I recently moved BloggerListed from blogger.com to my own hosting with WordPress. For one, it was worth the switch! If you are looking for flexibility and customization for your blog, this is the best place to start. So far, I have tried all the plugins possible to enhance my blog. I have added and removed quite a few, and the primary five WordPress plugins for bogging I’ve found are:
- AddThis – A social bookmarking plugin that covers anything and everything your readers use to share their content and yours. If you see the little Twitter and Google Plus icons at the top of my posts, you can try out this plugin and see if it’ll work for you.
- Blogger Importer – Migrating a blog one post at a time seemed unrealistic and likely not worth the hassle at first glance. With this simple plugin, I was able to import all of my old posts and content from my blogger account. I highly recommend you re-use whatever content you can, and this is one simple way to do it.
- Foter – This free stock photos plugin allows you to search through hundreds of thousands of stock photos that you can use in your posts. I wouldn’t recommend using Google image search to find images for your posts, as you will likely come across copyright issues. Try this plugin out and see if it covers all your image needs!
- Pingler – This free plugin helps ping numerous online blogs to notify them of any changes or new posts you make. There is a paid version that allows more directories and submissions per day, but so far I’ve noticed that the free one covers the necessary ones and in a short period of time. Note that you are limited to three pings per day with the free edition of Pingler, but most blogs don’t post more than that each day anyways.
- WordPress SEO – WordPress SEO by Yoast is a must have SEO tool for your new or existing blog. Before you post, SEO by Yoast prompts you for keywords, title adjustments, and much more to ensure your post meets SEO requirements. If you are missing something, it will mark the missing element with a red X so you can clearly see what adjustments need to be made. I don’t think I’ll ever post again without seeing the green light from this tool, and hopefully you’ll pick up on it too!
Obviously WordPress comes with thousands of plugins to work with, but you should make sure to at least have these 5 must have wordpress plugins for blogging if you are serious about using the software. These tools have already helped me improve my posts, and assist with sharing my advice with other social media networks on the web. If you have any suggestions for plugins, please post below and I’ll check them out!