These are the essential plugins that you need to install on your blog.
SEO plugins should be the first choice for new and inexperienced WordPress users. It provides you with almost every function that you need in a single page. Maybe you can write the best content in the world for your blog, but without optimizing your blog and its post for search engines, there is a small chance for anyone that he will find his way to your website. However, by installing the right plugin, you can easily and rapidly ensure your blog and it’s content to be searched more.
Many bloggers receive a big stock of their traffic from searches, especially from the Google search listings. The WordPress by Yoast Plugin will help you to optimize your content to perform better in search results and drive more to your site. WordPress SEO by Yoast allows the user to setup page titles and description template without doing any effort.
The Google XML sitemaps plugin creates XML sitemaps for your WordPress site or blog. So, it becomes easy for Google and Bing to index your site better. Yoast’s WordPress SEO plugin has the most advanced XML sitemaps functionally in any WordPress plugin. Once you check the box, it automatically generates XML sitemaps and informs Google and Bing of the sitemaps presence. These sitemaps include the images and pages too so that they can found easily in the search engines too.
Are you being outranked by scrapers? Instead of swearing at them, use them to your advantage. By automatically adding a link to your RSS feed pointing back to the original article, you’re telling the search engine where they should be looking for the original. In this way, WordPress SEO plugin increase your own chance of ranking for your chosen keywords and gets rid of scrapers in one go.
The Yoast SEO plugin is fully multisite compatible. The XML sitemaps work great in all setups and you even have the option in the network settings to copy the settings from one log to another or make blogs default to the settings for a specific blog.
Import and Export functionality
If you have multiple blogs, setting up plugins like this one on all of them might seem like a daunting task. Once you install this plugin, you can export your post and pages and easily import them on all your other sites. It’s very simple.
Once you’ve got search engine optimization covered, ensuring it’s as easy as pie for your reader to share your blog on their social networks. This is another way to get more visitors to your website. All the best social networks are supported, including Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Digg, Reddit and many more. You can also customize the appearance of the share bar to match your website or make it stand out, depending on your preferences.
While floating social, you can ensure the buttons for sharing your posts will never be out of your reader’s sight while they are enjoying your content. The share buttons follow your reader as they scroll down the page. So that reader can easily share your post with their friends and followers. Share buttons make sharing articles on your site easy and simple. By providing a drop-down menu with more than 100 social networking and bookmarking sites to choose from and share too. Sociable adds a bar of icons of different social networking and bookmarking sites that you can choose for your articles. If they see what they like, your readers can easily share the contents to many bookmarking sites. You can easily choose to display the sites you want for sharing from the control panel. WordPress social bar adds a sharing bar to your articles in your sites. The bar which is always visible allows easy sharing of the article by your readers to various social sites with just one click. It is also fully customizable to your needs.
If you want to have another option for securing your WordPress website instead of the recommended wordfence, then you have to install a caching plugin. This plugin can immediately speed up the loading times of your website and its individual page. The main benefit of this plugin is that your visitors are less likely to abandon your site while waiting for it to load, plus your website will have a better chance of ranking higher in Google than a slower loading site. This free plugin can help you to reduce your page loading time for a more enjoyable user experience.
We touched on spam protection briefly in the contact forms section, starting how visual form builder includes verification field to stop your contacts forms being abused by automated spammers. Spam is a nightmare for SEO expert and this plugin prevents just that. Akismet is the ultimate spam blocker. This plugin will catch and prevent any further spam that spammers try to post on your website. You might see spam starting to reappear if you fail to update this plugin regularly. By installing this plugin, you can do a good job of shoring up your defense against blog comment spam.
With these free and premium WordPress plugins installed on your blog, you will be free to focus on creating great content for your readers. You will not need to worry about finding the best way of maintaining your website, keeping in touch with readers, site security, sharable content, fighting off spam and backing up your website.