It’s very easy to create your own WordPress blog, especially when no fees are needed to do this. Your next steps should be focused on attracting more visitors and converting them to the regular readers; so this exact campaign is the most intense and important for growing your business into “the mammoth”. In other words, basic principles of a getting successful blog are actual and interesting content, SEO optimization, feedback (don’t forget to respond to your readers – be sociable), well-chosen post titles, blog usability and your desire to work smarter, faster, and more productively.
Our team picked up list of 10 must-have WordPress blog plugins with bloggers in mind.
WordPress SEO Plugin by Yoast is one of the most downloaded WordPress plugin of all time. It’s extremely easy to use even for beginner and it offers plenty of features for almost all site’s SEO needs. SEO Plugin by Yoast is fully compatible with all WordPress themes – just install it and use for any theme.
Once you install the plugin, you can optimize all posts and pages according to search engine requirements and generate Sitemap. Using this plugin tools you can define main keyword, fill meta description and upgrade post to a high level by following some tips at page analysis tab. Besides, Facebook option is integrated.
Cost – Free.
As we mentioned in our article about the best social media WP plugins, Jetpack is a powerful free universal solution for you website. It offers wide range of options to gain more subscribers and readers, share content, manage site activity, place recent tweets and facebook posts widget etc. Do remember that you can’t import existing mail list or change design/layouts, but good news is Jetpack is free of charge plugin, which provides multi language support and security protection tool.
Cost – Free.
Add This is one of the awesome social media WordPress blog plugins with billions of unique users. For only 10$ per month you are able to choose one of the suggested button styles or create your own, place button to a suggested widget area – under post image, below content, at the sidebar etc; use mobile toolbar; boost more traffic; build sharing statistics and much more. And notice that most options are completely free!
Cost – Free, $10+/month.
TweetDis is a WordPress plugin that makes any your phrase “tweetable”. Plugin offers to place any bit of text into a “call-to-action” bubble or into well-designed and fully-customizable tweet-box. Easy to use and adjust, it let your readers share your content (not the whole page, but the phrase you want to highlight) in Twitter just in 2 clicks. It was made in 2013, but still gets powerful support and free topical updates. 3D tweet-box style is available in new version of TweetDis. Let your tweet quotes find their place in Twitter newsfeed!
Cost – $17.
Help your readers follow you on Facebook the easiest way – just place Facebook like box in Sidebar or/and Footer. WordPress Facebook like box is completely free and provides some extra options such as facebook like button; ability to enable Pinterest, Twitter and Google+ social buttons panel, which is floating on the left or right side with 6 styles for you to choose. You can also define Twitter Signature or Twitter Counter style (QR code Twitter URL is included) and some more options.
Cost – Free.
Gravity form is a well-known premium contact form solution for WordPress. It is a drag-and-drop form builder, which lets you to easily create any kind of forms just in a few minutes. Gravity Form is made by Rocketgenius, so they provide powerful support (FAQ, knowledge base, email support, forums) and offer different license agreements for professional web developers or for one site owners – choose the best plan for you.
Cost – $39-$199/year.
Contact Form 7 is a simple and flexible plugin for WordPress, which get 4,5 stars rating at wordpress.org. Contact Form 7 supports multiple sites options, CAPTCHA and Akismet spam filters are integrated. Intuitive control and wide range of free stunning features make it one of the most downloaded WordPress blog plugins. Although, there are some premium add-ons to enhance plugin, but most features are still free.
Cost – Free.
MailChimp is a commonly known plugin. It offers plenty of options to form contact list and regularly remind subscribers of yourself via Mail Chimp mail service. MailChimp is compatible with Contact Form 7, WooCommerce checkout and other popular form plugins. It’s represented in both Free and Premium versions, so you may get to know this plugin without spending money and then decide whether upload pro version or not.
Cost – Free (up to 2000 subscribers) and Premium (2000+ subscribers).
OptinMonster is a premium WordPress mail plugin that helps you to grow your Email subscribers. It got popularity and recognition because of its high level of usability, numerous useful options and good-looking design. Custom CSS Option, page-level targeting module, A/B split testing, analytical option, popular email services support – this and much more you get this all by purchasing a subscription to OptinMonster.
Cost – $9-$29/month; $49-$199/year (40% off).
Convert occasional or one-time visitors to a regular readers with a free SumoMe List Builder Plugin. It supports the most used popular mail services such as MailChimp, AWeber, Constant Contact, Campaign Monitor, GetResponses etc. SumoMe is easy to intagrate and adjust, it offers different tools for catching new readers or returning former ones.
Cost – Free and Premium $10-$100/month.
All WordPress blog plugins you installed can help you with different issues. They are useful in attracting more visitors, converting them to your regular readers, improving SEO, sharing your content in social networks, enhancing your site design to an “eye-catching” look and much more. But do remember that plugins can conflict with each other and they will ask to access your database and more resources, so your site will load slowly. To avoid plugin conflict, don’t forget to check their compatibility first.