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:
- 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.
- Post Snippet – Edit the snippet (description) that will be shown in search results for your page or post.
- 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!
Yoast is the #1 plugin for Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and a must for all bloggers!
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 🙂
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.
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.
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.
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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