Minterest » WordPress http://www.minterest.org tech. marketing. mashups. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 08:53:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 51 Blogging And Publishing Platforms To Showcase Your Awesomeness http://www.minterest.org/best-blogging-and-publishing-platforms/ http://www.minterest.org/best-blogging-and-publishing-platforms/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:59:38 +0000 http://www.minterest.org/?p=10306 I first started creating web pages on Yahoo GeoCities, Tripod, etc. back in early 2000s. It was fun. Later, I tried blogging platforms like Blogger.com and WordPress.org and also started creating HTML web pages without any coding skills (thanks to Microsoft FrontPage). And that’s how I started web development. Now with the advent of web 2.0 [...]

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I first started creating web pages on Yahoo GeoCities, Tripod, etc. back in early 2000s. It was fun. Later, I tried blogging platforms like Blogger.com and WordPress.org and also started creating HTML web pages without any coding skills (thanks to Microsoft FrontPage). And that’s how I started web development.

Now with the advent of web 2.0 people want more. People no longer like static HTML web pages with dull designs. They want rich features with a great user experience. That’s how blogging platforms became massively popular.

I get a lot of emails (because of this Make Money Writing blog post) from my readers asking for a platform to share their articles or work online. And I used to recommend a blog — a WordPress blog to be more specific. But then I realized that a blog may not be relevant for everyone as things changes from one person to another.

If you’re a technology enthusiast then starting a blog makes sense. But if you’re a writer and want to contribute articles randomly, then publishing on Medium.com makes better sense — yeah,  you don’t have to be a tech-savvy person for that!

Start A Blog

A blog is the best way to showcase your awesomeness. Why? Because, it’s your personal brand. No matter what you do or want to do, if you CAN write, then you should start a blog.

And it must be about something that you’re passionate about — and for the long term. Here is a comprehensive list of some of the best blogging platforms.

Free Blogging Platforms

They’re free and will be free. Forever.

1. WordPress.com

WordPress.com

WordPress.com is the best place to start a personal blog (or even a business website). Starting a blog on WordPress.com is so easy that your first blog post is just a few clicks away.

The best thing is… you don’t have to worry about its backend or development or security. It’s already taken care of.  And the problem is… its features are somewhat limited so you can’t customize it the way you want. But you can always upgrade by purchasing add-ons.

If you’re looking for an easy-to-use platform to publish your daily/weekly articles then WordPress.com is the best option. Later, when you’re confident enough you can upgrade it, and take your blog to its next level.

2. Blogger

Blogger.com

Blogger.com (also known as Blogspot.com) is one of the most popular blogging platform and is owned by Google. The best thing? It’s 100% free. If you have a Google account then you’re ready to go.

Blogspot blogs are usually preferred by those who want to start a personal blog as managing a blog on Blogger.com is just like managing our Facebook account. If you want to make it professional then you have to hire a developer to customize it the way you want (yes, it’s possible too).

Read: WordPress.com vs. Blogger.com

Note: When you start a blog on WordPress.com, you will get a a blog address like example.wordpress.com and when you start one on Blogger.com, you will get a blog address like example.blogspot.com.

I would say buy a .com domain name and map it with your Blogger.com or WordPress.com account (it’s free) so that your blog will have a brand name (even if it’s a personal bog).

3. Blog.com

Honestly I never came across a blog hosted by Blog.com before but the reason why I included them here is because I liked some of their free templates. They also offer premium features though I won’t recommend it.

If you’re considering premium features then the best thing is to start a self-hosted WordPress blog (see WordPress.org below).

Even More Blogging Platforms

Premium Blogging Platforms

Unlike Blogger.com or WordPress.com, the following platforms doesn’t have a free hosted version. If you want to host a blog on any of the following platforms then you have to pay.

4. Typepad

Typepad

Typepad is yet another powerful blogging platform — just like WordPress. The free hosted version of WordPress (that is, WordPress.com) is very limited in features and you have to pay extra for each add-ons. So, if you want more features you’ll have to buy add-ons or will have to switch to WordPress.org.

Switching to WordPress.org is a fantastic option except that it may become somewhat complicated (unless you’re familier with themes, plugins, upgrades, backup, etc.). Typepad makes sense for those who want a professional blog that’s easy to manage. Pricing starts at $8.95/month.

5. Movable Type

Movable Type is an alternative to Typepad but they are targeting business organizations.

6. Ghost Pro

Ghost

Ghost is a new open source publishing platform that anyone can download and install on their server. But they do not offer a free hosted version (like Blog.com or WordPress.com). If you want to try their hosted version then the pricing starts at $10/month. Also try, Ghost (open source).

7. Posthaven

Posthaven is a blogging platform that rose from Posterous’ ashes. Posterous was started as a simple blogging platform and it was later acquired by Twitter — only to be shutdown.

The founders of Posterous then launched a paid blogging platform called Posthaven and pledged that they wouldn’t sell it. Posthaven costs $5 a month.

Be A ProBlogger!

It’s everyone’s choice — and is among the best online publishing platforms.

8. WordPress.org

WordPress.org

WordPress is the big daddy of the blogosphere and is the most popular Content Management System (CMS). WordPress is a state-of-the-art semantic personal publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability. The good thing is… your favorite blogs are (most probably) powered by WordPress.org.

Read: WordPress Plugins | Premium WordPress Themes

Jut in case if you’re wondering about WordPress.com and WordPress.org,

WordPress.com is the free hosted version of WordPress. You can sign up immediately for a free WordPress blog and start blogging within seconds. You don’t have to download any software or pay for domain or web hosting.

WordPress.com has hundreds of themes, and includes the functionality of many plugins, but you can’t upload your own plugins or themes.

WordPress.org is an open source and free blogging software. You can upload and install themes and plugins, run ads, and edit the database. It is completely customizable and you can literally transform your blog into anything you can imagine.

WordPress.com blogs will have an address like http://example.wordpress.com address (unless you upgrade) while WordPress.org blogs will have a custom domain name like example.com, example.net, example.org, etc.

Read: WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org

9. Joomla

Joomla

There’s 99% chance that WordPress.org is the publishing platform that you’re looking for. But still… Joomla is a nice alternative too and is the preferred Content Management System (CMS) by many corporates.

10. Drupal

Drupal is another open source Content Management System (CMS) that can be used to create forums, blogs, and enterprise applications.

Share Your Writings Online…

If you don’t want to create a blog or website then the following platforms should give you a great start. It’s a perfect choice for wanna-be writers who would like to see some of their writings online — yes, you can show your work on the following platforms to your potential clients as well.

11. Medium

Medium

Meidum is an awesome content platform with an intuitive design and user experience. Now what makes Medium stand out from a blog? A blog is worthless without readers (unless it’s our personal diary) and without enough traffic our blog posts will go unnoticed.

Medium takes a different approach to publishing. It’s a publishing platform to express yourself — in words and pictures. There are no plugins or widgets to customize and it’s super-easy to get started.

And the best thing? You content can go viral even if you don’t have hundreds of thousands of followers. If you’re looking for a platform to publish content occasionally without the hassles of managing a blog then Medium is the one to go for.

Also try, RebelMouseSett.

12. LinkedIn Publishing Platform

If your LinkedIn Network is large enough then you can try LinkedIn Publishing Platform as it’s the easiest way to showcase your writing skills to your LinkedIn connections. Also try, Klout (you can now share content on Klout), Quora (yes, you can create a blog on Quora).

13. Storyboard That

Storyboard That

Storyboard That is a free online storyboard creator. Pricing starts at $9.95/month for the premium version.

Create A Free Personal/Portfolio Website

Sometimes it makes a better sense to start a personal or a portfolio website. Like, when you want to showcase your services, portfolio and write few pages about you and your experiences. In such cases, you don’t have to start a blog — as a blog appears best when it’s updated regularly.

If you’re just a professional who just an online presence then consider the following website builders. Most of them offers a free plan (and you can upgrade later) with a drag and drop  website builder — as they want people with zero coding skills to have a free website.

14. Weebly

Weebly

Weebly lets you create a website, or a blog, or even an online store in an easy way — for free. Pricing starts at $4/month for the premium version.

15. SnapPages

SnapPages

SnapPages lets you build a website with drag-and-drop simplicity. Pricing starts at $8/month for the premium version.

16. Wix

Wix

Wix is very popular but its free plan offers limited features only. Pricing starts at $4.08/month for the premium version.

17. Webs

Webs

Webs also offers a free plan with limited features. Pricing starts at $5.99/month for the premium version.

18. Squarespace

Squarespace

Squarespace doesn’t offer a free plan. Pricing starts at $8/month with a 14-day free trial — no credit card required.

19. Smore

Smore

Got something to promote online? Then try Smore! Pricing starts at $15/month for the premium version.

Even More Website Builders

Create A Free Social Website

Free personal website services like Tripod or the old GeoCities were actually good to show only a simple web page — with very little customization allowed.

Today, showcasing our services, portfolio, content, and social media channels is the primary purpose of having a personal website. So, I guess the following services makes perfect sense.

20. About.me

about.me

About.me is a fantastic place to create a one-page personal website. I also have one here. It allows us to create a personal page with our bio, picture, social media links, experience etc. — all in one-page.

When you sign up for a free account you will get an address like about.me/example. And if you want to use a custom domain name and want to remove their branding then you can go for their premium version. Pricing starts at $4/month.

21. Flavors.me

Flavors lets you create a free website in minutes to show your social media updates, photos, videos and more into a unified web presence.

22. Pixelhub

Pixelhub is a premium platform to create your social website.

23. Contently

Contently is a platform that connects freelance writers with publishers and brands.  Contently for Journalists lets you showcase your work with a free online portfolio. Go here or here for sample portfolios. Also try, Muck Rack (Premium).

Create An Online Store

If you want to sell something online then what you need is an online store and not a blog. Of course, you can create an eCommerce website by using WordPress but it’s somewhat a complex process — and you will need a web developer to do that.

