We all love great websites and we want our blog or website to be perfect looking and perfectly working.

But to craft it as we would like it to be, we need to install tons of different plugins.

So let’s have a look which are the best 5 WordPress plugins for new bloggers.

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The Best 5 WordPress plugins for new bloggers

Plugins are like little software and give you the possibility to add new features to your blog. No matters how much you want to enrich your blog, there are some plugins that I suggest you to install. No matter if you want to run a profitable blog or just a personal website for your side business.

After “putting my hands” on so many website and blogs, I’ve finally found a list of the 5 best WordPress plugins for new bloggers that help you getting started properly. everyone should need on their blog.

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Wordfence

The security of your blog is very important, even if you’ve just started. You definitely don’t want to end up with a hacked blog just after you start.

For my clients and me I use Wordfence Security. It periodically scans your blog to find if there’s any problem, the firewall blocks brute force attacks (naughty people who try to guess your username/password) and other types of hacking.

A feature that I really love is that you can set up live email alerts to your inbox. So I always know what’s going on and I can keep an eye on my clients’ website. With the live alerts, you can see who logs in, who tries to brute force the website or even if any plugin needs to be updated.

Of course you can customise the frequency and which alert would you like to receive. 

The plugin comes in two versions: free and premium. The free on is great if you have a small blog with little traffic, for example if you’ve just started out. If you have a blog or website with a significant traffic and data stored, I definitely recommend the premium version for just $8.25/month. If you are sure you’ll keep your website live for many years, they also offer discounts for multi-year and multi-license purchases.

Yoast SEO

When we want our blog to rank on Google, we need an easy and powerful plugin. Here it comes Yoast SEO plugin.

What is SEO?

According to Moz and their beginner’s guide, SEO is a “marketing discipline focused on growing visibility in organic (non-paid) search engine results”.

That means all those “magic tricks” you do to improve ranking and increase awareness of your blog in search engines in order to bring visitors.

I always pay a lot of attention to my SEO. At the end is free traffic and one more chance to find someone interest in what you do.

Once the plugin is installed, it has a very easy-to-understand interface which guide you through the plugin’s main features:

The “problems” section displays all SEO problems regarding your website, for example that your homepage cannot be indexed. It’s important to keep an eye on this section as some problem can afflict your website ranking and traffic.

Another useful feature of the plugin is checking the content of your blog post in real time. You can check and edit the snippet preview of how your post will appear on Google research, plus it gives you an SEO analysis of your post and what to improve!

Even if you think that is too early to SEO optimised your blog, I would reccomend you to start keep an eye on it from the beginning.

Antispam Bee

We all feel that thrill when someone leave a comment our posts, especially if we’ve just started blogging. Comments are a great way to engage with your readers, network with other bloggers, share tips and build followers.

But we want real people comments, not spammy ones.

Thankfully, you can use a plugin to get rid of those spam comments and keep your posts nice and tidy, without annoying spammy content for your audience.

After trying a couples, I find Antispam Bee a good fit for my blog.

I literally receive hundreds of spam comments every day that it would be just annoying to manually delete them. With this plugin, I can set that certain type of comments goes directly in the spam, saving me a lot of time.

Here’s a screenshot from the settings. As you can see it offers a lot of options for a free plugin.

Social Warfare

It took me time to install this plugin, silly me, but it’s the best plugin ever for social sharing that I’ve ever used. And the one that I’ve seen the most around other bloggers.

Social Warfare is what makes social sharing easy. Why?

It provides a sharing bar at the top and bottom of your posts: you can set it only at the top and bottom, or add floating buttons, meaning that the readers will be able to see the social buttons all the time while reading your post.

This last option is definitely the best as you want to make easy for your readers to share your content, no matter if they’ve just started reading or they are half way through.

Your readers, once they have enjoyed reading your blog posts because it gave them useful information, they want to be able to share your content EASILY.

It offers a Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn button already in the free version. If you’d like your audience to be able to share on platforms like Reddit, Whatsapp or Tumblr, you can buy the Pro Version for just $29/year.

In my opinion, for the potential of this plugin, $29 in a very fair price.

Jetpack

Jetpack can be a good alternative to Google Analytics when starting out.

I use it especially to keep an eye on the traffic, where it comes from and the source.

It doesn’t give you an in-depth analysis, but it’s a good tool for daily check-ins.

The free version is quite limited, but with the premium one, you’ll have access to more features like back-ups, security, spam protection and much more.

In Conclusion

These are my 5 favourite and best WordPress plugin that you can install as a new blogger. Of course, as your blog starts to grow you will need more plugin to satisfy your readers needs.

Are you already using some of the above? Are you curious to try them? Let me know in the comment below 🙂

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8 comments

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Not a new blogger and already use Yoast and Akismet, but the rest are new to me! Thank you so much, so helpful.

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Thank you Sarah! Happy that it helps.

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This is great for a newbie blogger, thank you x

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I’m glad it helps 🙂
Isa

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Hi Isa! Excellent job. Thanks for your great suggestion. I would like to suggest you to have a look at one more essential WordPress plugin which is known Blog Designer. This is a free plugin that you can use to modify your blog design and layout to give a stunning look to your website.

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Thanks Mark for your advice. I will have a look at the plugin, sounds very useful for blogs.

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I’m not a new blogger but posts like these are so helpful! Yoast is so good.

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Yes, I find it great too!
Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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