What I enjoy about blogging isn’t just about writing and sharing. I love the entire process of creating a post, making sure everything’s in place, utilizing SEO, enabling a bunch of cool features on my site, and using WordPress in general. Along the way, I’ve discovered some great plugins that I use on a daily basis, and it has become a part of my blogging process that I can’t remove.
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Yoast is a SEO plugin I’ve been using since the day I found out about SEO. Not only did my page views increase after I started utilizing this plugin, it allowed me to improve the quality of my posts through the help of the SEO guides. I personally use a Yoast SEO Premium which I upgraded to when I first started earning an income from this blog in October of 2016.
Ah, another lifesaver of mine – Jetpack. Jetpack is a plugin that has many different features combined. I use the free version, and you can upgrade your plan by an inexpensive amount each year. There are tons of great featured, but here’s a few of my favorites. I actually use them on this website, but it may look different depending on your WordPress theme. These features can also be enabled simply by clicking a button next to them, so have fun exploring the different features that could protect or improve your site.
Images: speed up images and display in grids
Posts: infinite scroll, related posts, XML sitemaps
Security: Block suspicious-looking sign in activity (protected my site from 9,782 malicious login attempts)
Askimet is a plugin that goes hand-in-hand with Jetpack. There’s one use for this plugin – detect and protect your website from spam comments. I usually don’t use plugins that only have one use since more plugins will slow down my site. However, this plugin has saved my lazy self from manually deleting spam comments – in fact, 40,234 spam comments. Of course, there are times when Askimet fails to detect spam comments or accidentally misplaces genuine comments. However, this is the number one spam protection plugin I would recommend to anyone.
I actually found this plugin by researching. Even though Jetpack offers a social share feature, I decided to install this plugin because it had many other social media options I could choose from. There are so many features in this one social plugin that I love to use, including the twitter banner you see above this section. You are free to add a twitter button or even a social share plugin in the middle of any post, which could lead to more shares of a post. However, make sure to not plaster it within the post since it could get a little annoying.
Last but not least, the Ultimate Tweaker. You can’t find this in the WordPress plugins directory – it needs to be purchased via the Envato Market. The market has other cool plugins and themes that I frequently use and it’s a resource to find other sources such as video, audio, and graphics.
Here are a few of my favorite features:
Protection: Disable right click, disable image-dragging, disable PrintScreen button
Content: Open external post links in new window
Comments: Open external comment links in new window
Search: Pretty URL
Minifier: Minify HTML, clean style tags, clean script tags