If you want to create an eCommerce store by yourself then these are the best options:

24. Shopify

Shopify

Shopify is a eCommerce platform that allows anyone to easily create an online store. Pricing starts at $29/month with a 14-day free trial.

25. Square

Square

Create an online store for free on Square and start selling. You can list your products for free and pay 2.75% per sale as their commission. The payments will be in your bank account in less than two business days.

26. 3DCart

3DCart

Pricing starts at $19.99/month with a 15-day free trial — no credit card required.

27. Goodsie

Goodsie

Pricing starts at $25/month with a 30-day free trial.

28. Miiduu

You can start with their Free Plan or go for Premium. Pricing starts at $8/month for the premium version.

29. Big Cartel

Pricing starts at $9.99/month for the premium version.

Promote Your Products/Service

If you want to sell online but don’t want to open an online store (or create a blog or website) then you can try the following services.

30. Gumroad

Gumroad

Gumroad makes selling digital products easier. It lets you sell software, books, comics, music, films, etc. directly to your audience. There are no setup fees or hosting fees. You pay 5% + $0.25 per transaction. That’s it!

31. CickBank

ClickBank

ClickBank is one of the most popular online marketplace for product creators who want to sell digital downloads (like eBooks, how-to videos, audiobooks, etc.).

32. Etsy

Etsy is one of the largest marketplace for handmade or vintage items, art and supplies. There are no membership fees and it costs just $0.20 to list an item. And when it’s sold they collect a 3.5% fee on the sale price. (Don’t forget: eBay and Amazon!).

33. Fiverr

Fiverr

Fiverr is the largest marketplace for creative & professional services (and not products). Create your Gig (that is, your offer or service) and start selling. It’s free and only takes less than 5 minutes to get started.

Start Micro-blogging!

It’s perhaps the easiest way to express yourself.

34. Twitter

Twitter

Twitter as you probably know is the most popular micro-blogging platform. But it’s not a good idea to call it just a publishing platform as it’s much more than that. For instance, you can use your Twitter account to reach an influencer or a brand — the easiest way.

Or, if you would like to regularly comment about a particular topic but don’t want to start a blog then Twitter is the best platform. Whatever do you there is public and that’s why it sometimes make overnight stars. Seriously.

35. Tumblr

Tumblr

Tumblr is another micro-blogging platform but comes with a lot of extra features. The best? It’s not limited to 140 characters and you can use a custom domain name for free. You can publish whatever you want — stories, photos, links, audio, quotes, chats, etc. — and can even follow others the Twitter way.

36. LiveJournal

LiveJournal is much more than just a blogging platform. It’s actually a mashup of a blog and social network. On LiveJournal, you can express yourself and make new friends.

Share Your Ideas & Presentations

If you want to share a presentation online then look no further.

37. SlideShare

SlideShare

SlideShare lets you upload PowerPoint presentations, Word documents and Adobe PDF Portfolios and share them publicly or privately.

38. Sway

Sway is a web presentation app by Microsoft that allows you to create and share stories, presentations and more.

Share Your Software Projects

If you’re not sure about where to host your open source projects.

39. GitHub

GitHub

On GitHub, you can share your software projects with the world and get feedback, or can contribute to existing projects. It’s an awesome place to show your coding skills.

Showcase Your Design Skills

If you’re a designer then try the following services to get attention and inspiration.

40. Dribbble

Dribbble

Dribbble is a community of web designers, graphic designers, illustrators, icon artists, typographers, logo designers, etc. who shares the screenshots of their work and projects — to inspire and get inspired.

41. Behance

Behance

Behance is an online platform to showcase and discover creative work.

42. Carbonmade

Carbonmade

Carbonmade lets you create an online portfolio website where you can show off your best design, illustration, photography, and other types of creative work.

43. Visual.ly

Visual.ly is a marketplace for data visualization and infographics. It connects you with brands looking to tell their story with visual content. If you’re a designer with 1 year experience then you can apply here.

Show Off Your Photography

If you’re looking for a place to share your professional photographs.

44. 500px

500px

500px is a photo community where you can showcase your work and discover photos.

45. Flickr

Flickr

Flickr is web’s favorite photo sharing service, but it’s also an awesome platform to show off your photography skills.

Publish An Ebook

If you’re an experienced writer then maybe it’s time to publish your first eBook.

46. Kindle Direct Publishing

Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing

Kindle Direct Publishing lets you publish your books on Kindle stores worldwide within 48 hours. And the best thing? You earn up to 70% royalty on all sales.

47. Scribd

Scribd

Scribd is a digital library that allows users to download unlimited eBooks and audiobooks for $8.99/month. So, if you’re a publisher then you can publish your books on Scribd for free and earn a commission based on the number of downloads.

Podcast Your Passion

If you want to share audio or video then these are the best places to get started.

48. SoundCloud

SoundCloud

SoundCloud is an audio platform that allows you to upload and share originally-created sounds.

49. YouTube

YouTube is not just a video sharing website. Think about it like a publishing platform for videos — say, as a video blogging platform. You create a YouTube Channel and upload all your videos for free.

50. Vimeo

Vimeo is another popular video sharing platform.

Create Your Online Résumé

It doesn’t matter what you do. You need an online résumé to tell the world what you’re doing.

51. LinkedIn

Yes, LinkedIn is not just a social network. It’s also your online résumé.

52. SkillPages

SkillPages

SkillPages is basically a platform for finding service professionals. If you’re a professional then you can join SkillPages to showcase your skills, experience and services. It’s just like LinkedIn except that it’s a job platform and not a social network.

Read: Make Money Online: 101 Websites For Anyone And Everyone

Conclusion

You don’t really need all the platforms that are listed here even if it sounds relevant to you. I would say just pick any five of them at most, and you’re good to go.

Again, you must pick the platforms based on what you want to do. For instance, if you want to become a freelance writer then you will need a blogging platform or a personal website to show off your services, portfolio (if any), and expertise.

Apart from that you must be “social” and must be active on LinkedIn, Twitter, and About.me.

Apparently, I was not able to give an in-depth review of each platform that’s listed here. But if you’re unable to get started then let me know as a comment below and I’ll be happy to help you.

So, which is your favorite digital publishing platform?

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Top 30 “Cherry Picked” Premium WordPress Theme Marketplaces http://www.minterest.org/premium-wordpress-theme-marketplaces/ http://www.minterest.org/premium-wordpress-theme-marketplaces/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:00:00 +0000 http://www.minterest.com/?p=6332 If you’re new to WordPress, I know just how hard it will be for you, to find your  perfect WordPress theme (or template). I have featured here the Top 30 WordPress Theme Marketplaces to help you find your dream template. Most of the WordPress Theme marketplaces featured here offer multiple options when buying. For example, you [...]

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If you’re new to WordPress, I know just how hard it will be for you, to find your  perfect WordPress theme (or template). I have featured here the Top 30 WordPress Theme Marketplaces to help you find your dream template.

Most of the WordPress Theme marketplaces featured here offer multiple options when buying. For example, you can buy a license for single-use, multiple use (developer version), or can even buy their entire collection of themes for a one-time/annual fee.

The Only WordPress Theme Collection You’ll Ever Need…

1. StudioPress (Genesis)

StudioPress

StudioPress Themes are powered by Genesis Framework and it’s an industry standard WordPress framework trusted by professional bloggers. This blog is also powered by Genesis Framework and is using the skin Focus by StudioPress.

StudioPress themes are search engine optimized and comes with unlimited support, updates, and usage. There’s no developer version and you can install the theme on any number of websites.

You can start a WordPress blog by purchasing the Genesis Framework for $59.95 with a 30-day money back guarantee. But you’ll need a child theme to give your blog a unique look. You can buy a child theme from here (designed by StudioPress) or here (designed by independent developers) or from any other theme directory/designer created exclusively for the Genesis Framework. If you already have the Genesis Framework then you can buy an additional child theme for less than $20.

The only problem with StudioPress is the support. I’m not that impressed with their support as I’ve to post my queries on their support forums to get help.

2. DIYthemes (Thesis)

DIYthemes

DIYthemes are powered by the Thesis Framework and it’s another industry standard framework for WordPress. Thesis Framework is expensive when compared to the Genesis Framework. Genesis costs less than $80 for the framework and a child theme with unlimited support, updates, and usage while Thesis gives you 3 options to choose from: Basic ($87), Basic Plus ($164), & Professional ($197) with 30-day money back guarantee. Unless you purchase the Professional package you won’t get Unlimited upgrades or support. Again, you still have to spend more money to get a custom child theme for your Thesis framework. Also check out, Thesis Skins (for Premium Thesis Skins).

3. WooThemes

WooThemes

WooThemes have tons of WordPress themes powered by WooFramework designed by their own in-house team. They have a diversified theme portfolio so most probably you can find your dream template that matches your criteria.

4. ColorLabs

ColorLabs

ColorLabs Themes are powered by ColorLabs framework. They also have a variety of themes. My blog was once powered by ColorLabs and I later migrated to Genesis Framework. What I really like about ColorLabs is that their support is awesome. They do limited customizations, installations, fix errors, etc. at no cost.

ColorLabs’ technical support team will help all of their customers to start and make over their websites. So, if you want to have some minor customization, then their support team will help you with the CSS and template customization (as long as you don’t add new features).

5. ThemeForest

ThemeForest

ThemeForest is a marketplace for all your Content Management System (CMS) needs. They offer WordPress themes, Tumblr themes, HTML templates, PSD templates, images, plugins, etc. Since it’s an independent marketplace you can find tons of themes for your WordPress blog. But make sure that you get the required support from the theme developer as ThemeForest doesn’t make any themes themselves.

6. Mojo Themes

Mojo Themes

Mojo Themes is another popular marketplace for WordPress, Joomla, Tumblr, HTML, E-commerce, etc. They have some really professional themes and all are under $60 (most of them are $49 with unlimited support.

