Start Your WordPress Blog with these WordPress Plugins
WordPress plugins are so much useful for the functionality of WordPress based blogs. If you are starting out with a WordPress blog, you might be confused on which plugins to install first. While plugins can help boost traffic, engagement, and conversions of your site, the blog performance will suffer due to the installation of so many plugins.
The best use of WordPress plugins is to keep it simple. You will only need at least four WordPress Plugins to run a high-traffic, efficient, and profitable blog! Below are some of the WordPress plugins that you should highly consider and use for your blog when starting your blog on WordPress to get rid of the rest.
This is a comprehensive and reliable tracking tool that helps you know how well your blog is growing. The Google Analytics plugin lets you incorporate your tracking code on every single page on your blog. This provides you access to a wealth of information. You can view statistics on page visits, referral sites, demographics, conversions, and campaign, among countless others, to help you gauge and interpret the effectiveness of your current online marketing strategies.
This plugin has so many other useful plugin embedded in it with different functions. I’ve fallen in love with it ever since I came across it. Some of the JetPack’s features and services are as follows;
- Email subscription: You can encourage visitors subscribe to your site and send them blog updates to their e-mail. As a nice exchange, you get their e-mail address, which is valuable for lead generation and other advanced marketing campaign you plan on holding. Once people subscribe, they follow your blog and get updates immediately in their emails.
- After the Deadline: If you are not confident with your writing skills, you can refer to this feature for grammatical and word suggestions to improve on the quality of your content.
- Twitter widget: You can display your Twitter stream on your blog using the function available in Jetpack.
- WP.me URL shortener: This compresses character count of your blog post’s URL, which is important when posting on social media sites allowing limited characters, i.e. Twitter.
This plugin helps you maximize your blog by making it friendlier to search engines. Every time you post an entry, you will choose a focus keyword to work with and builds a page analysis based on chosen keyword. Outside your post, WordPress SEO allows you to customize your meta tags, XML sitemaps, RSS, and other SEO-related features you can think of.
Page speed is an important factor in determining the site’s usability and even search ranking. The faster your blog loads, the more attentive the user is to your blog. A slow-loading blog gets abandoned easily, regardless of how good the site content is. To ensure that your blog is in tip-top shape, install and activate this plugin. The W3 Total Cache increases the loading speed of your blog tenfold compared to your blog without this plugin. This lets you retain viewership and increase the chances of funneling your users to your call to action.
Is your blog built on WordPress? If yes, you can take a moment to share in the comment box the WordPress plugins you would recommend for someone who is about to start a WordPress based blog. If your blog is not built on WordPress, I can help you set it up within 5 days. If you need help, you should ask for help using the comment box provided below.
Originally posted 2013-01-16 17:00:02.