One of the number one reasons WordPress continually trumps all other platforms (Blogger, Square Space, etc.) is the amount of customization it offers users. There are tons and tons of different plugins you can install on your blog to make it completely your own, but which ones are really the best plugins? I will share with the the 7 plugins I think you need to add to your blog today, like now. These are plugins every single blogger can benefit from so be sure you install the 7 Best Plugins for WordPress right away.
7 Best Plugins for WordPress:
1. Akismet –
The ultimate in spam blocking protection this is a must have for bloggers who don’t want comments about getting prescriptions for cheap and inappropriate male parts popping up all over their comment section.
2. Yoast SEO –
This simple SEO plugin reminds you to have matching keywords in your title, page URL, meta description, and the body of your post. While it won’t shoot you straight to the top of Google searches, using SEO best practices sure can’t hurt.
3. Comment Reply Notification –
If you take the time to reply back to the comments left on your blog, as you really should to build that awesome sense of community, how does the person know you replied back to their comment? Usually they don’t. However, if you install Comment Reply Notification they’ll get a direct email with your reply.
4. Simple Social Icons –
You need to have some form of social icons on your blog. I suggest these icons be very prominent and easy to find, such as at the top of the page or in the sidebar right below your About Me. There are tons of options out there, but I use Simple Social Icons on my site because it is one of the best plugins of its type. It is quick and easy to set up, has a ton of social media networks you can connect to, and the icons are crisp and clean looking.
5. Shareaholic –
These are social icons that enable the sharing of each specific post. I have them at the bottom of each post not only to encourage people to share, but also because they show the number of times each post has been shared to social media.
6. Click to Tweet –
Perhaps the easiest way to increase the number of times your posts are tweeted out – this plugin is a must! It takes just a few seconds to install and you can instantly start dropping clickable Tweets into each of your blog posts. When it only takes an extra 5 seconds to click and Tweet out your content you’d be shocked by how many more people are willing to do it.
7. jQuery Pin It Button –
Whenever someone scrolls over one of the images in your post this button will pop up with the words, “Pin It.” It then connects them directly to their Pinterest boards so it only takes them a few seconds to repin your content, which in turn leads to even more people seeing your work.
Let me know:
What do you think the best plugins are for WordPress?
Do you have all 7 of these installed on your blog?
Not on WordPress Yet – does this make you consider switching? The variety of plugins available really convinced me to switch.
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