25 Blogging Tools for WordPress
Last Updated on November 19, 2020 by scottkandh
I’ve been blogging for 3 months. In those 12 weeks, I’ve done a lot of research to build my Pinterest boards business. As of 10/12/2020, the number of Pinterest followers is 454. It’s growing by an average of 3 – 4 new followers per day. FYI, it’s my goal that I reach 1,000 Pinterest followers by July 1st, 2021. This blog is mostly about how to build your Pinterest followers. I’m laying out the framework for you. You can use this framework to get there too.
It’s my hope you’ll find at least one tool for “your” website. This post contains 19 plug-ins for WordPress and 8 Tools. (Note: I added two more plug-ins to the post, but I’m not updating the title of this post).
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Before continuing on to the rest of this blog, please take a moment to reflect
- Yoast SEO Premium: This plug-in is at the top of the list for many different reasons. In order for you to be seen, there are a lot of factors for SEO (Search Engine Optimization). To the beginner, these facets can be overwhelming. But Yoast SEO will analyze your information and give you suggestions and let you know how well you fare to start getting those valuable clicks to bring website traffic your way.
The Yoast SEO Plug-in comes in the free version and the Premium version. If you’re at all serious about your blogging journey I highly suggest the premium version for $89 USD for 1 site – including 1-year free updates and support.
Update: This is the plug-in that I swear by that has tremendously helped my Search Engine Optimization (SEO). One of the principal ways to boost your SEO (other than visiting my #1 post: SEO Checklist items for WordPress Blogs“) is to use the Internal linking suggestions referred by the Yoast SEO plug-in; whereas internal liking can improve your SEO.
2. Google Analytics for WordPress by MonsterInsights: What this plug-in does is allows you to see the usage of your website. Where your traffic is coming from and how they were directed to your website (i.e. thru Facebook, Pinterest, etc.). It also lets you know how long people were looking at your website. One of the most valuable things about this program is a new built-in feature called the Headline Analyzer. The title does just that, it looks at your headline and gives you a score and suggestions through the use of bank words called: power, emotional, and uncommon words to boost the likelihood of getting the headline clicked. For new bloggers, one of the things that you’ll want to keep an eye on is called your Bounce rate. The first three months should concentrate on building up the contents of your blog. Then after three months you can look at the things to do for improving your Bounce rate.
3. Social Warfare: The Social Warfare plug-in sits quietly in the background. When you view your blogs, you’re easily able to see the progress of how well your blogs are faring on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instragram.
4. ConvertKit: This plug-in is used to create landing pages and pop-up forms. With it your able to give your users the capability to specify what they can download or direct the users to a different URL all together (for example, your checklist is on your website).
5. Constant Contact: This plug-in is especially useful to keep track of new users signing up that you can use for pop-ups; however, it doesn’t offer a lot of built-in support if you want to use landing pages. ConvertKit plug-in is a better tool that utilizes double-in opt to ensure the new users are using valid e-mail addresses.
6. ShortPixel: This is a very useful plug-in to optimize your images. The only drawback is that the free version only optimizes the first 100 images. After that, you’ll need to upgrade to allow the capability to optimize more images. After installing this plug-in, the average optimization was 69.41% and saved 456.5 MB of space.
7. Link Whisper: A good plug-in to suggest internal links that can be added to your post/page. Yoast SEO just built in a similar feature but I rely on the ease of using Link Whisper to manually build the internal links.
8. PI Button: This plug-in button saves so much time by ensuring that when you add pins to your page you don’t have to manually code the page to ensure people can save your pins.
9. Insert Headers and Footers: I like using visual editors like the old-fashioned Front Page. I’ve never been a fan of coding, it’s too easy to make a mistake. With this plug-in you simply type (or copy and paste) the code that’s necessary (i.e. to validate one of your websites) into the head or body. Viola!
10. Akismet Anti-Spam: Prevents people from spreading spam on your website. Knock on wood.
11. Designrr: If you want to make an E-book to show off all of your blogs. This program will allow you to fetch your blogs and easily make an E-book in less than an hour (more time if you really fine-tune the headings and want a table of contents). (yes, there’s two R’s in that name).
12. AccessPress Pinterest Pro: I love Pinterest. This is a good plug-in. The only drawback is that if you embed the code for information using this plug-in that you only want to do it the first time and then not look at the page again in your visual editor. For some odd reason if you do, the embedded code disappears. Use this plug-in with caution and do a little research on how to turn off your visual editor (which is a feature I am very fond of using).
