Hello there! As a blogger you’re going to use many plugins that help run your blog in the background. Over the course of my (almost) one year blog-anniversary I have used many! However I’ve compiled a few of my favorite plugins that will help you on your blogging journey!Jennifer Carfora Co shares 7 Plugins Bloggers NEED right now! Click To Tweet
This is a MUST. SEO, or search engine optimization, is a must for a successful blogger. Use of keywords is a MUST. Must I say it again? You can still reap the benefits of Yoast with the FREE version. The plugin notifies you of any problems with your page and what to fix.
- SEO Analysis
- Readability Analysis
- XML Sitemaps
I LOVE THIS PLUGIN. Prior to downloading the plugin I was receiving close to 10 spam comments a day. Do you know how annoying that is? Having to go through the comments and delete them? Very. After I downloaded the plugin (paid a small fee, $1 a month) I received ZERO spam comments. To date they have blocked 257, yes you read that correctly, 257 spam comments within the last few months I’ve subscribed to it.
Contact Form 7
Contact Form 7 is a great plugin! I use this for my contact page and it’s so simple to use. All you have to do is download the plugin, create a page and add the short code in it. Simple! Your contact me page just looked a whole lot more professional with Contact Form 7.
GDPR Cookie Consent
YOU NEED THIS. It’s not a matter of wanting, you NEED this plugin. To make your blog up to legal standards, you need a Cookie Consent. What is a Cookie Consent? When you go to someone’s blog your information is being stored, they have to notify you of this and ask if you want to accept or deny.
The Cookie Law is a piece of privacy legislation that requires websites to obtain consent from visitors to store or retrieve any information on a computer or any other web connected device, like a smartphone or tablet.Cookie Law
Simple Social Icons
I was using Social Warfare prior to this but a few months ago the plugin was having complications. If you still have it I would recommend deleting it and using Simple Social Icons instead. With their breach and sending people to malicious content I wouldn’t want to use them again. Anyway, the Simple Social Icons is very simple to use.
Once you’ve downloaded the plugin you can adjust your settings. You can make it float when users scroll through your page and I have it set inline (or above the post / content).
If you don’t already have Google Analytics you should go and sign up now. I love Google Analytics because it lets you know how your is doing with bounce rates, sessions, what referral traffic is most popular and where the most traffic is coming from. I use this to determine what pin of mine is doing the best and create another one like it to bring in more traffic.
There is a free plugin for this that you can install on your WordPress account without having to add HTML into the theme editor of your page. So much easier.
Lastly, WooCommerce. I recently started selling products on Etsy, mostly digital products but I wanted to showcase them on my blog somehow. That’s where WooCommerce comes in. Once downloaded you can add products to your page, keep track of shipping, tax, payments, and so much more.
What is your favorite plugin?