When it comes to what type of plugins are vital to your wordpress blog’s success, many of you aren’t really clear of which are the vital ones to have. In my case there are 5 must have wordpress plugins that helps maintain the popularity and safety of my own blog.
What I like to do is share with you some important things you ought to think about when it comes to your wordpress blog. The idea of having the right tools to support these factors will enhance your blogging experience with less worries and more traction to optimize your blog to the best it can be.
If you don’t know what are the best tools for your blog, or you need more clarity to see if you have the basic tools needed, then make sure you pay attention.
Read on to see the important areas that ought to be filled that lays out a strong foundation when it comes to your blog.
“Blogging is not a business by itself. It is only a promotional platform.” ~ David Risely
Are you confused and overwhelmed about what plugins to use?
Many of you may have way too many plugins, while others of you may not have the slightest idea of where to begin when it comes to wordpress plugins.
You either have the “shiny object syndrome” when it comes to plugins, or you just plain stopped within your tracks about thinking of what plugins to use.
In either case, this just says that you really don’t have a clear direction of where you want to go with your blog.
Yes you want to get a lot of traffic, and yes you want to get a lot of conversion, but what steps do you need to take in order to get to this destination without much interference? When it comes to our blogs, the majority of us have a general idea that has yet to be broken down into pieces.
So the real question is why do you need certain plugins and not others?
No, my goal isn’t to try to sell you some of the plugins I use just to get an affiliate sale.
Now don’t get me wrong, I would like for you to purchase through my affiliate links that will be on this blog, but I want you do know why you ought to obtain these types of plugins.
Where there’s a need, there’s always a solution.
But do you know what your needs are when it comes to your blog?
I can say to you that once you know what your needs are, you’ll be able to save a lot of money and also a lot of time.
So lets dig in to what those needs are!
Why do you need the 5 must have wordpress plugins
When I say 5 must have wordpress plugins, I’m not talking about any in particular 5, but I want to lay out a foundation that you can work from.
In order for you to get where you’re going, you have to know why you need the type of plugins you do.
Some of you that have been blogging for a while might have went ‘plugin installing’ crazy. You see a plugin, get convinced by the sales pitch, and you install thinking that you actually need it. With this way of thinking, you end up with more plugins than you really need, which can end up slowing your blog down.
But before you install anything, you want to know why? What are you missing that’s going to give you a better experience and keep you out of trouble?
For those of you that are newbies, As you go on your blogging journey, you will see plugins that may seem like the missing link you need, but when it comes right down to it, you end up not using them at all. I’m guilty as charge!
So as far as what you really need for your blog, I’m going to talk about 5 different types of plugins you want make sure you keep in your radar at the least, and I’m going to show you what I’m using.
Are you protecting your blog from getting compromised?
Yes, your blog is not immune from getting malware or any other destructive culprits that can put a lot of damage to it.
I can speak from experience. For me, it had gotten so bad that I couldn’t even log into my back office for creating new posts or replying to comments. I had to use my FTP program to get into my blog and disabled all my plugins in order to see why I couldn’t get into my blog.
It actually worked, but there was a dilemma. There were quite a few plugins I needed to get the best out of my blog. So I had to use other tactics to troubleshoot the problem.
Here are some of the steps:
- I went to Google Webmaster Tools to delete any crawl errors
- I deactived my theme to see if it was the problem
- I use Google Webmaster Tools to check for malware which it didn’t find any
Luckily a good blogging friend of mine introduce to me Sucuri Security which helped me get rid of the malware that went undetected by Google Webmaster Tools.
There’s a free version and a paid version. For me the problem had gotten so serious that I went ahead and got the paid version which was $90/year
Here are some other plugins and services you can use for your blog
- BulletProof Security
- iThemes Security (formerly Better WP Security)
- Acunetix WP Security
How do you dialogue with your visitors to build social proof?
The one thing that’s going to help you generate traffic to your blog is to show how popular you are.
Yes, your teen years of trying to be popular is still relative today. You want to be able to show others how much people are attracted to your content as well as show how interested you are in helping others with their problems.
This is why it’s wise to implement a comment system on your blog.
Yes I know, you probably seen quite a few blog that don’t have their comments on, but yet they are getting a lot of traffic.
From what I’ve seen, a lot of them started out with comments enabled up until they started to get recurring traffic and couldn’t keep up with replying to their comments.
We all want to get to that point of getting a lot of traffic, but we have to start somewhere, and that somewhere is creating dialogue through utilizing a commenting system.
When you dialogue with your visitors you:
- show social proof or how popular you are
- get the the attention of search engines to rank your site
- give the search engines a reason to give you organic traffic
- give your commenters and visitors a reason to share your blog posts
- give your market a reason to participate in the conversation
What commenting system should you use?
