• Michael Linsin

12 Must-Have Wordpress Plugins: Part Two

Last week, we covered the first six plugin recommendations every self-respecting renegade blogger must have. This week, we'll add in the final six, which, taken together, will give you the exact plugin set up we use and recommend here at Renegade Blogger.

Here they are . . .

7. Contextual Related Posts

With this plugin, when you post a new article, five previous article titles most similar to the post will appear at the bottom of the page. This causes readers to click through to these articles, which improves your bounce rate and time spent on your site.

8. Social Warfare Pro

Social Warfare Pro places social media buttons above, below, or to the side of each article, which can dramatically increase the number of readers sharing your content. There are other plugins that do this, but none are as attractive, flexible, and reliable as Social Warfare Pro.

9. Wordfence Security

Keeping your website safe from hackers is a must. Wordfence Security protects your site with a strong firewall. It also has anti-virus capabilities and offers a weekly malware scan. Although free, it provides peace of mind in knowing that your hard work is safe.

10. WP Rocket

WP Rocket is an awesome plugin that can speed up your website by 100% or more, which results in higher rankings and more traffic. It isn't a free plugin, but the $49 per year cost is worth every penny. Highly recommended.

11. WP Staging

What WP Staging does is allow you to create a full replica of your website. This lets you test out designs of your website without the changes going live. This way, you can play around and try things out. You can make a final decision on the look of your site before clicking publish.

12. Yoast SEO

The most popular plugin in the world, Yoast SEO configures your website to be most attractive to Google, Bing, and other search engines. Although no guarantee, it enables you have the best opportunity to get the most visitors to your blog.

I included links to more information about each plugin. However, to add new plugins, all you need to do is go to the "Plugins" tab on the main menu of your Wordpress site and select "Add New."

Once there, use the search function at the top of the page to find the plugin you want. Click "Install Now" and you're good to go. Activate the plugin and it will begin working automatically. Depending on the plugin, there might be options you can make if you wish, but it's all very easy.

A couple plugins - WP Rocket and Social Warfare Pro - because they're not free, you may have to go to the link to purchase. The uploading process to Wordpress is super easy, however, and can be done on the main plugin page of your site.

So that's it - 12 must-have Wordpress plugins. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below. We're happy to help!


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