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The 8 More Important Plugins to Use with WordPress

Updated on October 9, 2017
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Deon Christie, successful affiliate marketer. Professional Blogger and Search Engine Optimization expert. Published Diamond Expert Author.

The Result of Using Plugins Justifies the Effort

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What are Plugins and Why so Important?

Valued Reader,

Plugins are the little magic wands used by all successful affiliate marketers and it helps them perform a number of tasks form S.E.O to link cloaking. But although most professionals may like to think of them as magic wands, they do not provide any magic button that will turn your PC into an ATM. There is no such thing, the only way you will succeed is to keep going until you do, not until you grow tired of trying. Winners never quit and quitters never win, that will never change.

Plugins make many tasks quite simple, and works perfectly well when choosing independent hosting with WordPress installed as your site builder. But that’s an entire topic on its own, and cannot be covered in a single article. In this article we will take a closer look at the 8 most preferred plugins for WordPress and what they will do for your blog.

All in One S.E.O Pack – First created in 2007, and one of the most downloaded plugins on WordPress and with good reason. Submit your XML sitemap and Image XML Sitemap to both Google and Bing to improve your S.E.O. Google AMP support for accelerated mobile pages (over 85% of online sales are from hand held devices) and better display on smartphones, tablets, iPads and laptops.

It supports Google Analytics, and redirect attachment pages to parent post while automatically notifies search engines like Google and Bing about any changes made to your site. Automatically optimizes your titles for all major Search Engines like Google and Bing, while generating Meta tags and avoids the typical duplicate content found on some WordPress blogs.

Exceptionally newbie friendly where you don’t have to study the options too intensely, it really works out of the box and only needs to be installed. But this is just a few of the features offered by this much needed and proven plugin, a confirmed must have for any professional blogger.

Nothing on Earth drives Traffic like S.E.O

Demonstrating both the Simplicity and Necessity of using WordPress Plugins.

Be relentless in the Pursuit of Your Dreams

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Know your Audience and Get them to Spread The Word

Auto Terms of Service and Privacy Policy – This plugin generates an output that is usable throughout your site by means of three short codes. Once you install this plugin you will need to activate it by entering your details and domain name. At the very top of your plugin settings page the first setting (Which must be turned on) will not allow you the option to turn it on if you haven’t completed all the required fields.

Complete all the required fields and then simply go back to the first setting and turn on you plugin, but do follow the steps carefully and be sure this is done correctly.

Digg Digg – To my surprise this plugin is designed by Buffer, which is why I am not at all surprised at its effectiveness. Buffer is the best auto post scheduling tool I have ever seen on the internet, and includes all major social platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and Instagram.

Digg Digg is a floating side bar on each individual page and post on your blog and allows your audience to share your work with their audiences in return. And like all the plugins we are covering in this article, it will require no financial sacrifice from your side.

Pretty Links Lite – Pretty Links Lite allows you to professionally cloak your affiliate links, or any link for that matter by using your own domain name. The alternative commonly used link cloaking tools will use their own domain. In addition to this great cloaking tactic, it also provides you with proper tracking of the visitors to your link with a detailed report of where the hit came from, the browser, os and host.

Pretty Links Lite is a fantastic plugin for people who want to cloak affiliate links and track clicks from emails. Links cloaked with this plugin can confidently be share over social media platforms (normally affiliate links may get blocked or flagged unsafe) but does not mean flooding every social platform on the planet with affiliate links is recommended, it never is and never will be.

Your Audience will share your work Based On Quality

Content always has been and always will be the King of Conversion. Give your audience reason to admire your work, and they will.

Scheduling Blog Posts at No Cost

Tracking visitors and the importance of XML Sitemaps

Extra-watch Free Live Stats – This allows you to see what visitors are doing on your website or blog by analyzing usage patterns. Know the most active click areas on your blog so you can optimize your site and pages to get better conversion and even sales. Monitor button and links clicked that you can view reports on every page element. Monitor files your users have downloaded by simply specifying file extensions like mp.3 and PDF.

You can also access your stats with one click from your smartphone or any mobile device. Also monitors and offer reports on which medium the user visited your site from, like Facebook, Twitter, and Google, monitor visits from GA campaigns and many more.

Google XML Sitemaps – Use this plugin to exponentially increase your site S.E.O by creating a special XML Sitemap which helps search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask dot Com to better be able to index your site. With such a site map it simplifies the process for crawlers to see the complete structure of your site so it can be retrieved more sufficiently.

It supports all kinds of WordPress generated pages with no exception to custom URLs, and in addition it will notify all major search engines every time you create a post with fresh content. This plugin has been around for over 9 years and is categorized among the top plugins with WordPress.

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Offer your Audience a Live Chat Option

Tawk.to Live Chat – Over 1,000,000 business users are making use of this plugin which allows them the options to both monitor and chat with visitors on their WordPress sites. You gain valuable insight when you monitor your visitors in real time, and even more so because it allows the “Live Chat” option to your readers. You can be in touch with your audience from both your PC and mobile devices. Better customer engagement through live chat is a great way to increase conversions and even actual online sales.

This too is a free plugin and was created to seamlessly integrate with WordPress. Tawk offers both live and email support 24/7 which also makes it easy should you require help with anything, and the installation and setup is pretty basic and extremely newbie friendly.

WP Super Cache – The WP Super Cache plugin generates static html files from your dynamic WordPress blog and after the file is generated, your web-server will present that file instead of processing the comparatively much heavier and more expensive WordPress P.H.P Scripts.

Simply search and install this plugin by following the easy steps to activating this plugin and enjoy the needed benefits. Installs like any other plugin directly from your plugins page but it is important to have custom permalinks enabled. Simply go to the plugin settings page at Settings and enable caching.

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In conclusion

A few simple but extremely effective plugins serving their individual purpose beautifully, and a most worthy and needed addition to your attractive WordPress Site. But as mentioned before, they are not shortcuts to overnight riches. Nothing is (legally anyway) unless you win the Lottery and we all know the odds of that.

More importantly however, you must spend some time and study these plugins to precisely know what they can do and understand why you need to use them. Use these tools to their full potential which often does not end with simply installing and activating a plugin.

Think of a plugin as a little machine you’re adding to a much larger processing plant (so to speak), and serves a certain purpose in the sequence toward effective conversion. There is a proven sequence to successful blogging and plugins form a huge part of that sequence, mostly because it simplifies many of the more technical tasks.

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