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20 WordPress Plugins You Need To Make Your Blog Awesome

20 WordPress Plugins You Need To Make Your Blog Awesome

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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          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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            Jetpack plugin page

            4. GA Google Analytics

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

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              GA 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.

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                Google 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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                  Editorial Calendar Plugin Page

                  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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                    Duplicate Post Plugin Page

                    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.

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                        Organize 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.

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                          CMS 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!

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                                      WordPress 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.

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                                          Click 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. 

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                                            PopupAlly 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%.

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                                                Related 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.

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                                                  Pay 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.

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                                                    Pinterest 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.

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                                                        Social 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.

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                                                              Simple 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.

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                                                                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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                                                                      SumoMe Plugin Page

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                                                                      20 Best Mac Apps for Productivity You Need in 2020

                                                                      20 Best Mac Apps for Productivity You Need in 2020

                                                                      Whether you use your Mac for work or just for your personal projects, you’ve likely found yourself wondering how to improve your productivity. There are only so many hours in a day, and so much mental stamina you can muster before you run out.

                                                                      There are dozens of tricks you can use to improve your own productivity and outlook, but if you’re looking for a more objective, comprehensive fix, the best thing to do is equip your Mac with productivity apps designed to help you do more in less time.

                                                                      This Lifehack-exclusive list has some of the best productivity apps to help you feel less tired, improve your energy, and ultimately help you get more done every day.

                                                                      What Makes For the Best Productivity Apps?

                                                                      Beyond productivity tips, there are dozens of productivity apps to choose from too. With that in mind, here are some of the core aspects of ideal productivity apps that have formed this list.

                                                                      • Non-intrusive – you want a productivity app to weave seamlessly into your workflow and not cause disruptions. From using the app to the overall display, it shouldn’t cause any interruptions.
                                                                      • Good interface – Again, you want to be able to use these apps easily and have them benefit you. The easier you can navigate around these apps, the better.
                                                                      • Fair pricing – Many of these have free trials that allow you a good chance to test before you buy. If you do decide to pay for it, the monthly pricing plans should be reasonable for what you are getting.

                                                                      1. Todoist

                                                                        Available for all iOS devices, Todoist is a note-taking and organization app that can keep you on top of all your projects—both personal and professional.

                                                                        Its best features are all free to use, including browser extensions, task creation, and interactive boards you can use to organize all your notes.

                                                                        If you want to pay the optional $29 yearly fee, you can get even more advanced features like backups and automatic reminders. Even with the free version, you’ll stay far more organized.

                                                                        Download: Todoist

                                                                        2. 1Password

                                                                          You may not realize it, but you probably spend a ton of time recalling your passwords, especially if and when you forget one to an app you use on a regular basis.

                                                                          1Password is an app for Mac that saves and remembers all your passwords for you in one place, so you can access all your favorite sites with a single click.

                                                                          You’ll save time and keep all your accounts secure simultaneously. A personal plan is $2.99 per month.

                                                                          Download: 1Password

                                                                          3. Bear

                                                                            Bear is a unique kind of note-taking app designed to make it easier for Mac users to jot down notes on the go. With it, you can create to-do lists, give yourself reminders, and outline concepts for future brainstorming sessions.

                                                                            It comes with many different inline styles so you can customize your notes to your personal preferences, and remember the context in which you wrote them. The core version is free, with a $14.99 per year version available as well.

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                                                                            Download: Bear

                                                                            4. Hazel

                                                                              Hazel by noodlesoft is an automated organization tool designed for Mac that will help you automatically organize your files based on any custom rules you want to create.

                                                                              For example, you can set it to move untouched items from one folder into another folder labeled “action items” if they haven’t been addressed within a week. It can save you hours of organization over the course of a few weeks. A single license is a flat $32.

                                                                              Download: noodlesoft

                                                                              5. Alfred

                                                                                Alfred is an all-in-one app designed to save you time with Mac shortcuts and convenient custom actions. You can use it in a variety of ways.

                                                                                For example, you can access Alfred’s clipboard memory so you don’t copy and paste the same material over and over, or set up custom workflows to automate some of your most repetitive tasks.

                                                                                It’s a paid app, with multiple price points based on the features you desire.

                                                                                Download: Alfred

                                                                                6. TextExpander

                                                                                  TextExpander does exactly what the name suggests; it allows you to type a short snippet of text, and expand that text automatically.

                                                                                  For example, you can create a custom expansion that allows you to conjure a full paragraph you type repeatedly by simply typing a unique abbreviation. Once you get used to your custom combinations, you’ll spare your fingers from typing thousands of words.

                                                                                  An individual account is $3.33 per month.

                                                                                  Download: TextExpander

                                                                                  7. Backblaze

                                                                                    If you’ve ever experienced a crash, or theft of your Mac, you know how much time a system restore can cost you. You’ll spend hours replacing the files you lost, and lose thousands of files that are irreplaceable.

                                                                                    Backblaze is an automated, inexpensive way to back up your entire Mac for just $5 a month.

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                                                                                    Download: Backblaze

                                                                                    8. Keyboard Maestro

                                                                                      Keyboard Maestro is an older app that still has the power to make your life easier. With it, you can automate any number of tasks based on a certain trigger (such as a hotkey combination, or an event like connecting to a wireless network). A single license only costs $36.