I must appreciate their support team because I bought their Cyber Bundle 2013 (14 Premium Themes for $29) and got my refund even though I didn’t qualify. I bought that package as I thought that it has One-page Premium Themes but I had to request the refund when I noticed that it didn’t have any. And they did offer a 100% refund, though I didn’t qualify, to make their customers happy.

7. PageLines

PageLines

PageLines offers drag & drop framework to build your professional looking WordPress site faster and easier. When you purchase you have 30 days to try the PageLines DMS system and if you are not happy within the 30 days they offer a full refund. Regarding technical support, they don’t offer one-to-one support for theme customization but their community forum is manned by real PageLines Moderators and their community members. When you purchase a theme you will get a copy of the content used in the demo theme so that you can reproduce any of the sections used in the demo. Also try, Ultimatum.

8. Obox Themes

Obox Themes

Obox Design have both premium and free themes. I love them because of their free Tumblr style WordPress theme called Casual that I’ve once installed on one of my micr0-blog. The support team is also efficient since they responded quickly when I reported a bug.

9. Themify

Themify

Themify has got some unique and quality templates that are not readily available elsewhere. They have themes that mimics Windows 8, Pinterest, etc.

10. WPZOOM

WPZOOM

WPZOOM is powered by ZOOM Framework. I like WPZOOM themes because of their quality template designs.

11. ThemeFuse

ThemeFuse

12. ElegantThemes

Elegant Themes

ElegantThemes offers the best WordPress deal as you get access to their entire collection of 82 themes for just $39.

13. Template Monster

Template Monster

Template Monster is another popular marketplace for premium website templates. It’s a complete marketplace like Themeforest and has Flash templates, PSD templates, CMS templates (WordPress, Joomla, etc.), E-commerce templates, Facebook layouts, Design templates, etc.

It’s worth to mention that Template Monster themes are costlier than Themeforest. You can get an awesome theme for less than $50 at Themeforest, but at Template Monster it costs $75 for a theme and an additional $49 for installation.

14. Creative Market

Creative Market

15. Templatic

Templatic

16. Themedy

Themedy

17. Theme Junkie

Theme Junkie

 

18. RocketTheme

RocketTheme

19. EngineThemes

EngineThemes

 

20. Magazine3

Magazine3

21. Graph Paper Press

Graph Paper Press

22. TeslaThemes

TeslaThemes

23. Organic Themes

Organic Themes

24. WordPress Eden

WordPress Eden

25. ThemeTrust

ThemeTrust

26. MageeWP

MageeWP

27. Press75

Press75

28. Organized Themes

Organized Themes

29. DMartify

DMartify

30. MyThemeShop

MyThemeShop

BONUS: Free WordPress Themes (But Looks Premium)

  • Minimable (Freemium) — A minimal, scrollable, responsive, one-page theme.
  • Hueman (Free) — An awesome magazine theme with premium features.
  • Anew (Free) — A classic Tumblr style theme.
  • Anders Norén (Free) — Nine fully responsive, retina ready themes.
  • FabThemes (Free) — Offers a collection of premium WordPress themes for free.
  • Just Good Themes (Free) — Handcrafted free and premium WordPress themes.
Conclusion

As you might have already noticed, this blog post was first published in January 2014 and had only 15 WordPress Marketplaces. Since then, I continued to curate more theme marketplaces in my Evernote, and so finally I am refreshing this blog post by adding another fifteen set of marketplaces.

Just in case an awesome wordpress theme marketplace is missing here, let me know as a comment below, and I’ll be glad to feature it!

Happy Theme Hunting! :)

First Published: January 10, 2014; Last Updated: Wednesday, November 19, 2014

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The 101 Best WordPress Plugins — For Anything & Everything http://www.minterest.org/best-wordpress-plugins/ http://www.minterest.org/best-wordpress-plugins/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:00:00 +0000 http://www.minterest.org/?p=8251 You may already know that WordPress is the darling of bloggers, and that it is the most popular Content Management System (CMS). WordPress powers more than 17% of the web and its users produce about 41.7 million new posts and 60.5 million new comments each month. Amazing, huh? If you are completely new to WordPress, [...]

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WordPress

You may already know that WordPress is the darling of bloggers, and that it is the most popular Content Management System (CMS). WordPress powers more than 17% of the web and its users produce about 41.7 million new posts and 60.5 million new comments each month. Amazing, huh?

If you are completely new to WordPress, and is serious about blogging, then you would have heard of WordPress Plugins and must be wondering what a ‘Plugin’ is!

A Plugin is nothing but a tool (or an extension) that allows you to enhance your WordPress blog. It makes your blog more functional, useful, and powerful. Be it managing your Comments, Traffic Stats, SEO, Social Sharing, Security — ‘the Plugins’ does it all.

WordPress is an Open Source project. So you can either choose a plugin from among thousands of already existing ones, or you can create your own plugins to suit your specific needs. Almost all the plugins that we need already exists, so you don’t have to think about creating a new one.

Because, there’s actually a WordPress Plugin for almost anything!

The Best WordPress Plugins… Ever. — Categorized with Stats

There are 32,898 Plugins listed in the official WordPress Plugin Directory and it can literally transform your blog into anything you can imagine.

But the problem is… selecting the right plugin is challenging (especially if you’re new to WordPress) because it’s very important to select the right plugin. If you install a wrong plugin then it can impact the performance of the blog, thereby affecting user experience.

So here’s a comprehensive list of WordPress plugins (organized by category) that I have collected over the past several years. I hand-picked all the plugins so you don’t have to. And to make it even more useful I’ve also included the ratings and number of downloads so that you don’t have to visit the plugin page to see how popular it is. :)

Recommended: The Definitive Guide To Writing A Perfectly Optimized Blog Post

Writing & Editing

The following WordPress plugins should enhance your writing and editing experience. Like, it makes managing blog posts and adding images and videos much easier.

1. WP Edit

WP Edit adds extensive, additional editing functionality to the default WordPress editor. Begin creating content like pros; without knowing a single bit of HTML or CSS.

  • Rating: 3.8
  • Downloads: 63,340
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: WP Edit

2. TinyMCE Advanced

Enables the advanced features of TinyMCE, the WordPress WYSIWYG editor. The plugin allows you to add, remove and arrange the buttons that are shown on the WordPress Visual Editor toolbar. And it includes 15 plugins for TinyMCE that are automatically enabled or disabled depending on what buttons are chosen.

  • Rating: 3.9
  • Downloads: 3,815,270
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: TinyMCE Advanced

3. Image Paste

Image Paste allows you to copy and paste images from your desktop to the WordPress editor. So you don’t have to upload to the server first. Just open or select an image, press Ctrl-C (or Cmd-C on Mac), go to your WordPress Editor and press Ctrl-V (or Cmd-V on Mac) and the plugin does it all for you.

  • Rating: 4.8
  • Downloads: 2,865
  • Last Updated: 2013

Learn More :: Imagepaste

4. Viper’s Video Quicktags

Allows easy and XHTML valid posting of videos from various websites such as YouTube, DailyMotion, Vimeo, Metacafe, and more. So you don’t have to copy-paste HTML codes from websites like YouTube.

  • Rating: 3.8
  • Downloads: 1,376,547
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Viper’s Video Quicktags

5. WP Hide Post

Enables you to control the visibility of items on your blog by making posts/pages hidden on some parts of your blog, while still visible in other part.

  • Rating: 4.6
  • Downloads: 112,124
  • Last Updated: 2013

Learn More :: WP Hide Post

6. WP Glossary

Create your own glossary of hot-linked terms, inside your own site. So that you can keep your visitors on your blog, keep their experience consistent and pleasant using your theme. And moreover external glossary sites may not have all the words and terms you need.

  • Rating: 4.1
  • Downloads: 20,636
  • Last Updated: 2013

Learn More :: WP Glossary

7. Editorial Calendar

Gives you an overview of your blog and when each post will be published. You can drag and drop to move posts, edit posts right in the calendar, and manage your entire blog.

  • Rating: 4.8
  • Downloads: 457,064
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Editorial Calendar

8. Edit Flow

Edit Flow empowers you to collaborate with your editorial team inside WordPress. The plugin features Calendar, Editorial Comments, Editorial Metadata, Notifications, etc.

  • Rating: 4.8
  • Downloads: 86,090
  • Last Updated: 2013

Learn More :: Edit Flow

WordPress Frontend Publishing

If you want to edit a blog post without entering the WordPress Dashboard then the following plugins are for you.

9. Front-end Editor

Lets you make changes to your content directly from your site. No need to load the admin backend just to correct a typo. You can edit posts, pages, custom post types, comments, widgets and many more elements.

  • Rating: 4.4
  • Downloads: 233,294
  • Last Updated: 2013

Learn More :: Front-end Editor

10. WP User Frontend

Create, update, delete posts and edit profile directly from the WordPress frontend.

  • Rating: 4.1
  • Downloads: 106,425
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: WP User Frontend

11. DirectEdit

Edit your website directly in the front-end. With the WYSIWYG inline editor you can modify content just anywhere. Direct edit has an inbuilt image editor. Choose an image, and while you resize or crop it, it will be uploaded to the server automatically. One click and the image is inserted on your page.

  • Rating: 4.4
  • Downloads: 1,400
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: DirectEdit

WordPress Live Blogging Plugins

If you want to cover a live event or need to update the blog in real-time with status updates, then the following plugins are for you.

12. Liveblog by WordPress.com

Quick and simple blogging for following fast-paced events. Post updates right from the front-end of your blog and viewers of your Liveblog get new entries served to them instantly and automatically, without needing to refresh their browser. Your authors can drag-and-drop photos right into the Liveblog area, without needing to navigate to separate browser tabs or windows.

  • Rating: 4.3
  • Downloads: 14,548
  • Last Updated: 2013

Learn More :: Liveblog

13. 24liveblog

A simple, functional, powerful and free live blogging tool. With a few quick steps, you can create a rich news experience for your readers. It works with virtually any type of website and features real-time statistics, mobile ready, multi-editor support, live comments, etc.

