the best free wordpress plugins

What Free Plugins Your Beginner Blog Needs

This is part four of a four part series about starting a blog. If you missed part 1 through 3 go ahead and scroll to the bottom of this post and click the name of the part you missed to catch up!

In this post we are going to talk about the plugins I recommend the most highly. These are the plugins that have brought me the most help and success.

The free plugins I recommend having from the start are:

  1. Jetpack by. WordPress (multiple plugins such as, about me, images, and social buttons)
  2. Yoast SEO (SEO: Search Engine Optimization. This makes your blog easier to find on google and Pinterest)
  3. Disqus (Comments that are not easy to get spam through. Everyone needs a Disqus account to comment)
  4. SumoMe (Create an email list, and social buttons)

This is all you need to start and run your blog for a while (this is almost all the plugins I use on my blog even now)

Jetpack:

Allows me to place and image, and about me in my sidebar. It also allows me to have social icons in my sidebar. Jetpack is a group of plugins you get just by installing a single plugin. I use it mostly just for the widgets I can put in my sidebar but it can do so much more.

Yoast SEO:

Yoast SEO helps you optimize your blog post for search engines. It also controls the meta descriptions, and photos so your blog can be easily found on google and other search engines. On top of making it easier for search engines to find your blog it also allows your blog posts to get rich pins on Pinterest will bring more traffic to your blog and make it easier to grow your future email list to make more money.

Disqus:

Disqus optimizes your comments so that people have to have a Disqus account to comment. This limits spam and makes getting to know the people who comment on your blogs often easier. I love Disqus and I highly recommend it.

SumoMe: 

Much like Jetpack SumoMe is multiple plugins in one. I love SumoMe because they make it super easy to create call to action headers (like I have at the top of my page) which grows your business and email list. SumoMe is one of the best free plugins in the game. It also has things like discover, and social bars which will increase traffic to your blog.

To install or find a plugin follow these instructions:

  1. Go to your dashboard.
  2. Click Plugins

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3. Click “Add New” Then search for the above titles I mentioned above.Screen Shot 2016-07-09 at 9.32.46 PM

4. Click “Install Now” and then you should come to this screen:

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5. Click “Activate Plugin” then you have yourself a plugin.

6. Repeat steps 1-5 for all the plugins mentioned above.

Ready to continue this series or go back? Click any of the links below to keep reading:

Part 1: How To Start a Blog

Part 2: Choosing and Installing Your First Theme (for free)

Part 3: Creating Your First Logo (for free)

Part 4: Plugins You Need For Your Blog (free)

Disclaimer: No content in this post is an affiliate link or sponsored. 

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