Every great blogger needs great tools.
Here are the 8 best WordPress plugins every blogger, writer, and business should consider using to help you save time and grow your business.
Akismet is a free WordPress plugin that blocks spam comments. It’s crucial for any blog that allows comments because otherwise you’ll quickly become overwhelmed by spam.
2. All in One SEO Pack or Yoast
3. Contact Form 7
You need some way for your visitors to contact you, so a contact form is a no-brainer.
Contact Form 7 has over 5 million users and it’s the most popular contact form plugin for a reason—because it rocks!
4. Google XML Sitemaps
Sitemaps are simply a tool your website needs to help Google and other search engines index your site properly. Google XML Sitemaps does all the work for you automatically—just install it and you’re done!
5. Amazon Link Engine
Amazon Link Engine is a plugin that will save you an enormous amount of time and help you earn more money if you ever link to Amazon. You simply put in your Amazon affiliate API in the plugins settings, and it will automatically make every link anywhere on your site that points to Amazon become an Amazon affiliate link.
Redirection makes it quick and easy to set up 301 redirect links directly in your WordPress dashboard.
You can use this plugin to make long, complicated links really simple and easy to remember.
For example, instead of linking to a long or unfamiliar URL like https://wordpress.org/plugins/redirection/, you could set up a redirect link on your site similar to tckpublishing.com/redirection. That way, you can create an easy-to-remember URL that you can share on your site as well as in emails, presentations, and advertisements or marketing campaigns.
7. ShortPixel Image Optimizer
ShortPixel Image Optimizer helps optimize every image on your website to reduce the bandwidth you need, make your website load faster, and provide a better experience for your visitors.
Use this quick and easy plugin to make your website just plain better.
SumoMe is a great plugin that helps you grow your email list by helping you build and split test opt-in popup forms, sliders, and boxes on your site quickly and easily.
If your goal is to build your email list, you’re definitely going to want to use SumoMe or a similar plugin. SumoMe starts free, so if you’re a brand new blogger that’s a great way to get started building your email list even faster without spending money on expensive software.
What Are Your Favorite WordPress Plugins?
Got any favorite WordPress plugins of your own that you think other bloggers should know about? Let us know in the comments below!
Tom Corson-Knowles is the founder of TCK Publishing, and the bestselling author of 27 books including Secrets of the Six-Figure author. He is also the host of the Publishing Profits Podcast show where we interview successful authors and publishing industry experts to share their tips for creating a successful writing career.