13. OptinMonster: Good program for the purpose of making pop-ups. It’s simple and easy to use. It does have an annoying little display if you’re not using the paid version.
14. Canva: Lots of stock images to put into your website and make pins for Pinterest. The best thing about this program is the capability to easily resize pins for various programs that you’re going to be using as a blogger.
15. All in One WP Security: I’m actually on the fence as to whether or not this plug-in is required or not in lieu of the other plug-ins installed at the current time. However, I’m leaning in the direction of safety, so it won’t be deleted. To be truthfully honest, I don’t even remember why I added this in the first place, more than likely it was suggested that I add this plug-in to WordPress.
16. Bluehost: Works seamlessly with WordPress to manage your site. I couldn’t readily find the plug-in so to the best of my knowledge it can be downloaded from your host account or it is automatically provided.
17. Jetpack by WordPress: This might have been another suggested plug-in to use during my initial 30-day Blog Challenge. In addition to security, a good feature of this plug-in is that it optimizes your images in the background. Update: At the time I wrote this post, I didn’t know too much about Jetpack. But it has become one of my favorite plug-ins especially useful for looking at the daily, weekly, and monthly site stats. There are a lot of free features worth exploring for you to use for free that don’t even require the upgraded version.
18. Tailwind: Select pins that you want to pin to Pinterest and schedule a variety of pins to schedule throughout the day in less than a couple of hours. Just pay attention to the built-in warnings so that you don’t get too carried away with pinning and stay within the recommended pinning guideline strategies (that aren’t readily available from Pinterest to prevent spam).
If your interested in joining Tailwind, the trial period is based on 100 scheduled Pins. A major advantage to using is Tailwind is that Tailwind is a Pinterest and Instagram Partner. If you’re on the edge of your seat and your waiting to start your Tailwind trial, I’d like to welcome you to the Tailwind family.
19. Interact: Make A Quiz or take a Poll to Generate Leads for favorite boards / pins. A new unique way to start making e-mail leads through the use of quizzes and/or polls instead of the customary pop-ups or landing pages that ask for email and name. It makes entertaining for the users to take the quiz and in order to get their results (if they want ‘em) they need to subscribe.
20. The Hoth: A tool that will provide you with ideas to write your blogs for days and weeks to come. Awesome tool! Just fill in a few short sentences as to what you want to relay to your audience, and the topic generator does the rest.
21. Image Gallery Plug-in: This $10 plug-in allows you to add an array of images in different formats.
A link to my Pinterest Board that contains pins for Pinterest Group Boards for you to consider joining and/or an overview on Group Boards.
23. Contact Form 7: This is an easy to use contact form that you can add a comments section to the bottom of your post/page.
24. Easy Table of Contents: Will automatically insert a Table of Contents into your blog using your Headings.
25. Countdown Timer Ultimate: Useful tool to countdown a timer for special events on your blog: (i.e. new Online Course, special promotion of a page/post, etc.).
Update: Since writing this post, there have been three more plug-ins that I hadn’t used, that now I’d like to bring to your attention for you to use. Here they are:
a. Inline Related Posts PRO by IntellyWP. This is the plug-in on my site that automatically inserts INLINE related posts for you to look at.
b. upPrev – This plug-in suggests posts for you to preview when you get to the bottom of the post. It will help to lower your bounce rate.
c. Gallery Custom Links: At the time I wrote this post, I didn’t know how to get around adding hyperlinks to images in a gallery. Here’s the workaround. There’s a plug-in Gallery Custom Links that you can install and put in the hyperlink (before you add the picture to your gallery). Keep in mind though, that the image if used again, the image will point to a specified URL so be sure to appropriately use your images well to represent your blog posts.
How to make the most out of Pinterest?
Check out these highly-recommended Pinterest tools and resources.
- A Pinterest Online Course for new bloggers to show you how to set up a blog, grow it, and use Pinterest the right way. For the first four subscribers to my blog, you’ll get emailed a promo code to take the course for Free (normally costing $30).
- SEO Checklist items for WordPress Blogs – my number #1 Blog Post. NOTE: But this blog post is quickly catching up to it and might surpass it.
- Top 10 Questions everyone working with Pinterest should know how to answer
- New bloggers: Be sure to check out: “How to generate marketing for your blog.” Because having a marketing plan for Pinterest and your Blog allows you to concentrate on the four main elements of a marketing plan:
- Why you need to use Canva for creating Pinterest pins.
- Freebies: Free resources for you to download and use as ready-references.
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