    Posted at 13:45h, 02 November Reply

    Great post! Love it. I’m a fan of shareaholic and Twee Old Posts. Also WWSGD and Yoast SEO.

  • Sarah Ware
    Posted at 02:42h, 18 November Reply

    Every blog should have Markerly. The MAJORITY – 87% of sharing happens via copy and paste! Everyone should be tracking these trends through an analytics dashboard.

    Go to Markerly.com to install the sharing tool that gives you data on what text is copied or shared.

  • Food network online
    Posted at 15:36h, 19 October Reply

    At first I thought ”oh no, another blog post with Akismet and Yoast SEO (or All in one pack SEO) plugins mentioned”. Thanks for sharing these plugins, I installed some of them.

  • DIane
    Posted at 23:20h, 07 December Reply

    Thanks, I just installed Optimize Database after deleting revision!

  • James Frost
    Posted at 10:29h, 19 February Reply

    Where is the AKISMET in the list?It is the most useful & also the most used plugin by all the bloggers.But still thank you for such very useful and precise list of plugins.

  • Andrew
    Posted at 11:08h, 19 February Reply

    OMG!! How did you miss WassUp real time analytics plugin. You would definitely want to track your visitors traffic and this plugin would help you to analyze your visitors traffic with real-time stats, charts, and a lot of chronological information.
    Rest of the list is really awesome.Thanks for sharing

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