WordPress plugins are a great way to add extra features to your site and, in turn, enhance the site’s usability and SEO. Downloading plugins is actually one of the things I was super excited to do when I first went self-hosted with Siteground. If you want help with going self-hosted, you can check out my ‘Going Self-Hosted With Siteground 101‘ blog post. Moving on, there are over 50,000 plugins available in the WordPress repository making it quite difficult to figure out which ones to get. I will be sharing with you 5 free WordPress plugins that every WordPress user needs. These plugins all have high ratings and you can rest assured that they work amazingly so let us get into it!
This is one of the most popular WordPress plugins and is essential for anyone who is self-hosted. One of the main worries that many wordpress.com users have when going self-hosted is whether or not they will have access to all of the WordPress features on their new site. Thanks to the Jetpack plugin, the answer to that is yes, you will. In short, this plugin provides you with design services such as hundreds of professional themes, marketing services such as site stats/analytics/social media sharing and security services such as site backup and malware scanning. If you want to read about what it can do in more details then definitely give this ‘5 Reasons To Install Jetpack‘ article a read!
I remember when I was first looking into SEO, I would hear everyone recommending the plugin Yoast. Not knowing much about it, I decided to go ahead and download the plugin. I have to say, I totally get the hype! This plugin basically helps in making your blog more SEO-friendly. A site that is SEO-friendly is likely to rank higher on search engines (Google). This will drive more traffic and exposure to your blog. I would highly recommend watching this ‘Yoast SEO Tutorial‘ in order to properly set up this plugin. This plugin will help you to see if you can rank for the specific focus keyword that you have chosen. This is done by checking if the focus keyword is used properly in the SEO title, image alt tags and throughout the post. You can also change the way your post looks on search results to your liking by using the snippet preview. Furthermore, it helps improve readability. This ensures that your post is easy to read for your visitors and search engines. All in all, this plugin is absolutely essential for growing your blog and making it successful!
MonsterInsights is another great free WordPress plugin that basically connects your WordPress site to Google Analytics. By doing so, it provides you with an in-depth report of your site’s stats in contrast to Jetpack that only gives you a quick snippet of your website performance. This plugin is super easy to set up. It will provide you with crucial information such as your monthly unique page views, monthly unique visitors and demographics. This information is especially important if you are looking to work with brands. Most brands often need this information before deciding whether they want to work with you or not. It is also a great way to keep track of whether you are hitting your monthly, weekly or even daily blog targets.
Before talking about this plugin, let us understand what exactly broken links are. Broken links are basically links on your website that lead to a nonexistent page. For example, a page with a 404 error that could be because the owner removed the page. Having all these broken links on your site is bound to make it slower. Moreover, it can severely hurt your SEO and page rankings as Google does not like websites with broken links. So, how do we make sure our website is free of any broken links? With this easy to use broken link checker plugin! Once downloaded, you can easily access this plugin through the settings option on your dashboard. If you want to know about this plugin in more details, then definitely have a look at this post by ShoutMeLoud. He talks all about broken links and how to properly use this plugin.
This free WordPress plugin is an absolute lifesaver for those of you out there who are not tech-savvy at all. There will come a lot of times in your blogging journey when you will have to add codes to the header/footer section of your site. For example, if you want to connect your blog to Google Analytics or if you want your blog to be verified on Pinterest. Doing this manually is a great option if you are knowledgeable of these things, otherwise, if you were to make a mistake while editing the theme files, this could be detrimental to your site. This plugin; however, makes the process unbelievably easy! Once activated, you can access this plugin through settings. Simply copy-paste the relevant code into the box labelled ‘scripts in header’ and that’s it!
Those are the top 5 free WordPress plugin that every WordPress user needs. Whether it is to improve your site’s authority or to make it more user-friendly, these plugins will provide you with the basic resources you need to grow your blog and hopefully turn it into a successful business!
Have you tried any of these plugins? What are some of your must-have/ favourite plugins?
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