  • Rating: 5
  • Downloads: 4,670
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: 24liveblog

WordPress SEO Plugins

The following Search Engine Optimization (SEO) plugins will make sure that your blog is search engine friendly and it can really boost your rankings in search engine result pages (SERPs).

14. WordPress SEO

WordPress SEO plugin by Yoast is the only SEO plugin that you’ll ever need. It allows you to optimize almost all the SEO aspects of your blog. And if you have enabled this plugin then you can eliminate several other plugins like – Google XML SitemapsPage Links ToRobots MetaRSS FooterBreadcrumbs, etc.

  • Rating: 4.7
  • Downloads: 12,102,871
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: WordPress SEO

15. All In One SEO Pack

All in One SEO Pack is another WordPress SEO plugin to automatically optimize your WordPress blog for Search Engines such as Google, Bing, etc. If you don’t want all the advanced features offered by the WordPress SEO plugin then this is a better choice.

  • Rating: 3.9
  • Downloads: 19,651,547
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: All In One SEO Pack

16. Google XML Sitemaps

Generates a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask.com to better index your blog. With such a sitemap, it’s much easier for the search engine crawlers to see the complete structure of your site and retrieve it more efficiently.

  • Rating: 4.7
  • Downloads: 14,623,632
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Google XML Sitemaps

17. SEO Friendly Images

SEO Friendly Images automatically adds alt and title attributes to all your images improving traffic from search engines.

  • Rating: 4
  • Downloads: 1,265,554
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: SEO Friendly Images

18. EWWW Image Optimizer

Automatically and losslessly optimize your images as you upload them to your blog. It can also optimize the images that you have already uploaded in the past.

  • Rating: 4.8
  • Downloads: 378,992
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: EWWW Image Optimizer

19. Scribe

Scribe by Copyblogger makes it easy to conduct in-depth research that helps writers and content producers, to quickly identify content marketing opportunities for search and social media traffic and leads.

  • Rating: 2.9
  • Downloads: 81,583
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Scribe

20. Broken Link Checker

Check your posts, comments and other content for broken links and missing images, and notify you if any are found.

  • Rating: 4.1
  • Downloads: 2,598,369
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Broken Link Checker

21. Ultimate Nofollow

Adds a checkbox in the insert link popup box for including rel=”nofollow” in links as you create them. You can also nofollow individual blogroll links or all blogroll links.

  • Rating: 4.4
  • Downloads: 32,198
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Ultimate Nofollow

Multi-purpose WordPress Plugins

The following plugins are multi-purpose plugins that comes with a lot of inbuilt functions and it allows you to eliminate several other plugins.

22. Jetpack by WordPress.com

Jetpack is a WordPress plugin that supercharges your self-hosted WordPress site with the awesome cloud power of WordPress.com.

  • Rating: 3.9
  • Downloads: 11,697,563
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Jetpack

Recommended: 25 Reasons Why You Should Install Jetpack By WordPress.com Plugin

23. WooDojo

Enhance your WordPress website with the WooThemes features that you need. Delivering top quality features & backed by a team that’s done it before. Say hello to WooDojo. The plugin features Tabs Widget, Shortlinks, Custom Code, Login Branding, and Social Widgets.

Learn More :: WooDojo

WordPress Performance Plugins

The following plugins will improve the user experience of your WordPress blog by improving the server performance and page loading time.

24. W3 Total Cache

W3 Total Cache improves the user experience of your site by increasing server performance, reducing the download times and providing transparent content delivery network (CDN) integration.

  • Rating: 4.5
  • Downloads: 3,746,784
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: W3 Total Cache

25. WP Super Cache

Generates static html files from your dynamic WordPress blog. After a HTML file is generated your webserver will serve that file instead of processing the comparatively heavier and more expensive WordPress PHP scripts. 99% of your visitors will be served static html files. Those users who don’t see the static files will still benefit because they will see different cached files that aren’t quite as efficient, but still better than uncached.

  • Rating: 4.2
  • Downloads: 6,070,747
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: WP Super Cache

26. AssetsMinify

Use Compass, SASS, LESS and CoffeeScript (NEW) to develop your themes and minify your stylesheets and JavaScript simply by installing AssetsMinify.

  • Rating: 4.9
  • Downloads: 7,089
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: AssetsMinify

27. WP Smush.it

Reduce image file sizes and improve performance using the Smush.it API within WordPress by following Yahoo’s best practices for improving web page performance.

  • Rating: 4.1
  • Downloads: 910,341
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: WP Smush.it

28. WP-DBManager

Allows you to optimize database, repair database, backup database, restore database, delete backup database , drop/empty tables and run selected queries. Also supports automatic scheduling of backing up, optimizing and repairing of database.

  • Rating: 4
  • Downloads: 1,106,109
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: WP-DBManager

29. WP-Optimize

Simple but effective plugin allows you to extensively clean up your WordPress database and optimize it without doing manual queries. It doesn’t require PhpMyAdmin to clean and optimize your database tables.

  • Rating: 4.7
  • Downloads: 1,198,575
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: WP-Optimize

Image Galleries & Thumbnails

The following plugins allow you to showcase your images as a photo gallery with add-on features like transitions, slideshows, etc.

30. NextGEN Gallery

NextGEN Gallery provides a powerful engine for uploading and managing galleries of images, with the ability to batch upload, import meta data, add/delete/rearrange/sort images, edit thumbnails, group galleries into albums, and more. It also provides two front-end display styles (slideshows and thumbnail galleries), both of which come with a wide array of options for controlling size, style, timing, transitions, controls, lightbox effects, and more.

  • Rating: 3.9
  • Downloads: 10,674,716
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: NextGEN Gallery

31. Lightbox Plus Colorbox

Lightbox Plus Colorbox for WordPress implements Colorbox as a lightbox image overlay tool, and permits users to view larger versions of images without having to leave the current page. It is able to add a lightbox to WordPress gallery images, display simple slideshows, videos, forms and external content in overlays.

  • Rating: 4.2
  • Downloads: 1,118,255
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Lightbox Plus Colorbox

32. Lightbox Gallery

Lightbox Gallery plugin changes the view of galleries to the lightbox.

  • Rating: 3.7
  • Downloads: 727,103
  • Last Updated: 2013

Learn More :: Lightbox Gallery

33. WP jQuery Lightbox

A drop-in replacement for Lightbox 2 and similar plugins, shedding the bulk of Prototype and Scriptaculous. Improved for mobile devices.

  • Rating: 4.3
  • Downloads: 365,579
  • Last Updated: 2013

Learn More :: WP jQuery Lightbox

34. Regenerate Thumbnails

Allows you to regenerate your thumbnails after changing the thumbnail sizes.

  • Rating: 4.5
  • Downloads: 1,354,645
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Regenerate Thumbnails

35. Auto Post Thumbnail

Auto post thumbnail is a plugin to generate post thumbnail from first image in post or any custom post type. If the first image doesn’t work it will automatically search for the next one and so on until the post thumbnail is inserted. If the post thumbnail is already present, the plugin will do nothing.

  • Rating: 4.4
  • Downloads: 287,471
  • Last Updated: 2013

Learn More :: Auto Post Thumbnail

Anti-spam

Want to fight spam? Try the following anti-spam plugins.

36. Akismet

Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet Web service to see if they look like spam or not and lets you review the spam it catches under your blog’s “Comments” admin screen.

  • Rating: 4.1
  • Downloads: 22,857,351
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Akismet

Alternative: Antispam Bee

37. Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin

Adds a client side generated checkbox to your comment form asking users to confirm that they are not a spammer. It is a lot less trouble to click a box than it is to enter a captcha, and because the box is generated via client side javascript that bots cannot see, it should stop 99% of all automated spam bots.

  • Rating: 4.6
  • Downloads: 201,668
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin

38. SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam

Adds CAPTCHA anti-spam methods to WordPress forms for comments, registration, lost password, login, or all. In order to post comments or register, users will have to type in the code shown on the image. This prevents spam from automated bots and works with Akismet.

  • Rating: 3.9
  • Downloads: 2,016,011
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam

39. Captcha

It protects your website from spam by means of math logic, easily understood by human beings. You will not have to spend your precious time on annoying attempts to understand hard-to-read words, combinations of letters or pictures that make your eyes pop up. All you need is to do one of the three basic maths actions — add, subtract and multiply.

  • Rating: 4.6
  • Downloads: 2,008,855
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Captcha

Comments

The following plugins enhances the default commenting system of WordPress.

40. Disqus Comment System

Disqus, pronounced “discuss”, is a service and tool for web comments and discussions. Disqus makes commenting easier and more interactive, while connecting websites and commenters across a thriving discussion community.

  • Rating: 4
  • Downloads: 1,447,255
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Disqus Comment System

41. CommentLuv

 Reward your readers by automatically placing a link to their last blog post at the end of their comment. Encourage a community and discover new posts.

  • Rating: 4.3
  • Downloads: 805,876
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: CommentLuv

42. Disable Comments

Allows administrators to globally disable comments on any post type (posts, pages, attachments, etc.) so that these settings cannot be overridden for individual posts.

  • Rating: 4.8
  • Downloads: 912,286
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Disable Comments

Backup

Backup your blog (especially if your Web Hosting company doesn’t do that automatically) by using the following plugins. You can select one depending upon your requirements.

43. BackWPup

Schedule complete automatic backups of your WordPress installation. The plugin can be used to save your complete installation including /wp-content/ and push them to an external Backup Service, like Dropbox, S3, FTP, etc.

  • Rating: 4.3
  • Downloads: 1,363,484
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: BackWPup

44. WordPress Backup To Dropbox

Keep your valuable WordPress website, its media and database backed up to Dropbox in minutes with this sleek, easy to use plugin. You can set where you want your backup stored within Dropbox and on your server as well as choose what files or directories, if any, you wish to exclude from the backup.

