Must have free WordPress plugins for bloggers 2018

What free WordPress plugins are must have in 2018 if you are running a blog? We created a list of most popular ones that we are using on our own blog. These plugins should help you attract more visitors to your site from search engines and social media sites. It will help you connect to your visitors, prevent you from spamming, increase you page speed and help you understand your visitors behavior better. Let’s start.

1) Yoast SEO

Yoast

Out of the box WordPress is already technically quite a good platform for SEO. If your theme is built properly your SEO rank should be even better. You can always increase your SEO rank even further  by using additional plugin such as Yoast SEO. Not only that his plugin will help you optimize your blog for search engines but it will help you write a better content with their readability tool.

Using the snippet preview Yoast will display rendering of what your post or page will look like in the search results. It will check if your post title is too long or too short and does your meta description makes sense in the context of a search result. If you wish to improve your SEO score even more and to support future development of this plugin you can upgrade to premium version of this plugin at yoast.com

2) Contact Form 7

Contact Form 7 Banner

You will want to allow your visitors to contact you. If your theme doesn’t support contact form you can add one by using a plugin. Our chose is Contact Form 7. This plugin is one of the most popular with the reason. It was the one of the first contact form out there and it’s constantly upgraded. You can create your own form and with simple shortcode you can place it anywhere on your site.

3) Google Analytics Dashboard for WP (GADWP)

Google Analytics Dashboard for WP (GADWP)

One of the most popular visitor tracking software is definitely Google’s Analytics. But why switch between tabs or windows when you can have all your statistic inside your admin dashboard. For this we use Google Analytics Dashboard for WP (GADWP) This plugin will add widget to homepage dashboard so you can easily check and pick stat details by using drop-down menu to change date and source of your traffic. It’s even more simpler than clicking around your Analytics dashboard.

4) Linker

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This little plugin with only 2,000 downloads will allow you to track and customize your exit links. Linker will allow you to create a custom link structure such as yourdomain.com/go/wordpress so it can track clicks on your links.

One of the best things about this plugin is that you don’t need to update each individual posts with the new link in case that you need to change your affiliate ID. You only need to update your custom link and it will affect all your links across your blog.

5) WP Super Cache

WP Super Cache

In order to speed up your site you will have to cache your website files. For this we recommend WP Super Cache. This plugin will generate static html files from your dynamic WordPress blog.

WP Super Cache was built by Automattic. For those who don’t know Automattic is the company founded by Matt Mullenweg founder of wordpress.org. Automattic is also one of the biggest contributor to open source files of WordPress platform.

6) Antispam Bee

Antispam Bee

To get rid of those spamming messages in your comment section try Antispam Bee. This plugin is free of charge, ad-free and compliant with European data privacy standards.

Note: Antispam Bee Antispam Bee will work only with default WordPress comments. It will not work with Jetpack or Disqus Comments as those plugins comment forms are iframed.

7) Social Media Share Buttons | MashShare

Mashshare

Our choice for social sharing buttons is Mashable.com look alike social sharing plugin called MashShare. Some site like to add variety of social sharing buttons. At the moment we are focused only on two major social sharing sites, Facebook and Twitter. MashShare buttons will look elegant and noticeable on your blog.

I hope you have enjoyed this article. These are the most commonly used plugins in terms of SEO optimization, social sharing and visitor tracking. If you haven’t’ hear about some of these plugins feel free to check them out. What are the must have plugins that you are using? Fee free to share your plugins in comment section bellow.

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