Today I will be telling you about top 10 best free plugins that every Blogger must have. These 10 plugins are everything you need for running a wonderful and secure Blog. From boosting your traffic through SEO to security and Speed of your blog, everything is in there in this post. So lets start.
#1 Yoast SEO
This is the best plugin available on WordPress for SEO. This plugin already has 5+ million active installs. Yoast SEO lets you manage and set your post/page SEO in such a way that it can be easily searched on Google. Yoast SEO forces you to choose a focus keyword when you’re writing your articles, and then makes sure you use that focus keyword everywhere. It also creates your Blog’s sitemap so that google can easily fetch it. For those who don’t know about Sitemap, It is a xml file that contains list of all the URLs that are present on your blog. Its an archive of every web page that your website has. This sitemap is easily discovered by the search engines and crawled based on the search.
So if you are looking for a free plugin to improve your presence on search engines, you should definitely try Yoast SEO.
OneSignal is a very effective plugin when it comes to converting visitors to your daily readers.It is available for free. It enables Web push notifications for your blog. What is Web push Notifications? These are messages that come from a website. You get the push notification on your computer or mobile even when you have not open the webpage on your browser. Onesignal is a marketing channel that lets you engage with your visitor without knowing their email or any contact detail.
What OneSignal says:
OneSignal provides a simple interface to push notifications, letting content creators focus on quality user engagement instead of complex implementation. Our goal is to democratize push communication for everyone from individual blogs to top tier apps.
We have talked about SEO marketing and Web Push notification marketing in above points. Now comes, Email Marketing. The main working of MailChimp is to convert your visitors to readers by giving them option to subscribe to your blog.
MailChimp for WordPress helps you add more subscribers to your MailChimp lists using various methods. You can create good looking opt-in forms or integrate with any other form on your site, like your comment, contact or checkout form.
So you can easily manage the list of people who subscribed to your blog and also send them mails through Mailchimp all at once and can even use some cool pre build template designs to make your mail look more attractive. You can also even track how many people clicked on your mail after reading it.
So if you are interested in building a list of subscribers for Email marketing, go for MailChimp, They provide free services upto 2000 subscribers.
Jetpack is a one stop solution for all your basic needs. Jetpack helps you in keeping your WordPress site secure, increase traffic, and engaging with readers.
As there are so many services provided by Jetpack, I may forget to mention a few. So here is the list of features Jetpack has that have been mentioned by Jetpack team here:
TRAFFIC AND SEO TOOLS
Traffic is the lifeblood of any website. Jetpack includes:
- [free] Site stats and analytics
- [free] Automatic sharing on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Reddit, and WhatsApp
- [free] Related posts
- [paid] Search engine optimization tools for Google, Bing, Twitter, Facebook, and WordPress.com
- [paid] Advertising program that includes the best of AdSense, Facebook Ads, AOL, Amazon, Google AdX, and Yahoo
SECURITY AND BACKUP SERVICES
Stop worrying about data loss, downtime, and hacking. Jetpack provides:
- [free] Brute force attack protection
- [free] Downtime and uptime monitoring
- [free] Secured logins and two-factor authentication
- [paid] Malware scanning, code scanning, and threat resolution
- [paid] Site backups, restores, and migrations
Add rich, beautifully-presented media — no graphic design expertise necessary:
- [free] A high-speed CDN for your images
- [free] Carousels, slideshows, and tiled galleries
- [free] Simple embeds from YouTube, Google Documents, Spotify and more
- [free] Sidebar customization including Facebook, Twitter, and RSS feeds
- [free] Extra sidebar widgets including blog stats, calendar, and author widgets
- [paid] High-speed, ad-free, and high-definition video hosting
DISCUSSION AND COMMUNITY
Create a connection with your readers and keep them coming back to your site with:
[free] Email subscriptions
[free] Comment login with Facebook, Twitter, and Google
[free] Fully-customizable contact forms
[free] Infinite scroll for your posts
#5 Floating Social Icons – Share button by AddThis
Social sharing plugin is a must have plugin for a blog as you are giving an option to your reader to share your content on their social network if they like your content, and hence they are promoting your blog. Add this gives your reader an option to share the post to over 200 of the most popular social networking and bookmarking sites (like Facebook Share, Facebook Like, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, WhatsApp, LinkedIn and more).
A live example of AddThis is in front of you. 🙂
#6 Contact Form
Contact form is a must have plugin in your blog as it creates a simple contact us form for your blog which can be used by the readers to connect with you.
#7 W3 Total Cache
W3 Total Cache improves the SEO and user experience of your site by increasing website performance andreducing download times. This is a must have plugin as it also improve your ranking on Google.
Improvements in search engine result page rankings, especially for mobile-friendly websites and sites that use SSL
“Instant” repeat page views: browser caching
Optimized progressive render: pages start rendering quickly and can be interacted with more quickly
Reduced page load time: increased visitor time on site; visitors view more pages
Improved web server performance; sustain high traffic periods
#8 BackUP WordPress
Creating a backup of your blog is a necessary thing you should do at regular time intervals. Instead of doing it manually everytime, BackUpWordPress plugin will back up your entire site including your database and all your files and you can even schedule it according to the time that suits you.
#9 Easy Affiliate Links
If you do or interested in doing affiliate marketing then Easy Affiliate Links is the right plugin fro you. Easy Affiliate Links helps you manage all the affiliate links on your website.
Create shortlinks to cloak your affiliate links
Easily access your links in the visual and html editor
Assign categories to your links
Tracking of monthly and lifetime clicks
Import affiliate links from XML
Ability to export your links to XML
#10 All In One Schema.org Rich Snippets
Rich snippets can be a very useful plugin if implemented the right way.
It is basically a short summary of your page in the search results of Google, Yahoo, Bing and sometimes in the News feed of Facebook in nice format with star ratings, author photo, image, etc.
It gives search engines only the important & precise information to display in search result snippets.
Rich Snippets are very interactive (photos, star ratings, price, author, etc.) to let you stand out from competition
See what difference it makes in CTR (Click Through Rate)
Helps you rank higher in search results
Helps Facebook display proper information when users share your links on Facebook
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