  • Rating: 3.9
  • Downloads: 845,833
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: WordPress Backup To Dropbox

45. WP-DB-Backup

Allows you easily to backup your core WordPress database tables. You may also backup other tables in the same database.

  • Rating: 3.8
  • Downloads: 2,047,547
  • Last Updated: 2013

Learn More :: WP-DB-Backup

Widgets

The following plugins allows you to enhance Sidebar Widgets so that you can make use of your sidebar space more efficiently.

46. PHP Code Widget

The normal Text widget allows you to insert arbitrary Text and/or HTML code. This allows that too, but also parses any PHP code in the text widget and executes it.

  • Rating: 4.5
  • Downloads: 410,407
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: PHP Code Widget

47. Q2W3 Fixed Widget (Sticky Widget)

Fixes positioning of the selected widgets, when the page is scrolled down.

  • Rating: 4.8
  • Downloads: 76,906
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Q2W3 Fixed Widget (Sticky Widget)

48. Meks Smart Author Widget

Allows you to display author/user info inside WordPress widget. “Auto detection” feature can optionally show author of current post on single post templates or on specific author archive.

  • Rating: 5
  • Downloads: 3,304
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Meks Smart Author Widget

49. Fancier Author Box

Connect with your audience on all levels and make sure people always read your author’s bio and engage you on social networks.

  • Rating: 4.7
  • Downloads: 110,577
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Fancier Author Box

50. Widget Logic

Widget Logic lets you control on which pages widgets appear using WordPress conditional tags.

  • Rating: 4.3
  • Downloads: 820,641
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Widget Logic

Related Posts

Retain your traffic and increase page views (and revenue too) by automatically showing related articles on each blog post.

51. WordPress Related Posts

Quickly 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%. Just install and activate.

  • Rating: 4
  • Downloads: 1,191,747
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: WordPress Related Posts

Alternative: Contextual Related Posts

52. Outbrain

Outbrain automatically places your best content at the footer of your article to guide readers towards other posts they may be interseted in. You have the option of text or thumbnails and can also obtain reader feedback with the use of our rating system. Our reporting system allows you to see what articles are getting the highest click throughs and track your most popular posts.

  • Rating: 3.7
  • Downloads: 21,922
  • Last Updated: 2012

Learn More :: Outbrain

53. upPrev

Display cool, animated flyout or fade box with related content (just like New York Times). When a reader scrolls to the bottom of a single post, page or custom post type, a button animates in the page’s bottom right or left corner, allowing the reader to select the previous or random available post or posts.

  • Rating: 4.3
  • Downloads: 85,313
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: upPrev

54. nrelate Related Content

nrelate analyzes your website content and displays other related posts (supports thumbnails) from your website. This ultimately leads to higher page-views for your site, and a better user experience for your visitors.

  • Rating: 3.6
  • Downloads: 498,550
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: nrelate Related Content

55. Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARPP)

Displays pages, posts, and custom post types related to the current entry, introducing your readers to other relevant content on your site.

  • Rating: 3.8
  • Downloads: 3,044,076
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARPP)

Popular Posts

WordPress doesn’t count the pageviews of your blog posts so you can use the following plugins to show off the most popular posts to your readers.

56. WordPress Popular Posts

WordPress Popular Posts is a highly customizable widget that displays the most popular posts on your blog.

  • Rating: 4
  • Downloads:
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: WordPress Popular Posts

57. Popular Widget

Display the most commented or most viewed posts in a tabbed widget, filter the post by date range or by category. It also includes a tags tab.

  • Rating: 4.4
  • Downloads: 70,978
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Popular Widget

58. Top 10

Top 10 will count the number of page views on your single posts on a daily as well as overall basis. You can then display the page view count on individual posts and pages as well as display a list of most popular posts based on pageviews. And of course it comes with a sidebar widget to display the popular posts.

  • Rating: 4.4
  • Downloads: 166,732
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Top 10

59. Most And Least Read Posts Widget

Provide two widgets, showing lists of the most and least read posts.

  • Rating: 4.8
  • Downloads: 30,806
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More ::  Most And Least Read Posts Widget

Social Icons

Show links to your social media profiles on your blog.

60. Simple Social Icons

Simple Social Icons is an easy to use, customizable way to display icons that link visitors to your various social profiles. With it, you can easily choose which profiles to link to, customize the color and size of your icons, as well as align them to the left, center, or right, all from the widget form.

  • Rating: 4.6
  • Downloads: 291,544
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Simple Social Icons

61. Social Stickers

A simple plugin that shows the various social networks you use in the form of “stickers” (see screenshots). It is also fully themable and you can make your own theme in a minute.

  • Rating: 4.8
  • Downloads: 77,763
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Social Stickers

Floating Social Share Buttons

Add a floating social bar to the sidebar as it improves social sharing.

62. Digg Digg by Buffer

Add a floating bar with share buttons to your blog. Display all popular social sharing buttons with count, such as Twitter, Buffer, Facebook Share, Facebook Like, Digg, LinkedIn, Google +1, Reddit, dZone, TweetMeme, Topsy, Yahoo Buzz, StumbleUpon, Del.icio.us, Sphinn, Designbump, WebBlend, BlogEngage, Serpd, Pinterest, Pocket and Tumblr.

  • Rating: 3.5
  • Downloads: 872,428
  • Last Updated: 2013

Learn More :: Digg Digg

Alternatives: FlareSlick Social Share Buttons, Floating Social BarSharebar, Scrolling Social SharebarFloating Social Buttons

Social Sharing Buttons

The following plugins enable advanced social sharing features (with stats).

63. Share Buttons by AddToAny

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.

  • Rating: 4.1
  • Downloads: 3,198,668
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Share Buttons

Alternatives: SociableShare Buttons by AddThisShareaholicSimple Share Buttons AdderReally Simple Facebook Twitter Share Buttons

64. Share Button Mashshare

Shows the total share counts of Facebook and Twitter at a glance (inspired by Mashable.com). It puts some beautiful and clean designed Share Buttons on top and end of your posts, to get the best  possible social share feedback from your user.

  • Rating: 4.9
  • Downloads: 31,351
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Share Button Mashshare

65. Pinterest Pin It Button For Images

Add a “Pin It” button over your images, so users can add it to Pinterest easily.

  • Rating: 3.2
  • Downloads: 81,515
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Pinterest Pin It Button For Images

66. Click To Tweet by CoSchedule

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.

  • Rating: 4.8
  • Downloads: 14,686
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Click To Tweet

67. OnePress Social Locker

Social Locker is a set of social buttons and a locker in one bottle. It allows you to lock a part of content on a web page until a user clicks one of the social buttons (Facebook Like, Tweet Button, Google +1) and help you to get more likes/tweets/+1s, traffic and customers.

  • Rating: 3.9
  • Downloads: 76,111
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: OnePress Social Locker

Web Analytics

If you don’t want to manually track traffic to your blog then the following plugins are for you.

68. Google Analytics for WordPress

Track your WordPress site easily and with lots of metadata: views per author & category, automatic tracking of outbound clicks and page views.

  • Rating: 4.3
  • Downloads: 5,942,752
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Google Analytics for WordPress

69. Google Analyticator

Google Analyticator adds the necessary JavaScript code to enable Google Analytics logging on any WordPress blog. This eliminates the need to edit your template code to begin logging. Google Analyticator also includes several widgets for displaying Analytics data in the admin and on your blog.

  • Rating: 3.7
  • Downloads: 3,229,092
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Google Analyticator

70.Google Analytics Dashboard

Gives you the ability to view your Google Analytics data in your WordPress dashboard. You can also allow other users to see the same dashboard information when they are logged in or embed parts of the data into posts or as part of your theme.

  • Rating: 4.1
  • Downloads: 499,369
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Google Analytics Dashboard

71. Social Metrics

Social Metrics is a Social Media Analytics tool you can use to track your WordPress blog performance on popular social networking websites and services. You can access Social Metrics from WordPress Admin bar itself.

  • Rating: 4.6
  • Downloads: 56,193
  • Last Updated: 2013

Learn More :: Social Metrics

72. WP Social Stats

WP Social Stats is a Social Analytics plugin that tracks the performance of your blog or website posts at Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Linkedin, and Stumbleupon.

  • Rating: 4.3
  • Downloads: 7,932
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: WP Social Stats

RSS

Do more with your RSS Feeds.

73. FD Feedburner Plugin

Redirects the main feed, and optionally the comments feed to Feedburner.com. All existing feeds simply become Feedburner feeds seamlessly and transparently for all users. Just tell the plugin what your Feedburner feed URL is and you’re done.

  • Rating: 4.2
  • Downloads: 478,606
  • Last Updated: 2013

Learn More :: FD Feedburner Plugin

74. PuSHPress

Add PubSubHubbub support to your WordPress site, with a built in hub. It includes the hub features of PuSH, built right in. And it means that the updates will be sent directly from WordPress to your PuSH subscribers.

  • Rating: 4.6
  • Downloads: 89,516
  • Last Updated: 2013

Learn More :: PuSHPress

Alternative: PubSubHubbub

75. FeedStats

Simple statistic tool for RSS feeds.

  • Rating: 4
  • Downloads: 60,496
  • Last Updated: 2012

Learn More :: FeedStats

Forms

Use any of the following plugins to add a contact form to your WordPress blog.

76. Contact Form 7

Contact Form 7 can manage multiple contact forms, plus you can customize the form and the mail contents flexibly with simple markup. The form supports Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering and so on.

  • Rating: 4.4
  • Downloads: 19,295,934
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Contact Form 7

77. Ninja Forms

Allows you to easily and quickly design complex forms through a drag and drop interface and absolutely no code. But for you developers it has a ton of hooks and filters so you can do absolutely anything with this powerful form building framework.

