Plugins are one of the best features WordPress gives you – they add great functions and features, and there’s a plugin for every need bloggers can imagine. However, these plugins can also be a damaging for affiliate marketers. It is necessary to have a few on your WordPress website as they definitely make the process of updating your websites and getting it indexed in search engines a lot easier. But too many WordPress plugins can slow down your website loading time and worse, can distract you from your work as an affiliate. Just don’t waste your time installing dozens of plugins. Instead focus on these 10 must have WordPress plugins for bloggers:
Anti-spam – Spam is really a terrible problem on WordPress. As soon as your site gets a few entries, the spammers will rush in and make engaging with your real visitors a lot more difficult. Luckily there’s Anti-spam, a free program that stops spammers instantly.
Total Cache – This really is one of the most popular plugins for WordPress. Page loading is important, and this plugin caches your site for faster delivery. That means your site will stay up at the time of sudden floods of traffic. This can have a big impact on customer satisfaction – and your search engine rankings.
Comment Redirect – This helpful plugin will redirect new commenters to a page that you choose. This is a good opportunity to thank people for visiting and engaging on your site. You can also offer them a gift! Such a great way to increase customer loyalty.
iThemes Security – We don’t like to think about it often, but affiliate sites get hacked every day, the more successful you are, the more secure you’ll have to be. It is possible to boost security of your WordPress installation by always keeping everything up to date, but iThemes Security goes much further it fix all common holes, stops automated attacks and strengthens user credentials.
Google XML Sitemaps – Sitemaps give search engines an easy look into how your site is organized and is an essential tool for moving up the rankings. It is a lightweight plugin that eliminates the challenge of building and updating a sitemap.
Yoast SEO – There are a lot of great SEO plugins available for WordPress. I love Yoast because it lets you quickly edit your META tags, title description, keywords, and a lots of other information – and it provides you a live preview of how it will look in a search engine.
Thank Me Later – When someone comments on your site or blog, what happens to them? This plugin will send a follow up email to commenters who haven’t been by in a while. It’s a wonderful way to scoop up return traffic to your site!
Tiny MCE Advanced – As an affiliate marketer, you’re going to want to use all the formatting that’s accessible to you in order to draw people’s eyes to important text and keep your work engaging, right? TinyMCE Advanced provides you more possible choices when formatting your post. It’s not required, but it’s definitely worth having on your website or blog.
LinkWithin – This free plugin will add related posts to the bottom of your post – together with a featured image. This will make it easier for people who finish one article to visit another suggested article on your website, which provides you another possible opportunity to give great information and close the sale.
Social Media Feather – Social media is necessary for your website. If you’ve written something great, you want to make it easy for people to notice and share with their friends. This plugin does just that, adding visually attractive buttons for nearly a hundred social bookmarking sites.
And there you have it – ten must have WordPress plugins that will make your life as an affiliate much simpler. Don’t be afraid to include a couple more important plugins that fit your needs, but bear in mind not to get distracted!