The Best WordPress Plugins You Need To Instantly Improve Your Blog

wordpress pluginsHey ladies

When you finally have your blog all set-up and you are writing content it is very important to try to make the most out of your website. Here is where plugins come very handy. When people come to your website you want to give them the best experience possible and simultaneously gain the most exposure you can. Before thinking of adding a wordpress plugin, think of what you want to gain out of it. Maybe it is a better site performance, a cool widget to gain followers, a subscription pop up etc. I have listed my favorite WordPress plugins, that i feel gave me the best results for what i needed.

WORDPRESS PLUGINS YOU NEED

 UPPREV

This is the most exciting plugin ever! Once your readers come to your website you want them to stay as long as possible and scroll through your other posts and pages to keep them interested. This plugin is basically a little window that pops up at the end of your blogpost telling them to go to the previous post. The fact that it pops up at the end makes it really stand out to the reader and they will most likely click on it. Once installed, i saw an increase in blogpost views. Download it easily from your WordPress plugin directory.

Milotree

Social media plugins are great ways of adding a more personal touch to your page and promoting your other social channels. This plugin is to grow your followers faster! It is a customizable pop up to either promote your Instagram, facebook, Pinterest or your email list. You have to download it on their website to install but no worries it is super easy.  It also works on Shopify, Blogger, Squarespace, Weebly, and others.

WP-Optimize

Ever wondered how you can clean and organize your website? WP-Optimize is an effective tool for automatically cleaning your WordPress database so that it runs at maximum efficiency.WP-Optimize reports on exactly which of your database tables have overhead and wasted space, giving you the insight, control and power to keep your website neat, fast and efficient.

Akismet

Nobody wants hateful or weird comments on their blog or website. Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet Web service to see if they look like spam or not and lets you review the spam it catches under your blog’s “Comments” admin screen. This plugin outright blocks the worst spam, saving you disk space and speeding up your site.

Yoast SEO

Yoast SEO is the cheating sheet to nailing your SEO. This plugin is here to improve your site’s SEO on all needed aspects. While this Yoast SEO plugin goes the extra mile to take care of all the technical optimization it first and foremost helps you write better content by making you apply basic SEO to your post before hitting the publish button. This is your holy grail to getting your blog out there and seen by the world!

Open In New Window

The last thing you want to do is drive your reader or viewer away from your site. If they click on a link most likely it will bring them to that page by leaving yours. Not good right?! The Open in New Window Plugin brings readers to a new browser window when clicking on any link, leaving your blog page open.

Jquery Pin It Button

Sharin your content on your website is essential for a wider audience. If you’re looking for an easy way to pin images in your blog posts and pages, this plugin will help you with that. I love that it is very customizable. It highlights images and adds a “Pin it” button, which you can choose, over them. Once the user clicks the “Pin it” button, the plugin shows a pop-up window with the image and a description. Everything is ready for pinning, although the user can alter the description.

Flare Social Share Buttons

Another great plugin to share your content across the social media platform. This Plugin will appear at the side of every blog post making it very easy for a reader to share your post on whatever social platform they choose! It is also very customizable which i love.


Having these 8 plugins has really helped me have a great overall blog! I’m able to optimize my content so much more and i feel like i get better results because of them.

 

Did you spot something you will install? What plugins do you use most? What questions do you have about plugins?

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Xx-Toby

27 Comments

  1. January 31, 2017 / 7:48 pm

    I just installed Yoast and I love it! It is great for people who don’t know much about SEO… like me lol

  2. February 1, 2017 / 3:18 am

    Well this is the best post I have seen in a while!!! So incredibly helpful and useful. Thank you for sharing!

  3. February 1, 2017 / 2:56 pm

    Love Yoast! My SEO company uses it for all of our clients and it helps sooo much!! Great post!

  4. February 1, 2017 / 5:45 pm

    Great Tips! All bloggers need to know!

  5. February 1, 2017 / 7:56 pm

    I’m going to check out the last two, I think the Pinterest plugin I currently have is either incompatible with my theme or just doesn’t work very well lol 🙂

    Caitlin, Beauty & Colour

  6. February 2, 2017 / 3:17 pm

    I have been using Yoast, but have not tried any of these other ones. This was so helpful. Definitely going to look into adding them this week.
    Thanks for being so informative!
    victoria | victoria@thesoutherntrunk.com

  7. February 2, 2017 / 6:10 pm

    Ah! Thank you for sharing this, I just launched my blog on wordpress, so these are awesome things to know!!

  8. Heather
    February 2, 2017 / 6:30 pm

    This is SO helpful! I have a few of these installed already but I found several more that I want to add! Thanks for sharing babe!!

    xo, Heather
    http://www.mintedinthemidwest.com

  9. February 2, 2017 / 7:31 pm

    So the first 2 I’ve never heard of, but now I see how the first one works on your page and I love it! I’m going to install them tonight! Thanks for these great tips and it’s so nice to meet a fellow #SCgirlboss

  10. February 2, 2017 / 9:26 pm

    This is so helpful! I’m beginning a blog redesign over the next week and am definitely going to use these! Thanks 🙂

  11. February 3, 2017 / 2:42 am

    Toby this is SUPER helpful!!!Thanks for sharing!

  12. February 7, 2017 / 3:38 pm

    Such a useful article!! Im new in the blogging universe and will surely try there out.

  13. March 27, 2017 / 1:43 pm

    Thank you. I’m still a new blogger and haven’t been quite sure about plugins and if I needed them. This has helped me tremendously. I will be looking at several of them.

  14. March 27, 2017 / 3:06 pm

    Great information! I’m a new blogger, so this will be bookmarked for further review.

  15. March 27, 2017 / 3:25 pm

    So many new finds…thanks so much. Will for sure bookmark this one to refer to over and over1

  16. March 27, 2017 / 4:17 pm

    As a new blogger I still have no idea what I’m doing when it comes to WordPress and making my site do what I want it to. Thanks for sharing! Installing these today! 🙂

  17. March 28, 2017 / 1:42 am

    This post is awesome! Thanks so much for sharing all these tips. 😀 I’ll be pinning it for future reference.

  18. March 28, 2017 / 1:00 pm

    I had never heard of wp optimize! Thanks! Do you know how to customize the fonts in upprev? Like yours are more center than mine and it’s driving me crazy!

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