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If there’s one thing we bloggers need, it’s a well-performing WordPress site that can attract thousands of readers. For your WordPress site to reach its full potential, it will need all sorts of plugins that will make your site function.
Of course, it can get pretty overwhelming to figure out which ones you will need for your blog out of the thousands of plugins available. So I thought I’d share with you my top 5 free WordPress Plugins.
These are the exact same tools I use personally for this blog, so I think you’ll find this list helpful. The best news? They are absolutely free to use!
Take a look…
1. Social Warfare
I LOVE this plugin so much because it lets you create beautiful and responsive social media sharing buttons on your blog! You have the option to put it on the side, above or below your post/page in many different forms.
I honestly believe there is no other social sharing plugin like this one. It also lets you display the number of shares and has countless other amazing features that will let you customize it to your own preferences.
This is the same plugin I have been using personally for this blog.
Redirection is a great plugin to handle all the 301 redirects and 404 errors your site might have. This plugin can be very useful if you decide to change your domain name or any permalink. Having this feature is also essential for your SEO (Search Engine Optimization) performance.
This is another free plugin that will accelerate your site’s performance without costing you a penny!
3. Pretty Links
If you are going to use affiliate links on your blog, then having Pretty Links is a must! This amazing plugin transforms the ugly, long links into a shorter and prettier version.
It looks like this:
Before: affiliateproduct.com/uglylong/nobodylikesthis/lotofnumbers/yuck 👎
When you hover over a linked text, you can see where it takes you on the bottom left side of your screen. So if your reader is seeing this ugly affiliate link, they might think it’s spammy or suspicious.
After: yourdomain.com/affiliateproduct 👍
Now, this looks nice and short!
4. Pin It Button On Image Hover And Post
If you have been in the blogging world long enough, you know that Pinterest is essential for driving traffic to your website.
The Pin It Button plugin allows the images on your blog to have a Pinterest save button hovering over it, so your visitors can pin directly from your blog.
You can see how it works by hovering over any image on this blog.
5. Cookie Notice
It’s very important to have the legal aspect of your blog settled. A lot of bloggers completely ignore this part and never put up the required legal pages and cookie consent pop-up.
The Cookie Notice plugin creates a pop-up on your blog that lets your visitors know that some necessary cookies will be saved on their browser for the basic functionalities of your website.
This is also one of the things that ad networks check that you have done before they can accept your application.
These WordPress plugins can be used by bloggers of any niche. All of them can be installed and used for free (I know because I use them all myself).