You know that WordPress is one of the best blogging software which has two different parts i.e. WordPress.com and wordpress.org (self-hosted wordpress). Though both are totally different but they have approximately analogous in terms of plugins accessibility. For example, Akismet is a widespread plugin for spam fortification which is obtainable for both.
Plugins are actually excessive for them who don’t to do something himself. For instance, if you want to show recent tweets on your blog, you can use a plugin or you can also make use of coding. Generally, WordPress would do everything whatever you want. Likewise, this CMS is used by lots of bloggers and webmasters from all over the world and you cannot find any proficient blogger with Blogger or any other CMS (Ignoring Drupal and Joomla).
In fact this big CMS is very cool to use and you need just 1 day to set up a blog on WordPress with some useful plugins and other maneuvers. But do you know what those usefull plugins are? Most of the newbies do not determine how to pick a plugin to bear out a petition. Even, no specialists cannot say what plugin someone should use. But here is a small list of most essential plugins which could be grabbed for free or by spending a few cents and can be used by all kind of blog.
This list comprehends all types of plugins i.e. SEO, social, promotion etc. There might have some paid plugins but you can also find some good alternatives of them which will be beneficial.
Let’s check top 16 free and paid WordPress plugins:-
Now a days, spam protection becomes the first and must task after starting blogging. Though spam comments are looking so good but it may harm your blog in term of Search Engine Optimization. Download Akismet.
2. Author hReview:
If you want to make (are making) a blog for product or service review, you should try a plugin by which you can you can rate that specific product or service. So, keeping this in mind, I have been using Author hReview since the very first day. Alternatively, you can try WP Social SEO Booster.
3. Broken Link Checker:
Broken links give a bad experience to your reader when you are browsing your site. So, get fixed them instantly, you can make use of a broken link checker such like Broken Link Checker. It’s a small and easy to use plugin which will scan your blog in each pre-defined time. <This plugin is not available in WordPress plugin directory.>
4. Contact Form:
5. FD Feedburner Plugin:
Other than using a code, you can use FD Feedburner to redirect your default feeds i.e. yourdomain.com/feed. It will help you to get more subscribers since the default WordPress feed has no subscribe option.
Flare is such a great plugin that would increase the number of sharing your posts on social media e.g. Facebook, Twitter etc.
7. Google XML Sitemaps:
Google XML Sitemaps is the best plugin to create a file that Google Webmaster Tools supports to index your blog in search engine. You can easily create an .xml file a sitemap. You can also use Google XML Sitemaps for Images and Google XML Sitemaps for Videos to get indexed images and videos respectively.
If your earning depends on affiliate marketing, GoCodes is the best free affiliate link cloaker. But it has not been developing since last few years.
9. Quick AdSense:
After all every blogger wants to monetize their blog and Google AdSense is the best for advertising and payout. Apart from using only the AdSense code inside a text editor, you can use Quick AdSense which is one of the best plugins for AdSense.
10. Related Post Plugin:
11. Subscribe to Comments:
It is obvious that every blog gets comments and you should reply those comments. But no one will not wait for your reply. That’s why you should use a plugin that would notify a particular commentator when his /her comment gets a reply. In this case, you can use Subscribe to Comments Reloded. But if you are using Disqus comment system, there is no need to install such a plugin since Disqus automatically notifies to the commentator for the corresponding reply.
12. WordPress SEO by Yoast:
Though there are so many SEO plugins for WordPress but WordPress SEO by Yoast has no alternative. It’s an all in one SEO package which is used by top professional bloggers.
13. Cache Plugin:
14. Easy WordPress SEO:
If you are talking about on-page optimization, Easy WP SEO is the best plugin which costs only a few dollars. It would help you like a SEO master.
15. MaxBlogPress Subscriber Magnet:
This is one of the best plugins to grow up your email list. You can easily increase your subscribers by making use of this plugin. Buy MaxBlogPress Subscriber Magnet.
e-Newsletter is good for branding. You can send emails to your subscribers after customizing it yourself. All themes and looks are really awesome.
Except free and paid plugins, there are also some free and paid services such as MailChimp, Madmimi, Aweber etc.
I hope these plugins will help you a lot. Let me know if I forget any plugin.
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