Last updated on August 1st, 2018 at 06:24 pm
Do you constantly struggle with which WordPress plugins you should be using?
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We all know that WordPress is popular because of all the available plugins you can use.
In fact, there’s literally thousands of free plugins in the repository that you can install today.
I’m NOT a huge fan of using a bunch of free plugins. While I don’t pick up every new plugin that is created, I do have my favorites and wanted to share them with you today.
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While I don’t spend my money on every new plugin that is created, I do have my favorites and wanted to share them with you today.
I love reading blog posts where people share their favorite tools, plugins, and themes.
I’ve found that when I read other bloggers recommendations, I just may find a gem that helps me improve my blog.
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I use the paid version of all the plugins I recommend, however, some of them will allow you to get started for free.
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The free version is fine to start with, just don’t expect all the premium features.
7 of My Favorite Plugins
As I mentioned, I don’t use the free versions of these plugins. So I am not familiar with how the free version varies from the premium version on all the plugins.
They are not listed in any particular order.
I currently use them all and I love them and wanted to share them with you.
Let’s Get Started….
#1 Social Sharing Plugin
Social Warfare: This plugin has definitely made my life a lot easier. As you know when I first got started, I was using the Monarch plugin. (which is a good plugin as well)
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However, for some reason, I had issues and had to make a switch to the Social Warfare plugin.
This plugin has definitely made it extremely easy for me to get people to share my content.
In fact, I almost didn’t buy it because I didn’t want to do any extra work for my posts.
Blog posts are hard enough to write, who really wants to take the time to create extra work for themselves.
I now have a system in place that has made it a lot easier for me to create my Pinterest images.
#2 Email Opt-in Plugin
Thrive Leads: This plugin makes it extremely easy for me to add opt-in boxes to my blog. When I first started the blog, I had a popup whenever someone visited my blog.
I’ve recently changed it to only show when someone is exiting the blog.
So love it or hate it, it’s helping me grow my email list.
#3 Countdown Dynamite
Countdown Dynamite: We all know that scarcity works for improving our sales. This plugin makes it easy to add a scarcity timer to your funnels.
I was using the Thrive Ultimatum at first, however, the downfall of that plugin is that I wasn’t able to add counters less than 24 hours. The Countdown Dynamite fixed that issue.
I can now set up any type of countdown timer on my funnels whether I set it up for 7 minutes of 2 days. I get to choose how long I want to set my timers for.
#4 PDF Creator for Email Opt-ins
Post Gopher: This plugin is awesome and I have only been using it for about a month and a half. It makes it so easy to allow your readers to create downloadable PDF’s from your blog posts.
I had no clue how easy it was to build your email list without working any harder. After installing this plugin, I have been able to add some email subscribers to my email list without doing any extra work.
I’ll have to write a review on how to use this plugin soon. I love it so much and the best part is that you buy it once and you don’t have to worry about subscription payments.
#5 Plugin Automation
I knew that I didn’t want to spend a lot of my time promoting my old blog posts.
I picked up the premium version because it allows you to share the image along with the post.
The free version works just as well, the only difference is that you can’t share the blog post image.
#6 Backup Plugin
Backup by BlogVault: I wrote a tutorial on how I was using the BackupBuddy when I started this blog. Then I ended up switching to Updraft Plus the premium version.
Both backup plugins are awesome and will help you automate your backups.
I’ve decided to sign up with Blog Vault. The only reason I switched was that I’ve had nothing but good experiences from using it on my clients’ sites.
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I love how easy it is to create backups and restore sites using Blog Vault. I don’t have to worry about whether or not the plugin will give me errors.
If you’ve used Backup Buddy, you know that sometimes it will give you different kinds of errors. I didn’t want to take the chance of my backup not working.
#7 Affiliate Link Cloaking Plugin
Thirsty Affiliates: As you know, my goal is to turn this blog into a full-time income through affiliate marketing and digital products.
This plugin makes it easy for me to cloak my affiliate links quickly and easily. I’ve read that a lot of bloggers love using Pretty link Pro, but I don’t have any experience with it.
Before I used either plugin, I was actually using YOURLS URL Shortner. It was working out great, however, I wanted more control and more statistics on my affiliate links.
Which Plugins Should You Use?
These are the plugins that I use. They work great on my blog and it doesn’t necessarily mean they will work for your blog. Finding the right plugin takes time and sometimes money.
Learning how to start a blog is challenging. When you invest in the right tools and plugins, you’ll be amazed at how much easier it is to focus on other things that help you grow.
Before you purchase any type of plugin, you need to know what you want to accomplish with your blog. This is why it’s so important to know what your blog goals are.
If you understand what you want to achieve with your blog, you’ll have a better understanding of which plugins you need. Plus it will help you avoid spending money on plugins you don’t need or won’t use.
Believe me, I’ve spent money on plugins that I thought would help me, only to realize that I stopped using the plugin for one reason or another.
I understand that my blog is my business and I can’t do everything for free. However, the last thing I want to do is spend carelessly on plugins, themes or anything else that I don’t use.
Should I Pay For Plugins?
Everyone’s opinion will vary on whether they are willing to pay for their WordPress plugins. I personally don’t mind paying for the support and updates of a plugin, especially, if I am going to use it.
You may have the mentality of “why should I pay for a plugin when there are thousands in the repository for free?” As I said opinions vary on this and the great thing is that it’s your blog. You can do whatever you want.
If you do use free plugins, just make sure that they are updated on a regular basis. If you love the free version, once you’re making enough money from your blog, you should consider upgrading to support the developer.
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Final Take Away
There are literally tons of plugins you can use on your WordPress blog. If you’re brand new to WordPress and don’t know how to use plugins, check out the Complete WordPress Beginners Guide.
Only the plugins that you actually need. If you’re not using it, then delete the plugin. Don’t buy or use a plugin just because someone says you need it.
Doing so will only cause you to waste a lot of money. Don’t forget to sign up for my Free 7 Day WordPress course.
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Do you use any of my favorite plugins? If not which plugin is the one that you just can’t live without? Is a free plugin or a premium plugin? Let me know in the comments below, I’m sure that there are tons of other plugins that I missed that do a great job.