10 Wordpress Plugins That Will Rock Your World

If you've taken any of my blogging classes you know that I totally 100% recommend using a self hosted wordpress site for blogging. Not just because it means you own your content. Not just for the ease of design. Not just for the professionalism of it. But because of the awesome, amazing plugins you can get for it.

There are so many plugins available that do so many different things. I mean, really. You can make your self hosted wordpress do pretty much anything with a plugin. But today I want to share with you 10 plugins that everyone needs, that will help you grow AND make your life easier. Ready to go?

Wordpress is an amazing platform. Not just because of how easy it is to use and how professional it looks but because of the awesome plugins available!
Wordpress is an amazing platform. Not just because of how easy it is to use and how professional it looks but because of the awesome plugins available!

WP-Optimize

This plugin is magic. It'll keep your site running smooth by cleaning up your database. It will remove old post revisions, clean up unapproved comments and generally speed things up by getting rid of data that you don't want/need building it.

And your websites load time is one time that speed truly does matter. You want your site to load quickly!

Google Analytics Dashboard

Sure. You could visit Google Analytics to see your stats but why bother? This plugin puts them right on your dashboard! Anything to save you extra clicks, I always say!

What can I say... I'm a girl that values her time. I'd rather be sipping my coffee than bothering with extra clicks. #lazyinternetproblems

Yoast SEO

Take the guesswork out of SEO with these easy to use plugin! This adds an "SEO form" to the bottom of your posting dashboard and helps you determine where you are in the world of SEO based off of keywords.

Now I'm going to be honest with you. This is not a be all, end all tool for SEO. You'll never fully master the art of SEO just by aiming for the green light, okay? But it will definitely get you started on the right foot and can make things easier for you.

Simple Share Buttons Adder

One of the best ways to grow is with easy to use sharing buttons. This plugin will but share buttons wherever you want on your site. And, friend, thats a good thing!

Comment Reply Notification

Did you know that most readers won't come back to see if there's been a response to their comment? This plugin sends them a notification when anyone, including you, has responded to their comment. And that is absolutely imperative to establishing a great relationship with readers.

Comment Redirect

They've already showed interest in your blog by leaving a comment. Why not take it a step further? This plugin will direct commenters to another page once they've hit submit... build this page up to include newsletter opt ins or even ask them to check out your social media profiles.  Honestly, this is an awesome tool because it let's your commenter know that you're not just a random website online; you have a community and have even more value to offer them beyond one post.

CommentLuv

Reward those awesome commenters by letting them share their most recent post in their comment signature! This not only makes them happier to comment on your blog and come back but helps them grow too. Community, friends, is what it's all about. Not to mention the added bonus of getting your eyes on new content too. Hey, I won't lie. I love love reading other peoples blogs.

Click to Tweet

Want a specific message tweeted from your post? Make it easy for your reader by including a Click to Tweet box! This awesome tool will allow the reader to click the box and it will open a tweet for them to post with your prewritten message. You know the absolute best thing you can do for your readers is make it easy for them to share your stuff. The easier, the better, my friend!

Magic Action Box

I love this plugin. Use it to add call to actions to posts and pages. I used to use this to add a subscribe form to the bottom of my posts on my old blogs. {AKA prior to my ConvertKit days.} It's easy to use, visually appealing and really gets the job done. Especially if you're sharing a great opt in incentive with it!

Related Posts

What your readers to see more of your site? This plugin will show related posts at the bottom of posts, encouraging your visitors to stick around. This makes it so much easier for your visitors to see things that may be relevant to them and really helps establish that relationship of trust with them.

So there it is! My top 10 plugins. What would you add?

Until next time, Have a beautiful day!

Wordpress is an amazing platform. Not just because of how easy it is to use and how professional it looks but because of the awesome plugins available!
Wordpress is an amazing platform. Not just because of how easy it is to use and how professional it looks but because of the awesome plugins available!