7 Ways Free Top WordPress Plugins Can Make Your Content Better

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7 Top WordPress plugins

Top WordPress Plugins to Optimize the Content of Your Blog

by Josh Gilbert

A blog can be a lot of work. There is the writing itself, the comment managing, the promoting and SEO of course. If you had to do all that on your own it would nearly impossible. Fortunately, you don’t have to do it alone (even if you don’t have anybody to help you!). Instead, there are plenty of plugins to make it that little bit easier.

Here we’re going to look at some of the best plugins out there to help you get through the whole process a bit faster and to even boost your game.

MonsterInsight

Google Analytics on its own is already a gold mine. But if you really want it to shine, you’ve got to also install MonsterInsight. This allows you to up the power and really make the most of the statistics your site offers.

In this way, you’ll know that much more about your customers. And that, in turn, you can translate into having articles and content that are directly pertinent to what they what and what they’re interested in. And that is vital if you want to create an engaged audience who keeps coming back for more.

There is a free version that you can try to see if you like it and of course there is also a paid version.

Sucuri

The last thing you want when you’ve spent all that effort building a successful blog is have some hacker come along and take it all away from you (or just down your site when you’re getting some serious traffic). For that reason, you want to have the right security installed.

One of the best plugins for that reason out there has to be Sucuri. It will block DDoS, malware threats, XSS attacks, brute force attacks, and nearly everything else they can come up with. And that means you’ve got your house in order for when the bad men come.

Yoast SEO

You need to have Yoast SEO. There is no two ways about it. Why? Because Yoast does two things exceedingly well. It boosts your readability and it helps you set up your articles for SEO purposes.

The way it does both of these things is by giving you a checklist at the end of each article you write pointing out things that you can change in your article in order to boost its accessibility and likelihood to get picked up by Google for the keywords you’ve selected.

Then you just have to go through and alter your article in little ways here and there to rank better in terms of these attempts. And before you know it, you’ll be cruising!

Oh yes, and it’s free.

Do note, though the readability tool is useful it is not a replacement for writing high quality texts. So you’ll still want to take steps towards getting that sorted.

W3 Total Cache

Normally, every time your visitors come to your site the pages have to be rebuilt from their individual elements. This takes time. And as people don’t like waiting, this can cost you a lot of visitors.

As that is a bad reason to lose visitors, you want to speed up the loading process. And one of the best ways to do that is by installing a cache program. These programs will save the version of page in their entirety and send that over to the next person that comes to the site. In this way, things will go a lot faster and yet another reason people will drop off has gone up in a puff of smoke.

And if you’re going to use a Cache program you might as well use one of the best, which happens to be W3 Total Cache.

Jetpack

Jetpack is a one of the top WordPress plugins as it offers many services in one package. For example, it will give you social media buttons, a related post function, search engine optimization tools and a heck of a lot more.

That’s really useful, as it means you only have to install one plugin to get a whole lot of functionality. And that matters, as sometimes the more plugins you install the greater the likelihood they won’t play well together today or somewhere in the future when you update all of them.

For that reason, for many sites Jetpack is a must have.

Envira Gallery

Sure, WordPress has its own gallery system. But the truth is that it’s about as aesthetically pleasing as a sloth on stilts. And there just are way better choices out there. For example, Envira Gallery lets you create differently-sized galleries so that it looks like your galleries have some real artistic merit.

You’ll definitely want to check it out if you’re going to use images on your blog – and as that really is something that you have to do nowadays as an imageless blog is about as effective as an audioless telephone, that means you’re going to want to check it out.

Beaver Builder

Often, WordPress templates have their bits fixed in place. That makes it hard to move bits around like menus and pictures. That’s not a problem if you’ve picked the right template and are happy to keep going with it for now and forever. For those who are a bit more experimental but don’t know how to code, however, that can be a real straight jacket.

That’s where Beaver Builder comes in. It allows you to move things around without needing to learn some computer programming language. You just need to drag and drop. And in that way it frees you right back up again. Nice right?

