Don't know, Which plugins to pick out from Wordpress store ?
We are here to help you choosing the best plugins for wordpress. There are many plugins, But choosing the right one is a must.
Wordpress is a open source blogging platform, Used by many professional bloggers. According to me, 70% off the bloggers, who writes about, Seo, Wordpress etc are hosted on Wordpress. Because, Wordpress gives some more Search engine Power, Resulting in ranking higher in search engines. Here is a comparison between Wordpress vs Blogger. As a new blogger you must read that guide to decide between the two best blogging platforms.
In that blog post, We concluded that, the major disadvantage of Blogger are plugins. Blogger doesn't comes with plugins. Where as Wordpress comes with some extraordinary plugins to help out bloggers. In this blog post, We will inform you about 10 Best and Must have Plugins for Wordpress blogs.
Must have plugins for Wordpress blogs
Note : All the plugins listed here are highly popular. They have many alternatives. That's why, we also listed out some of the best alternatives for the plugins listed below.
1. Yoast Seo
Yoast Seo is one of the must have plugins for Wordpress blogs. According to me, All professional bloggers use this plugin to take care of On-page Seo of your blog posts. Yoast Seo has many features to optimize your blog for Google. With the help of Yoast Seo, You can easily get on the first page of Google. Yoast seo is recommended by many experts. Yoast Seo has both free and paid versions. Some of the best features of Yoast seo are :
Nofollow, No index tag management
Meta titles and Descriptions
Google search console, Alexa verification
Alternatives to Yoast Seo :
All in One seo pack, Seo ultimate and Squirrel Seo etc.
But, Yoast is the only plugin which offer a deeper and accurate content analysis for Bloggers. All in one Seo is good for beginners and Seo ultimate is goof for intermediates.
Are you getting spammy comments in your blog ?
Are you tired, moderating spammy comments all over the day ?
Akismet is the only solution for this situation. Akismet comes pre-installes with Wordpress. But it isn't activated. You need to activate it by getting a API key. You can learn more about setting up Akismet Plugin. This is a plugin founded by Automattic. This is one of the must have plugins for wordpress blogs. It ensures the protection from spammers. It has advanced features to stop spammy comments and save your blog.
It can filter out comments by keywords too. For example, if you block, a keyword " Thank you ". Any comment containing keyword " Thank you " will be moved to spam contents.
That's why, it is one of the best plugin to stop spam.
Alternative to Akismet : G SPAM etc.
3. Optin Monster
The best plugin to transform your visitors into Subscribers. You can turn normal visitors into a regular readers of your blog. For this, you need Optin Monster, A plugin that helped this guy To grow his subscribers.
Optin Monster is a plugin that helps you in creating wonderful Subscription forms and Popup's. This plugin helps bloggers to use Email Marketing effectively and to make more sales, and more money.
Alternatives to Optin Monster : Mailchimp, Aweber, Wp subscribe,
4. StarBox - Author Box plugin
The real and one of the must have plugins for wordpress blogs. Each and every blogger needs some exposure. So they must show their About the author box below every post which helps visitors in engaging with the blogger.
StarBox is the best Author box plugin available in Wordpress plugin store. It comes with many themes. If you won't like the default look, You can change the theme.
StarBox show the links to the social profiles of author which makes the author box more engaging to the visitor.
Alternatives : Fancy author box, Wp author box
5. Contact Form 7
Every Blog needs a contact form. For example, if any advertiser is interested in advertising on your blog, he/she will contact you.
That's why, we need a contact form. Contact Form 7 is one of the must have plugins for wordpress blogs. With the help of contact form 7, you can add a contact form on any page or blog post.
All you need to do is, create a form with Contact form 7, Get the short code, Place the short code anywhere in the page. Then, your contact form will be visible and anyone can contact you.
Contact forms give us some additional security. Because, contact forms never show the Email of Admin, Protecting the administrator from Hackers.
Alternatives to contact form 7 : Wp forms, Gravity forms etc.
6. Seo Smart Links
Seo smart links is a plugin that automatically turns keywords into interlinks.
Interlinking is one of the main ranking factor that helps visitors in better navigation and helps the blogger to show up his/her blog posts in the first page of Google ( I mean to say, Rank Higher ).
For example, if you written a guide on Build high quality links and in other blog post, you written the word Build high quality links, The sentence turns into interlinks.
That's why, Seo smart links is a must have wordpress seo plugin.
7. Wordfence security
" Prevention is better than cure "
Like that, Prevention of hacking is better than the removal of hack after being hacked by a hacker.
For this purpose, We need an ultimate security plugin for our wordpress blog. Wordfenece is one of the best security plugins that prevent hackers.
Wordfenece can prevent these type of hacking attempts :
Brute force attacks
Blocking IP adress of hackers
Malware injection prevention
Wordfenece is one of the must have plugins for wordpress blogs. Wordfenece has both free and paid versions. Paid version have more features than free version.
Alternatives to Wordfenece : I Themes security, Sucuri Plugin etc.
8. W3 total cache
Speed is an important aearch engine factor. It is also important for visitors. Because no one likes to wait, Generally visitors never wait for more than 4 seconds. If a blog doesn't load after 4-5 seconds, they will close it and open another. That's why, we need to maintain speed.
For this, we need a plugin which generates cache on the browser of visitor and loads the pages much faster.
Actually, i don't know, how to use a caching plugin. That's why, i can't write more about this plugin
W3 Toatal Cache is one of the must have plugins for wordpress blogs.
Alternatives to W3 toal cache : Wp Super Cache etc.
9. Broken Link checker and Redirection
A combination of Broken Link checker and Redirection is awesome.
The first plugin Broken Link Checker scans all your URL'S and check for broken links. Because Broken Links can cause huge loss of ranking in search engines. Broken Links are really bad for SEO. But after finding Broken links, we need to redirect them to avoid loss of ranking.
That's why, we use Redirection plugin to redirect the broken links. Redirection is a best plugin to redirect all the broken links.
That's why, A combination of these plugins are one of the must have plugins for wordpress blogs.
10. Ad Injection
Ad injection is a plugin that helps you to add advertisements of Google Adsense, Media.net, Amazon affiliates and all other as networks which offers an ad code to place in our blog.
With Ad injection, you don't need to edit template at all, Even you wanna place an ad in footer, that is possible. Because Ad injection, offers us to place ad codes in Header, Sidebar, Middle of the content, Random placement, Footer etc.
Ad injection comes with A/B testing, Which increase your revenue by placing ads on the right place.
That's why, it is also considered as one of the must have plugins for wordpress blogs.
Alternatives : Easy Plugin for Adsense etc.
These are the must have plugins for wordpress blogs. Without these, Bloggers can't survive. Yes, they can survive, But it is really hard to avoid these plugins.
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