Most bloggers are looking for new ways to work smarter, faster, and more productively, and the compatible plugins might be the right solution for it.
Blogging is one of the most fundamental aspects in content marketing, yet most companies often overlook its potential. Scheduled posts combined with useful content will help you to boost visitors to your blog, and hopefully to your website as well. If you are using WordPress for your company blog, congratulations! In today’s post, we will share the best ten plugins to enhance your blog’s performance. These tools have their own role for your blog, such as providing easier content sharing, better posting, and many more. Let’s start our list with…
1. Scroll Triggered Box
This is probably the most useful plugin for email capture slide-up feature. The email capture box slides up from the bottom right-hand corner of the page whenever a visitor scrolls down 60 percent of the page’s height. If a visitor closes the box, they won’t see it again for 30 days. The box itself can be completely customised with whatever HTML text you want, in case you want to sync it with MailChimp or other email marketing service providers. The plugin can be completely customised: scroll percentage, days hidden, position, width, colors, and more. You can even choose where the box is visible, e.g. frontpage, posts, and/or pages.
2. Digg Digg
There are a huge number of different plugins you can use to display social share buttons on your blog post, and the best plugin is Digg Digg. Its most helpful feature is the flexibility of where you can place the share buttons: floating to the left or right of the article, pinned to the top or bottom of a blog post, or manually wherever you wish inside your theme.
3. WordPress SEO by Yoast
Many SEO experts would recommend to get an SEO plugin for your WordPress blog, and the best choice is WordPress SEO by Yoast. It handles just about every element of SEO you could think of. The most direct impact of this plugin on the writers is the SEO box beneath every post. Inside the box, you can choose the most appropriate keywords for the post—a great tactic for staying focused on a topic—and add a custom title and description. The plugin will also show you in bright green/red text how your post stacks up based on the keyword you’ve entered.
4. Hello Bar
Hello Bar is an amazing tool for A/B testing different CTAs and power words. In addition, it is also a great tool for collecting email addresses, too. With Hello Bar, you can collect over 400 email addresses each week. Along with the email slideup (scroll triggered box), you will have a solid email signups apparatus.
The WordPress plugin for Hello Bar is as simple as it comes: Simply download, install, and paste in your Hello Bar code. Other than that, you can also signup for a free Hello Bar account and grab the embed code yourself.
This is one of the easiest commenting systems for WordPress. The powerful Disqus system works right off your standard WordPress setup, allowing you to manage all comments neatly and quickly through the Disqus admin area or straight from the comments section on your blog.
6. WP Engine
If you are still wondering about the best hosting for your blog, WP Engine is a good choice. You will get more goodies from them beyond just hosting. It creates daily backups and one-click restores of the blog, manages all your major WordPress updates automatically, and provides security features to keep your blog safe.
While it’s not technically a plugin, WP Engine does add a little menu item to the WordPress sidebar. Plus, you can quickly check to see error logs, change some advanced settings, or log in to our WP Engine dashboard.
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7. Pin It Button for Images
Here’s what people seem to love: the Pin It Button for Images. This plugin adds a Pinterest Pin It button overlay on top of any image that appears in your blog post. As simple as that. You can also change the settings so that the button only shows on images on single posts, pages, index, category, and more.
8. Editorial Calendar
If you blog in a team, it would be better to stay organised with an editorial calendar. The Editorial Calendar WordPress plugin is adequate for that need. It grabs all of your scheduled posts and drafts, and it places them on a neatly organised calendar so we could see at-a-glance what content is coming up.
Perhaps the most favourable feature of the plugin was the way you could drag and drop different stories around the calendar, and it would update not only the calendar, but the post itself. It was a huge help for keeping all your content organised.
9. WP Hide Post
WP Hide Post does exactly what it says: It hides posts from the blog. Of course, these posts are still visible if you navigate there directly. However, they won’t show up in RSS feeds or on the main index page of blog posts. Use this plugin to publish marketing materials (case studies, interviews, etc.) that you might want to reference later with your outreach efforts or promotions. These materials typically don’t fit the content strategy you have on the blog, so you can hide them from your standard publishing streams.
Another plugin you should keep in the toolbox is MyTweetLinks. This plugin is a soundbite source. You can enter a soundbite or quotable via the post editor, and this plugin will create a list of Tweets to share at the end of your published post.