Most bloggers know about the basic WordPress plugins to use on their blogs. Akismet for spam. Contact Form 7 for your contact page. However, how about the plugins that will each add a small dose of awesome to your blog?
The ones that not everyone is using…or even talking about…probably because they haven’t become acquainted to their awesomeness.
These 7 WordPress plugins will give your blog more functionality and make it easier to use!
7 Little-Known WordPress Plugins that will make your Blog Awesome
Pretty Link masks your affiliate links so they are easy to remember and include into blog posts. Instead of seeing the horrible “http://productwebsite.com/product-name&id=3948375934” as your affiliate link, your visitors will click on links that look like this: “http://yourdomainname.com/productname”.
This is a lot easier for you to share on social media or through email to your family, friends, or readers. Plus, Pretty Link gives you the options to nofollow the link as you create it, so you don’t have to add in the code every time you want to add the link in your posts.
Pretty Link Lite, the free version, is enough to get your started. If you want more features, upgrade to Pretty Link Pro. I have always used the free version but I know other bloggers opt for the paid one.
Inline Related Posts
When you get readers to your blog, you want them to stay a while. Making related posts easy to find and read is important, and the Inline Related Posts plugin helps with that. It automatically places links to related blog posts within the posts on your blog.
This makes interlinking your blog posts easy. No more looking back through your blog for a link to a similar post you think your reader may like. The plugin offers customization as well, letting you set the colors for the message and link that is placed in your posts. Look for the “Related” message in this post to see the plugin in action.
Inline Related Posts is free!
Magic Action Box
This WordPress plugin lets you add subscription forms for your email list all over your blog. The form will be added just like you would a widget. The great thing about Magic Action Box is you can customize the look of your form to fit with your blog’s theme and colors. It just looks more professional to have everything coordinating.
Magic Action Box is free! There is a pro version you can purchase for $47 if you need more features.
To help prevent your images from being stolen, you will want to watermark them before placing them on your blog. The Image Watermark plugin will automatically watermark your images so that you don’t need to worry about it. Plus, it will watermark the images already on your blog, reducing the amount of back work you have to do to protect your photos.
Image Watermark is free!
If you want to increase your social media following, the MiloTree plugin is for you. Use it with your Pinterest, Facebook page, or Instagram account. The plugin places a pop-up in the bottom right of your blog. When a visitor lands on your blog, this pop-up will appear, suggesting they follow you on the network you have chosen.
I currently have mine set to my Facebook page, as it is new and could use more likes! The free version of MiloTree can get you started. For $6/month, you can upgrade to the Blogger Plan to remove their logo/branding, change the pop-up’s colors, and have more freedom and tracking information with the pop-up.
Click to Tweet
If you tend to write blog posts that you’d love your readers to quote, you need to install the Click to Tweet plugin. I have used this on my other blog with great success. The plugin will allow you to create tweetable phrases that your readers simply have to…you guessed, it…click on to tweet!
Click to Tweet is free!
This is one of the WordPress plugins I recommend the most to other bloggers. Editorial Calendar gives you a visual as you plan and schedule your posts. It creates a calendar in the WP dashboard, so you can see what you have going live when. I have used it successfully to ensure I don’t miss a deadline and publish too many posts on the same topic too often.
The drag and drop functionalities of Editorial Calendar make it super simple to use. Moving a scheduled post from one date to the next will automatically change its publishing date with no further action from you. Plus, the plugin is free!
What are your favorite WordPress plugins?
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