Let’s get it straight. The most important thing in blogging is the content. No matter how or when you create it, where you share your content on, or which of the content management systems you use, if the stuff you write about is not good enough, all your efforts of a successful blogging are bound to go to waste.While content is truly the king(and maybe the queen as well), there are other factors that can contribute to a successful blogging. They include the frequency and consistency of your posts, the inviting layout of your blog, the way you respond to your visitors, how much effort you put on it, its functionality and performance, etc.
I post and publish a lot about all the aforementioned stuff, in this post, however, I’m going to touch upon the functionality of a successful blog. It primarily depends on the plugins you bring on it, so I have a nice collection for you to check out. I’ve come up with a list of 10 excellent Wordpress plugins that can have a fair share in the success of your blog. They bring out great functionality and are sure to smooth your path to success. P.S. I’ve tested and tried all the 10 plugins personally, so I guarantee you quality, ease of use and functionality.
Google Analytics WD
With Google Analytics WD you can access your blog statistics without leaving its dashboard. All of your reports including, audience, website performance, AdSense, AdWords, Ecommerce sales stats are there , displayed in comprehensive charts. Also, you can set and get custom reports on the metrics and dimensions most crucial for your blog, and set out goals to track targeted activities. The plugin is equipped with data filtering functionality, which allows you to exclude specific IP addresses, countries, cities, users, and regions from the reports to get more useful stats.Google Analytics WD also supports front end reports, data comparison based on periods,and allows you to export the reports to SCV and PDF formats. The plugin is responsive and highly customizable.
WordPress Google Maps
Maps are widely used on blogs, so Google Map WD will be a great addition for yours as well. It’s the most feature-packed yet the most user-friendly and intuitive Google map plugin I’ve used so far. Its live preview functionality lets you create and edit responsive maps within a couple of minutes. You can create unlimited number of maps with all the essential Google map styles, layers, markers, overlays, store locator and get directions functionalities. Use the built-in icon maker to add custom marker icons to the maps. The plugin comes with unique map themes and skins which you can use to give the maps a distinct look and feel.
Disqus Comment System
As a blogger I know how time consuming, and,sometimes, frustrating spam filtering is.To avoid spending so much time and efforts on fighting with comment spam, I suggest you try out Disquss, a powerful commenting system with threaded comments and replies. It supports social mentions and connects a large community of commenters across various platforms. The comments are indexable by Search Engines and, what’s more important, are monitored for spammy content. The plugin features an advanced blacklisting and whitelisting functionality to make sure the comments section on your blog is spam free.
Broken Link Checker
Broken Link Checker will check your posts, pages, comments,and custom fields for broken links and let you know if there are any found. It monitors your website for missing images and redirects, and notifies you via WordPress dashboard or by email. It makes broken links display differently in your posts, and prevents search engines from following them. The plugin allows you to search and filter links by URL or anchor text, and edit or change the links directly from the plugin’s page, without the need to edit the post in which the link occurs. You can manually mark a “broken” link as “unbroken” if you find that it works properly.
Google XML Sitemaps
Google XML Sitemaps plugin will help search engines to better index your blog, which ultimately results in better exposure and traffic growth. The plugin generates a special XML sitemap which makes it easier for search engines to crawl your site and see its structure. It supports all types of WordPress pages and custom URLs, and notifies search engines once you create a new post or add new content.
Shareaholic is a perfect tool that will help you grow your content shares, improve user engagement and conversions along the way. It comes with highly customizable sharing and following buttons, tools to suggest related content, social analytics, and allows you to use affiliate links on your blog. The share buttons come in different styles and support for share counters. As for the related content, you can choose between the various themes, display sponsored content, and promote your posts on thousands of blogs and websites. Social analytics will give you valuable insight on the most popular posts and pages of your blog and, help you to find out what kind of posts or topics your audience likes the most.
You can build a massive email list, or at least double the number of your email subscribers with the tools that SumoMe has to offer. It includes a powerful list builder that you can use to increase your daily email signups, heat maps to let you know where your visitors click, share tools for sharing content and images, welcome mat, contact form, and other services to grow your blog. The plugin comes with advanced display rules to target every single visitor you want, and A/B testing functionality, to get the most out of the subscription pop ups.
Easy Google Fonts
Typography matters a lot for the success of a blog and the choice of a font style can result in significant changes in post readability and engagement. This is basically where Easy Google Fonts plugin can come to help. It provides a simple and easy way to bring all the Google font families to your website and allows you to see the typography changes you make in real time preview. The best thing about it is that your fonts database will be automatically updated once a new font or style is added to the Google font directory. The plugin seamlessly integrates with WordPress and works on every theme.
W3 Total Cache
W3 Total Cache is best at optimizing the performance of your website. It reduces the loading time of your blog, improves its SEO and user experience, and helps you sustain high traffic periods. Due to the reduced page load time, people view more pages and spend more time on your blog.The plugin performs browser caching, as well as caching of posts and pages, and gives you statistics for performance insights.
You can provide better search results to your blog visitors with Relevanssi. The plugin displays search results based on relevance and not date, and highlights the search terms. It supports fuzzy matching and searches for phrases in quotation marks. Relevanssi also supports “did you mean” suggestions based on successful user searches, and shows most popular and recent search queries. The best thing about it, is that the plugin searches for results throughout your website, even comments and custom fields.
Whatever success means for you and your blog, these awesome WordPress plugins will contribute a great deal to it. Keep on writing great content, invest efforts and time, and the end result will not keep you waiting for long.
Gayane Mar is the founder of WPCapitan.com, a WordPress enthusiast and blogger. She is a contributing author to a plenty of well-known WordPress related blogs and enjoys sharing her experience to help people with WordPress.
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