Do you love plugins as much as I do? They make it so easy to add great functionality to your site.
There are so many great plugins out there and often it is easy to think you need them all. Plugins make it so easy to add great functionality to your site, but too many also slow your site down.
I have tried hundreds of plugins myself over the past seven years and in the post I want to share with you the very best, tried and true plugins you should consider adding to your blog.
Here are my top 15 must have WordPress plugins for bloggers::
Yoast SEO is the most complete WordPress SEO plugin that exists today for bloggers. It makes it super easy for you to optimize your blog and each post for the search engines. This is a must have if you want your blog to be found in the search engines.
Yoast has all the abilities of an ordinary SEO plugin, you can set titles and meta descriptions for all your pages and posts, but the power of Yoast lies in it’s additional features.
Yoast has a SEO grader that will automatically grade your posts/pages for how well optimized they are for a keyword/phrase of your choice. This plugin also has a snippet editor that will allow you to see what your post will look like in the Google search engine results, allowing you to make changes and adjust it to you liking.
This plugin also has an XML sitemap feature which will automatically create an XML sitemap for your site and automatically submit it to Google every time you create a new post or page. This will aid in Google finding and indexing your new posts and pages.
One of my favorite features of Yoast is their social features. Yoast SEO’s social features lets you add Facebook Open Graph data, Twitter Cards, Pinterest verification, and Google+ meta data to your website. This means you can take control over what image and description appears when sharing your post on social media.
Use it to: Find and eliminate broken links
As you continue to add content to your site and your site gets older, some of the links stop working. It could be you are linking to content that no longer exists or maybe you have changed the URL for some of your own content.
These broken links can hurt your search engine rankings and annoy visitors.
This plugins will regularly scan your blog/site and detect all broken links. Your will receive an email with a list of all broken links so you can start to fix and address them.
Use it to: Add links to your social profiles on your site
This is a handy and super simple plugin allowing you to add social icons for your social media profiles to any widgeted area on your site. You can also customize the size, color, and shape of the icons to match your brand colors.
Use it to: To encourage social sharing of your content
This plugins allows you to easily add social sharing buttons to your site’s posts and pages.
This plugin is highly customization and lets you choose which post types should display the buttons and where they should appear. You can control the size, style, or even create your own custom buttons.
Price: Free (or premium for $10/year)
Regularly backing up your site is one of the most important things you should be doing.
This plugin allows you to easily backup your WordPress blog and restore previously saved versions.
You can schedule automatic or run manual backups and save them just about anywhere: Amazon S3 Dropbox, Google Drive, FTP, email, and more.
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