Great plugins are awesome. Great and free plugins are even more awesome. WordPress has a directory full of 34,000+. We went through all 34,000 and chose our top 20 WordPress plugins to make your blog awesome. You’re welcome.

For Backend Security & Analytics

1. Anit-spam

Avoid getting spam comments by using the Anti-spam plugin. The best part is your readers don’t have to type in captcha. Anti-spam believes that humans shouldn’t have to prove they’re human.

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Anti-spam plugin page

2. WordPress SEO by Yoast

WordPress SEO helps you write better content. It forces you to choose a focus keyword when you’re writing your articles, and then makes sure you use that focus keyword everywhere. This is the perfect plugin to boost your blog’s SEO.

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WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin page

3. Jetpack

Jetpack gives you all the WordPress.com features for you to use on your self-hosted WordPress blog! It’s a quick and easy way for you to check your blog stats straight from your dashboard. It also gives you the option to allow email subscriptions for your blog’s posts and comments.

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4. GA Google Analytics

This is a simple way to insert your tracking code to view your blog’s stats in your Google account.

4gagoogleanalyticsGA Google Analytics Plugin Page

5. Google Analytics Dashboard

Google Analytics Dashboard gives you the ability to view your Google Analytics data in your WordPress dashboard. As long as your tracking code is inserted (via GA Google Analytics), you can see detailed analytics info and statistics such as number of visits, number of visitors, bounce rates, organic searches, pages per visit and more. 5googleanalyticsdashboardGoogle Analytics Dashboard

For Productivity

6. Editorial Calendar

The amazing editorial calendar gives you an overview of your blog and when each post will be published. Drag and drop to move posts, edit posts right in the calendar, and manage your entire blog!

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7. Duplicate Post

The duplicate post plugin gives you the ability to clone a post or a page. This is very useful for posts or pages that you’d like formatted exactly the same. After cloning a page, you can just add content without having to format the page to match the others.

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8. Organize Series

The Organize Series WordPress Plugin helps with the organization and presentation of articles/posts you write as part of a series. It helps make it easier for readers of your blog to discover all the series you’ve written and also to easily find post that are part of the same series. 8organizeseries18organizeseries2Organize Series Plugin Page

9. CMS Page Tree View

CMS Page Tree View adds a tree overview of all your pages and custom posts to WordPress – much like the view often found in a page-focused CMS platfrom. Within this tree you can edit pages, view pages, add pages, search pages, and drag and drop pages to rearrange the order.

CMS Page Tree ViewCMS Tree Page View Plugin Page

10. PhotoDropper

PhotoDropper allows you to find and upload images into your content from within WordPress. The plugin contains millions of free & premium images. The best part is – you can find and upload images in just a few clicks, saving you a lot of precious time.

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PhotoDropper Plugin Page

For Engagement

11. Wordpress Notification Bar

Add a quick and easy sticky easy notification bar to your blog with the WordPress Notification Bar plugin. Prompt users to subscribe to your blog or make a purchase with a simple call-to-action button!

WP Notification BarWP Notification BarWordPress Notification Bar Plugin Page

12. Click To Tweet

Allow your audience to post your tweetworthy content to their Twitter timeline with the click of a button. ClickToTweet allows you to easily create tweetable content for your readers. Use pullquotes and custom messages inside the body of your blog post to highlight your content for the reader and make it simple for them to share on Twitter. Click to TweetClick to TweetClick To Tweet Plugin Page

13. PopupAlly

PopupAlly allows you to create advanced popup signup forms in under 5 minutes, even if you don’t know code. PopupAlly’s visual editor allows you to customize the look-and-feel of your popups with an instant preview, saving you lots of time. This plugin also has a great exit-intent feature which means you can prompt a “But, wait! There’s more!” pop-up when users are about to leave your site. PopupAlly PluginPopupAlly Plugin Page

14. Related Posts

Increase your readers’ engagement with your posts by adding Related Posts in the footer of your content. Automatically added Related Posts can increase your internal traffic up to 10%. Related Posts PluginRelated Posts PluginRelated Posts Plugin Page

15. Pay with a tweet

This plugin allows your visitors to download files after publishing a tweet onto their Twitter account. Add “pay with a tweet” links easily with a simple shortcode. When a user pays for content with a tweet, you can recognize and engage with them through your social media. Pay With A TweetPay With a Tweet Plugin Page

Social Sharing

16. Pinterest Hover Pin It Button

This is the official Pinterest Hover Pin It button for WordPress. This plugin enables a Pin It button over all of your images that are at least 120×120.

Pinterest PluginPinterest Hover Pin It Button Plugin Page

17. Social Share by AddtoAny

The WordPress sharing plugin to help people share, bookmark, and email your posts and pages using any service, such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google, Reddit, Tumblr, StumbleUpon, LinkedIn, and well over 100 more sharing and social bookmarking sites. AddToAny’s customizable platform and social share icons let you optimize your site’s blog posts & pages for the best social sharing engagement. social Share By AddtoAnysocial Share By AddtoAnySocial Share by AddtoAny Plugin Page

18. Simplified Social Share

Let users share your web contents on over 50 social networks resulting into drastic increase in referral traffic. Simplified Social SharingSimplified Social SharingSimplified Social SharingSimple Social Share Plugin Page

19. Floating Social Media Icon

Link customized social icons to your social media profiles. The icons will appear at the bottom right of each page and will stay there even if a user scrolls the page, thus floating.

Floating Social Media IconLive Demo Here    |   Floating Social Media Plugin Page

20. Share by SumoMe

Add floating share buttons on the left side of your blog. Not only does SumoMe make it easy for your readers to share your content, but you can track what’s being shared the most and which social media platform people are using most frequently.

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