When you first move over to self hosted as a blogger, it seems the list of wordpress plugins you can make use of is endless. Over a year down the line of being self hosted, I have definitely learnt which are the essential wordpress plugins every blogger should have when they are self hosted. Everyone has their favourites, but here’s my pick:
Just imagine the stress when one day, your blog is in meltdown and the realisation dawns on the fact you have not backed up your blog…ever. For backing up and restoring your blog, this is the only plug in you will ever need.
If you are trying to get to grips with, or improve your SEO, then Yoast is absolutely fab. Enabling you to power up your blog’s SEO with an easy to follow traffic light system, there’s a reason why it’s the numero uno WordPress SEO plug in. And if you’ve come to the Yoast party late I would highly recommend using it with the SEO editor which allows for inline editing of keywords etc. of previous posts.
If you really want to know what the dilly is with your traffic, then the Google Analytics dashboard is where it’s at. As well as being able to view key Google Analytics reports on your dashboard, you can also drill down to more in-depth page and post data too.
Don’t leave all those fab old blog posts you have written lay to rest in silence. Instead give them a new lease of life by linking them up to your social media. I especially love this for putting out old content on Twitter, and it really does help to eek out some extra traffic to past posts.
Broken links – the bain of every blogger’s life. Half the time we have no idea how they get there, but one thing’s for sure is they are there and mounting and have a bad effect on your search rankings and quality of your blog. Keep on top of them with this plugin, and face up to the pain.
Unless you are a clever sprout who has been resizing your images before you have been uploading them, then you are sitting on a blog timebomb. Fear not though! You don’t need to go through and resize all your images because this plug in will do it for you.
This round up wouldn’t be complete without the mention of Jetpack. The king of plugins and seriously hard working, this plug in will do everything from giving you your stats (if Google Analytics is too complicated for you), to sorting out your security and managing your subscriptions plus more.
Hands up who hates spam? Yup, nothing more annoying then spammy comments. Thankfully this plugin is here to filter all that out for you.
This makes your blog more search engine friendly by helping the Google, Bing and Yahoo bots that crawl them find their way round a little easier – so if you’re hoping for more search engine traffic ensurie your blog is indexed accordingly with this baby.
If you haven’t had your blog hacked yet – well done! If you have, you will know the pain. Some malwares try to take over your site by trying usernames and passwords, over and over again, until boom! it gets in. WP Limit Login Attempts limits the rate of login attempts and blocks the IP temporarily. Phew!
If you’re a blogger, which of this WordPress plugins do you use? And are there any you would add to the essential list? Please do leave a comment and share.
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