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I remember the days I used to Google for best WordPress plugins and troubled with a huge number of them for same purpose. It is really very hard for any newbie blogger to choose among the multitude. On top of that, there is always a risk of crashing your blog if the plugin is not well coded and reliable.
How about the true suggestions from an experienced blogger to help you choose the most reliable and useful plugins? Please welcome Chitra with her guest post “8 Free WordPress Plugins for Every Newbie Bloggers”. Chitraparna is a professional blogger and writes for a website which features midPhase hosting coupons and An hosting coupons. You can make use of great hosting deals offered by MIDphase and AnHosting where reseller web hosting is made easy.
I believe these plugins and suggestions are useful to you. Don’t forget to comment and leave some feedback on the post below.
~ Suresh Khanal
8 Free WordPress Plugins for Every Newbie Bloggers
If you are a WordPress blogger with less than 6 months of experience, here are 08 free WordPress plugins that you absolutely need. If you already have them, it’s good! If not, start installing them.
Note: Free WordPress hosting does not allow plugins. Hence, your blog should be on a paid hosting account with WordPress installed.
As a newbie blogger, here are your three main purposes with blog setup.
- Make the blog socially sharable.
- Protect the blog from unwanted attacks.
- On-page SEO & indexing
The plugins below are divided according to the above factors.
Making the Blog Socially Sharable
1. Add This Social Bookmarking
This plugin helps you to spread blog content over 360 networks! Just sign in for AddThis.com account, install the plugin, place the widget, select the display and you are done.
With this plugin you are making the blog highly socially scalable. In other words, it won’t be restricted to just Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon and Digg shares. In the AddThis.com account, you can see reports of how visitors are sharing your content and the kind of content often shared.
The above social analytical data will let you judge the audience pulse.
Plugin Owner – AddThis.com team
2. Slick Social Share
This social share plugin adds a floating or a slide out tab on the left-hand side of the blog for easy social share. In this, you can link Facebook, Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn, Digg, StumbleUpon, Reddit, Delicious, Pinterest and Buffer accounts.
There is also a plugin admin panel in the WordPress ‘Settings’ section where all the Slick Social Share data can be seen and analyzed.
Plugin Owner – Lee Chestnut
3. Anti-Spam Bee
It is one of the best blog protection plugin I have used till date. Of course, there are better paid versions but here we are just concentrating on the free ones. The anti-spam bee plugin stops all spam comments coming to your blog.
The spam commented are saved in one folder. You just have to click “Empty Folder” to get rid of them.
Plugin Owner – Sergej Muller
4. WordPress Database Backup
This is a very important plugin. With this you can backup the blog and use in case of emergencies like if someone hacks the blog. One you download and install this plugin, you can choose how would you like the backup to be sent. Type the main email id and choose if you want the backups to be sent daily or weekly to the email address.
Plugin Owner – Austin Matzko
5. WP Copy Protect
This plugin protects the blog against copying. Though people can still copy looking at the blog source code, it’s still worth using it because many won’t go into the trouble of looking into source code just to copy a blog.
Plugin Owner – Chetan Gole
On-Page SEO & Indexing
6. All in One SEO Pack
It is one of the best plugins for on-page SEO even though some bloggers tend to debate about it. After you download and install the free version of this plugin and set up the account, you can see the All in One SEO feature with every blog post.
After you write a blog, this plugin will ask for custom title, custom description and keywords. Ensure that the description is kept within 160 characters and obviously, all the key phrases used in writing the blog goes in the keywords optimization section.
This way every blog post has a completely optimized blog page.
Plugin Owner – Michael Torbert
7. Google XML Sitemaps
As a blogger you obviously want the search engines to locate and index the blog faster, right? Use the Google XML Sitemaps plugin which creates a special XML sitemap of the blog to enable Yahoo, Google, Bing and Ask.com to index the blog quickly.
Plugin Owner – Arne Brachhold
8. WP Touch
Mobile SEO is a trend these days. Any blog stands to lose traffic if it is not optimized for mobile browsers. Use this plugin to format the blog with a mobile theme and make it ready for Blackberry, Google Android, iPod Touch, Apple iPhone, Torch, and Palm users.
Plugin Owner – Brave New Code Inc.
I know there are many more plugins which a newbie blogger can use, depending on the purpose of the blog. Nevertheless, these eight plugins are the must-haves in the beginning. As you start gaining experience and experiment with new things, keep changing the plugins to suit your needs.