The Top WordPress Plugins for Bloggers - 10 Absolute Must For New Bloggers

Last Update: December 04, 2018

There are thousands of the plugins available in the internet which extend WordPress to do anything you can imagine.

You probably have a number of such plugins on your site, but does your WordPress blog have the essential add-ons? does your plugins increase the loading time of your website? Do they hamper your user experience?

Let me help you to find out The Top WordPress Plugins for Bloggers that will improve user experience of your site and facilitate WordPress administration tasks.

These plugins have been found to be extremely handy and useful for new as well as experienced bloggers and webmastera on the WordPress fraternity.

Without any delay let us proceed with the list which is given below:-

1. All In One SEO Pack

If you want to increase the search engine traffic of your website, the best way to start is to optimize your content (blog posts and pages). For that, you need a WordPress optimization plugin like the All-In-One SEO package.

It is considered to be one of the oldest and original WordPress SEO plugin. Since 2007 users have downloaded this plugin over 50,000,000 times.

All in One SEO Pack is to used to optimize your WordPress site for SEO. It is very easy and works out of the box for beginners, and has advanced features and an API for developers.

All in One SEO pack is an SEO add-on that helps you easily optimize all posts and pages of your blog for search engines such as Google, Bing, Yahoo etc.

All in One SEO pack provides ready-to-use optimization functions, such as providing XML site maps, default SEO content settings, robots.txt file, etc.

2. EWWW Image Optimizer

Optimizing your images on your website can help you improve the performance of your website. It helps the speed at which your website loads, as well as the use of server resources. EWWW Image Optimizer will increase the speeds of your page through the optimization of the image.

Increasing page speed can result in better search engine ranking, and will also improve conversion rates (increased sales and enrollment). It is a very good tool to save storage space and bandwidth.

While EWWW I.O. it will automatically optimize the new images it loads, it can also optimize all the images it has already uploaded and, optionally, convert its images to the best file format. You can choose the perfect pixel compression or high compression options that have no visual loss.

3. Insert headers and footers

This is a simple WordPress add-on that allows you to insert the code directly into the header and footer. Insert header and footer plugin allows you to insert anything you want into the head and footer of each blog and before and after the content of the page or post.

This plugin works well with almost all the available themes. This is one of the top rated plugins available for WordPress. This Insert Headers and Footers plugin will allow you to insert any code or script, including JavaScript and HTML into the header and footer section. It is one of the easiest plugins to install and is a must have plugin for all the beginners of WordPress.

Here, you can easily add and edit the code from the WordPress panel. Even if you update your theme this plugin prevent the loss of files that you have edited. You can see and organize what code and scripts you have added to the header and footer on your WordPress board.

Without a plugin like Insert headers and footers, you would have to manually edit the header.php and footer.php theme files if you want to add any code.

Using Insert headers and footers, on the other hand, has many advantages. Insert headers and footers:

  • It's faster: you do not need to find the right theme file and spend hours to look up the code to find out where to add yours.
  • Prevents errors: it is easy to add a wrong code or delete some codes when one is editing theme files, but a plugin can avoid it.
  • Keep your changes: when your theme is updated, you will lose the changes you have made to the files. Keeping your code separate in a plugin will prevent this.
  • It keeps you organized: you can see in your WordPress panel at a glance what code and scripts you have added to your header and footer.

4. OneSignals

OneSignal is one of the easiest way to increase user engagement and is an unique add-on to attract more traffic to your blog. OneSignals adds a new way for your readers to subscribe to your blog. Add web push technology, and readers who use Chrome, Safari or Firefox browsers will be notified to subscribe to their blog updates.After that, each time you publish a new blog post, your subscriber will receive automatic notifications that will notify you that there is a new publication.

You can also send automatic notifications to direct traffic to any specific blog post, landing pages or even to an advertiser site.

You can configure notifications delivery at pre-set intervals, create user segments and customize the inclusion process for visitors.OneSignal is free for up to 30,000 subscribers; There are no limits on the number of push notifications that you can send.

5. WordFence Plugin

Now let's secure your WordPress blog by using a WordPress plugin related to security.WordFence is one of the best security add-ons that can guarantee that your blog stays safe from hackers. It has useful features to keep your site safe, including:A website application firewall that effectively filters your site's traffic. When suspicious requests are detected, it blocks that traffic.