Last words

So there you have it, a whole bunch of plugins that you can start using almost immediately. Many of them are free and even those that aren’t have a trial period so you can try it out. Do you balk at paying for your blog? Just think of the time you’re saving and how much money that’s worth to you and you’ll probably think differently.

For ultimately, that means more free time, more time for writing, or more time to do other things that will pay off down the line. And one of those reasons is why you started your blog in the first place, I bet.

Author bio:

Josh Gilbert, chief editorial writer at Get Good Grade, pro writer, IT enthusiast, and the man who found happiness.

Host blogger’s comments:

Readers, please share, so people who aren’t familiar with these plugins become exposed to their value for their websites.

I look forward to your answers in the comments section: Are there any other top WordPress plugins you’d recommend that Josh didn’t mention?

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  1. I have never heard of some of this plugin. I will be trying the Envira gallery. Thanks for sharing

    • Hi Judith,
      Did you get a chance to try the Envira Gallery since you wrote? What did you think of it? Thanks for your comments.
      Janice

  2. Thanks so much for featuring Beaver Builder! We really appreciate the plug. 😀

  3. Hey Janice,

    I use Jetpack, W3 Total cache and Yoast seo and i never heard about others. i will try to give them a chance and will tell you my feedback soon.

    Thanks to teaching best and new things here.
    Divya SSC recently posted…UP Police Constable Recruitment 2018 Bharti – 47000 Constable & SI JobsMy Profile

  4. Hi Josh & Janice,

    Many great plugins featured here.

    I really like the Beaver Builder idea.

    I never heard of it – but will check it out.

    Another very valuable plugin is Smush Image.

    Images take a lot of space on your blog and tend to slow things down a lot.

    With this plugin, your images are minimized so that they have the least amount of drag on your blog site.

    -Donna
    Donna Merrill recently posted…Get Freelance Work from LinkedIn – It’s Easier Than You ThinkMy Profile

    • Hi Donna,
      I also use Smush and am happy with it.
      Question for you: You were listed in an article as a top Dofollow blog to follow and comment on. Are all CommentLuv blogs do follow? If not, why are some do follow and not others? Thanks,
      Janice

  5. Yoast makes my job much easier Josh and Janice. Especially in the readability department. I chop things up routinely with headers and short sentences but sometimes forget to divvy up my posts. Yoast to the rescue, alerting me to changes I need to make for a scannable post. As for SEO there are few better plug ins to handle that side of things. If I get all greens aka check marks, I am apt to land on the first few pages of Google for semi or even competitive keywords.

    Rocking plug ins here.

    Ryan
    Ryan Biddulph recently posted…2 Social Media Topics Deadly to BloggingMy Profile

    • Hi Ryan,
      I wrote on your 2 Taboo subjects post. Did you get it? It never says in moderation.
      I do so much on-page SEO and struggle to get search traffic.
      I use Yoast. Thanks for writing.
      Janice

  6. This is a most useful post! Been having problem with placing images on my posts. Didn’t know about the Beaver Builder plugin, till now, and it’s free! Thanks for sharing this!
    Jerry Peri recently posted…IT IS EASY TO MAKE YOUR EVERGREEN BLOG POST VIRAL!My Profile

    • Hi Jerry,
      Everyone seems very excited about the Beaver Builder plugin. Thanks for writing to tell us that you are too.
      Janice

  7. Hi Josh & Janice,

    I’m currently using 4 of the 7 plugins you listed in this article, and I must confess that these plugins are incredibly amazing.

    For example, Yoast SEO plugin helps me with both readability and also suggest hiw to improve my SEO.

    I’ve heard a lot about Beaver Builder but haven’t tried it yet. Even now that Donna has mentioned Smush image, will have to try them 2 and make a decision.

    Thanks for this timely article Josh.

    • Hi Moss,
      Great to see you. Thanks for writing. I also use Smush and am happy with it. My site loads faster, my search traffic is up– I’m happy.
      Definitely, try it. I’m not familiar with Beaver Builder but others are expressing their interest.
      Thanks for commenting.
      Janice

  8. Awesome informative article, thanks for sharing this

    • Hi Kaushik,
      Great to see you here. Thanks for your comments and all your support on Twitter. I’m glad you liked the post.
      Janice

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