7 Extremely Helpful WordPress Plugins

Last Update: April 19, 2020

There are literally tens of thousands of plugins that you can use on your WordPress website to make life easier. Some of them are good some of them are horrible.

In my post for today, I thought I would make a list of the 7 plugins that I personally use on some of my websites.

One thing we learn here at WA is not to overload your website with plugins. Having too many plugins will often times slow your website speed down which is something we don’t want to do because site speed affects rankings.

The other thing is too many plugins you run the risk of some of them being incompatible with others which can cause major pain in the BUTT. Your website could potentially crash or cause a number of issues.

So a word to the wise, don’t overload your website with too many plugins. With that being said here is a list of plugins that I use on my websites:

7 Extremely Helpful WordPress Plugins

1. Yoast - SEO Plugin

For some of my sites, I use the Yoast plugin. I find it’s easy to use and provides you with suggestions about how to better write your content and what things you can do for better SEO.

There are both paid and free versions of this plugin. I was using the paid version but since have switched to the free version because I didn’t really see much more value in the paid version of Yoast compared to the free version.

Link to the plugin - https://yoast.com/

2. All In One SEO - SEO Plugin

On another of my websites, I use the All in One SEO plugin. This is the plugin that comes standard with the hosting here at Wealthy Affiliate. It’s a pretty straight forward plugin that gets the job done.

There are free and paid versions of the plugin. I have only used the free version so I don’t know how much more value you get with the paid version.

Which one do I like better? I can’t really say they both work great for what they are intended for. I know there are some people who are strong proponents of both.

Link to the plugin - https://wordpress.org/plugins/all-in-one-seo-pack/

3. Pretty Links - Link Cloaking and Tracking Plugin

Pretty links works well for cloaking your long ugly affiliate links. You essentially make them look like they are links from your website. You can also use it to track how many clicks you get on your affiliate links.

There is a free and paid version of Pretty Links. I have only used the free version which works well for me. Link to the plugin - https://wordpress.org/plugins/pretty-link/

4. Kraken - Image Optimization Plugin

Kraken is the best image optimization plugin around that comes standard with the new servers here at WA. This plugin helps reduce the file size of your images for faster loading speed times of your web pages.

I did a training on how to use this plugin you can find it here:


Link to the plugin - https://wordpress.org/plugins/kraken-image-optimizer/

5. WP Product Review Lite - Review Plugin

I use this review plugin for my review posts. It puts a cool review table at the beginning or end of your review posts. It’s also used to put rich snippets into your search engine results description. This enhances your descriptions in the search engines kind of like a little extra eye candy to help you get noticed among all the other results.

I did a training on how to install and set-up this plugin. Check it out here:


There is a free and paid version of this plugin. I use the free version which works well enough for me. This plugin is also recommended by our very own Jay Neill.

Link to the plugin - https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-product-review/

6. TablePress - Table Creator Plugin

Make cool and informative tables with the TablePress plugin. I use this on one of my websites and it works great. It’s also FREE which is a plus!

Link to the plugin - https://wordpress.org/plugins/tablepress/

7. MonsterInsights - Google Analytics Plugin

I use monster insights on one of my websites. This plugin hooks up to your Google Analytics account and brings statistics from your Google Analytics right to your WordPress back office. It organizes the information in an easy to understand format.

There are both free and paid versions of this plugin. I’m using the free version but will be upgrading once the website that I’m using it on matures.

Link to the plugin - https://www.monsterinsights.com/


So there you have it 7 WordPress plugins that I use on some of my websites to help make things easier.

I would like to know what are some of your favorite plugins and how do they help you with your affiliate marketing efforts?

Stay Safe and Healthy!



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CandP Premium
Hey Cory and thanks for this excellent list. We are pleased to say we already have most of the plugins you mention but have recently been considering a Table Creator and have a question for you.
If we add the Table Creator plugin and then add some tables to our posts, will those tables remain if we subsequently deactivate or delete the plugin? We imagine they will because we presume the plugin is, in essence, just adding a series of coded jump links but we would like to be sure because we don't like adding plugins that we then have to keep forever. We did look at the information on the plugin in WordPress but it's not clear on this point.
Sorry for the tardiness of our question but we originally bookmarked your post and have only now gotten around to reading it.
Colette and Philip
Encourager1 Premium
Hi Colette and Philip,

It looks like the table doesn't stay once you delete the plugin. I tried it out on one of my test sites and after I made a table and published I went back and deleted the plugin. The table disappeared from the test article after deleting the plugin.

CandP Premium
Thanks for checking that, Cory. We have been creating our own tables with jump links. It's a little tedious but we think we will stick with that. Thanks again.
Colette and Philip
Fredeim88 Premium
Very good and informative post. I have couple of questions. Tablepress, as I understand it, it makes table of content in the article? I have always wonder how to make that!

And I'm curious about monster insights. I can't quite grasp Google analytics. Will this help me to understand how many visitors my site gets?

I personally use rest of them as well besides yoast.
Encourager1 Premium
Table press helps you make information tables that you can add to your articles. There are other plugins for adding a table of contents.

Monsterinsights helps with making the info from Google analytics easier to understand. And yes it shows you how many page views your website is getting.
Fredeim88 Premium
Gotcha. Thanks for the clarification! 😊
Twack Premium
Brilliant Cory, thank you. I have 'starred' this post and will be reviewing it with the view to using a couple of the plugins. @AlexandraT11 asked a question the other day, in regard to the benfits of Yoast against AIO and many of the responses came back with 'Rank Math' as a possible alternative, which was interesting.
MinaKim Premium
Thanks for sharing Cory.
I'm using 4 of the plugins on your list and I think I'll check on the Review Plugin since I'm looking for a decent one.

I'm also using Easy Table of Contents Plugin. I find it useful for longs posts plus the fact that it is light.
Encourager1 Premium
Thanks I’ll check that out
Linda103 Premium
Thank you for sharing Cory.
I use Rank Math plugin on all my sites now.
Did have Yoast after the standard Allin one SEO, but found this one much better. Its really helped me to improve my SEO score.
Tried WP Review Lite briefly but didn't do much with it, might give it another try along with the training.
Same with the Pretty Links one, didn't really 'get' it. But will give it another try and make use of the training.
I find that the longer I am on here the more I start to 'get' things more easily.