It’s NO secret that I’m a big fan of WordPress (and it’s plugins), or that I’m a huge believer in having a website for your business. Now, I know many will disagree with me, and while I don’t believe a website is a make or break, I DO believe that it helps when you’re working with clients if you have a website to display your services, testimonials/reviews, press, etc. Having a website makes you look more professional (if it’s properly done) and can help your clients know, like and trust you by seeing your personality on, say, a blog!
I’ve been blogging and designing since 2009 and have learned a TON so far. I’m going to be giving you the 411 on 7 secrets for a better WordPress website. In 2009, I started out on Blogger. I transitioned my blog a few years later to WordPress when I realized how much traffic I was getting and that making money from ads and such was an option! I don’t put ads on my site anymore, but back in the day I thought it was super cool to generate income just by displaying ads in certain places on my site. Now, I used my blog to sell my coaching programs, promote my podcast, and teach other awesome entrepreneurs the tid-bits I’ve learned along the way. Now, on to the goodies:
Akismet Plugin – PROTECTS YOUR BLOG FROM SPAM! Sometimes, the more traffic you get, the more spam you get. Ew. So annoying. There are little robots hiding in internet land that want to jack up your blog. Don’t let them! This plug in STOPS THE SPAM comments. I have thousands that it’s protected my blog from (that goodness). You’ll want to make sure this baby is functioning in tip top shape. Once, I didn’t update it and had to delete over 650 spam comments by hand. UGH!
JetPack – JetPack does SO many cool things I can’t even name them all. My favorite feature is how it tracks your site stats so you know how many visitors your site is getting and from where! There are also options for your blog like the infinite scroll option that’s pretty neat. There’s a lot to play with in this plugin – lots of bang for your buck (that’s just a saying, the plugin is free…haha)
Yoast SEO – Dear Yoast, thank you for making SEO SO much easier for us bloggers. I probably should have made THIS my favorite plugin. When you’re writing a blog post, the plugin sits underneath where you’re typing so that when you’re finished, you scroll down a tad and fill in the SEO. When the stoplight lights up green, you know your blog is in tip-top shape SEO wise and you’re ready to publish! It even tells you exactly what to add/get rid of in your blog to make it SEO friendly. Can’t beat that!
Hello Bar – There are several plugins that allow you to have fancy pop ups and top bars, but I really like the way Hello Bar looks and behaves. With Hello Bar, you can pick whether you want a popup, top bar, a full page overlay, etc. The customization is fantastic. You can even split test between a few different designs to see which performs better. SO COOL!
Easy Digital Downloads – Have an eBook you want to sell? A cool photo? Graphic? etc? I love this plugin. It’s SUPER easy and allows you to make some moolah off a free plugin. I use this to sell my Lady Boss Workbook and I love it! It’s as easy as fill in the blank and attaching your PayPal. Baddabing badda boom!
Popup Ally – Give you amazing popups as well as the oh so poplar exit intent pop up! Basically, when someone is about to click out of your site, this plugin senses the mouse movement and pops up a thingy that says HOLD UP! (or whatever you want it to say) and gives you another change to get them on your email list.
Shareaholic – Ready to share your blog posts?! This plugin is your go-to. Not only does it give you tons of share options, but it also adds ‘related posts’ under your blog posts to keep your ideal readers engaged and popping around your website! Did you know the average person stays on any given blog for a matter of SECONDS before they get bored and click off?? Related posts give you extra chances to keep people engaged in your content.
So there ya have it! My 7 fabulously fantastic plugins you need for your WordPress blog.
GO GET ‘EM!
What’s your favorite plugin? Let me know in the comments!