15 Powerful Free Plugins that Every WordPress Blog Should Have
From my time as a beginning blogger up until becoming a pro blogger, i’ve picked up on a few things.
One is, not every blog will be a definite money-maker. Another is, in order for a blog to become successful, you need to have certain plugins installed that will enhance your blog.
They either make your experience as a blogger easier and/or make your blog a delite for visitors.
I’m not suggesting you download all of these; all though it won’t hurt as i use all these plugins on my blogs. They are in no significant order of importance.
Only add the ones that you’ll really need and use based on what your personal/business goals are with your blog.
My Top 15 WordPress Plugins
1. SEO Ultimate
This is the best plugin for having complete control of your SEO on your blog. With more features than I care to name and being extremely easy to use, this plugin is great for newbies and experienced bloggers.
2. WordPress Thread Comment
WordPress does not have threaded comments enabled which if you don’t know, allows you or another visitor to respond to other visitors’ comments. It adds a reply button within every comment. When someone’s comment is replied to, they will receive and email letting them know this. Best thing about it is you can add this plugin at any time.
I absolutely love this plug because it rewards visitors for leaving comments. When they comment (if they have a blog with RSS enabled), CommentLuv will allow them to choose a recent blog post to showcase under their comment.
This also gives them another backlink. Another great feature of CommentLuv is it keeps track of how many clicks you get on your links. This is a great way of seeing what blog post titles work the best.
4. Author Box After Post
An author box at the bottom of each post is great because it allows you to let the reader know who you are. This is where you can let loose and be yourself. It features a picture of the author and a author description.
This is great if you plan on having more than one writer for your blog. It will show case each blogger and give them a chance to let readers know a little about what they may have going on.
5. Google Analyticator
This is the best overall plugin for hooking your Google Analytics account up to your blog. In case you don’t know what this is, Google Analytics allows you to track your blog traffic and stats.
This plugin is my favorite because all you have to do is copy and paste a code and next activate the plugin. It’s a 3 step process.
This plugin alone will get you tons of more page views. You go to their site, Linkwithin.com, and setup a plugin exclusively for your site. No sign up is required.
After installation, you activate it and that’s it. It automatically, at the bottom of every post, will show between 3 and 5 post names and pictures for related articles.
7. WP YouTube Player
If your planning to add YouTube videos to your blog, then you need to have this plugin. All you have to do is add the URL for any video within some short code tags and the video will appear.
8. WP Hide Pages
This plugin is very convenient if you plan on creating pages that you want to keep hidden from the public eye. All you do is go to this plugin’s setting and click on pages you don’t want to show up and save.
9. WordPress Database Backup
I’m amazed that it took me a year to figure out just how important it is to back up a blog. This plugin is the “set it and forget it” type. You can set it up to backup everything on your blog certain times and email the backups to you.
I strongly suggest this plugin because you never know what may happen to your blog. It’s a great feeling when it goes down and you know you have everything backed up.
10. Pretty Link Lite
There’s a pro version of this plugin but I don’t see why it’s needed. It allows you to setup redirect links. It’s great for affiliate links that you want to disguise. I use it for that and to reroute old pages to new ones.
This plugin is must have if you’re planning to have a contact form on your blog. You paste a simple short code on your contact page and that’s it. By far, the best plugin I’ve ever seen for creating a contact page.
12. Google XML Sitemaps
Generates a sitemap for your blog. The best feature about this plugin is it will alert Google, Yahoo, and Bing the second you update you blog.
13. Ad Squares Widget
This plugin is one of the best plugins I’ve ever used for adding ads to my sidebar. It gives you the option to showcase 2 to 8 125px by 125px ads.
Don’t really know how effective those particular ads are, but if you want to add them to your sidebar, this is the best plugin to do it.
14. Ad Rotator
This is another favorite for when I want to show more than 1 ad in one spot in the sidebar. It’s similar to the Text widget but it allows you to add a simple MORE tag after each ad that will randomly switch your ads.
15. Datafeedr Random Ads V2
My overall favorite ad plugin. Just as the above, it rotates multiple ads in one spot. The best part about this plugin is it use PHP.
A great example is if you want an ad to only show at the top of each blog post. You would paste the code this plugin gives you into you blog post PHP coding and it would show up on every single post.
I use this plugin to add ads everywhere I want them on my pages.
I hope you found these plugins to helpful to your blogging career. I know they’ve been a huge help to mines.
I don’t know where I would be without some of these. This is part of the reason why i feel WordPress is the best blogging platform.
Do you have a plugin you feel is a must have on a blog? If so, feel free to comment and let us know below.
I thank you for reading