Many ask how I am able to manage so many different websites. One way I am able to do so much is due to the help of the numerous plugins I rely on. They make running a blog so much easier because they allow me to worry about one less thing because they do it all automatically.
EDIT: If you are new here, please check out my monthly online income posts on my main blog, Making Sense of Cents, such as $13,673 December Income – My Monthly Online Income Report and 2014 Wrap Up.
Below are some of the many plugins I use for my WordPress blog (in no particular order). They are all FREE as well.
1. Limit Login Attempts
This plugin limits the amount of times someone can try to log into your blog. I won’t lie, I have locked myself out a few times but if you are the true owner of the website there are ways to go around this so that you don’t lock yourself out for hours and hours.
You can limit how many times someone can try to login before they are locked out, how long the lockout is, and what happens when they are locked out multiple times. You can change the settings to exactly what you need them to be set at as well. This is a great way to prevent hackers from getting into your website.
2. Missed Scheduled
I’m pretty sure this has happened to every blogger out there. You schedule a post, only to wake up in the morning and find out that it never went live. To prevent this problem, you can download the Missed Scheduled plugin which will help prevent this.
3. nrelate Related Content
There are tons of different related content plugins out there for WordPress users, but I prefer nrelate the most. You can easily display your related posts with this plugin, and you can edit the settings to only show what you want to show as well.
With this plugin, readers can find similar posts on your blog when reading a blog post without having to really dig too far to find anything.
4. Pretty Link
Pretty Link is a lifesaver. I use it mostly for my affiliate links.
This way my affiliate links aren’t scary long (sometimes affiliate links look like spam), and look much cleaner. You can also track how many times your affiliate link has been clicked on with the Pretty Link plugin.
5. Send email only on Reply to My Comment
I always try to reply to every comment that a person leaves on my blog. I like readers to know that I appreciate the fact that they are reading my blog, and I just think it’s a good habit to have.
The Send email only on Reply to My Comment plugin allows commenters to decide whether or not they want to receive an email notification when a comment is replied to. So your readers can always opt out easily if they want to.
Shareaholic is what I have at the bottom of all of my posts. This allows readers to share my posts easily. If you do add this plugin, make sure you add your Twitter handle to the tweet button.
SumoMe is a relatively new plugin for me, but I know I already love it. It is free, but they have some other affordable options that you can pay for as well. SumoMe is a great plugin if you are looking to grow your email list.
Without the WP-SpamShield plugin, I don’t know what I would do. According to this plugin, they have blocked 41,099 spam comments since I downloaded it, or 913 spam comments each day.
That is a TON of spam.
Best part is that you don’t have to annoy your readers with an annoying CAPTCHA. They don’t even know this plugin exists. If you are making your readers enter some secret code that no one can read that is 100 letters long and makes you solve some sort of mystery, then you need this plugin.
This isn’t exactly a need, but I do like installing CommentLuv on all of the blogs I run. CommentLuv allows commenters to leave a link to one of their latest blog posts when they leave a comment. This is a great way to find new bloggers to become addicted to.
What plugins do you recommend? What can you not live without?
These are not all of the plugins I use. I will be making a Part Two soon! 🙂