Hi, guys! I hope everyone had a fun Friday night and you are on the way to enjoying the rest of your weekend.
I’ve been wanting to write this post for several months, but finally took the time to jot down all of my favorite plugins and why you might want to check them out. I’ve only been blogging for a little over a year and I still consider myself new and inexperienced. However, I’ve come across several really great plugins that have helped make blogging easier and more fun, so I thought I would share. Hopefully, you’re able to make use of at least one of these plugins!
Akismet- protects your blog from comment and trackback spam
All in one Favicon- to create and display the cute little image that appears next to your blog name in a tabbed browser
All in one SEO Pack- increase the SEO of your blog with fill in title, description of post and keyword options
BackUpWordPress- back up your entire site including your database and all of your files on a schedule that suits you, with the option to receive an email of the backup
Bottom of every post- add some content to the end of each of your posts, like your signature. There is also a “top of every post” plugin, if you’re interested.
CommentLuv- Reward your readers by automatically placing a link to their last blog post at the end of their comment. Helps to encourage a community and discover new posts.
Comment Reply Notification- When a reply is made to a comment the user has left on your blog, an e-mail will be sent to the user to notify them of the reply. I just got this plugin and I would say it’s pretty much a MUST. If a reader asks you a question they won’t have to check back to see if you’ve replied….. your answer will be sent to their email.
Contact Form Plugin- allows you to implement a feedback form. This makes it really easy for readers to comment or question you and you can set it up, so that the comment/question is sent straight to your email.
Easy Nutrition Facts Label- I haven’t taken the time to use this plugin, but I plan to in the future. It creates an FDA-style nutrition label, which can be assigned to any page or post.
Google Analytics Dashboard for WP- displays detailed info and statistics about: number of visits, number of visitors, bounce rates, organic searches, pages per visit directly on your Admin Dashboard.
Instagram-Widget-for-WordPress- displays your most recent, up to 10, Instagram activity in a WordPress Widget. It has the option to display likes and comments also. I have also heard great things about Alpine PhotoTile for Instagram, which I plan on looking into.
Jetpack by WordPress.com- Too many options to mention, some I use and some I don’t. Click on the link for a full list.
Pinterest Pin It Button For Images- Adds a “pin it” button over your images, so when users hover over a picture, the pin it button appears and is easily accessible.
Related Posts- Increase your readers’ engagement with your posts by adding Related Posts in the footer of your content.
Shareaholic- makes it easy for readers to share your blog posts to numerous social media sites (see the top picture)
Tweetily- randomly selects a post or page and tweets it automatically to drive traffic to your site. You set the time, number of tweets, and the type of content to share and Tweetily will do the rest.
WordPress Editorial Calendar- A calendar overview of your blog and when each post is scheduled to be published. You can drag and drop to move posts, edit posts right in the calendar, and manage your entire blog. I tried using this, but I think I’m more a fly by the seat of my pants kind of blogger. I know many people love it, though, so I’m including it.
WordPress Print This Section- Allows WordPress authors to add a short code to print out a specific section of their post in a simple clean format. If you’d like to see an example; I used this to make my marathon plan printable.
ZipList Recipe Plugin- Make your recipes SEO-friendly and more likely to appear in Google’s Recipe View search. The ZipList Recipe Plugin also enables you to add a “Save Recipe” button to each recipe so that readers can add favorite recipes to a universal recipe box and shopping list directly from your site. Each recipe they add includes a link back to your site so readers always go back to you for instructions. This is the way that I’m currently entering and posting my recipes. You can view an example here.
Something to think about….
I have no doubt, that there are lots of fantastic plugins that I know nothing about. Please comment and let me know some of your favorites!
What do you have in store this weekend? Any Fall activities or super fun plans? Madelyn has horse riding later today and a horse show tomorrow, so my weekend will pretty much be devoted to that. After I publish this post, I’m planning to go ahead and get my long run (14 miles) in for the week. I decided to move it from Sunday to Saturday because of the horse show tomorrow and the possibility of rain in the area. It will be great to get it done!
Have a great one!