I’ve often wondered whether I should start posting blogging and business tips, here on my blog. I never thought I’d be able to offer much advice. But, I often recieve emails with plenty of questions about my blog design and business. So, I thought it would be silly not to incorporate blogging and business advice into my blog after all. I’m no blogging expert, nor business extraordinaire. But, it might be interesting. I wish there were resources when I started blogging or even set up my own business. So, I was able to learn quicker. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve found learning from my mistakes has actually helped me along. But, a little advice wouldn’t hurt anyone. But, that’s all it is..a bit of advice. As, I said above I’m definitely no expert!
I wanted to kick off my new category with a post about WordPress Plugins. Purely down to the fact that I’ve been really enjoying a few I have installed and they’ve been really helping me out recently. If you’re not familiar with plugins on WordPress, and looking to either start up your blog or migrate over to WP. Plugins are software that you upload onto your site and use to expand the functionality. Whether it’s a plugin to add a widget to your sidebar, adding a Pinterest hover button to your posts or to improve your site’s performance. WordPress plugins are really usefull and with so many available. It’s easy to not know every plugin available and miss ones which you could benefit from. So, I thought I’d let you know my current top five plugins which I use on my blog and couldn’t
live blog without!
The Editorial Calendar plugin is so useful! I often note down my planned and shceduled blog posts in my diary. But, being able to visually see your upcoming posts, makes life a whole lot easier when organising your blog. Especially, as you can easily click through and edit upcoming posts from the calendar itself.
If you have ever wondered what people are searching for on your blog, Search Meter is your best friend! Without having to trawl through all the data on your google analytics, it allows you to view what your readers have been searching for in the last couple of days, weeks or month. A useful feature is has, is it’s ability to show you which searches have been un-successful. Which of course makes you think whether you should be creating/posting whatever they have in mind.
WordPress SEO by Yoast is a pretty popular plugin and for good reason. I find SEO to be a very important factor of your website. It allows you to make your blog the best it can be for search engines and allows everything to be in the best shape it can so potential readers can find your posts. My favourite features of the Yoast SEO Plugin are firstly, the colour coded indicators. They’re there to let you know that your post is all good to publish with the appropiate SEO added. If it’s red or amber, it will list eveything you should check over before going ahead and posting. The keyword placement and density check is great. As well as the option to add a custom meta description.
I’ve tried a few plugins (paid and free) to auto-post my blog updates to my twitter and facebook accounts. This plugin by NextScripts has by far been the best I’ve come across, and it’s completly free. You just simply connect up your social accounts and let it know how you’d like the auto-post to display. It then posts your update when your new post publishes.
I only recently discovered the WordPress Plugin SkyStats, but it has quickly become one of my favourites. The plugin transforms your WordPress dashboard to include all your Google, Facebook and Twitter Analytics. As well, as a ton of other channels. I’m currently using the free version of this plugin, but I’m already thinking of upgrading to the full version. It allows you to view all your impressions and views on one screen. Letting you keep a good eye on your blog’s performance, as well as your social media pressence.
Are there any plugins you couldn’t manage your WordPress blog without? Let me know!