7 Superior Plugins to Simplify Your Growth

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

1. Akismet

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 MonsterInsightsplugins to simplify your growth with Google Analytics

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.

6. SumoMe

plugins to simplify your growth with sumomeThis 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.


14 Comments

    Allyson McCoyle

    As a Newbie, I am constantly searching online for articles that can help me. Thank you for this!

      Jaron

      You’re welcome! If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. Email and Twitter work best.

    Liz Pimenta

    Hi Jaron, great post! I’m very interested in learning about what’s out there and what others are using cause I’m pretty new to all this. I already have Sumome but all the others look quite interesting! Wondering…could you write a post featuring Sumome cause I’m not sure I’m using it to it’s full potential.

    Thanks again so much for this. This post is bookmarked 😉

      Jaron

      Hey Liz!
      I actually have posts in the works for each of these plugins. The first has been published and the others will be out over the next month or so. Thanks for you comment and if you join the newsletter you’ll get an update when the new posts are published.

    Tony

    Hey, I love your list. I like EWWW Image Optimizer plug in and believe it works but can’t prove it. LOL. I am looking forward to trying SEO Friendly Images plug in as this could same me some time. Thanks again.

    Jason

    Hello Jaron,

    I like the sound of the Google Analytics by MonsterInsights plugin.

    I check on my Google Analytics almost everyday, so I think that it would be nice of instead of going over to my google analytics account so often, I could easily see whats going on in my WP dashboard.

    BTW, is the Google Analytics by MonsterInsights plugin free to use? I will go and check it out.

    I also have one more question: How many plugins would you say is ideal to use? I read that too many plugins will slow down your website.

    I will check back for an answer.

    Thank you for your help.

      Jaron

      Yes the Google Analytics plugin by MonsterInsights is free.

      I always try to achieve the maximum benefit from the least amount of plugins. I don’t have any real number that would be good since each blog has different needs. However, keep in mind that some plugins will slow down your site more than others so testing new plugins is always a good idea.

      I tend to install 3-5 plugins per week to see how they work for me and most of the time they get uninstalled.

    RITA

    Hey, Jaron!

    I am so glad I stopped by, because I know a lot more now than what I did! You have really pointed me in the direction of a few plugins that i think I need. I am wondering about the Pretty Link Lite though. Am i understanding it offers a way to automatically update affiliate links without manually doing each individually? I plan to do more research on each of the plugins you mentioned to get a better understanding of those I like. I will look at the reviews you already posted now!

    Thanks, Jaron for a most helpful post!
    Rita

      Jaron

      Yes, you can simply change the link that the pretty link directs to and don’t have to worry about updating every page. As long as you don’t change the pretty link slug you will be fine. Thanks asking! I’ll add this into the post so others can find the information quicker.

    Sarah

    That’s interesting because I don’t use any of these plugins! I’m still using All in One SEO because I’m worried that switching to YOAST will mean I’ve got to re-validate my links to google and bing search engines etc. Do you know if you have to re-enter all the data you’ve populated into All in one SEO or does it harvest those during installation? Thanks.

      Jaron

      I believe that the move to Yoast SEO will be very smooth. The only thing you may need to resubmit would be your sitemap. Yoast will be able to take care of the rest for you. You won’t even have to change any posts. If you do move to Yoast SEO and you see that some of your posts do not have a “green light” I would go over them and try to optimize them to Yoast’s standards.

    Roger

    Jaron,

    Great list! I just started using Yoast as per your previous suggestion! I have some work to do filling it out, but that’s what I’ll be working on tomorrow.

    I also use Pretty Links, but wasn’t sure what the “slug” is. Is that what I type into the Pretty Links box? Or is it the other end, where I put in the destination URL? You can see I’m no expert!

    Ewww sounds like a weird name for a great plug-in! But how do I know if my images are slowing down users? Or should I just assume they are?

    Thanks for the advice!

    Roger

      Jaron

      Great questions Roger!

      1. The ‘slug’ is what comes after “domain.com/”
      2. Your photos may or may not be. It’s best to optimize them just in case someone needs the extra help loading your page.

    Theo

    Awesome write-up. I am a regular visitor of your site and appreciate you taking the time to maintain the excellent site. I’ll be a regular visitor for a really long time.

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