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The 4 WordPress Plugins You Need For Success

Did you know that WordPress plugins can be one of the most valuable parts of your blog? A plugin can add more features and functionality to your site but if you use too many plugins it can actually slow your site down. So it’s important to choose your plugins carefully. When I first started this blog- I downloaded a lot of plugins but I soon learned I needed to learn from others who had been on WordPress longer to find the right formula for me.

The WordPress Plugins I Use Everyday

I currently have 23 plugins on this blog but there are 4 that I use everyday. These are ones that I consider to be crucial to helping me take this blog to the next level.

  1. WP Editorial Calendar– This plugin acts as a scheduler for your posts and can help give you a bigger perspective on scheduling your posts and content for maximum results. You can actually set posts for publishing on certain days and time and it will post it for you automatically. I’ve written before about how important a blog schedule is here and this calendar helps keep me on schedule.
  2. Yoast SEO Plugin– This is probably one of the most powerful plugins for any blog. If you don’t know about SEO it stands for search engine optimization. Good SEO basically guarantees that you will rank higher in search engines and therefore attract more visitors. So how do you get good SEO? It comes down to things like your headlines, article content, graphics and tags (just to name a few). Enter the Yoast SEO which helps guide you to better SEO and it tells you exactly how to improve your article before it’s published. The other reason I love this plugin is it’s free and you don’t have to be a super tech blogger to use it. It simply gives you a rating, green is best, yellow is OK, and red is bad. It is so much easier than trying to figure it out on your own. If you want to learn more about this plugin check out the WP Beginner article here .
  3. Enhanced Text Widget– Ever have widget problems? Widgets are those cute little sidebar items that tell people how to reach you on social media, subscribe to your email and many other things. WordPress is great but it is sometimes quite hard to load a certain type of widget to your site in WordPress without knowing a ton of code and backend stuff. Enhanced Text Widget is a real time saver- depending on what type of widget you want to add to your blog, this plugin helps you do it quickly and easily. All of my Lead Boxes from Lead Pages are added to my site within minutes using this plugin.
  4. CommentLuv– Finding a good way to engage with your comments section is key to building reader relationships. As of right now, I feel like CommentLuv is a good, free way to do this. The big draw of CommentLuv is that it gives your readers opportunities to link up to their blog posts (aka extra publicity) so I consider this a win win for both of us.

Honorable Mentions- There are few more plugins that I love here that deserve to be on your site like Akismet which helps filter your spam comments (this plugin cuts down on spam comments A LOT). You also need to have a plugin that helps you track your analytics and for that, I use Google Analytics By Yoast. It is a great plugin that allows you to view important reports for your blog directly on your WordPress site.

So tell me in the comments below- what plugins are on your must-have list? What do you need to keep your blog running each day?

By Alissia Haggard

Hi and thanks for checking out the blog! My name is Alissia (that’s my husband Aren on the right) and I am the stay at home mom of 2 boys. Staying at home for the past few years led me to explore options on making money at home without having to go back to work which led me to a home based business.

Working a home based business with 2 young kids at home isn’t always the easiest thing to do. You can do a lot of home parties/vendor events/networking groups but hey life gets in the way right?

Over the past year, I have been training with several mentors which led me to create this site for anyone like me- people driven to entrepreneurship for whatever reason and what I want to do is help you in that journey.

So much of the home-based business industry gets a bad reputation for the actions of a few and it keeps a lot of other people away from anything home-based thinking they have to spam their family and friends, get left in the No Friends Left Club or sacrifice time away from their family to find success.

Here at the Stay At Home Mompreneur you will find tips and tricks to help you ROCK your business and grow your following while building your business. I want to share timesavers that are working for me (and what’s not working for me). I also want to share tips for the moms on how to find work/life balance while raising your kids.

Glad you’re here and the best is yet to come!

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