Five Plugins Every Blogger Needs!

Guest post by Laura from All In My Head.

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.

This is a roundup of my favourite plugins that I use to run All In My Head, my own blog over at laurajacquesaimh.com.

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  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!

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  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!

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  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!

Laura

Author Bio

My name’s Laura and I run All In My Head, a blog focusing on helping bloggers + entrepreneurs grow their businesses. We’re going all out to create the lifestyle you’ve always dreamed of – success, freedom + passion are yours for taking!

AIMH also includes beauty + lifestyle because I want to help you run your business and look good doing it.

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61 Comments

  1. November 26, 2017 / 12:20 pm

    I loved this post! Laura is already one of my favorites and this post has just got her higher on the list. Plugins can be super helpful and this is gonna be a checklist for when I install some 🙂

    • November 26, 2017 / 12:43 pm

      Its such a great post isn’t it, she’s so good at all things blogging related!

      • November 26, 2017 / 12:44 pm

        IKR? Yes and you’re amazing for getting her to guest post 😀

  2. November 26, 2017 / 4:33 pm

    Such a great post! I’ll will be using these when I upgrade!

  3. November 27, 2017 / 5:10 pm

    I didn’t know what any of these plugins were and that screams issue to me. I have recently upgraded and need to really sit down and work on SEO and plugins for my site to help it!
    Lois x
    http://www.lifeasloismay.com

    • November 27, 2017 / 5:25 pm

      I really need to do the same! Determined to improve my DA in the new year!x

  4. November 27, 2017 / 5:11 pm

    I never heard of these plugins before, I’m almost a year into my blogging journey and everyday I learn something new. Thank you so much for sharing this helpful info!

    • November 27, 2017 / 5:29 pm

      Laura is so great at all of the practicalities of blogging, it was a pleasure to host her!x

  5. thenorthernwritesblog
    November 27, 2017 / 5:13 pm

    another vote for Yoast, it’s a brilliant tool and really makes you think about your content. I’ve used it for a while now and it’s forced me into some really good SEO habits.

    Hannah @ The Northern Writes | http://www.thenorthernwrites.co.uk

    • November 27, 2017 / 5:32 pm

      SEO is so important! Really going to work hard on my own in the new year!x

  6. November 27, 2017 / 5:16 pm

    Hi, thanks for the helpful tips I shall be using some of these once I finally transfer to self hosted.

  7. November 27, 2017 / 5:19 pm

    I found this really interesting. I already use and love Yoast but I literally never use my Jetpack. Wondering if premium is worth it when I never use the basic version? x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    • November 27, 2017 / 5:40 pm

      Such a great question, if you head over to Laura’s blog she has loads of great blogging posts, maybe one of them will cover this?!x

  8. November 27, 2017 / 5:19 pm

    Do you need to be on certain plans with WP to use plugins? I’ve seen people post about them but don’t think I can add any!

    • November 27, 2017 / 5:43 pm

      Yes you do lovely, I believe you need to be on premium or be self hosted x

      • November 27, 2017 / 6:24 pm

        Thanks will look into it again then as I’m premium but couldn’t add! X

        • November 28, 2017 / 10:20 am

          Oh how strange! Maybe contact WordPress support and check? x

          • November 28, 2017 / 11:18 am

            Checked you need Business Plan 😥 goal for 2018 x

  9. November 27, 2017 / 5:29 pm

    I didn’t know about half of these plug ins before reading your post so I definitely need to look into them some more! Thanks for making me aware about them! x

  10. TheCrimsonCardigan
    November 27, 2017 / 5:47 pm

    Yoast is probably my most favorite plugin. It’s so helpful! Thanks for sharing!

    Ashlynn | http://thecrimsoncardigan.com

  11. November 28, 2017 / 3:42 pm

    I’ve never used or thought of using plug ins but these were ideas for when I do use them!

  12. November 28, 2017 / 5:32 pm

    So many great plugin options. This is definitely a helpful post.

  13. November 30, 2017 / 5:18 pm

    Looking to upgrade my blog soon and I can’t wait to be able to use all of these plugins!

  14. November 30, 2017 / 5:26 pm

    Hi, I need to try adding some of these helpful suggestions, thank you.

  15. Hello Bexa
    November 30, 2017 / 5:40 pm

    Wow!! I went self hosted on my blog today and just looking at plugins. I’m actually downloading JetPack right now even before I read your recommendation. That’s amazing and I am going to check out all your other suggestions too! Thank you! 😘 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    • November 30, 2017 / 6:05 pm

      Oh wow what great timing! I’m glad you found it so helpful x

  16. November 30, 2017 / 5:44 pm

    I’ve been looking for a good post about WordPress plugins for a long time now! This one is the best I’ve one I’ve read yet 💖

  17. November 30, 2017 / 6:30 pm

    I find Jetpack so useful but I cannot get the hang of Yoast SEO for some reason, I really need to sit down and work my way around it as I really want to start upping my views from search engines!
    Alice Xx
    http://www.blacktulipbeauty.co.uk

    • November 30, 2017 / 6:33 pm

      I hope you manage to get your head around it lovely! x

  18. November 30, 2017 / 7:09 pm

    Awesome guest post Sophie! I’ve only just heard of GetResponse so I’ll def look into that one for my subscription 🙂

  19. November 30, 2017 / 8:00 pm

    Such a great post, so helpful so thank you! I haven’t used any plugins yet, going to make the upgrade soon so might look into it then X

    • November 30, 2017 / 9:24 pm

      Oooh how exciting, I hope you find them helpful when you upgrade!x

  20. November 30, 2017 / 8:07 pm

    Super informative!! Thanks for all the tips xxx

  21. December 1, 2017 / 1:39 pm

    What an informative post, i’m definitely going to be checking these out, thank you so much for sharing.

  22. December 1, 2017 / 10:34 pm

    Great post thank you for all the tips!!!

  23. December 2, 2017 / 4:58 am

    This is really great stuff. Thanks again.

  24. December 3, 2017 / 3:44 pm

    Really good read and it’s a shame I don’t have Word Press!!

  25. December 21, 2017 / 7:39 pm

    I’ve heard good things about Yoast. I definitely need to try it out.

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