Every blogger needs plugins to help run their WordPress site. There are so many amazing ones out there that really add to the look and functionality of your blog. They take out all the stress of coding – which a lot of people aren’t experienced with [myself included!].

Plugins also provide some really useful behind-the-scenes help that makes blogging life so much easier. I’m all about small tweaks with big impact! If there’s something out there that can do something in half the time I can, then I’m definitely going to use it.

Efficiency is key when it comes to running a successful blog, and time-saving means you can focus on more important things.

  1. No Self Pings

This one is so useful. When linking to other posts of your own, you automatically create a ping, which WordPress notifies you of. To begin with it’s okay, but eventually you will get really fed up of having to approve each individual link! Well not with No Self Pings. It stops WordPress from pinging you each time you link yourself – saving you lots of time & effort.

When I found out about this one I immediately installed and activated it, and it’s been an absolute pleasure no longer having notifications for links I know I want in my posts!

  1. Yoast SEO

Yoast is literally amazing. It takes all of the complicated hard work out of optimizing your content and gives you the simple steps to complete at the bottom of each post.

You can add a focus keyword, write a meta-description to show up on search results, and it’ll even tell you how well the post scores on readability. Yoast has so many useful functions and you won’t regret installing it!

I use this one every single time I write a post, and love how easy it is to use. It takes a few minutes at most to optimise your post, and the benefits can be huge.

I’ve already seen a boost in the search engine traffic making it’s way to my blog, so I know it’s working!

  1. WP Fastest Cache

Make caching super simple with this plugin. Simply install and go, and the plugin does all the hard work for you!

Caching basically helps your site speed by saving regularly used pages to your computer. This means there are less requests to download pages, which speeds up your site. [That’s my best interpretation of caching! There’s definitely a much more technical way to explain it!

  1. Jetpack [Premium]

Packed with amazing features, Jetpack is an all round player. It gives you the ability to publicise your posts immediately upon publishing to all your chosen social media sites, add sharing buttons to all of your posts, and access to themes and more.

They have amazing customer service, and if you need help you get dedicated service as a premium member. Another feature of paying for the upgrade is the Vaultpress addition, which gives you back-up functionality – a life-saver in some situations!

It’s very cheap, around £8 a month, and definitely worth the price. The stats function is great too – you get detailed daily stats showing page views, referrals, links clicked and more!

  1. GetResponse Integration

If you are using GetResponse as your email subscriber service, then you need to have this plugin. As soon as you create a form on GetResponse, it’s automatically included at the top of any post editor in a drop-down. You can easily add the form to any post, making life so much easier!

When you’re writing posts, you don’t want to have to dip back into your GetResponse dashboard to find the right code and then copy and paste it into your site.

This plugin takes out all the fuss and makes it super simple to convert those readers into subscribers!

I hope you’ll find these plugins as useful as I have! The functionality and reach of these plugins is amazing, and you won’t regret having them working for you on your site.

Managing a successful blog is all about finding the right tools to make life easier. I use all manner of automation, tools + services to make blogging that much simpler, so that I can focus on the more important task of creating content that my readers love!

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