Bogging is a great way to make money online for free or with little investment. There are many platforms available for blogging like WordPress, Joomla, blogger and Drupal etc. however WordPress is the most popular and most flexible among them due to the availability of diverse themes and plugins. Themes glamourize the look and feel of your blog and plugins give you the flexibility to optimize your blog according to your needs without programming knowledge. The amount of money you can make from your blog is directly proportional to the traffic it has. More traffic means more money.
In order to increase traffic to your site, you need to optimize it for search engines, something known as SEO. WordPress provides a lot of plugins which help automate the SEO work for you. In this article I am going to tell you about some of the plugins each WordPress blog must have.
All In One SEO:
This is one of the most important WordPress plugin you need for better SEO. It gives you a lot of customization options.
- You can set custom page titles, post titles category titles and archives. Having post title is much SEO friendly than the post id or some random jubrish.
- You can give search engine friendly title and Meta description to your homepage.
- It allows you to connect your Google analytics and webmasters account to your site for better indexing and tracking.
- You can add additional page and post headers for good ranking as well as exclude pages you don’t want to show search engines.
- It lets you control what pages/posts not to index.
All in all, this is the plugin you must have in your WordPress blog.
SEO Internal Links:
Link building is very important for SEO. When it comes to site popularity, both internal and external links count. This plugin helps you deal with both of them. You can create internal links automatically for your targeted keywords. You just have to put the keyword and post URL separate by a comma and all the links will be generated for you. You can control the frequency of the links per post as well as where to show the links and where not to.
You can make external links no-follow and make them open in new window with this plugin so that people or spiders visiting your site don’t lose it due to an external link.
Ozh’ Who Sees Adz:
All the effort you put into your blog and its SEO is only worth it if you can make some money off of it and you need ads for that. The science of ad placement is very crucial to get the maximum hits. Ads should not be hidden that no one clicks them, nor should they mess with user experience because it will irritate them. That is where this plugin comes in. you can choose where to place ads and whom should they be visible to. For example if a user is a regular visitor of the site or he/she comes from a search engine then display the ads. You can create simple ad blocks and then add them where ever you want by pasting a single line of code.
The Social Links:
The importance of social media is not hidden from anyone. This plugin allows your viewers to connect to your personal social media profiles. There are a lot of options like twitter, Facebook, Google plus, LinkedIn, Pinterest etc. if your visitors can meet you online they will feel more comfortable while reading your blog and get back to you with feedback. They may turn out to be your permanent visitors.
Slick Social Share Buttons:
The ultimate goal of SEO is traffic and social media is a great source of traffic nowadays. This plugin shows a list of sticky social buttons on the side (usually left) of your blog. If a reader finds your post helpful or worth sharing he can simply press a button and share it with the world which might result in more and more traffic. You can put a variety of social buttons like tweet, Facebook like, Facebook share, Plus one, LinkedIn, Digg etc.
WP Social Share:
This plugin places social links on category pages and at the bottom of individual posts. Once a visitor is done reading your post and he likes it, he can simply share it on any of the social profile by just a click. You can choose what social buttons to show and what not to.
Contact Form 7:
A contact form is very important in any site because it gives confidence to the visitors that if they have any questions they can contact some webmaster and get the issue resolved. Although this plugin has not been updated for past 2 years but it is still worth having in your blog. It gives you a simple contact form which you can place on your contact page and set the email id from your admin panel. People can insert their name and email and contact you.