I love sharing ‘trade secrets’ with other bloggers that I come in contact with on social media or run into at conferences. I love when some one will tell me how they did THAT or point me in the direction of THIS. Sometimes it is the little things that make all the difference when it comes to SEO, social shares or page views. All the little things add up to big things and big things lead to GOOD things! I love to talk about GOOD things here on Savoring The Good.
Here are a few WordPress Plugins that I have found to be helpful. Keep in mind that not every plugin works for every theme or will be the right fit for every blogger. I hope you find these helpful and will share with me in the comments below what YOU find to be a GOOD WordPress plugin.
This plugin will load the images at the top of your blog post first and then load the images after. This is great for image heavy posts. Instead of the entire post loading and then images appearing, the top images will load first. Your reader won’t notice the lower images loading because they will be engaged in the content you wrote at the top of the post!
Limit Login Attempts by Johan Eenfeldt
If you have ever expereince a brute-force attack on your site you KNOW the frustration. ‘Frustration’ is the nice of putting it, right?
Limit Login Attempts blocks an Internet address from making further attempts after a specified limit on retries is reached, making a brute-force attack difficult or impossible.
NoFollow Link by Alex Jose (Ginger Codes)
Are you making money off of a link or have you had a post sponsored? You are going to need to make those links ‘NoFollow’. NoFollow Link adds a button to the post editor to add nofollow attribute to any links in the post. Select a link in the post and click the No Follow button, the nofollow attribute will be added to the link. Just spot check your links from time to time to ensure the plugin is working correctly.
Simple Social Icons by Nathan Rice
I like things to be nice and neat! At least on my blog I like things to be nice and neat. My house is another thing! THAT is never neat.
I love the Simple Social Icons plugin because all of your social icons are in one place and they are easily recognized by their individual icons. Configure the widget by choosing a title, icon size and color, and the URLs to your various social profiles.
Which services are included?
Related Posts by Zemanta
This is a wonderful plugin that encourages your readers to stay and explore the other wonderful content that you created. There is an option to go into the settings and not allow outside content to show up on your related posts. I did this because I want people to see MY content…. not other content on the web. It is a big web and I don’t know where the widget will be sending people!
Here is what it looks like at the end of my post:
You do have the option to choose the posts you want to be featured.
For example you have a Christmas craft post you may want to feature other Christmas recipes, decorating ideas or traditions and not feature a Fourth of July post or something from Mother’s day.
Also this would be good for sponsored content so that your readers are not pointed to a non sponsored post featuring a competitors product from a few years ago! *shudder*
Revive Old Post (Former Tweet Old Post) by Themelse
What the plugin can do ?
This plugin helps you to keeps your old posts alive by sharing them and driving more traffic to them from social networks. It also helps you to promote your content. You can set time and no of posts to share to drive more traffic. In the settings you are able to tell it how far back in time you want it to pull the posts.
For example there is NO WAY I want my first
one, ten, year of posts to go out randomly to my Twitter stream. I haven’t done a reformat on those posts and the photography is AWFUL (if there is any at all!). Not my best work so I don’t want to call attention to it.
Also you can give it a fun hashtag like #FromWayBack or #ThrowBack or #FromTheVault letting your followers know that this post is not a NEW post and something that they might have missed.