Good morning and happy Wednesday! As some of you may have noticed, my blog went through yet another rebrand last night. I know I just did this about a month ago, but something just wasn’t working for me. I was on Etsy, fell in love with this theme and ten minutes later, I was typing in my debit card information and downloading the content. Horrible, I know. I should really work on that whole self-control issue and teach myself how to stick with my choices. BUT I’m completely in love with everything now so there will not be another rebrand for a VERY long time. I promise! So onto today’s post…
I’m not sure what’s up with all my blogging posts lately, but I just love sharing these things with you! I’m constantly getting questions from readers wondering how I do things and a few have asked me what my favorite plugins are. SO I thought I’d share them with you.
You all have heard me talk about Disqus many times in the past. It’s my favorite comment system. It looks nice on my blog and it’s super easy to comment quickly and easily. It’s even very easy to install and respond to my reader’s comments. Some choose to use the built-in WordPress or Blogger comment system, but I hate commenting on these. I never get notified if someone comments back so I’ll comment on their post, they’ll comment back and then the conversation ends. I want to be able to keep the conversation going!
Revive Old Post.
This is such an awesome plugin to have if you want to share older posts. I used to schedule them out manually every week, but this plugin will do it all in the background with little to no effort on your end. It’s the perfect way to share older posts without having to put in any extra work. You just install the plugin, adjust the settings, and leave it alone. It’ll take over from there.
A good majority of bloggers use Yoast as their SEO plugin on their blog. I’m still learning about SEO and how to use it effectively, but I’m a huge fan of Yoast. Like most of these plugins, it’s super easy to install and use.
Click to Tweet.
Click to tweet is a pre-typed tweet for readers to easily share on their Twitter accounts. All a reader has to do is click on it and it will open up a new window for them to edit and tweet. This is a great way to make it easy for your readers to share your posts through Twitter.
This is another tool that I’m completely in love with. CoSchedule makes it super easy to create your editorial calendar, shift around your posts, and schedule out your social media with little effort on your end. Unfortunately, it’s not free, but I still highly recommend it and I definitely prefer it to using Hootsuite Buffer. It’s everything you need all in one place.
I’m pretty sure Jetpack also comes with an option for related posts, but I really like this plugin. It’s pretty straightforward. It shares posts that are related to that individual post. So this post probably shows other blogging-related posts in its ‘related posts’ section. I can also choose how many posts to include at the end of each which I think I currently have set to five or six. Very basic, but it keeps your readers on your blog by giving them more to read.
This is pretty straightforward. I use Mail Munch for email subscriptions. I have a small pop up that appears in the bottom, right hand corner as you scroll through my blog as well as a sign-in option located in my sidebar.
Broken Link Checker.
I just recently began using this one and I’m already in love with it. Broken Link Checker monitors the links in your posts, pages, and comments. It will give you feedback of any broken links that no longer work, redirects, and missing images. Within minutes of installing it, it gave me a whole list to go through and check. I can then look at each item on the list and determine if it needs to be edited, ignored, or removed. It does all the work for me so that I don’t have to go through and manually check out every link on my blog which saves so much time and energy. The one thing I do recommend, though is to adjust the settings to not include comments. It found hundreds of broken links just from comments when all I wanted was for it to check my own posts and pages. But at least it does its job!
What do you think of the new look of the blog?
What plugins do you use on your own blog?