Searching for and installing the best WordPress Plugins in any one category can be a nightmare so we have narrowed the list down to get you off to a fast start. Install these plugins and you’ll have the basis of a great blog.
This is not a list of glamorous plugins but what it will do is give your blog a real solid foundation
Its by no means all you need, but this list will at least get you started.
1. WordPress SEO by Yoast
The most single most important free WordPress plugin in your arsenal. WordPress SEO by Yoast. SEO for WP doesn’t get much easier. There are other SEO plugins out there, if your just getting started, stick with this
Just my favorite Social Media Plugin. Add’s a vertical box to the left of the blog post that travels with the scroll. It’s extremely easy to configure and use. Highly recommended
3. Google Analytics
Not much to be said here other than an absolutely essential plugin if you want to know where your traffic is coming from and be able to connect to your Google Analytics Account. Easy, simple setup. Just enter your Web Property ID (You will need a Google Analytics Account)
4. Google Analytics Dashboard for WP
Love this Plugin, gives you all the data you need for a quick overview of your traffic and where its coming from plus your keywords and referrers
5. Google XML Sitemaps
A site map is absolutely essential to help the search engine spiders index your blog. Another really simple to setup plugin that works away in the back ground while your doing other stuff like writing compelling content!
6. Kwayy HTML Sitemap
As far as we know Kwayy is the only HTML Sitemap plugin o=in the known universe. Kwayy HTML Sitemap generates HTML sitemaps as opposed to XML for your sitemap page. Kwayy shows Page, Posts and Custom Post Types.A neat easy to use plugin
7. WordPress Plugin Performance Profiler (P3)
If I said we LOVE this plugin it would be an understatement. One of the biggest challenges bloggers face is slow loading sites due to massive performance drag by plugins. This free plugin from GoDaddy will highlight
the plugins that are causing you the greatest load times. Google loves fast sites. This plugin is an absolute must to keep your site lean and mean!
8. WP Touch
If your Blog isn’t mobile ready, your dead in the virtual water, there, we said it. Traffic from Smartphones and Tablets is going through the roof. We all know that, so there’s no need to roll out the usual boring Stats. WP Touch will set up your site and transform it to mobile friendly literally at the ‘touch of a button’. Easy to configure, very little server load. Simply a must install plugin. There is a Premium version but we have never seen the need to use it.
If you have a favorite that isn’t on the list then let us know down in the comments and we’ll send you a FREE Copy of our new resource, Social Media For Business
As Bloggers we have a tendency is to overload our sites with unnecessary, bloated plugins. This list of Best Free Essential WordPress Plugins will set up up with everything you need to get started