5 WordPress Plugins Every Blogger Needs

5 Free WordPress Plugins Every Blogger Needs

Are you new to blogging, or hitting a roadblock when it comes to blog growth?

We’ve all been there..writing great content, creating beautiful images, feeling like your post should’ve gone viral, but the only new people on your subscriber list are your grandma and crazycatlady101 in Kalamazoo.

Don’t get discouraged! By reading this post you’re already on the path to more subscribers.

Try these 5 Free WordPress Plugins Every Blogger Needs, and watch your subscriber list start growing.

1. Yoast SEO

This plugin is awesome for making sure your posts are optimized for search engines, and will also make you a better writer.

Even if you haven’t quite figured out what SEO is, Yoast SEO offers user-friendly guidance to get your blog posts indexed by search engines like Google and Bing.  It’s easy to use…I promise!

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2. CommentLuv

One of the reasons I love being a professional blogger, is that the community is so supportive!  CommentLuv is the perfect example of that support.

As a blog writer, you’re also reading a lot of other blogs (or you should be), and leaving genuine comments on an article is a great way to get to know other bloggers and show your support.

CommentLuv encourages comments from bloggers, by allowing your reader to include a link to their most recent blog post, that will show up in the comment thread.

You can try it out for yourself by leaving a comment at the end of this post.

3. Click To Tweet

With Click To Tweet, you make it easy for readers to tweet a blurb of text or an image, straight from your post.

With several style templates to choose from, Click To Tweet can be customized to match your blog.  Try it out, by clicking the example below.

4. Jetpack

Share your posts on your own social media accounts automatically with Jetpack.  This is a great plugin for bloggers, and not only can you share your posts, there are several other functionalities, as well.

Jetpack allows for subscriptions, contact form widgets, SEO tools, and features that will speed up the load time of your website.  This plugin is usually recommended or pre-installed when you create your WordPress blog, and it’s one that you definitely want to get to know.

Jetpack also makes your blogging life easier, offering customized galleries, testimonials, and projects, plus helps you embed rich content with ease!

All of these features work together to help grow your blog’s fan base, so take some time to get to know Jetpack.

5. Sumo

This plugin includes several apps that will kick-start your subscriber list, get you more post and image shares, as well as provide you with free analytics tools.  Plus, Sumo is easy to use, with absolutely no coding knowledge needed.

For email list building, try the Welcome Mat app, which is similar to a landing page, and it’s free!  Or try the Sumo List Builder app to create your own popups, or the Scroll Bar app, for a more subtle approach to asking for an email address.

Sumo also offers social media sharing buttons that can be fully customized to match your blog’s color palette.  All of the popular social networks are available, unlike similar plugins that want to charge for a few of the top 5.

If you only install one plugin from this list, make it Sumo.  I use the free version on the Next Level Blogging website, as well as 3 other websites, and it has helped every one of them gain subscribers.

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There are thousands of free plugins available which can make your search for reliable plugins, a bit daunting.  As a new blogger, it’s downright intimidating.

You can’t go wrong with these 5 free WordPress plugins, so if you’re new to blogging, these are great plugins to start off with.

Which Free Plugins Do You Recommend?

What are some of your favorite free WordPress plugins?  Have you tried any of the plugins on this list?  I enjoy your feedback and am always looking for great plugins to try out on my websites, so please leave your comments below.

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10 thoughts on “5 Free WordPress Plugins Every Blogger Needs

  1. It`s hard knowing exactly which plugins are a must have, it does not make it better that too many plugins slow down the site.A must have for me is Yoast but the downside is that it at times clash with XML sitemaps.
    At the moment I have 15 plugins, too many some might say, but I just feel I need them all and cant decide which one I need less of, but im sure I could do without some of them.

    • I know how you feel! It’s hard to let go of a plugin once you are actively using it.
      I feel as long as you are using a caching plugin, and your website isn’t loading slow for readers, use as many plugins as you want 🙂
      Thanks for your comment!

    • Chad, Sumome is awesome! They just changed their name to just “Sumo” and added more free features, like additional templates. Give it a try & let me know how it goes 🙂

  2. Hi Angel, great info about the essentials. As a new blogger, I have been on a steep learning curve to figure out which plugins are essential. Plus you can certainly start adding up the spend if you don’t work out which are the best free ones. Thanks for this.

    • No problem, Debra! I remember starting out and how overwhelmed I felt, it was very discouraging and I wasn’t sure I could do it. But, I kept pushing forward and it has changed my life! I figured this post might help some people avoid the “trial and error” method! Thanks for your feedback.

      You would benefit greatly with a Next Level Blogging membership, so make sure you have signed up for our email list for an invite to our launch party. Take advantage of the beta membership that will be free, and give you a chance to see what we can offer. During the trial phase, as long as you follow our guidance, you will see results that will make it worth sticking around! Grab you invite from the home page at nextlevelblogging.com.

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