10 WordPress Plugins Every Blogger Needs

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I moved my blog to WordPress (after 5 years on Blogger) just a month ago, and I can already tell you this: I won’t go back to Blogger.  The reason is simple.  In one word: plugins.

Before I made the switch, I started polling everyone on WordPress who would listen – what plugins do I need?  which ones are your favorites?  

And then, I installed ALL THE PLUGINS.

A month later, I’ve got my plugins all dialed in.  My traffic is increasing, my blog looks the way I want it to look, and most importantly, it is achieving the goals I had in mind when redesigning it – it’s easy to read, share, and connect.

With all that said, here are 10 WordPress Plugins I Am Convinced Every Blogger Needs.

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This is time management at its finest – coloring with the kids and working on images for my blog at the same time. BOOM.

1. Akismet (for spam control):  Everybody and their mother told me to get this plugin, and they were right.  I waited a few days before activating it and ended up sifting through a bunch of spam comments.  I activated Akismet and haven’t had a single spammy comment since!

2. Google Analytics for WordPress (for stats): Did you know that you can check your real-time stats on Google Analytics (not that I obsessively stare at the screen waiting to see when people log on to my site or anything…).  More importantly, though, Analytics will report your monthly visitors and all that good stuff.  If you ever want to monetize, you really need this information.

3. Comment Reply Notification (so your commenters will know when you respond to their comments): I like to respond to all of my comments (when possible).  I really, really appreciate it when someone takes the time to type a little something out for me, and with this plugin, they are notified when I respond.  I have it set up so that when you leave a comment, you can choose to receive this notification – or opt out.  You can also let commenters subscribe to all comments on the post.

4. nRelate Related Content (so you can entice readers to read more of your fabulous content): This plugin shows thumbnails for related content at the bottom of each post.  Once your reader gets to the bottom of your post, you want something that grabs your attention and keeps them around.  This plugin showcases content that readers can click through to find more awesomeness by you.

5. Pinterest Pin It Button for Images (so people can easily pin your content): This might be my favorite plugin.  When a reader moves the cursor over an image, a “Pin It” button appears in the corner, and the reader can pin your stuff easily and quickly.  No searching for a “Pin It” button hidden below your post, no having to pin it from their browser…just super-duper easy and accessible pinning power.

6. Shareaholic Share Buttons (so readers can easily share your content): I’ve tried four different social media sharing plugins, and this one is my favorite.  It’s big and easy to see (don’t you hate it when you want to share something you love, but can’t find the share buttons?), but not obnoxious. It’s also cute.  And, with this plugin you can also install share buttons (with counters) at the top of each post, too…so no matter where your readers are, they will be able to share, share, share!  Hey, I have an idea…go use them and see how easy they are.  😉

7. WordPress Popular Posts (to show off your best stuff): This plugin allows you to showcase your most-read posts.  You can change the settings (I have mine set to show my most popular posts for the last seven days, I believe).  This way, even if your most recent posts are less than stellar, you’ll always have some quality content easily accessible.

8. WP Touch (so your readers can enjoy your site on their phones): I do a lot of blog reading from my phone, curled up in bed next to my baby.  I really, really appreciate it – and often read more – when a blog is mobile-friendly (and, readers can switch it off to view your blog in all its glory if they so choose).

9. WordPress SEO (so you can make your posts SEO-friendly): I don’t know anything about SEO.  I’m learning, but in a backwards sort of way.  This plugin prompts you to create SEO-friendly content.  For someone like me, this is very helpful, even if I don’t use it every time I write a post.  When I *do* write a post that I am hoping will bring in some search traffic, I am sure to follow all the directions this plugin gives me – and I’ve found, in the two weeks or so that I’ve been using it – that I am, indeed, getting traffic from some of those posts!

10. CommentLuv (so people will want to leave you comments): CommentLuv links to a commenter’s most recent blog post when they leave a comment, so anyone who stumbles upon your comment section can see it…and possibly, click on it. I like CommentLuv for two reasons.  One, it encourages other bloggers to leave comments because they want traffic back to their site (right?).  Two, it lets me see what other bloggers are writing, and most of the time, I’ll click back to their site to check it out and leave a comment if I have something to say.

Those, my friends, are the plugins that, after experiencing them, in all their plugin glory, I don’t think I could blog without.

What are your favorite plugins? I know there are more I simply *must* have!

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    • says

      The self-hosted WP really is awesome and opens a lot of doors. I am very pleased with it! I have a weekly newsletter that I send out, but you can also find me on Facebook and Bloglovin’ – and thank you for asking! :) At the very top of my header you will see the links.

  1. says

    ahhh this post was an answer to prayers! I was just getting started blogging and really like my theme but was have limited sidebar space in my current theme and therefore was having trouble figuring out adspace and social sharing links! thank you for this post.

  2. says

    Nice list! I am always and ever looking for new plugins and love it when fellow wordpress blogger share their knowledge. WordPress is constantly developing and so are plugins and themes; there is always something new to discover, It never stops:)

    I published a list of the plugins I use at the moment on my blog a few days ago. I think my favorites are the editorial calendar (it lets you drag and drop your posts and drafts in a calendar view) and Jetpack (a collection of very useful applications)

    here’s my current plugin list:

  3. says

    I appreciate you taking the time to share your favorite PlugIns. I am brand new to the blog world and quite frankly, I am very confused and overwhelmed by all this plugin stuff. I have created and tweaked my blog so many times and still not satisfied. One of these days I guess!
    From the research I have done, I realize it all takes time. I just appreciate you for explaining what the plugins are and why you like them. I will be looking in to these.
    Thanks again!

  4. says

    Hi Carrie,

    Thank you for your post, it was very helpful! Out of 10, I got 5 plugins that you had suggested – Akismet, Google Analytics, Pinterst Pin It, Shareaholic, and WordPress SEO. My favorite are the Pinterest and Shareholic Plugins because they are easy to manage and very straight forward. The others, however, I need to learn a lot about but I know that they will be very helpful to my blog.

    • says

      You’re very welcome! There is definitely a learning curve with blogging…I’ve found that if I just work on one thing at a time, it all comes together better than if I try to learn ten new things at once. You’re on the right track! :)

  5. says

    This is such a great list. Thank you so much for posting this. I’ve been blogging on blogger for a while but just got a WordPress site set up and was looking for some guidance on what to instal. Thanks again for taking the time to put this together. I’ve installed a few and can’t wait to try them out.
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