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Most Useful WordPress Plugins

This is going to be a post for my WordPress users out there and people thinking about moving to WordPress. I have been on WordPress for almost five years, and aside from thinking wholeheartedly WordPress is 100% the way to go. I happen to think WordPress plugins can make your blog amazing. There are TONS of plugins to use and tons that I use. Today I want to share with you the most useful WordPress plugins I use and ones that you should probably make sure you have.

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Yoast SEO: This is the best plugin for SEO. It’s very user friendly and easy to figure out. It tells you exactly what you need to fix and let’s you know by way of red, yellow, and green buttons if certain aspects of your post are SEO ready!

Click To Tweet: I love this plugin for inserting Tweets into your post. You see them in a lot of my posts, like this one for instance. It’s great for getting people to Tweet out and share your posts.

Anti-Spam by CleanTalk: Have you ever gotten a lot of weird spam comments? This is great for filtering those out so you aren’t going through and spamming/blocking all of them. You also get an email report each week telling you how many they filtered for you.

Easy Digital Downloads: This is the plugin I use to sell my blog courses. It’s great for keeping track of how many courses you sell, who you sell them to, and it gives you the ability to offer discounts, set dates and times etc. Great if you are selling a course or a product on your blog!

Google Analytics: Pretty self explanatory. You need Google Analytics. Every brand or company you work with wants to know your analytics.

jQuery Pin It Button For Images: When you scroll over a photo on someone’s post you will most likely see some sort of button to pin the image. You will also most likely see a widget at the bottom with Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and StumbleUpon buttons. I have mine built into my design but there are TONS of great plugins. Just search Share in plugins and tons pop up. A common one is Shareaholic.

I obviously use a lot more plugins than this, but these are the most useful WordPress plugins I use.

I would love to hear what the most useful WordPress plugins for you are, or if there are any I should check out!

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  1. After 10 years of blogging I have learned the hard way to be very selective about what plugins I run, as some people don’t realize how resource intensive a plugin can be. That being said, I love the Editorial Calendar plugin.

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  2. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) wrote:

    I pay someone to do this for me, so I have no idea what plugins I have 🙂

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  3. Melissa wrote:

    I LOVE my editorial calendar plugin and have almost all of the plugins you mentioned! They are great!! I will have to check out Easy Digital Downloads.

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  4. Amanda wrote:

    Yoast is one of my favorites! It is so useful when planning SEO content for my post!

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  5. Melissa wrote:

    P.S I am waiting for the Day Designer release for the season- do you love yours???

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  6. Chelsea wrote:

    I love Click to Tweet! I don’t have it yet but see it on other blog posts and always wanted to implement it. So easy to share things!

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  7. These are all great, especially Yoast! I am in the process of going back and Yoast-ing all my posts, updating the posts I wrote pre-Yoast for SEO optimization.. It makes such a difference

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  8. Angela wrote:

    I’m trying to get my total plugins down to 5 due to how they adversely affect performance. That’s a real battle to reduce to this amount and I’m trying to be brutal about it. I’ll definitely be keeping Yoast though!

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  9. candy wrote:

    Will be checking out couple of these to see how I like them. Good to hear everyone thoughts.

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  10. Chloe wrote:

    I’m new to WPnand didn’t know about a lot of these! Very informative

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  11. I actually use most of these! I know you’re not supposed to run a million plugins, but I love how easy they make things for someone who doesn’t have a ton of coding experience (AKA me).

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  12. Great tips! I hadn’t heard of a couple. Thanks for sharing!!!

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  13. Katie wrote:

    I am TERRIBLE about actually using my Click To Tweet in posts but I LOVE that plugin, it’s so useful and I find that people actually CLICK IT IF I PUT IT IN THE POST! (So the question becomes, WHY DON’T I?!) 😉

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  14. Lydia G wrote:

    This is so helpful! I feel like there’s endless options of plugins and I don’t even know where to start – I’ve been blogging for over a year, but I’m still working on the techy side of things! I will be saving this post for later!

