Since I started my blog a month and a half ago, I have found a few plugins that have completely changed the game for me and my little ol’ blog. On top of that, they are FREE. It doesn’t get much sweeter than that. While a majority of these are for appearance purposes, a few have helped optimize security measurements and SEO.
The reason that so many bloggers use a pop up to build their mailing list? Because it works! I went from a single digit subscriber list to triple digits in 13 days! How wonderful is that?! One of the reasons I love Icegram is because of the wide control you have over your readers experience with the pop up. I have mine set to show 20 seconds after they have been on the page. Once they either submit their email address or opt out, they do not see it again. I don’t want my readers leaving my site because of constant and annoying pop up’s and Icegram has proven to be just the right amount of pop. As a side not- you do need the Rainmaker Plug-In as well for Icegram to work properly.
If you are set up with Goodle AdSense (which you should be if you are not), you have to get Ad Inserter! Instead of having to go in and manually insert an ad into each article, you can select to have one ad inserted, let say, half way through your post. Ad Inserter does all the work, plus it keeps it consistent.
When I made the switch over from WordPress.com to WordPress.org, I seemed to have lost the “summary view” for each of my categories. I tried everything I could think of to try to get it back to the old way with no luck. Then I discovered Content View. It basically makes a well organized summary view for each category without having to write the code yourself. It really helped my readers navigate through each category instead of having to scroll through each post. Super each to work and easily customization too!
WordPress SEO by Yoast
As a new blogger, getting traffic to your site is a big priority. But as a new blogger, I don’t know alot about search engines and how be sure I am using them correctly. That’s where this awesome plug-in comes in! It helps you make sure you are publishing content in a way that optimizes traffic through search engines. It even goes so far as to highlight sentences that are not optimal so you can re-write them! It doesn’t get much easier than that!
As mentioned earlier, I have only been blogging for about a month and a half but the idea to losing what little content I have scare the dickens out of me. Updraft is a free back up plug-in that lets you back up your files to a location of your choice. Super easy to use and it gives you so much piece of mind!
As my blogging adventure continues I will be sure to share any new freebies I find! Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss out on them!