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June 22nd, 2016

22 Plugins that I put on every blog

There are some WordPress plugins that I have on every single blog that I own.

I love WordPress because of the plugins.

There is a wealth of plugin on WordPress that you can use to make you blog or website sing.

Sometimes, I only use certain plugins on certain blogs or test various versions on different blogs to see which one I like better.

But, there are some plugins that I have on every single blog that I own.

Plugins that I put on every blog

My Favorite Theme:

Atahualpa: Although not a plugin, it is my theme of choice. It is a flexible theme that you can make do almost anything. Yep, even with my admittedly limited skills, my websites turn out relatively nice.

Blog Design Plugins:

  • CommentLuv

Many bloggers specifically look for the CommentLuv plugin to make comments because it pulls the latest post from their blog. If the blog owner has the upgraded version, thecan even chose which post to use.

  • WPtouch Mobile Plugin

This plugin makes your blog mobile responsive with one simple install. Visit my WPTouch Mobile Plugin review post to learn more…

  • Inline Related Posts

This puts up to 3 related post links inside your post.

  • Mailchimp Forms by Optin Cat

I use Mailchimp as my email processor (it’s free!) and this plugin let’s making the sidebar signup form really easy.

  • myStickymenu

With this plugin, my menu bar scrolls along with the reader. No need for them to scroll all the way back to the top to change categories.

  • Smooth Scroll Page Up/Down Buttons

It does basically what it says it does. It allows the user to scroll up or down on your website. Unfortunately, some of my other plugins tend to cover it up, so I will probably not be using it any longer.

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  • Pretty Link Lite

Pretty Link allows the blogger to make a domain link out of any affiliate link (check TOS of affiliate program for TOS). For example, instead of having to remember, lookup, and type my referral link for Dreamhost, I can type amablogger.com/dreamhost instead.

Legalese Plugins:

  1. Advanced EU Cookie Law Consent
  2. WP Policies

Traffic Plugins:

  1. Google Analytics by Yoast
  2. Official StatCounter Plugin
  3. Google XML Sitemaps v3 for qTranslate
  4. Yoast SEO

Social Plugins:

  • Revive Old Post

This plugin sends out your old posts via Twitter and Facebook for free. There are other social media options but they are paid. Getting Facebook set-up can take a bit of work.

  • Shareaholic | share buttons, analytics, related content

Easily add share buttons on each post. However, I mostly use it for the related posts boxes on the bottom of each of my posts.

  • Postmatic – WordPress Subscriptions & Commenting by Email

Allows your readers to subscribe to comments and respond directly from their email rather than having to travel back to your blog.

  • Ultimate Nofollow

Dofollow websites are a big no-no if you want to receive search traffic, especially from Google, and especially if you are using affiliates are sponsored posts. Make sure that you are not accidentally sharing your Google juice with this plugin.

  • SumoMe

This has become one of my most favorite plugins. It offers so much. It allows you to put image shares, post shares, pop-up boxes, and so much more on your blog. For free! There are, of course, paid options.

  • Click To Tweet

I love when I read a good post and it has the click to tweet option. It is such an easy way to share and encourage others to share your post.

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Adsense Plugins:

  1. AdSense Integration WP QUADS

Stop Spam Plugins:

  1. Akismet
  2. Antispam Bee
  3. AVH First Defense Against Spam Plugin
  4. Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin

What plugin can you just not live without? Do you own more than one blog or website? if so, do you use the same plugins on each one?

 

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