There are so many WordPress plugins available to download and install. There are plugins for everything from creating fun, jazzy pop-ups to backing up your blog. Today I am going to give you 5 best WordPress plugins that I use on my blog. Furthermore, I will tell you why you must download them today.
5 Best WordPress Plugins
Revive Old Posts
Revive Old Posts is a plugin that is exactly that. It allows you to bring back old blog posts and share them on social media. Think about that blog post you wrote a year ago that might not be getting enough traffic. Or, think about trying to schedule in actual blog posts around your already busy and hectic schedule.
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Because of this nifty plugin, you don’t have to manually sharing all of your blog posts every hour or so. Instead, you can set a time for when you would like the plugin to share your posts. You can choose to have it share your posts every hour or every ten hours, or anytime in between.
But I must point out that in the free version you can only give the plugin permission to share up to two social media platforms every five hours. To be able to share more frequently and onto more platforms, you have to upgrade. Still, even if you have the free version, it is still a pretty cool plugin to have to help you share your blog to reach more people. And more people means more readers, more conversions, and more money.
I have been searching high and low for a plugin that lets me create a subscription form that will just pop, if you get what I’m saying. So, introducing MailChimp. I came across this plugin about a week ago. I think someone had mentioned it on Twitter so I decided to give it a shot. Until that point, I haven’t had much luck with other plugins in the WordPress store.
As soon as I connected MailChimp to my blog and then set about creating the form, I was immediately hooked. It is super user friendly and even in the free version, you can do so much with it. For example, you can create a newsletter, birthday greetings, or anything that strikes your creative urges. It is easy to manage your subscriber list and even manage the demographic so that you can create the right content for them.
If you scroll all the way down to the bottom of this blog, then you will see an arrow, much like this ^, appear on to the screen. By clicking that arrow, you are immediately taken to the top of the page.
This is a very simple plugin but one that can save loads of time. After all, who even likes scrolling down miles upon miles of black text? Not me! I’d much rather click the button so that I can quickly go to the top of the page when needed. I don’t want to have to waste my time scrolling.
Other than social media, one of the best ways to generate traffic for your blog is by making sure that your site is search engine optimized (SEO). Unless you are an SEO guru, it is very hard to do the SEO by yourself. It is much easier to let the plugin do it for you.
In short, I like to think of this plugin as a guide. I am the one writing the blog articles. But I am letting the plugin guide me so that I am creating content that is readable, scannable, and discoverable. The Yoast plugin helps me find the right keyword(s), or words that people are likely to plug into the search engines, like Google or Bing. It helps me make sure that my content doesn’t have too many passive sentences or that the paragraphs aren’t too long. It even analyzes the titles of the blog articles so that they will be clicked on by interested persons.
Even if you just have the free version of Yoast, it is still sufficient to help you optimize your text. Of course, you can upgrade to Yoast SEO for more features, such as social media integration and finding keyword synonyms. But personally, I find that the free version is sufficient in giving you the building blocks to effective SEO.
All-in-One WP Migration
Anyone who has a computer knows the importance of backing up your files. Your computer could contract a deadly virus, or you could spill some hot coffee on your computer. You might think that there is no need to back up your blog or website, but you never know what could happen. For example, you might be fiddling around on your blog one day, you make a mistake and click something, and suddenly most of your blog posts are gone. If you don’t have a back-up, then you would have no means of getting your content back.
Another reason why you should back up your blog is simply because it is on the internet. And anyone who is on the Internet for any length of time knows that it is rife with hackers. Hackers are simply people who break into a computer system or website with malicious intentions, such as theft or destruction of property. Your blog is your property so you should safeguard it by backing it up. One way to do that is by using a plugin, such as All-in-One WP Migration.
The best WordPress plugins…
So far, these are my favorite WordPress plugins. I like them because they all make my blog better. Whether they make my blog better by optimizing for better search results, creating a smoother user experience, or ensuring that there are backups, these are the best WordPress plugins that you should download today. Check them out, and be sure to comment below, telling me which WordPress plugin that you recommend.