  • Rating: 4.4
  • Downloads: 469,949
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Ninja Forms

78. Formidable Forms

With Formidable, it is easy to create forms within a simple drag-and-drop interface. You can construct custom forms or generate them from a template. Shortcodes can be used as well as spam catching services.

  • Rating: 4.2
  • Downloads: 514,906
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Formidable Forms

79. Fast Secure Contact Form

Easily create and add forms to WordPress. Fields are easy to add, remove, and re-order. The contact form will let the user send emails to a site’s admin, and also send a meeting request to talk over phone or video.

  • Rating: 4.5
  • Downloads: 4,890,100
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Fast Secure Contact Form

WordPress Security Plugins

Secure your WordPress blog by using any of the following plugins.

80. iThemes Security (formerly Better WP Security)

iThemes Security (formerly Better WP Security) gives you over 30+ ways to secure and protect your WordPress site. iThemes Security works to fix common holes, stop automated attacks and strengthen user credentials. With one-click activation for most features, as well as advanced features for experienced users, iThemes Security can help protect any WordPress site.

  • Rating: 4.7
  • Downloads: 2,848,910
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: iThemes Security

81. Wordfence Security

Wordfence Security is a free enterprise class security and performance plugin that makes your site up to 50 times faster and more secure.

  • Rating: 4.9
  • Downloads: 2,614,129
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Wordfence Security

WordPress Login & Authentication Plugins

WordPress allows unlimited login attempts and that invites brute force attacks. So it’s a good idea to secure your blog by using an authentication plugin apart from using a secure password.

82. Google Authenticator

Gives you two-factor authentication using the Google Authenticator app for Android/iPhone/Blackberry.

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Learn More :: Google Authenticator

Alternatives: Duo Two-Factor AuthenticationAuthy Two Factor Authentication

83. OpenID

Allows users to login to their local WordPress account using an OpenID, as well as enabling commenters to leave authenticated comments with OpenID.

  • Rating: 3.8
  • Downloads: 173,941
  • Last Updated: 2012

Learn More :: OpenID

84. Clockwork SMS

Controls access to your WordPress administration panel by sending a code to your mobile phone when you try and login.

Rating: 5 (New)
Downloads: 644
Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Clockwork SMS

85. Login LockDown

Records the IP address and timestamp of every failed login attempt. If more than a certain number of attempts are detected within a short period of time from the same IP range, then the login function is disabled for all requests from that range.

  • Rating: 4.6
  • Downloads: 363,733
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Login LockDown

86. Login Security Solution

A simple way to lock down login security for multi-site and regular WordPress installations. Security against brute force attacks by tracking IP, name, password (requiring very strong passwords) and also features idle timeout and maintenance mode lockdown.

  • Rating: 4.7
  • Downloads: 116,275
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Login Security Solution

87. Rename WP-Login.php

Change wp-login.php to anything you want, and it can prevent a lot of brute force attacks. It simply intercepts page requests and doesn’t literally rename or change files in core, nor does it add rewrite rules. Deactivating this plugin brings your site back exactly to the state it was before.

  • Rating: 5
  • Downloads: 59,017
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Rename WP-Login.php

88. Limit Login Attempts

Limit the number of login attempts possible both through normal login as well as using auth cookies. Limit Login Attempts blocks an Internet address from making further attempts after a specified limit on retries is reached, making a brute-force attack difficult or impossible.

  • Rating: 4.8
  • Downloads: 626,123
  • Last Updated: 2012

Learn More :: Limit Login Attempts

Mobile

Make your WordPress blog mobile friendly.

89. WPtouch Mobile Plugin

WPtouch is a mobile plugin for WordPress that automatically enables a simple and elegant mobile theme for mobile visitors of your WordPress website. The theme also includes the ability for visitors to switch between the theme on your mobile WordPress website and your website’s regular theme.

  • Rating: 3.8
  • Downloads: 5,832,640
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: WPtouch Mobile Plugin

Monetization

The following plugins allows you to manage advertising on your blog in an efficient way.

90. AdRotate

Add and manage the ads from the dashboard and show a random banner, or multiple, on your site. Easy management from the dashboard allows you to quickly oversee, add and edit banner code or renew/delete and add new ads. Preview banners when editing them and with GeoLocation you can tie adverts to certain areas of the world.

  • Rating: 3.7
  • Downloads: 814,372
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: AdRotate

91. Advertising Manager

Allows you to manage and rotate your Google AdSense and other ads on your WordPress blog. It automatically recognises many ad networks including Google AdSense and other popular networks. Target your ads to different authors, categories, tags, and pages and view statistics on your ad performance.

  • Rating: 3.6
  • Downloads: 336,566
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Advertising Manager

92. Ad Injection

Injects any kind of advert or other content (e.g. Google AdSense, Amazon Associates, ClickBank, etc) into the existing content of your WordPress posts and pages. You can control the number of adverts based on the post length, and it can restrict who sees adverts by post age, visitor referrer and IP address.

  • Rating: 4.4
  • Downloads: 268,200
  • Last Updated: 2012

Learn More :: Ad Injection

93. Google Publisher Plugin

It’s the official WordPress plugin by Google that enables you to easily use Google’s products — including Webmaster Tools — with your WordPress site. You can place AdSense ads using a simple point-and-click UI. Google automatically determines potential placements for AdSense ads, suggests an initial ad layout, and gives you control over the placement of ads on your site.

  • Rating: 3.6
  • Downloads: 81,095
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Google Publisher Plugin

Alternative: Easy AdSense

E-commerce

Want to sell stuff on your blog? Then the following plugins can convert your WordPress blog into an E-commerce website.

94. WooCommerce

WooCommerce is a powerful, extendable eCommerce plugin that helps you sell anything. Transform your WordPress website into a thoroughbred eCommerce store. Delivering enterprise-level quality and features, backed by a name you can trust.

  • Rating: 4.1
  • Downloads: 4,095,088
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: WooCommerce

 95. WP eCommerce

WP eCommerce is a free, powerful plugin that empowers you to sell anything online, quickly and easily. With hundreds of available hooks, developers can make WP eCommerce do anything you can imagine

  • Rating: 2.8
  • Downloads: 2,861,868
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: WP eCommerce

Newsletters

Take your blog to the next level by starting a Newsletter.

96. MailPoet Newsletters

Create newsletters, post notifications and autoresponders. Drop your posts, images, social icons in your newsletter. Change fonts and colors on the fly. Manage all your subscribers. A new and simple newsletter solution for WordPress.

  • Rating: 4.9
  • Downloads: 2,246,130
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: MailPoet Newsletters

97. Newsletter Sign-Up

Adds various sign-up methods to your WordPress website, like sign-up checkboxes in your comment form and a sign-up form to show in posts, pages or widget areas. It works with almost all third-party email marketing services including MailChimp, Constant Contact, AWeber, iContact, etc. With the right configuration settings, you can make this plugin work with any newsletter service around.

  • Rating: 4.6
  • Downloads: 191,756
  • Last Updated: 2013

Learn More :: Newsletter Sign-Up

Build Email List

Email Marketing is more important than ever. Try the following plugins as it helps you build an email list.

98. WordPress PopUp (by WPMU)

Allows you to display a fancy popup to visitors, a *very* effective way of advertising a mailing list, special offer or running a plain old ad.

  • Rating: 4.6
  • Downloads: 191,546
  • Last Updated: 2013

Learn More :: WordPress PopUp

99. Dreamgrow Scroll Triggered Box

Dreamgrow Scroll Triggered Box will boost your conversion rates by displaying a pop-up box with customizable content. Newsletter sign-up, Facebook like button, social bookmarking or something else you want to draw attention to after people have engaged with your website.

  • Rating: 4.4
  • Downloads: 29,714
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Dreamgrow Scroll Triggered Box

100. Scroll Box by SumoMe

Each day, potential readers visit your website. They  find a link to your blog somewhere, read one of your posts, and then disappear into some distant corner of the internet. With the Scroll Box plugin, you can convert these one-time visitors into lifelong readers and newsletter subscribers.

  • Rating: NEW
  • Downloads: 220
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Scroll Box

101. What Would Seth Godin Do

Displays a custom welcome message to new visitors and another to return visitors. New visitors will appreciate some context and background information about your site. This is your chance to offer them a special welcome and invite them to become permanent subscribers. You can also specify a message for return visitors.

  • Rating: 4.2
  • Downloads: 174,393
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: What Would Seth Godin Do

102. SumoMe

SumoMe provides the tools you need to grow your blog by engaging your readers. The features of this plugin will make it easy for your readers share your articles and engage in your community. Highlighter makes it easy to tweet about your article by selecting popular parts of your writing (like Kindle and Medium); ImageSharer makes it stupid simple to share your images (with a link to your post) on Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter; while the List Builder tool in this plugin will let you create a fancy lightbox popover to build email subscriptions (for MailChimp, GetResponse, Aweber, or others).

  • Rating: 4
  • Downloads:
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: SumoMe

103. WP Hello Bar

Hello Bars show the right message at the right time to your website visitors.

  • Rating: 3.7
  • Downloads: 9,902
  • Last Updated: 2012

Learn More :: WP Hello Bar

104. ManyContacts Bar

A free contact form sits on top of your website to grab visitors’ attention. They make it easy for you to offer a giveaway — such as an ebook, coupon code, a test, a course – without creating extra landing pages.

  • Rating: 3.7
  • Downloads: 3,539
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: ManyContacts Bar

 105. WordPress Calls To Action

Create Calls to Action for your WordPress site. It gives site owners the ability to monitor and track conversion rates, run A/B or multivariate split tests on calls to action, customize your own CTA templates, and most importantly increase lead flow.

  • Rating: 4.1
  • Downloads: 69,362
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: WordPress Calls To Action

106. WordPress Landing Pages

Create landing pages for your WordPress site. Monitor and improve conversion rates, run A/B split tests, customize your own templates and more.

