5 Best Plugins To Install Before Launching Your Blog
Plugins are an essential and very integral part of business when it comes to blogging. Its not entirely true that having lots of plugins will make your blog slower, there are ways to make your blog run and load faster on any network. I will talk about that another day. Before launching your blog there are some mechanisms that you have to put in place. Most of them cannot be automated without a plugin being installed in the back-end. Others of course can be done without too much coding at the back-end but we want to make things easier for those who do not have any coding experience. You do not have to know HTML or CSS and all those other programming systems in order to launch a blog that is alive. I am going to show you the first 5 plugins i installed on my blog upfront before i even had any post published.
Getting comments on your blog post is all games and fun until you realize that the 30 comments you got on your post were actually spam. Akismet is a plugin that analyses comments and blocks all spam, and trackback links sent by robots. The advantages of having Akismet on your blog cannot go unspoken of. Spam comments affect your SEO negatively, they end up lowering your site’s page rank. After activating Akismet everything is all set, you can let it do the work as you focus on taking your blog to greater heights. If you have a personal blog, Akismet is free for you but if you have a business website or blog, you will cough off some cash to get the service. Every start up blog should be able to get this service free of charge. You can also view the blocked comments by this plugin because it leaves the comments for your viewing under the spam category. I have never suspected this plugin of any malfunctioning. Every comment that is left to pass on any of my posts is usually a very genuine comment and far from spam. Thanks to Akismet.
This plugin is designed to improve your blog’s speed and performance. By the time you launch your blog you may be having, … say 15 posts ready to publish. That is already a lot of content if we assume each of them is around 500 words or more. Your website’s speed and performance will reduce as you add more content. W3 Total Cache plugin enables you to speed up your website by increasing server performance and reducing the download times. Improved conversion rates and site performance increase you page rank on Google.com. Also, when you actually begin to get high traffic, this is a very handy plugin in sustaining your website during high traffic periods.
If you have already published your first blog post without actually ensuring that it’s on perfect SEO levels, then you have failed as a blogger even before you start to be one. Optimizing your posts for SEO is what will see them rank higher on search engines. But you have to define the specific target keyword (s) of your post if you want it to rank well. Not that defining it actually makes it rank, but it just guides you on whether you have your post optimized well so that it can rank well. WordPress SEO is a plugin that allows you to input your specific keyword for each post and meta description. It will rate your post on that keyword by using various colors. Red means your post is poorly optimized, that’s like 5% if you were getting a score, while green shows your post is well optimized, it could be from 80%-100% on an SEO score level. To make it more simpler for you, it gives you recommendations on what to do if you have any lesser score colored yellow or brown. Its a very simple process, it never takes me more than 3 minutes to ensure my post is well optimized as per the plugin. And its the best for me, other people would recommend SEO All-In-One pack but for me, this is the best. Its also an all in one solution.
You want to track your blog easily, just install Google Analytics for WordPress. It provides lots of metadata for you to know your blog’s performance on search engines, or data per post, author, specific keywords, etc. This enables you track your site performance, and to know how your blog is performing generally. A very important aspect of every website. Of course we have Google analytics offered by Google but being able to view the stats right from your blog’s dashboard without having to switch to another tab where you open Google Analytics Webmaster Tools is an added advantage for me.
This is the best plugin so far when it comes to managing comments on a blogpost. You may have seen people say that you could use CommentLuv, a pretty common plugin that leaves a link when someone comments on your blog. CommentLuv ensures that the commenting person leaves a link to their latest blog post if they own a website. So far, Disqus has every advantage against CommentLuv. It just doesn’t leave links to people’s latest posts. So i recommend using Disqus, and it comes in at position five in the 5 best plugins to install before launching your blog.
Hopefully, you have gained from the list i have provided above, however, its definitely important to know your opinions. There are several plugins in the world out there, and for a new blog, these are much more urgent. Let me know in the comments sections if you have suggestions of any plugins you have used before as a blogger that you think are important to install upfront before blog launch.