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WordPress plugins are good for your blog, however, keep them at a minimum because they can slow down your site.
These plugins make your blog fully functional without having to deal with the headache of coding.
I started with a lot of plugins because I got so excited with the powerful functions they offer but I ended up deleting some of them because they slowed down my site.
To help you decide what plugins to install, I rounded up a list of WordPress plugins that are essential for your blog.
11 WordPress Plugins For Your Blog
One of your priorities, when you start a blog, is to protect it from spam even while you sleep. This plugin will do the work for you. It is worth the investment.
Wordfence Security is an anti-virus, firewall and malware scanner that will further protect your blog.
Google Analytics for WordPress by MonsterInsights
You need this plugin to keep track of the behavior of your readers. It will show you what your top posts are, top traffic sources and demographics.
In that way, you will be able to determine what is working and what’s not.
This plugin is a must-have when you start monetizing your blog through affiliate links. It will not only make your affiliate links pretty, but it also takes care of the “no follow” for you. In that way, you will not be penalized by Google.
SEO Friendly Images
You need this plugin to make all your images searchable. It automatically adds alt and title attribute to all your images.
This plugin lets you add keyword on your images which improve your blog’s traffic as well.
Social Media Follow Buttons Bar
You need this plugin to be able to gain followers from different social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, etc.
This plugin will make it easier for your readers to follow you.
Once you start your blog, you need to share it the world. And you also want your audience to share your work as well.
You can do this with Social Warfare. It makes it easy for your readers to share your content.
WP Fastest Cache
You need this plugin to maintain your cache and speed up your website. It is one of the fastest cache systems.
This plugin is necessary to reduce image file size in that way it won’t slow down your site.
You need this plugin to clean your database efficiently and safely.
This plugin is one who should do without. Yoast SEO plugin helps optimize your blog for search engine.
It guides you through a step by step process on how to make your blog Google likable.
There you have it!
I know that it is tempting to add every plugin that we come across with to make our blog look awesome.
However, you have to be aware that too many plugins can slow down your site and even make it vulnerable to attacks.
So if you can, try to keep your plugins ar a minimum. If you are just starting out, go for Akismet, Wordfence, Yoast SEO and Social Warfare.
Then later on when you got the hang of it, then gradually add some more plugins.
What plugins did you start with?