A malware scanner that performs analysis of all your main WordPress files, as well as themes, add-ons and upload folders. It tracks all the changes and can find suspicious code.Wordfence offers a free and premium version of its complement.

The paid version has some additional features, including country blocking, scheduled scanning, and real-time firewall rule updates.

6. Easy Affiliate Links

This is a free WordPress add-on that allows you to manage all your affiliate links.Easy Affiliate Links helps shorten and mask a strange looking URL. It also helps redirect readers to your favorite affiliate programs.

  • Leave specific links as it is for compatibility with Amazon
  • Create short links to optionally mask your affiliate links
  • Possibility of importing and exporting your links from and to XML
  • Easy accessibility of your links in the visual and html editor
  • Track monthly and lifetime clicks.

For affiliate marketing persons, this add-on will add a lot of value to your site.

7. Broken Link Checker

Broken links are dead ends for search engine and bad for your website SEO.It is a free plugin that continuously scans your blog for broken links and allows you to fix them with one click.T

his plugin also avoids sending pings to your own site when you publish posts with links to your own posts.It's something every WordPress blog should use.

8. Ad Inserter

If you are interested to show advertisements on your site, you probably know how difficult it can be at times to track the performance of those ads and replace existing ads with new ads when necessary.How cumbersome and time consuming it is to insert your ads in the right place on your site. Over and above you might be required to edit the code.

Ad Inserter is a free add-on (it also has a premium version) that makes it easy for you to manage any of the ads you use in WordPress, including AdSense and Amazon Associates.

Both Google and Amazon recommend this add-on to insert ads, which is a testament to its quality:Ad Inerter saves your time and it can offer additional functionality such as A/B testing, ad rotation, lock detection and much more.

9. No Self Pings

Everyone knows that internal linking is good for SEO. It is also good for the user experience because it helps the user to relate to what is spoken in a specific article. All of us uses internal links No one will ever think that this would become a problem until you notice a lot of "self-pings" on your own site.

Some people like the internal linking feature a lot because it allows its users to track related posts in the comment.

For others like us, this becomes a problem because we think we fill in the comments area.I have seen several lists of useful WordPress plugins on the internet and was surprised to find that no one has included the No Self Pings in the list.

This simple plugin saves you a lot of headaches.This is a plug & play plugin with no need for additional configuration.

10. WP Hide Post

Most likely, our least known WordPress plugin, WP Hide Post, does exactly what it says: It hides blog posts.Of course, they are still visible if you browse directly there.

However, they will not appear in the main index page of blog posts or in the RSS feeds.You can use this plugin conviniently for publishing marketing materials (case studies, interviews, landing pages etc.) that you might refer later with your outreach efforts or promotions.

Over to you now

These are my Top WordPress Plugins for Bloggers which are not only very useful but are one of the best choices for any WordPress website of any niche.

These plugins adds various layers of functionality and features to your blog's users and admins, as well as enhance traffic and analytics.

Do you think I missed any plugin in the list above? Please feel free to comment below so that we can incorporate them in future.

Also do not forget to shower your love on this post if you think that this can add value to your blog or website.

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smartketeer Premium
Thanks GS!

One thing ...

Jetpack is banned at WA ...
Marchelle1 Premium
Did not know that! I actually have it on one of my sites still. Have to check it out. Thanx Smarketeer.
GeeEss Premium
Is it so? But the plugin is from Automattic the company behind WordPress (refer screenshot attached).

However, since it is banned in WA platform, I have removed it from my article and replaced it with Insert headers and footers. It is also a very important plugin and was coming 11th in my list. Now that Jetpack is removed it automatically gets a higher rank 😃
smartketeer Premium
You're welcome!
smartketeer Premium
It was a simple observation, nothing more :)
GeeEss Premium
It's ok bro.👍
Marchelle1 Premium
Thanks for this article. I will probably use the Ad Inserter plugin going forward. It can be so tedious trying to update and add codes to the website html so this will make my life much easier.
GeeEss Premium
Thank you for showering love to the post.

Truly ad inserter can really be a blessing for busy bloggers.

Don't forget to try some of the others also and let me know your views

Marchelle1 Premium
Will do :)
Motly20 Premium
Thank you for this information 👍
GeeEss Premium
You are welcome bro.

Please let me know if i missed any plugin which you think is important,
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Marley2016 Premium
Thanks for sharing
GeeEss Premium
You are welcome Susan.

Happy to help.