  • Rating: 3.9
  • Downloads: 222,811
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: WordPress Landing Pages

107. Comment Redirect

Redirect commenters who just made their first comment to a page of your choice. Allows you to ask them to subscribe, like you on Facebook, etc.

  • Rating: 4.2
  • Downloads: 38,087
  • Last Updated: 2013

Learn More :: Comment Redirect

URL Management & Redirects

The following plugins allows you to manage redirects and outbound links on your blog.

108. Simple URLs

Simple URLs is a complete URL management system that allows you create, manage, and track outbound links from your site by using custom post types and 301 redirects.

  • Rating: 4.6
  • TextDownloads: 41,248
  • Last Updated: 2013

Learn More :: Simple URLs

109. Simple 301 Redirects

Provides an easy method of redirecting requests to another page on your site or elsewhere on the web. It’s especially handy when you migrate a site to WordPress and can’t preserve your URL structure. By setting up 301 redirects from your old pages to your new pages, any incoming links will be seamlessly passed along, and their Google PageRank (or what-have-you) will be passed along with them.

  • Rating: 4.6
  • Downloads: 228,620
  • Last Updated: 2013

Learn More :: Simple 301 Redirects

110. Redirection

Redirection is a WordPress plugin to manage 301 redirections, keep track of 404 errors, and generally tidy up any loose ends your site may have. It’s useful when you are migrating pages from an old website, or changing the directory of your WordPress installation.

  • Rating: 3.9
  • Downloads: 1,768,255
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Redirection

111. Quick Page/Post Redirect Plugin

Redirect Pages/Posts to another page/post or external URL. Has edit box as well as global options. Specify the redirect Location and type.

  • Rating: 4.7
  • Downloads: 594,040
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Quick Page/Post Redirect Plugin

112. Pretty Link Lite

Shrink, beautify, track, manage and share any URL on or off of your WordPress website. Create links that look how you want using your own domain name.

  • Rating: 4.2
  • Downloads: 860,045
  • Last Updated: 2013

Learn More :: Pretty Link Lite

WordPress Slider Plugins

Want to create an image slider? Then these are the best plugins for that.

113. Meta Slider

Create SEO optimised responsive slideshows with Nivo Slider, Flex Slider, Coin Slider and Responsive Slides.

  • Rating: 4.8
  • Downloads: 1,091,652
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Meta Slider

Alternatives: Easing Slider “Lite”, Smooth Slider, WOW Slider, SlideDeck 2 Lite Responsive Content Slider

Tab Plugins

Try  the following plugins if you want to display your content in tabs.

114. WordPress Post Tabs

Add clean, responsive and structured tabbed content to WordPress Posts and Pages easily through the edit post/page panel.

  • Rating: 3.8
  • Downloads: 118,984
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: WordPress Post Tabs

115. Post UI Tabs

Show off your post content inside stylish jQuery powered tabs using one of 24 different jQuery UI themes or include your own custom stylesheet.

  • Rating: 4.7
  • Downloads: 38,930
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Post UI Tabs

116. Easy Responsive Tabs

Easy Responsive Tabs is bootstrap 3.0 compatible plugin which add icons to wordpress editor (tinyMCE Shortcode Buttons) and one can add bootstrap style responsive tabs to their website just by clicking on tinyMCE editor icon.

  • Rating: 4.1
  • Downloads: 23,316
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Easy Responsive Tabs

Tables & Pricing Tables

If you want to create a standard table or a pricing table inside a blog post/page then try the following plugins.

117. TablePress

TablePress enables you to create and manage tables, without having to write HTML code. Tables can contain any type of data, even formulas that will be evaluated. An additional JavaScript library can be used to add features like sorting, pagination, filtering, and more for site visitors. You can include the tables into your posts, on your pages, or in text widgets with ease.

  • Rating: 5
  • Downloads: 508,838
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: TablePress

118. Pricing Table Ready

Allows you to generate and manage CSS3 pricing table or comparison table in an easy way.

  • Rating: 3.4
  • Downloads: 128,347
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Pricing Table Ready

Alternatives: Easy Pricing Tables, Kento Pricing Table, IND Pricing TablePricing TablePrice Table

Design

The following plugins tweaks the design of your blog.

119. WP Google Fonts

Allows you to easily add fonts from the Google Font Directory to your WordPress theme.

  • Rating: 4.4
  • Downloads: 661,071
  • Last Updated: 2013

Learn More :: WP Google Fonts

120. Infinite-Scroll

Automatically append the next page of posts (via AJAX) to your page when a user scrolls to the bottom.

  • Rating: 4.4
  • Downloads: 201,181
  • Last Updated: 2013

Learn More :: Infinite-Scroll

121. Custom Login

Use this plugin to customize your login screen, works great for client websites.

  • Rating: 3.9
  • Downloads: 376,872
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Custom Login

122. Menu Icons

  • Rating: 5
  • Downloads: 14,546
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Menu Icons

Navigation

Better navigation for your blog.

123. WP-PageNavi

Adds a more advanced paging navigation interface.

  • Rating: 4.1
  • Downloads: 4,642,344
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: WP-PageNavi

124. Simple Pagination

Simple Pagination allows to set up an advanced pagination for posts and comments so that you have an easier navigation on your WordPress. It  has 6 stylesheets for the pagination: CSS 3, Flickr, Digg, Sabrus.us, Green and Grey.

  • Rating: 4.4
  • Downloads: 43,818
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Simple Pagination

Webmaster

Your current WordPress blog can be much more than just a blog.

125. BuddyPress

BuddyPress lets users sign-up and start creating profiles, posting messages, making connections, creating and interacting in groups, and much more. A social network in a box, BuddyPress lets you easily build a community for your company, school, sports team, or other niche community.

  • Rating: 4
  • Downloads: 2,214,050
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: BuddyPress

126. WP-Polls

Adds an AJAX poll system to your WordPress blog. You can also easily add a poll into your WordPress’s blog post/page. It is extremely customizable via templates and css styles and there are tons of options for you to choose to ensure that WP-Polls runs the way you wanted.

  • Rating: 3.7
  • Downloads: 1,584,081
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: WP-Polls

127. Allow PHP In Posts And Pages

Allow PHP in posts and pages allows you to add php functionality to WordPress Posts and Pages.

  • Rating: 4.3
  • Downloads: 162,382
  • Last Updated: 2013

Learn More :: Allow PHP In Posts And Pages

WordPress Blog Migration & Transfer

Thinking about a blog migration or site transfer? Then you will find the following plugins helpful.

128. WordPress Importer

Import posts, pages, comments, custom fields, categories, tags and more from a WordPress export file.

  • Rating: 3.2
  • Downloads: 8,090,685
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: WordPress Importer

129. Duplicator

Duplicator gives WordPress administrators the ability to migrate, copy or clone a site from one location to another. It also serves as a simple backup utility. So if you need to move WordPress or backup WordPress this plugin can help simplify the process.

  • Rating: 4.9
  • Downloads: 715,363
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Duplicator

130. WordPress Move

WordPress Move is a migration assistant for WordPress that is capable of changing the domain name in use and/or migrating your installation to another server either as is or based on your choices. You can also use WordPress Move to transfer your database or create backups of your installation.

  • Rating: 4.2
  • Downloads: 94,356
  • Last Updated: 2013

Learn More :: WordPress Move

131. All-in-One WP Migration

Allows you to export your database, media files, plugins, and themes. You can apply unlimited find and replace operations on your database, and the plugin will also fix any serialization problems that occur during find/replace operations.

  • Rating: 4.9
  • Downloads: 33,416
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: All-in-One WP Migration

132. WP Clone

Move or copy a WordPress site to another server or to another domain name, move to/from local server hosting, and backup sites. You can also use it to move your site to/from local server hosting, to create copies of your site for development or testing purposes, to backup your site, and to install pre-configured versions of WordPress.

  • Rating: 4.5
  • Downloads: 196,787
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: WP Clone

Read: 15 Blogging Tips To Supercharge Your Next Blog Post

Conclusion

I’m not using all the plugins that I’ve listed here but I tried to hand-pick the best of them based on the ratings, number of downloads, screenshots, description or personal experience. So it’s possible that there could be a better alternative for a plugin. If you know a better alternative (it must be free) for any of the above listed plugin then let me know as a comment below and I’ll be happy to add it to the list and give you credit. :)

Disclosure: You don’t have to install all the plugins I’ve listed here. And some of the above listed plugins are already known to use heavy server resources. So if you have a high traffic blog then installing those plugins can impact the performance of your web server. You can check out the Disallowed Plugins by WPEngine to see a list of such plugins.

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Yes, that’s right! It’s the 7th Blogoversary of Minterest. I started Minterest (minterest.com) as a personal finance blog back in 2006 and later in August 2007 I started blogging about “Money, Internet, Investing” (yes, that was the first tagline of Minterest and now as you can see it’s — tech. marketing. mashups.).

To be honest it was “Just another WordPress site” literally and I was simply rehashing topics that were of “My interest“. But there is one thing… I was learning. I loved WordPress and that experience from Blogger.com to WordPress.org was awesome.

Read: WordPress vs. Blogger.com

I started creating blogs on Blogger.com back in 2004 and was treating it like a simple publishing tool. I guess the reason why it didn’t impress or motivate me much was its inability to customize things the way I wanted.

And when I tried WordPress I started loving almost all of its aspects and started liking coding as well. Yes, I’m a software engineer by education but it was not the coding that inspired me – it’s the magic in “technology“. Thanks to Microsoft.

Coming back…  I’m going to feature here 7 blogging lessons and tips that I have… learned, realized, or experienced in one way or the other over the past several years.

7 Blogging Lessons

Well, these are not exactly lessons but it’s a combination of lessons, failures, or a combination of both. And I’ve to say that I have yet to take action (or maybe I won’t for the above mentioned reasons). But the idea is to list few blogging insights so it’s more likely that maybe you will get a tip or two from each point.

Okay, here we go!