                                                                                      Download: Keyboard Maestro

                                                                                      9. Snagit

                                                                                        There are many applications for a good screen-capture app, whether you’re trying to illustrate a tech problem you have or just want to make an interesting meme. Snagit makes it easy, with built-in editing for both still images and video. A single license covers two machines, and costs $49.95.

                                                                                        Download: TechSmith/Snagit

                                                                                        10. Bartender

                                                                                          Bartender is the cleverly-named app that helps you clean up and organize all your menu bar icons. You can also access them quickly with keyboard shortcuts.

                                                                                          If you’re like most Mac users, those icons get cluttered quickly and stop you from working efficiently. It’s free to try for 4 weeks, after which you’ll need a $15 license.

                                                                                          Download: Bartender

                                                                                          11. Otter

                                                                                          Otter is the Mac app for the note taker who hates typing. It’s an intelligent voice-recognition system and note-taking app that will help you transcribe your conversations, keep notes during meetings, and even take contextual notes to yourself in your own time.

                                                                                          Best of all, it’s free to get started!

                                                                                          Download: Otter

                                                                                          12. Flux

                                                                                            Do you often find yourself feeling tired throughout the day, or feeling unable to get to sleep after a day of staring at your computer? That could be because of the unnatural blue light that radiates from your Mac.

                                                                                            Flux naturally adapts your display to emit light that matches the time of day, so you can sleep better and feel less tired. It’s also free!

                                                                                            Download: Flux

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                                                                                            13. PDFpen

                                                                                            If you deal with PDFs on a regular basis, you probably find yourself wishing for some kind of tool that can let you mark up those PDFs however you want. Without a dedicated app like PDFpen, this can be difficult.

                                                                                            PDFpen lets you edit PDFs in almost any conceivable way, giving you more power and saving you time. A single license is $74.95.

                                                                                            Download: Smile Software/PDFpen

                                                                                            14. OmniFocus

                                                                                              OmniFocus is all about task management. It has a clean interface that allows you to tag your tasks, schedule events, and even automate certain features.

                                                                                              It’s one of the most comprehensive solutions on the market, so there’s a bit of a learning curve to get the most out of it.

                                                                                              A standard license is $39.99, while the pro version is $79.99.

                                                                                              Download: OmniFocus

                                                                                              15. Franz

                                                                                                It’s tiring to switch between dozens of different chat programs like Facebook Messenger, Slack, and WhatsApp, whenever you want to have a conversation with a different contact.

                                                                                                Franz’s solution is simple; offer access to all these apps in one convenient package. And best of all, it’s completely open source.

                                                                                                Download: Franz

                                                                                                16. MindNode

                                                                                                  If you’re the brainstorming type, you need an app like MindNode to help you efficiently organize your thoughts. There are dozens of tools you can use to connect ideas in a mind map, or simply jot down notes for future reference.

                                                                                                  The core app is free, with in-app purchases available.

                                                                                                  Download: MindNode

                                                                                                  17. Focus

                                                                                                    The internet is a wonderful thing, but it can be awfully distracting. And if you’re like the majority of us, you’ve interrupted work on a project because of some attention-grabbing site or bad online habit. That’s where Focus comes in.

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                                                                                                    This app allows you to block the worst offenders with custom time limits and other constraints, so you can focus on the task at hand. A single license is $19.99.

                                                                                                    Download: Focus

                                                                                                    18. CleanMyMac

                                                                                                      Chances are, your Mac isn’t working as fast as it could, thanks to gigabytes of clutter and unnecessary files on your system. CleanMyMac helps you scan your Mac, monitor its health, and ultimately clean it up—so you can handle all your tasks that extra bit faster. A single license is $39.95.

                                                                                                      Download: CleanMyMac

                                                                                                      19. Grammarly

                                                                                                        A spelling error or grammatical mistake can cost you big time. It could be the source of a worse grade on a big paper, or compromise your credibility in the workplace. Thankfully, Grammarly can help you.

                                                                                                        This Mac-integrated writing assistant monitors all your writing and makes live corrections, so you’re alerted to your potential mistakes before they become permanent.

                                                                                                        A free version exists, but the premium version will cost you between $11 and $30 a month, depending on how you pay.

                                                                                                        Download: Grammarly

                                                                                                        Focus To Do

                                                                                                          Focus to-do is one of the top productivity apps for your iPhone around. It even has a desktop client that you can connect to effortlessly. The app is built around two things: the Pomodoro technique and task management. It achieves these things with amazing balance. All that you have to do is create a task and then set the timer right within the app itself.

                                                                                                          There is also great flexibility with the Pomodoro technique as well. You can choose whether to take a 5 minute break, take a longer one, or even skip it. On the task management side, you can also create reoccurring tasks, reminders, and place a priority on tasks too.

                                                                                                          Download: Focus To Do

                                                                                                          The Bottom Line

                                                                                                          These productivity apps should help you squeeze more productive hours out of every day, but they aren’t the only tools you’ll have to help you find success.

                                                                                                          Make the time to learn about and experiment with all the life hacks that can make you more productive. By improving your devices as well as your outlook and focus, you’ll be able to get far more done in a day, and feel better doing it.

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