9 Essential WordPress Plugins For A Blogger Must Have

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There are many plugins available for WordPress and the list is growing.  They are very powerful tools and can transform your blog into another level If you choose the right plugins. But do you really know which plugins are the best for your blog?

According to my training in the journey with the Partnership to Success, I’ve learned to use a few plugins for my blogs such as ShareBar, All in One SEO, JetPack, and Links Manager. You can read my article about ‘Improving blog appearance’ on this site. And you can follow the steps to install the same plugins that I use on my blog. But there are other plugins in the WordPress platform that can do the same thing, and some work better than others. Dan Sumner, One of the successful internet marketers recommends these 9 WordPress Plugins on his eBook, ‘Bloggers Roadmap’. Some of them are paid plugins but I only mentioned here free plugins which you can access from WordPress platform.


Here are 9 Essential WordPress Plugins For A Blogger Must Have

  1. Akismet – This plugin is preinstalled in your WordPress when you setup your WordPress blog and you only need to activate it. It filters out spammers from your blog and will protect your site. Only one draw back in this plugin is that occasionally legitimate comments can be marked as spam.
  2. WordPress SEO by Yoast or All in One SEO – According to Dan Sumner, this plugin is the best SEO plugin available for WordPress. If you are interested in search engine optimization, this plugin will do the job. I use All in One SEO.
  3. WP W3 Super Cache – I haven’t used this plugin on my blog yet. However, this plugin can improve the speed and user experience of your site.
  4. ShareBar or WordPress Social Share Buttons– If you use social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Linkin, Pinterest, and other means of communicating with your blog audience, this plugin will add sharing social media icons on your site. I use ShareBar on my blog but WordPress Social Share Buttons does the similar job.
  5. JetPack – This plugin is one of the plugins on my checklist. It enables you to connect your blog to a WordPress.com which some of the features that are only available to WordPress.com users.
  6. Contact Form 7 – I used OptimizePress for my forms on my blog. However, this plug can do the job. According to people who used this plugin, it is a beginner and developer friendly contact form for WordPress. You can add any kind of online form to your WordPress blog.
  7. Opt-in Forms – This plugin is simple to use and you can easily integrate into your blog. It is free and opt-in forms are compatible with most of the email delivery services such as MailChimp, Aweber, Get Response, and others.
  8. iThemes Security – This free plugin offers basic security for your blog but pro version has overall security protection. But it fixes many vulnerable issues of the WordPress site and protects the security by hiding the login and admin pages from hackers to gain access to your site. It also scans your site for any vulnerability and does regular backups for your database.
  9. Google Analytics By Yoast – This plugin helps you track visitors and tells you where they come from, the length of stay on your site. Also, this Yoast WordPress plugin makes easy to integrate Google Analytics to your website.

Some of these plugins can do things that may overlap or duplicate each other. You have to ensure you have the latest release plugins. Dan Sumner doesn’t recommend a non-updating plugin due to the security holes it can cause.

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