Blogging requires a lot of efforts and time investment. No matter what you write about there are certain things that you do before you hit the “publish” button. It also involves a set of various procedures that you have to do to keep you blog up to date and accessible to all of your readers out there. Before you have your piece go online, you research, write, edit, proofread, optimize, and do lots of other things along the way. And even after publishing your post, you’re not yet done.
Luckily, there are a lot of great WordPress plugins that save you time and help you focus more on creating content. They bring additional functionality to your blog and make you manage it with more ease. Find 8 of them below.
Google Analytics WD
With Google Analytics WD you can access and view all of your Google Analytics reports right from the WordPress dashboard. You don’t have to separately check your reports from your Google Analytics account, as they are neatly displayed in the plugin’s reporting page with comprehensive charts. The WordPress Google Analytics plugin provides reports on your audience, traffic sources, website performance, user geo locations, as well as your AdSense and AdWords accounts. It also allows you to get custom reports on any metric and dimension, set and manage goals for tracking targeted activities, compare reports based on periods, and exclude any unwanted data from the reports. You can track data for logged in users, posts, specific authors, post categories and tags by enabling the tracking of custom dimensions.
WordPress Google Maps
Google Maps WD allows you to create and add responsive and highly configurable Google maps to your blog within just minutes. It has a very intuitive and easy to use interface and comes with a live preview functionality to make map creating a breeze. You can create unlimited maps using all the available Google map styles, layers, overlays, map themes and skins, and equip them with store locator and get directions functionalities. The WordPress Google Maps comes with a built-in icon maker to help you create outstanding custom icons for markers.
Yoast SEO helps you to quickly and fully optimize your blog. It prompts you to choose a keyword and makes sure you use it in your headings, titles, post metadescriptions, and throughout your post. It also reminds you to add image alt tags and enable pretty permalinks, and genertates XML sitemaps that allow you to keep certain taxonomies out of your sitemap. The plugin features an advanced snippet preview functionality which lets you see how your posts and pages will look like in search results.
Broken Link Checker
Broken Link checker monitors your website for broken links and missing images and lets you know if there are any found. Instead of checking for broken links manually, you just change or edit them directly from the plugin’s admin area. It checks for broken links in all of your posts, pages, comments section and custom fields, and makes them display differently for search engines. However, you can also manually mark links as broken/not broken if needed.
Want to make some money online ? Google Adsense plugin will help you do that as it provides support for AdSense and Google Webmaster tools. The best thing about it is that it lets you to easily add ads on your blog without the need of manually inserting the snippets yourself. Without the plugin that would mean first generating the snippets and then pasting them either into the text or your theme PHP. You can easily manage your ads with its point-and-click interface, and exclude specific pages of having ads on them.
With OptinMonster you can easily grow your email list and get more subscribers. It comes with a powerful form builder that helps you create and customize opt-in and pop-up forms in just a couple of minutes. The plugin supports various form types, including floating header and footer bars, slide-ins, after post forms, mobile-specific forms, welcome gates and more.OptinMonser features powerful exit-intent technology and A/B testing functionalities which lets you get the most out of your forms.
Disqus comments system replaces the default WordPress comments system and lets your blog visitors and readers easily comment on your posts and engage in conversations and discussions. The plugin supports threaded style comments and replies, and allows for social mentions. The best part of it is that it performs full spam filtering and makes sure all the spam senders are blacklisted.The comments are indexable by search engines.
CoSchedule is a perfect tool for content marketing and social scheduling. It saves you a lot of time by helping you to schedule all your social media posts, tasks, deadlines, resources, and keeps you organized. You can set your posts or messages for automation, select the sharing frequency level, and the plugin will reshare them with the predefined conditions. It allows you to monitor how often your content has been shared on various popular platforms, and intelligently detects the best times for content sharing. Along with its great features, CoSchedule also integrates with other powerful tools, such as Google Docs, Headline Analyzer, Google Analytics, etc.
These WordPress plugins will save you a lot of time and make you focus more on creating awesome content for your visitors .They’re all efficient, lightweight, and are sure to enhance the functionality of your WordPress blog along the way. If you have other plugins in mind that are good time savers, please feel free to suggest them in the comments below.
Gayane Mar is the founder of WPCapitan.com, a WordPress enthusiast and blogger. She is a contributing author to a plenty of well-known WordPress related blogs and enjoys sharing her experience to help people with WordPress.