5 Free WordPress Plugins Every Blogger Needs

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5 Free WordPress Plugins Every Blogger Needs

Are you new to blogging, or hitting a roadblock when it comes to blog growth?  These 5 free WordPress plugins are going to help get you over the hump so you can start taking your blog to the next level.

We’ve all been there..writing great content, creating beautiful images, feeling like your post should’ve gone viral, but the only new people on your subscriber list are your grandma and crazycatlady101 in Kalamazoo.

Don’t get discouraged! By reading this post you’re already on the path to getting more blog traffic and email subscribers.

Try these 5 Free WordPress Plugins Every Blogger Needs, and watch your traffic and subscriber list start growing.

1. Yoast SEO

This plugin is awesome for making sure your posts are optimized for search engines, and will also make you a better writer.

Even if you haven’t quite figured out what SEO is, Yoast SEO offers user-friendly guidance to help you get more blog traffic from Google and Bing.

Here are a few of the best features of this plugin:

  1. Keyword Optimization – Choose your focus keyword or phrase, then analyzes your blog post to make sure that your post is optimized for your chosen keyword.
  2. Post Snippet – Edit the snippet (description) that will be shown in search results for your page or post.
  3. Enable Pinterest Rich Pins – Simply enable open-graph meta data under the Yoast Facebook settings and you can enable Rich Pins for Pinterest – no coding needed!

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Yoast is the #1 plugin for Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and a must for all bloggers!

Learn more about Yoast SEO and download the plugin here.

 

2. CommentLuv

One of the main reasons I love being a professional blogger is that our community is so supportive!  CommentLuv is the perfect example of that support.

As a blog writer, you’re also reading a lot of other blogs for inspiration and to educate yourself.  Leaving genuine comments on an article is a great way to get questions answered and on the radar of other bloggers.

CommentLuv helps encourage more comments from bloggers by allowing your reader to include a link to their most recent blog post when leaving a comment.

This also helps build backlinks.  Backlinks from reputable websites helps build your authority with search engines and CommentLuv helps to make this easy for you.

You can try it out for yourself by leaving a comment at the end of this post 🙂

Learn more about CommentLuv and download here.

3. Elementor

Elementor is one of my favorite free WordPress plugins.  It’s a page builder plugin that let’s you easily create customized pages and posts.

That means your website design is not limited to what is included in your theme.  In fact, the sky’s the limit with the help of Elementor!

You’ll get access to free pre-built page templates and sections or design a customized page from scratch.  Their drag-and-drop functionality is easy to use, even if you’re not tech-savvy.

I used Elementor to design the pages on NextLevelBlogging.com and use it to design pages for clients.

You can learn more about Elementor here.

4. Jetpack

Share your posts on your own social media accounts automatically with Jetpack.  This is a great plugin for bloggers, and not only can you share your posts, there are several other functionalities, as well.

Jetpack allows for subscriptions, contact form widgets, SEO tools, and features that will speed up the load time of your website.  This plugin is usually recommended or pre-installed when you create your WordPress blog, and it’s one that you definitely want to get to know.

Jetpack also makes your blogging life easier, offering customized galleries, testimonials, and projects, plus helps you embed rich content with ease!

All of these features work together to help grow your blog’s fan base, so take some time to get to know Jetpack.

5. Sumo

This plugin includes several apps that will kick-start your subscriber list, get you more post and image shares, as well as provide you with free analytics tools.  Plus, Sumo is easy to use, with absolutely no coding knowledge needed.

For email list building, try the Welcome Mat app, which is similar to a landing page, and it’s free!  Or try the Sumo List Builder app to create your own popups, or the Scroll Bar app, for a more subtle approach to asking for an email address.

Sumo also offers social media sharing buttons that can be fully customized to match your blog’s color palette.  All of the popular social networks are available, unlike similar plugins that want to charge for a few of the top 5.

If you only install one plugin from this list, make it Sumo.  I use the free version on the Next Level Blogging website, as well as 3 other websites, and it has helped every one of them gain subscribers.

Learn more about the power of Sumo in my post A Powerful (Free) Tool That Will Skyrocket Your Blog’s Growth.

Conclusion

There are thousands of free plugins available which can make your search for reliable plugins a bit daunting.  As a new blogger, it’s downright intimidating.

You can’t go wrong with these 5 free WordPress plugins.  If you’re new to blogging, these are great plugins to start off with.

What are some of your favorite free WordPress plugins?  Have you tried any of the plugins on this list?

I enjoy your feedback and am always looking for great plugins to try out on my websites, so please leave your comments below.

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Happy Blogging!

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20 thoughts on “5 Free WordPress Plugins Every Blogger Needs”

    • Thanks, Dimitri.

      I’m glad you found it easy to understand because I know how overwhelming it can be as a new blogger, when you’re not familiar with the industry verbiage yet.

      I hope you take some time to check out my other posts. You will find a lot of helpful information that will help you build a successful blog.

      Congrats on the new blog, by the way! Welcome to our little world.

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  1. I see the ‘click to Tweets’ in posts and I like them. It makes it very easy to share…click it and forget it. 🙂

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    • If you’re not already using that plugin, you should give it a try. It’s free and has several templates to choose from so you can match to your branding. I love it!
      Thanks for stopping by Rosey.

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  2. As a new blogger, I trust these plugins are essential. I will certainly check them out.

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    • Yes, Lavanda. I use every one of them on my website, as well as other websites that I maintain for clients. Great to have you as a new blogger…Welcome!

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  3. As a blogger, I am always learning new things to deepen my practice. This post is a really awesome list of the things that any blogger would need to succeed BIG. Thank you!!

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  4. I really like my click to tweet plugin, it can really come in handy sometimes. I also really like when other blog posts have them to, but my favorite is Pinterest to re pin amazing info-graphics.

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  5. Hi Angel, great info about the essentials. As a new blogger, I have been on a steep learning curve to figure out which plugins are essential. Plus you can certainly start adding up the spend if you don’t work out which are the best free ones. Thanks for this.

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    • No problem, Debra! I remember starting out and how overwhelmed I felt, it was very discouraging and I wasn’t sure I could do it. But, I kept pushing forward and it has changed my life! I figured this post might help some people avoid the “trial and error” method! Thanks for your feedback.

      You would benefit greatly with a Next Level Blogging membership, so make sure you have signed up for our email list for an invite to our launch party. Take advantage of the beta membership that will be free, and give you a chance to see what we can offer. During the trial phase, as long as you follow our guidance, you will see results that will make it worth sticking around! Grab you invite from the home page at nextlevelblogging.com.

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    • Glad you found new plugins! Thanks for the feedback Nurridin!

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  6. I liked your post. I’ve been hesitant to use sumome but I might give it at try and I want to look into commentluv.

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    • Chad, Sumome is awesome! They just changed their name to just “Sumo” and added more free features, like additional templates. Give it a try & let me know how it goes 🙂

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  7. It`s hard knowing exactly which plugins are a must have, it does not make it better that too many plugins slow down the site.A must have for me is Yoast but the downside is that it at times clash with XML sitemaps.
    At the moment I have 15 plugins, too many some might say, but I just feel I need them all and cant decide which one I need less of, but im sure I could do without some of them.

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    • I know how you feel! It’s hard to let go of a plugin once you are actively using it.
      I feel as long as you are using a caching plugin, and your website isn’t loading slow for readers, use as many plugins as you want 🙂
      Thanks for your comment!

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  8. This is great! I was thinking today I wanted to figure out how to add the tweet feature. Thank you and I plan on adding the plug ins I am missing!

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    • I’m glad you liked it and found the information useful. Let me know how it goes!

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