It does not matter whether your WordPress blog is new or old one; you could not sustain in the competitive blogging field without these free plugins. From search engine optimization to protect your blog from spammers, these plugins do all from behind the scene. You just need to download and customize the plugins to optimize your blog to the utmost. Once you are done you can give your full focus on your blog posts, your plugins will take care of the rest.
10 ESSENTIAL FREE PLUGINS EVERY WORDPRESS BLOG SHOULD HAVE
You can expect to get spam comments from day one. Don’t get excited on getting comments like “Thanks for sharing wonderful information in this post” on your first blog post. It may be a spam comment which leads the visitors to a spam site or affiliate site through its url. Akismet is the undisputed king here which protects your WordPress blog from spam comments. This awesome plugin comes free with WordPress. You need to create an Akismet API Key to activate the service. It helps to protect your blog from comment and trackback spam. If you accidentally removed this plugin from your WordPress blog, you can download it from the link given below.
W3 Total Cache is a topnotch free WordPress performance plugin. It dramatically improves the speed and user experience of your blog. Customization however takes a little more time compared to other plugins. But it’s worth it.
Though popularity of Yoast’s WordPress SEO plugin has been increasing day by day for its massive features; we use All in One SEO Pack by Michael Torbert for search engine optimization. We love the simplicity of this plugin. It takes two minutes to customize this plugin. You can download any of the two plugins from links given below.
SEO Friendly Images plugin automatically adds alt and title attributes to all the images of your blog. Thus it drives search engine traffic to the images of your blog. After installing this plugin you don’t need to add alt and title tags to your images. This plugin will do this for you.
We use AddThis Social Sharing plugin at SpeakingTech [http://web.archive.org/web/20140102072909/http://www.speakingtech.org/] to share posts on social networking sites. There are several other plugins available for this purpose. Some are really good but few plugins have site loading issue. Site takes longer time to load with these plugins. We do not face any such issue while using AddThis on our site.
We presently use Social Stickers follow plugin in our site. AddThis also has a good social media follow widget. You can use any one of these plugins to increase the followers of your blog.
Recent Posts Widget Extended is one of the best WP plugins to show the recent posts of your blog on sidebar. The plugin allows you to show thumbnails along with your recent posts.
Héctor Cabrera’s WordPress Popular Posts plugin is undoubtedly the best free plugin available in this category. You can customize your popular posts by 24-hour, 7 days, 30 days or all-time basis. You can also show thumbnails with this plugin.
There are several plugins available which show related posts with thumbnail just below the post. But nrelate Related Content plugin not only shows related posts, you can make money by serving third party ads with this plugin.