Must Use Free WordPress Plugins Every WP Blog Should Have

By Faruque Ahamed Mollick

Are you running a blog or thinking to start a blog? If you are running your blog on WordPress or you thinking to start a new one using WordPress then here in this article I am going to list some of the great and free WP plugins that every bloggers should use for their WordPress blog. This article may be useful to you.

Here is the list:

Yoast SEO plugin or All In One SEO plugin:

SEO is so important for getting search traffic for any blog and even for any website. Traffic from search engines is the life for a blog. Ranking well in search engines is necessary for every blogging site and without configuring SEO properly it is impossible to rank on search engines.

For WordPress site their are two most popular SEO plugins available. One is Yoast SEO and the another one is All In One SEO plugin. You have to use only one SEO plugin, either Yoast SEO or All In One SEO. Using more than one SEO plugin will negatively impact on your site. Using a SEO plugin you can configure SEO for your blog easily without having any coding knowledge.

ThirstyAffiliates

A huge numbers of bloggers make revenue from their blog using affiliate network. ThirstyAffiliates is an WordPress plugin that can be use to generate links which will redirect to affiliate links. It can be easily inserted inside posts through the editor. It helps you to hide the actual affiliate links. SO no one will able to copy and remove your affiliate id from links and thus you can earn more revenue from affiliate marketing. Here I have discuss in details about this plugin – Hide Affiliate Links Until Click It with ThirstyAffiliate WordPress Plugin.

Easy External Links

Easy External Links is a nice plugin for WordPress blog that will prevent you from sending traffic juice to external links. External links can be harmful to your site. If any bad link found on your blog it will effect negatively on SEO. Easy External Links WordPress plugin will automatically add “rel=external nofollow” and “target=_blank” to all the external links on your WordPress posts. You can also filter domain which will not affected by this plugin.

Contact Form 7

Contact Form 7 is one of the most popular plugin and Every WordPress base blogger should use it. A blog always should have an easy way to contact with the blog owner. Contact Form 7 is a simple, flexible and easy to use WordPress plugin which will let you create contact forms with custom fields. You will able to insert contact forms created through this plugin in your posts and pages using shortcode.

Suppose some business, company, service providers want to advertise on your blog for their products or services. They can use the contact form on your site to start a deal.

Author hReview

If you want to increase CTR on Google organic search then Author hReview is a nice WordPress plugin for your WordPress site. You can add Google Rich Snippets for reviews based on schema.org for a better SEO of your blog. This plugin can customize search results with rating stars for more traffic and increase the overall CTR of your site on Google search results. You may want to show star ratings from your reviews types articles where you have reviewed in details for a product, service like hosting review, WP plugin review etc. In these case it is really great idea to use Author hReview WordPress plugin.

Easy Digital Downloads

Many bloggers sell digital downloadable files like eBooks, musics, videos, zip files and many more directly through their blog. If you are running a WordPress driven blog then you can also sell your own downloadable files like eBook, videos by using Easy Digital Download WordPress plugin. This plugin is very easy to use and you can easily add your digital products, set price, add photo and many more.

W3 Total Cache

Website speed is one of the most demanded for any site and also it is now an SEO factor. W3 Total Cache is a WordPress plugin which allows you to serve compressed and cached files to your visitors. This plugin reduces the load on your web server by compressing CSS, JavaScript files and your website becomes more faster. Well I am not using this plugin at the time of writing this post as my hosting provider Flywheel is providing a blazing fast speed for my blog EyeSwift. Flywheel manage WordPress hosting already has caching facility built in on their server. So there are no caching plugins like W3 Total Cache needed.


These are some of the plugins that every blogger should have for their WordPress based blogging site.

In the end I want to inform you that there are more useful plugins available which you can use on your WordPress blog. In this article I have chosen those plugins that are really needed for a WordPress blog and also free of cost. Well you can also suggest me about any other WordPress plugin that you think to be so useful for a blog running on WordPress.