Plugins are like add-on functions for your blog. There are hundreds of plugins that can help you with different things. To find the plugins page, look on the left-hand side of the page and you will find Plugins in the list.
From SEO Optimization to Social Media Boosters, here are a few of the most important plug-ins everyone should have. Feel free to bookmark this page and come back to this if you don’t feel like downloading and setting up all this plugins right now.
- Akistmet Anti-Spam – To prevent spam
- Backup – To backup your website and make sure you don’t lose all the work you did.
- Easy Facebook Like Box – This allows you to easily display the facebook like box with your fan page in the back.
- WP Smush – To optimize your image sizes (faster website).
- WP Cache – To help other browzers cache your website (much faster website).
- WP Retina 2X – Make your website even more sexy for those who have a retina screen.
- Wordfence Security – To help improve the security of your website.
- YOAST SEO – To help you rank well in Google searches.
- SumoMe – If you want pop-ups, this is the best.
- Mailchimp for WordPress – For email newsletter subscription, this is the best.
- Mailchimp forms by Mailmunch – A great plug-in for increasing newsletter subscription rate.
- Contact Form 7 – To make contact forms on your contact page.
- Duplicate Post – To clone that beautiful post or page rather than having to rebuild it every time.
- Google XML Sitemaps – To create a sitemap link and help you rank on Google.
- Google Analytics dashboard for WP – To be able to see how many visitors are on your website each day, along with other insightful information.
- WPML – For multi-lingual capabilities.
- Woocommerce – For online store capabilities.
If you get all the above plugins – which are all free – then the speed, conversion rate, and search engine optimization of your website will be optimized. You can browse for other interesting plug-ins, but keep in mind that when you have too many plug-ins your website slows down. Less is more in the plugins world.
By now your theme is set up, the design looks great, and you’ve optimized your website. So what’s next?
You are now ready to write your first post!
To do this, go back to your dashboard. From here there are a couple ways to write your first post, which you can find in the image below.
Once on the post edit screen, write away! The more content you write on a regular basis, the faster your blog will grow. I try to write 1 post per week, which is low compared to most bloggers. If you can publish 3 posts / week, that’s great. As long as you post regularly, Google will begin to notice your presence and you will start appearing on search results. Here are other things you can do to help increase your search presence. L’Autre Couleur, my inbound marketing agency, also offers these services if you feel like you would rather have this done by professionals.
Try to write articles that are unique, easy to read, and most importantly that offer value to the readers. Give them practical advice, offer information that only a specialist like you would know in your given industry. Make sure you use headings and sub headings to make your articles easy to browse. Here are the best tips on how to become a great copywriter.
After writing posts on your blog, you will need to raise awareness around the posts. To do so, having an active social media presence is key. Create a Facebook Page, Twitter Account, Google +, Instagram, Pinterest, and Tumblr. If this is too much, start with as many as you can handle posting and engaging on a regular basis. Here are some tips to help you boost your social media presence.
There are many other things you will need to do and know in order to grow your blog audience quickly.
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