Top WordPress Plugins (free)

When you install your WordPress website you will want to add some WordPress plugins.

These are the recommended plugins you should add to every site to get you started…

Contact Form 7

By far the most popular contact form plugin. Simple to use and an absolute must if you want people to be able to contact you. See an example here.

Yoast SEO

Want to be found by the search engines? Not an SEO expert? Don’t worry, this WordPress SEO plugin (from one of the most respected SEO’s in the world) is free and easy to install and makes your onpage SEO really easy with a simple check list. It also autogenerates you an XML sitemap (for posts, pages, categories and images) that you can add to Google Webmaster Tools.

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Related Posts via Categories

Blogs generally have a high bounce rate (a user visits one page then leaves the website). This is because they have found the information they want then leave your website. This plugin suggests other posts they may like and keeps them on on your website.

ShareThis

With everyone using social media these days (Facebook, Twitter etc) you need to make it easy for your users to share your content and this plugin does exactly that.

YouTube Sidebar Widget

If you have created YouTube videos for your blog then you need a YouTube plugin to add your video thumbnails to your sidebar.

All in One Adsense and YPN Pro

Have a Google AdSense account? This plugin makes it quick and easy for you to set up your website monetization. (Adsense account required)

Google Analytics for WordPress

Another awesome plugin from Joost de Valk (WordPress SEO Plugin creator). Track your sites visitors activity with this easy to use plugin. Google Analytics account required.

That should be enough to get you started, and don’t forget to change your Settings > Permalinks to post tag so you get SEO friendly URLs 😉