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Top 10 WordPress Plugins Bloggers Should Use
I don't know about you but for me I love blogging. I guest blog and I get hired by other bloggers to blog for them. Here is my list of top reasons why I blog:
1.) It keeps me busy and as such I have no idle time to entertain the devil.
2.) It earns me an income.
3.) I get to share my sentiments with people, so I connect with others who are interested with the topics I blog about. I write about things that interest me.
4.) I build relationships with people online.
5.) I learn a lot, there is so much to learn each day.
6.) I can work from anywhere.
I won't fail to admit that it hasn't been a smooth journey blogging especially when I got started. I made my mistakes and I had to learn from them for me to be where I'm right now. If I didn't learn from my mistakes, I could have not made any progresses. I had to do a lot of changes.
There are a times I have to make changes regarding WordPress so that my blog becomes user friendly to readers.
Some of the WordPress plugins have really made my blogging work to be easy. Without them, it could have taken me a lot of time performing some tasks.
If you have been blogging with WordPress for some time now, you would be well aware of the importance of WordPress plugins for your blog.
Ten WordPress Plugins
If you're not aware of WordPress plugins or you're having a hard time sifting through the endless forest of plugins available out there, here is my list of top ten plugins that bloggers should have.
You should protect your blog against spam comments. This way, your blog won't scare readers since they'll not get to read blog posts that are full of spam comments which don't make any sense.
Akismet is one of the WordPress plugins that will protect your blog against spam comments.
2.) Contact Form 7
This plugin will make it easy for you to manage multiple contact forms on your blog. It features multiple security features such as CAPTCHA and Akismet filter.
With over 16 million downloads, this is the most popular of all WordPress plugins used to create simple to use contact forms.
3.) 404 to Start
There are few WordPress plugins that can eliminate a 404 error message as efficiently as ‘404 to start’. This plugin redirects visitors to the homepage or any other URL specified by the owner of the blog.
This essentially means that even if a visitor types wrongly the address name of your blog, for instance he omits one letter; he will be redirected to a functional page instead of a page that contains an error message.
Besides this, if there is an attempt to visit your blog through a broken link, the person will land on the specified page or the homepage.
4.) W3 Total Cache
This is one of those WordPress plugins that impact the performance of the entire blog by stepping up its speed. With an enhanced speed, the server performance increases resulting in a better visitor experience.
A blog that loads slow annoys the visitors and they leave it soon without carrying out any desirable action.
5.) Google XML Sitemaps
Don't wait for the search engines to find the new content you have published on your blog, instead install a Google's XML Sitemap plugin. This plugin will automatically generate an updated sitemap and it will submit it to the leading search engines without any effort from you.
It is important to tell the search engines about the content you have published on your blog and not wait for the search engines to crawl your blog because if you wait, you stand at a greater risk of your blog losing traffic from the search engines.
6.) Disqus Comments
Disqus Comments is one of those WordPress plugins which are known for their excellent looking social interface. It allows visitors to comment on your blog in additional to controlling spam.
This plugin syncs the comments with the WordPress database and provides a great means of social interaction with readers.
7.) Viper's Video Quicktags
This is one of the YouTube friendly WordPress plugins that can be used to embed a YouTube video on your blog.
Viper's Video Qicktags allow you a much better control on how your videos appear on your blog.
8.) Digg Digg
This is one of the WordPress plugins that act as all in one social sharing tool. You're already aware that social sharing is important when it comes to content marketing and also in driving targeted traffic to a blog.
The more people share your blog’s posts on the social networking sites, the more your blog is likely to gets traffic. Digg Digg plugin provides an appealing social toolbar and an easy way to share content across social media profiles to its users and also to optimize your blog in the search engines.
9.) WordPress SEO by Yoast
This is one of the WordPress plugins aimed at search engine optimization of a website or blog. It provides for easy ways to set up title tags, keywords, descriptions and other settings that have a huge impact when it comes to search engine optimization.
10.) Broken Link Checker
This is one of the most downloaded WordPress plugins. This plugin will check for any broken links in your blog that are likely to direct your visitors to an error page. It annoys when visitors click a link on your blog only to be directed to an error page.
The WordPress plugins I have mentioned above can be found on their respective pages where they can be downloaded. However, for all those who are already running a WordPress blog, the easiest way to install these plugins is to look for them in the plugin database of their user interface.
How to Install WordPress Plugins
Here is a brief procedure on how you can install these WordPress themes:
- Click on "Add New" in the plugin section of your admin panel.
- Search for the plugin that you want to download by either the actual name or keyword.
- Click on "Install Now."
- Finally click on activate plugin.
After you have activated the plugin, you may need to configure the plugin in the way you want it to work. There are few WordPress Plugins which do not need any further setup after installation.