These best way to make the most of your blog is to produce high quality content and have the right plugins to get you to where you want to be. Lets explore the Top 10 plugins that you should install on your WordPress blog.
What – Yoast is a complete SEO tool that comes with features such as Post Title and meta description templates, RSS enhancements, Permalink clean up and many more.
Why – This is crucial for your website because you need to rank high in the search engines to get found and be seen by your target audience So the better you optimize your blog, the more visibility you will receive from the search engines.
What – When youíre reading through a blog about your favorite sports team or financial advice this plugin adds app recommendations at the bottom of the post that are relevant to the content on the page and to the individual engaged user.
Why – The importance of this plugin is that not only will your readers be more interested in downloading the apps suggested because they are relevant to the topic theyíre reading about but it puts a little money in your pocket because YouAPPi pays publishers per download of apps.
What – The focus of this plugin is to be your WPO or WordPress Performance Optimization tool. It helps with your user experience and the speed of your page.
Why – Because people arenít going to stick around your blog very long if your page doesnít load in a timely manner and the user experience is poor.
What – Every site needs a security system and a way to keep things backed up. Thatís what Valut Press does.
Why – As a blogger you want to be able to sleep well at night knowing your amazing blog isnít being messed with. Here’s some other security plugins for WordPress, right from the Blogging Pro blog.
What – Digg Digg works hand in hand with buffer to be an all in one social spreading plugin. It allows you to display all your buttons in one place.
Why – You donít want people to just read your latest post and say: ďthat was coolĒ and then forget about it. You need to remind them to share it on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. so they share it with their friends.
What – Disqus is a community of communities that helps you build your community of active readers who are interested in your content. At the end of the day, this helps create stronger engagement with your readers.
Why – Well thereís not much of a point in having a blog if you arenít trying to share content that people are going to be interested in reading.
What – Are you tired of comment spam? Then you need to get the plugin called Akismet. I know that sounds like a lame infomercial but thatís exactly what it does and itís awesome so deal with it!
Why – People arenít going to take your blog seriously if youíre allowing every spammy junk comment on your site. Keep it together man. It will be appreciated.
What – Well you want to include an sweet contact form into your blog but itís way too much work to figure it out yourself so you install gravity forms and it takes care of that for you.
Why – Because youíre interested in what your readers think you should improve or have to say about your material youíre putting out. Also you want a way to be contacted by advertisers and guest posters who want to be included on your blog as well.
What – This allows people to like you on Facebook so they are subscribed to whatever cool stuff you post on your FB page.
Why – People want to feel and be connected. What better way than to let them connect with you on Facebook and be your ďFriendĒ? I canít think of a better way, can you?
What – This excellent plugin allows you to do three crucial things. Backs up all your info, restores your site if it gets hacked or broken in any way, and moves it to a new domain if you change your domain name.
Why – You never know when youíre going to need any of these features but it helps with your piece of mind knowing you have that capability whenever it comes up.
These are all handy and helpful plugins and we recommend you install all of them once your blog is up and running. Happy blogging!
Greg is a member of the youAPPi marketing team. youAPPi is a mobile application company who helps app developers grow the number of app installs through their app recommendation and discovery publisher program. To learn more about youAPPi, you can visit their blog.
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