There are some plugins for the WordPress beginner
All of these 5 tools that I’ll mention today are FREE. You won’t need to invest in anything. Best of all: You can install them directly within your WP Dashboard. Neat!
You might feel some overwhelm, especially as these are new. There is a learning component to WordPress, lead generation and online marketing. But if you can power through these challenges, you’ll find the gold on the other side.
Let’s jump straight in…
Years ago this was a plugin that you had to discover months after installing WordPress and reading a lot of blogs. Today, Jetpack is actually a plugin that comes with WordPress and generally installs itself automatically.
This is one tool that I use to analyze statistics. I want to know where my traffic is coming. I can see trends over days, months and even years. It’s very difficult, nearing impossible, to scale a WordPress blog without having access to such analytics. I also use Google Analytics but this isn’t a plugin you’ll need for a while.
If you’re into affiliate marketing like I am, then you’re going to want this fantastic plugin which is very popular. There is a paid version but the free version has been serving me well.
PrettyLink changes your affiliate links from www.example.com/affiliateref=2030u82 to the significantly more cleaner www.followjoshua.com/StartTrial
Can you see how much neater this is? This is how 99% of successful affiliate marketers roll.
Your traffic is far more likely to use your cloaked affiliate link to click through. Even if they know it’s an affiliate link (and you need to declare this to stay complaint with the FTC), it’s much more easier to convert. There is simply less resistance.
The bigger you get, the larger the target there is on your back. For that reason, you need to take security seriously. I upgraded my hosting plans to more premium WordPress service providers recently for this reason.
But even if you’re new, you don’t want months or work to simply be deleted. There are some unscrupulous people in this world. Jump on board with the free version of WordFence to keep your asset protected. The paid version is reasonably affordable too.
There is some controversy that this WordPress search engine optimization plugin has some shortfalls. It does, in my opinion, provide plenty of insights to enable Google to find your content. For this reason, it’s on every single one of my sites.
Yoast can give you feedback and optimize your SEO, so you can get indexed without requiring a PhD in algorithms. For many beginners, this is still a recommended WordPress beginner plugin.
Really Simple SSL
When you’re starting out, you’re probably on a cheap web hosting provider such as Hostgator. Not too long ago HTTPS was mandated on all domain names, given the security concerns with HTTP.
Really Simple SSL will help you remain compliant. Having HTTPS is an important factor in SEO rankings too, so not one to ignore. Install this plugin and follow the instructions to move from
The minimilist WordPress beginner
Whenever I install a new fresh WordPress install (which happens often…I’ve done 40+ now!) I immediately install these 5. Even as a professional, I’ll start with the basics before going towards intermediate addtions, such as the Genesis Framework.
Avoid clogging your Dashboard with dozens of plugins. My personal maximum is 12. These 5 WordPress beginner plugins will get you started before you need to shop around and load up your quiver. Start to walk before you can run!