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Blogging is pretty easy as it is. Let’s face it, you are writing chunks of text for free and uploading them at your pleasure.
What you do and how you do it is completely up to you, however many people make it harder for themselves – theretofore try these plugins.
WordPress Plugins To Make Blogging Easier
1 – Akismet
There are many anti-comment-spam plugins out there, and this one seems to work pretty well. It is very good at stopping automated junk messages, although some spam items do seem to slip through.
This is probably because it was installed manually instead of by a spamming robot.
2 – Broken Link Checker
Broken links are a pain in the rumpus because they lower the search engine friendly value of your website. They annoy users and subsequently lose you traffic as a result.
This tool will run through all available links on your site to see if you have any broken links. It will check your internal links, and check the links pointing outwards to other sites.
3 – Comment Luv
This helps your readers to leave a comment. It will also show recent posts too.
Comments from other people have a Search Engine Optimization value; therefore, it is advisable that you encourage them.
4 – Google XML Site Maps
If you want to be sure that Google indexes every page and post that you write then you need to submit a site map. This tool will help you to compile your XML sitemap.
Run it on your websites domain and it will follow every web page that has a link attached. It will find a lot of pages and any that are within your domain will be compiled into an XML Site Map.
You need to upload this sitemap to Google and in many cases, Google bots will read it within short time. Every page on the Site Map will be indexed by Google as a result.
5 – No Follow Link
You may not want every link on your blog post followed. You may not want Google to see it, possibly because you are breaking the rules.
Maybe you want it so that only your website visitors have access to a certain blog post and you don’t want people finding it from Google.
Maybe you want your comment section to be a no-follow comment section. Whatever your reasons, the No-Follow link plugin is there if you need it.
Admin Note: This blog uses commentluv plugin. All comment links are do follow. So enjoy commenting on this dofollow blog.
6 – Social Media Metrics
You can put a list of your posts on social media if you click the metric widgets yourself. It is easier than copy and pasting each of your posts onto social media (which may come across as duplication).
You can keep track of what you have shared and where you have shared it via the dashboard that this plugin offers.
7 – Social Media Widget
This plugin offers widgets such as “Follow Me On” and other such widgets/buttons. They are very easy to install and allow your readers to share your content via their social media sites.
You can use these widgets yourself. All you need to do is click the widgets to share your posts on your own social media sites. You can then monitor what you have shared, and where, using the Social Media Metrics plugin mentioned in point six.
8 – Social Sharing Plugins
This plugin is similar to the Social Media Widget mentioned above, but it has a lot more social media widgets from different social media sites.
It also has a few differing designs too. Ideally, if you want a good choice of widgets and functions then you should use this plugin and the Social Media Widget from point number seven too.
9 – WordPress Editorial Calendar
Use this plugin to schedule your posts in advance. You can write your posts months in advance and then pick the date that you want to plugin to upload them for you.
It means that you do not have to take the time to post your posts in your own time. It also means that you can post consistently every week, fortnight, month, whatever takes your fancy.
10 – Yoast WordPress SEO
This is another popular plugin that helps you to manage your websites SEO (Search Engine Optimization). Do not use it to stuff your content with keywords.
Use it to make sure that all of your SEO elements are filled and to check that you have completed the SEO specifications for other posts.
I hope you like this list of useful wordpress plugins your blog must have. If you have any question or doubt, comment here or use contact us page.
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