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Top 6 WordPress Plugins for Your Blog

January 2, 2015

Top 6 WordPress Plugins

If you self host on WordPress, you have the ability to add some pretty cool plugins to your website or blog to really jazz it up, personalize it, and amp up its functionality. If you haven’t quite delved into the world of WordPress plugins, I’ll warn you it can be a tad confusing and there is a bit of a learning curve to installing them and getting them going. Plugins are by far the biggest perk of self hosting with WordPress.I’m going to share which ones I use with my blog.

1. Click To Tweet

My bloggy friend Sarah from Glam Granola Geek recently used this plugin in a giveaway she was doing and I fell in love with it! Click To Tweet seamlessly places a pre-written tweet into your post saying whatever you’d like it to say, including a link back to the blog post it’s been placed in. Once installed and activated, the plugin places a little twitter-esque logo into your toolbar above your blog post so you can easily add your Click To Tweets while you’re creating your post. It’s extremely user friendly.

Here’s Click To Tweet in action:

 

2. Hello Bar

This plugin allows you to create a bar at the top of your blog so your readers can subscribe to your blog. This allows you access to their name and email address to send fun things directly to their inbox. Hello Bar works seamlessly with companies like Mail Chimp for adding addresses to your lists. Hello Bar can also be customized to have a link to a special contest or giveaway instead of a subscribing to emails.

Here’s what it looks like on my blog:

Hello Bar adds a place for your readers to subscribe or you can add a link to a certain page or contest

 

3. Scroll To Top Bottom

My husband suggested to me to add a button on my page so when you’re scrolling through you can click the button and pop back up to the top of the page without scrolling all the way back up. Scroll To Top Bottom integrates seamlessly with mobile and looks really nice.

Here’s the little magic button in action:

ScrollToTopBottom

4. Disqus Comment System

Instead of using WordPress’ commenting system, I’ve switched to Disqus. It’s very popular and it can be connected to readers existing social media accounts. Since installing I haven’t had one single piece of spam slip past and I was getting a lot of spam previously. When you moderate your comments, you’re redirected to Disqus’ external website.

5. Advanced Ads

After trial and error with about a dozen different ad plugins I settled on Advanced Ads. It was the most user friendly plugin I could find that I could easily have my ads rotate with each new visit to my page. The ability to rotate your ads is great.

6. WordPress SEO by Yoast

This plugin helps you figure out your SEO for each post and page. SEO stands for search engine optimization. It helps you optimize search engines ability to find your page and have it close to the top of the pile by using key words. It tells you you strong your SEO is and gives you hints on how you could up your SEO. WordPress SEO by Yoast is very user friendly!

Here’s how it looks in use:

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Do you have any favourite plugins I didn’t mention? Let me know in the comments!

Stephanie @ Mommyzoid

PS: I’ll be sharing this post on these blogs!

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  • Wow, thanks for sharing. Some of these are new to me… I think I’ll be playing around with a few new plugins tonight. Pinning!

    • It always scares me to try a new plugin because you never know how it’s going to jive with your theme but with a click of a button it can be removed!

      Stephanie @ Mommyzoid

  • I already use a few of these, but I can’t wait to try the rest! Thanks for sharing!

  • I might give hello bar a go. It looks great on your blog and I can definitely see it generating more e-mail followers.

    • It was generating email subscribers and I had no idea! I installed it and let it do it’s thing with no real expectations and when I check I had a bunch! It was easy to download the list of subscribers and sync it with my Mail Chimp account :)

      Stephanie

  • Great tips! I love Yoast SEO – it really takes the guessing out of SEO. Plus click to Rweet is my all-time FAVOURITE plug-in. It makes sharing sooooo easy.

    I want to check out that scroll to top plugin – that’s where my addthis recommended content pops up but I like the ability to go to the top of the page quickly.

    Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend.
    xoxo

    • Yoast is one of those Plugins that I can’t believe I lived without! Sometimes I forget it doesn’t just come standard with WordPress because it feels just so seamless!

      Stephanie

  • I have a bunch of these and love them.

  • Kristina @ My Own Home Blog

    I was wondering were to get a subscription bar plugin! Thanks for sharing!

    I’d love it if you’d come link up with me and my 4 blogging friends at Talented Tuesday Link Party on my blog!

    Kristina B.
    myownhomeblog.com

    • Glad I could help you out, Kristina!! It looks great on your blog! I’ve added your link up to my list on my blog :) thanks for the heads up!

      Stephanie @ Mommyzoid

  • Kyla @ House Of Hipsters . com

    Best post EVER! I’m installing Tweet to click right now and will be looking into Advanced Ads. Love this and THANK YOU! Pinned! And I’ll see you again next Saturday.

  • Thomas M

    Finding my Advanced Ads plugin among other great plugins in your short list flatters me a lot. Thank you! Don’t hesitate to contact me in case you run into any problems or have a suggestion.
    Thomas

  • Popping over from Worthwhile Wednesday =) honestly, I clicked on your post because I saw the Target pencils 😉 Do you use disqus instead of aksimet? I’m not sold on Hello Bar but may give it a try in the future. snagging your scroll to top feature. Much better than the one I have =) Be sure to share your crafts & DIYs at Two Uses Tuesday over at Sarah Celebrates (Mon 11pm EST to Fri 11pm EST) if you don’t already!

  • Sydney Andersen

    I use HelloBar and LOVE it. I’ll have to check out the others. Thanks for sharing with us at Talented Tuesdays. I hope you join us again this week.

    • I’m glad you liked the post and featured it! WOW! That means so much to me! Thanks for hosting such a great link-up.

      Stephanie @ Mommyzoid

  • Keri Snyder

    I’m saving this! What great tips!

    • I’m glad you enjoyed these tips! I am always experimenting with plugins. It’s so fun! Thanks for stopping by!

      Stephanie @ Mommyzoid

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  • Tiffany {A Touch of Grace}

    I just switched to WP a few months ago and haven’t had much time to play around. Thanks for the recommendations!

  • Maria

    Thanks so much for the list of plugins! I just switched over to WordPress and am in the process of figuring things out :) Thanks for all the ideas! 😉

  • I didn’t know of the scroll to top plugin! That’s awesome, thanks for sharing. Another plugin I like is Wordfence Security. It cuts down on spam and locks out people who try to hack into your site.

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  • Bonnie Brewer

    Great resources! Thanks for sharing them at The Pin Junkie! This post is being featured at this week’s party!

  • This is so helpful! Thank you!

  • Katie

    This is a wonferful post to us newbies! Thank you for the heads up!

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  • I have only heard and use the SEO by Yoast plugin, these are new for me. I will definitely try them to see which works best for me.

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