It’s not for me to tell you since there are a plethora of commenting systems, but the one I use is Commentluv Premium
Why did I choose this comment system? Here are my personal reasons
- I wanted to generate more traffic
- I wanted to give people more of a reason to share my blog posts
- I wanted to build a great reputation among people within my niche
- I wanted to connect with my commenters
- I wanted to build a loyal community
- Above all it gives an incentive that whenever a visitor leaves a comment, it shows a link of 10 of their last posts that they can choose to show with their comment.
So with that said, it gives my visitors a reason to comment on my blog and also I have control of who will get the privilege of being allow to show a link from their previous posts.
This actually helps to protect your blog of getting bad links that don’t exist anymore and can result in search engines in penalizing you for those bad links.
Here are some other comment systems you may also be interested in looking up
- Default WordPress Comment System
- Facebook Comment System
- Disqus Comment System
- LiveFyre Comment System
- Google+ Comment System
- Commentluv Premium
The money is in the list, so how are you building your subscriber list?
How many times have you heard the cliche that “The money is in the list”, or “The money is in the relationship with your list”?
I’m pretty sure that you may be tired of hearing this if you’re a veteran blogger, but for the newbies, you definitely want to focus on building a list of subscribers.
If you want to make money through your blog, you want to show how competent you are as well as build relationships with your interested customers. Usually no one buys from you if they don’t already know you or know of you.
The majority of the sales that you will make is through the rapport that you have built over time with your subscribers as well as your return traffic.
This is why it’s a good idea to have opt in forms on your blog.
With opt in forms, you can get your most interested visitors to opt into your blog so that they can become subscribers and receive more information about you and whatever you promote.
I use a plugin called Thrive Leads which have been around since early 2015.
You can place your opt in box just about anywhere on your blog to make it easier for your targeted traffic to sign up. And above all, once you get your traffic to sign up, they are your subscribers as long as you have an autoresponder that capture each and everyone.
Here is a short list of other List Building Plugins you can use for your blog.
- Popup Domination
What automation tools can you use to share your blog posts?
I lead a busy schedule and sometimes I like to take breaks and go on vacation.
You may have a much more busy schedule than I do or maybe you want to be able to promote your blog posts while you’re out creating more blog posts and building relationships with others.
Whatever the case it may be for you, one smart thing that you want to do is to utilize automation tools that will help put your content out there for your target audience to see.
One plugin that tweets my blog posts on Twitter and LinkedIn is Revive Old Post. There is a free version that only tweets in Twitter and there’s a paid version that tweets to other social media sites.
With Revive Old Post you can:
- Set how many times a day you want to tweet your old post
- Set the minimum age of the posts you want to be tweeted out (I set it to 3 days)
- Set the maximum age of post to be sent out (I set it back to a year old posts)
- Set number of posts to share for each tweet
- and much more
If you are interested in Revive Old Post then Click Here and click on plugins at the top.
Here are some other automation tools that you can leverage that can also work along with Revive Old Post.
How are you measuring the progress of your blog?
If you’re a beginner, you probably had the mindset that I had. Although I was taught that it takes some time to start generated sales, I really wanted to start getting paid commissions from the get go.
Well, it does takes time. In my case, it took a lot of time. Actually a couple of years.
Because I didn’t have the decency to consistently check the progress of my blog although I was told to do so by using such tools like Google Analytics. Bud I did check, it just that at the time Google Analytic was so convoluted to me. Are you feeling the same whether you’re a beginner or a veteran?
Well I do have to say it’s very important to check the status of your blog from your affiliate links to what type of traffic you’re getting. But if you’re confused about Google Analytics Click Here to get the basics of how to use it.
There’s also alternative analytic tools you can use besides Google Analytics. Here are 4 you can look into.
When it comes to figuring out how you can optimize your blog with some of the plugins that’s presented to you, it’s not enough to know what features each plugin has.
It’s best to know why you need these plugins. What are you being deprived of in order for your blog to keep progressing? What are the missing links that’ll help generate more traffic? How can you build your subscriber list? What can you do to maintain engagement with your visitors? How can you protect your blog from malware?
These questions are very important as your start your blog. And if you’ve been blogging for a while and haven’t laid out this foundation just yet, then it’s not too late to start.
Now It’s Your Turn!
Have you laid out a foundation like this for your blog? What plugins are you using? How are the plugins helping you grow your blog as well as your conversions? Have you ran into any problems? If so, what were they and how did you solve them?
Please share your comments below and share this post with your friends. I look forward to reading them!