Let’s face it:
It takes a lot of hard work to design a great website.
We spend hours making everything perfect. The design, the content, the copy…
…but, sometimes, the templates we use just don’t have all the features we need.
That’s where plugins come in.
WordPress powers more than 30% of the web, so chances are you’re using this amazing platform as well. We are, and we’ve found some incredible WordPress plugins that help us to create amazing content, and they can help you as well.
Without further ado, here are 7 plugins you need to install right now:
Word Stats allows you to see the stats for your blog posts, including:
- Number of words.
- Keywords you rank for.
- Post types broken down by number and percentage.
- A graph showing monthly word count per post type.
However, the best part of Word Stats is its diagnostic table that links to posts that need your attention. It tells you when headlines are too short, long, or complicated.
SumoMe is an amazing, all-in-one WordPress plugin. With this single plugin, you get:
- An email capture pop-up.
- Easy installation of Google Analytics.
- A heat map to see where your customers click.
- And much more!
Have you ever seen blog posts with a box that says, “Click to Tweet”? They get that using a WordPress plugin like Better Click to Tweet.
OptinMonster allows you to create high-converting opt-in forms
It also allows you to segment your customers based on which form they fill out or which options they choose, A/B test to see what converts the best and create clickable text to show popup forms if you’re using a content upgrade or lead magnet.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is an incredibly important part of building a blog. It helps you to increase your website traffic from search engines like Google and Bing.
The easiest way to master SEO is with the Yoast SEO WordPress plugin. It tells you exactly what you need to do to your blog post to improve the SEO.
Pretty link, as you probably guessed, makes your links look pretty.
So, instead of linking to “yourwebsite.com/some-crazy-long-url-for-seo”, your link would look like this: “yourwebsite.com/pretty-link”. But the best part is the analytics part of it; Instead of using a link shortener link bit.ly to track shares, you can just use Pretty Link.
Additionally, using this plugin lets you redirect from shorter URL links to your original longer one, which allows for easy sharing if you’re, say, speaking on a podcast. It’s much easier to say (and easier for your listeners to type) “yourwebsite.com/oneword” than a longer URL.
If you monetize your blog through a program like Google AdSense, it would convert better if you place the ads in the right spot in your content, right?
Insert Post Ads allows you to do exactly that. You can place an ad anywhere you’d like mid-post.
Additionally, this plugin allows you to show off your own ads – if you’re, say, running a webinar or selling an eBook.
WordPress plugins are what make WordPress such an amazing platform. If you need something done, chances are you’ll be able to find a plugin to do it.
With these 7 plugins, you’ll be well on your way to creating amazing content and a website that looks and functions great.
What plugins do you use on your website? Let me know in the comments below!
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