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  15. Julie wrote:

    I am always looking for great plugins to use so this post is great for me. I love Yoast and Click to Tweet. I also use the Google Analytics one. I’m excited to try tbe one for pinnable images.

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  16. Thanks for sharing! I use Yoast SEO all the time and really found that it helps narrow my focus on posts. Zip recipes are great for adding recipes to posts!

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  17. Great plugins, I use almost all of these.

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  18. CourtneyLynne wrote:

    This is one of the things that makes me want to switch to WordPress!!!! So many awesome plugins!

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  19. Nikki-ann wrote:

    Thanks for sharing these with us. Some of these are “must-have” plugins and there’s a couple there are are new to me, so I’ll definitely be checking them out. 🙂

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  20. Carrie wrote:

    I love Yoast SEO! It is one of my favorite plug-ins.

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  21. Lindsay wrote:

    A couple I hadn’t heard of that I’m going to check out. Thanks for sharing hun. 🙂

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  22. Ashley wrote:

    I love all of these. I also life Instagram Feed. I have found it’s got the best layout that you can customize!

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  23. Monica wrote:

    I have some of these but need to look into others…you’ve never led me astray~

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  24. Jeanine wrote:

    Out of these I only use Yoast and GA Dashboard. I will have to check out the others, I just try to limit all the plugins I add as it seems to slow down the site a bit!

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  25. Rachel wrote:

    I use several of these as well. So glad I made the switch to WordPress last year, it’s been so great for my blog!

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  26. Michele wrote:

    I am still on Blogger so these plug ins would not help me–and no I doubt I will be switching to Word Press anytime soon. I can certainly see how these plug ins would help a Word Press user.

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  27. Jenny wrote:

    There are a few here that I have never heard of before so I will definitely be checking them out.

    xoox, Jenny

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  28. Mistle wrote:

    I absolutely love wordpress. I love all of the plugins they offer! I def need to check out the Click To Tweet and Anti Spam. I get several Spam comments and it drives me insane. Thank You for the suggestions!

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  29. Debra wrote:

    The real truth is that plugins, themes, or templates are often not the biggest problem for most WordPress users. They want to get traffic, they want an online business. Keep adding or changing plugins, themes and other features does not solve their real problem. WordPress “as is” won’t build an online business. It’s missing a do-able start-to-finish BUSINESS process.

    Surely, you can slog through the mountains of business building advice and tools that are out there. But for most WordPress users it all ends up being too much.

    So, despite the dazzling display of WordPress features, the reality for most (non-tech) people who want to create a web business with WordPress is that they need to adhere to an easy-to-follow, all-in-one, proven, ethical webbusiness-building system (not a get rich quick scheme), tailored to the WordPress platform, to get (1) a significant amount of traffic and get (2) targeted traffic (example of such a system: WealthPrinciples dot net).

    Otherwise you’ll end up having (and building) only a WordPress webSITE (or BLOG) but not a webBUSINESS.

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  30. Great tips! I use most of these and a few more. It’s so cool how they work and change your blog.

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  31. Annie wrote:

    I love Yoast SEO although sometimes I find it a bit annoying! I love Click to Tweet as well but I use Better Click to Tweet–don’t know the difference! I thank God for wordpress plugins because they make my life so much easier! Thank you so much for such a wonderful round up!

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  32. These are awesome. I use most of them, but I had never heard of that easy digital download plugin!

    LiveLifeWell,
    Allison

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  33. Chelsie wrote:

    YOAST SEO is a must have!

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  34. Christy F wrote:

    This is a great post! I need to start using these on my blog. My old photography blog was on blogger but I switched to WordPress with my new blog and I love it!

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  35. Ocha wrote:

    I don’t know what took me so long to start using a click to tweet plugin. One of the coolest and simple tools to add lots of functionality. Way cool.

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