Here the 7 best plugins to simplify your growth. I would never do without these! If you do not know what a WordPress Plugin is please head over to Step 5 – WordPress Plugins first to get an understanding of what they do and how to install them.
Top 7 Plugins to Simplify Your Growth
This one is made by the team over at WordPress. It scans the incoming comments on your blog and lets you know if any seem to be spam. You can then choose to keep the comment or delete it forever. As your site grows this comes in very handy so you don’t have to sift through hundreds and thousands of “cut and paste” comments from bots.
2. EWWW Image Optimizer
Too many large images on your site will slow down the load time. This could lead to a loss of views. People don’t like to wait these days for their information. With this plugin, you are able to optimize all your previously uploaded images in bulk. When you upload a new one it will automatically optimize it! Don’t worry the image looks just a crisp as if nothing every happened.
3. Google Analytics by MonsterInsights
There are several other Google Analytics plugins for WordPress but this on is the best. You are able to see traffic and bounce rate within your WordPress dashboard. This also makes it super easy to link your WordPress site to the correct Google Analytics profile on your Google Account. Simply be logged into your Google Account, then within the WordPress plugin click Authenticate with your Google Analytics. After which, you choose the correct profile for your blog and it’s done!
4. Pretty Link Lite
This is a great one to update all those affiliate links you are putting on your site. With this, you are able to take your long nasty links and convert them to something much shorter using your own domain! Make sure to click the “no follow” checkbox to keep the web crawlers from leaving your site on those links. Definitely, a must have!
5. SEO Friendly Images
This plugin automatically adds metadata to your images. Such as the alt title section; giving you increased traffic from image searches on Google, Yahoo, and Bing. This works wonders if you forget to add the information yourself. When writing a post, getting plugins to simplify your growth like this could put you over your competitors.
This one is relatively new on my radar but I am glad I came across it. This plugin gives you the ability to set up mailing list popups, add social share buttons, and even a landing page to promote your free ebook. There are both a paid and free version of this plugin. Most people will be able to get away without paying for the pro version. However, there are some awesome features in “pro” that might be just right for your site. So check it out!
7. Yoast SEO
This is probably the most important of all the plugins to simplify your growth. This will help you stay on top of your SEO both in posts and around your site in general. It seriously does everything! It looks for keyword density, links, headings, ease of reading, and so much more. This also has a paid version that would be a good investment if you need that extra edge over your competition.