1. Self-promotion

Today self-promotion is very crucial if you’re a professional blogger. So it’s like you’ve to brag without really bragging. Because that’s how you get more RSS subscribers, email subscribers, Facebook Likes, etc. How? Because you’ve to sell your achievements so that people will get to know about you and will like you and eventually follow you.

I admit that I’m bad at self-promotion. And it’s a bad thing as I can’t expect the visibility of my blog to go up if I don’t promote it outside search. And on the flip side it’s a good thing as this makes my blog stand out. In fact, I haven’t even asked my friends/family to ‘Like’ my Facebook page yet. Well, that’s how I’m tuned!

2. Done Is Better Than Perfect

It’s a million dollar maxim that I find extremely difficult to follow. When I start writing I get over-excited and over-obsessed. The end result is that… I take several hours to write a blog post when it’s not supposed to.

For instance, a blog post like this or this takes me at least 15-20 hours (or roughly it takes almost 2 days of my life). But there’s one thing I have learned… the secret to writing is to ‘Start Writing’ a blog post.

3. Niche Blogging

Yes, my blog is basically a digital marketing and technology blog. But the reality is that it doesn’t have a specific niche. A niche blog attracts more subscribers naturally because they know what they would get when they subscribe to that blog.

But it’s difficult to get subscribers to a personal journal like mine as I have to convince readers to subscribe to my blog. So unless they got a reason they won’t subscribe.

An alternative is… you increase your personal brand equity so that people will know about you and they will eventually subscribe to your blog.

4. Content Was King

I don’t fully agree or believe that “Content Was King” but it’s a reality… sort of. Know why? Because the most popular blog posts on Facebook or Twitter are not necessarily the best content. It’s like saying real artists are unknown to everyone. The marketer is the winner.

A decade back it was like 90% content and 10% promotion. But today it’s like 90% promotion and 10% promotion. And that’s how real marketers are able to get their first 1,000 readers in no time. An average blogger could take years to reach there if he didn’t promote his blog.

5. Consistency

Do you have a blog? If so, then consistency is the key. Like I’ve mentioned, I started Minterest back in 2007 and yet I have now only a little over 200 blog posts. Why? I was not consistent at all and I didn’t follow a publishing schedule (and it’s true even today).

You know there are 52 weeks in a year and it means that I didn’t even publish one blog post a week on an average. And if I were more disciplined and was able to manage 12 blog posts a month then I would have over 1,000 blog posts by now.

Remember, your traffic goes up as the the number of blog posts goes up. And what’s interesting about the traffic growth is that it moves at a higher rate.

If you doubled the number of blog posts then your traffic should also double (or may even triple). The only thing is that… all the blog posts must be of the same quality.

6. Social Media

Social media is a big deal but frankly I don’t get much traffic from social media. Again, because I don’t promote my blog much on social media. I simply share my latest blog posts on my Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and few other networks and there ends my blog’s social media marketing.

Over 87% of the traffic comes from the search engines. But sometimes I notice spikes in traffic and that happens when some influencer shares one of my blog post on social media. So if more influencers are sharing my blog posts on social media then it can actually multiply the traffic by several fold.

7. Email List

I realized that an email list is invaluable and out of the 7 lessons it’s perhaps the only thing that I’ll pay attention someday. Because I have been thinking about building an email list for some time. And The Email Marketer’s Handbook was the first initiative for that.

Email marketing builds a community and it therefore drives a lot of traffic, increases your income (as you will get more sales/leads), and will improve the visibility of your brand to a great extent.

Moreover it’s the best way to make sure that your message has reached your potential customers as 91% of Internet users check their email at least once a day.

 7 Blogging Tips

Once again, the following tips are tailored for you if you’re considering blogging as a business. But it’s more likely that I won’t follow it myself as I consider my blog as a personal journal.

1. Build Community

If you check a blog that gets above average number of comments per blog post then you’ll notice that all the blog posts have a good percentage of the commentators in common. Why? That happens when they’re part of that blog community and it means that they will leave a comment when the blog publishes a new blog post.

Small publishers can easily build a community by contests, giveaways, giving freebies, accepting guest posts, accepting offers from advertisers, etc. But it’s something that I never did for my blog.

For instance, if you accept guest posts on your blog then the person who contribute content to your blog will promote your blog + blog posts written by him/her on their social media channels, blog, etc. And it means more traffic, better visibility, and of course more subscribers.

2. Connect With Others

I’m actually bad at networking and I don’t behave the way people want me to. For instance, I can easily get more social media love (and money too) by accepting guest posts and by agreeing to do reviews of other products but it’s something that I’m not comfortable to doing.

So here’s a tip offered by a reader who’s a marketer when I expressed my “Connection” problem.

You’re not wrong there, it’s super hard.

Try it, it’s easy. If you gain leverage, then ask for the link and you already have a relationship. For instance, let’s say you’ve referred someone else these clients in the past… how can they say no? Your friend/family member, how can they say no? Someone you send traffic and links to, how can they say no? That’s the outreach strategy.

3. Call To Action (CTA)

Call To Action, or simply CTA, is something that you can see in almost all niche blogs out there. If you’re doing blog marketing then ideally there should be a purpose behind every blog post.

For example, if you’re selling a SaaS product then obviously you must be blogging about things related to your product so that your traffic will be interested in your product. So your CTA can be a “Buy” button or simply a “Subscribe” button so that you can target the person via email marketing later.

Oh yeah, I don’t have a CTA yet but it’s in my to-do list.

4. PR Is SEO

For some people SEO (and link building) is dead. But I believe it’s not going to die and will continue to evolve. Yes, Google is taking actions against almost all SEO practises nowadays but there’s an alternative… always.

I will give you an example

When I first read this article Computer programmer ‘quadruples productivity’ after hiring a woman to slap him in the face every time she catches him looking at Facebook (yes, it went viral) I was amused at the number of websites that were reporting the same story.

The article in a nutshell,

Maneesh Sethi placed an advert on the classified website Craigslist to recruit someone willing to monitor what he was looking at on his laptop. Pays a female employee £5 ($8) an hour to strike him in the face.

And then I asked myself: what if it’s already scripted?

Disclosure: I don’t personally know that guy and I don’t know if it’s scripted or not but I just want to say that it works that way too.

5. People Don’t Need Your Blog

It’s true when you’re new to blogging or if you recently started a new blog.

And I would like to highlight a quote by Jim Connolly to further explain it.

The polar opposite is actually true. The closer you follow the same ineffective set of rules as everyone else, the less likely you are to get anything worthwhile from your blog.

Think about this. Starting a new blog today is like starting a new newspaper. People don’t need another newspaper as they’re kind of addicted to big media houses. So it’s your job to give them a reason to subscribe to your blog.

The best examples are tech blogs. You know there are hundreds of thousands of tech blogs out there but 90% of them are actually rehashing content of the best blogs in their industry.

6. Diversify, Diversify, Diversify

Well, I haven’t diversified my blogging… much. I haven’t really done anything else apart from writing. For instance, I didn’t launch any digital products, e-books, courses, training, tutorials, memberships, etc. when there were opportunities.

Diversification can be diversification of income, traffic, referral sources, content, products, etc. For example, if you have a niche blog then sell a digital product so that if you have a large base of readers then they’ll buy it someday.

So when you build your blogging career make sure that you’re also well diversified. Always have a backup plan. :)

7. Never Underestimate Your Blog

It’s true that people may think you’re successful only if you’re massively popular or have large social media fan base. But the reality is…

If you have just one reader and your blog changes their life your blog is big enough. — @ProBlogger

That’s right. Never underestimate your blog.

Read: Write Today; Monetize Tomorrow!

What Blogging Means To Me… Today.

Well, there were different phases for that. At first, it was just another publishing tool like I’ve already mentioned (Remember the old Yahoo! GeoCities? Yes, something like that.). And then I started blog marketing and was making thousands of dollars but later I almost quit.

Again back in 2011-12, I resumed blogging with even more passion (and obsession). So now it’s a place to archive my randomness. And yeah, it’s a powerful medium to share ideas and moreover writing makes you happier, smarter and a better thinker.

‘Happiness’ when I hit the “Publish” button. :)

I spend a lot of time blogging but the problem is I’m not trying hard to monetize it. That is because I don’t treat my blog as a business and I don’t want to be a full-time blogger. Yes, if you’re a professional blogger then you have to treat your blog as a business.

The reason why I don’t consider blogging seriously as a business is that… I don’t really want to live a Google or social media dependent life. And I don’t really know if it’s right or wrong or is applicable to everything but I always remember this,

Everything that has a beginning has an end, Neo. — The Matrix Revolutions

Yes, I know that you won’t agree with me but I have to say that blogging or any other business that depends a lot on Google doesn’t interest me much. But yes, you can make a hell lot of money in a short period of time and that’s the only good thing about these things.

Otherwise, a real business is something that you own, control, and gives value to other people’s lives. That’s why Google itself is a real business (and a money machine too).

Read: Over 151 Google Products And Services You Probably Don’t Know

So what is blogging to you?

P.S. Happy Birthday to me!! Yes, I turned 29 today! ;)

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Write Today; Monetize Tomorrow! [Blogging Tips] http://www.minterest.org/write-today-monetize-tomorrow/ http://www.minterest.org/write-today-monetize-tomorrow/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:37:59 +0000 http://www.minterest.org/?p=8907 A recent blog post by Jim Connolly inspired me to write this blog post. In that blog post he mentioned about a best selling Kickstarter book written by the awesomest Seth Godin. When people said it took Seth 3 hours to write that book Seth said it took him around 8 years. Yes! That’s how long [...]

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Blogging Tips

A recent blog post by Jim Connolly inspired me to write this blog post. In that blog post he mentioned about a best selling Kickstarter book written by the awesomest Seth Godin. When people said it took Seth 3 hours to write that book Seth said it took him around 8 years.

Yes!

That’s how long it took him, writing blog posts almost every day, to build a big enough community to reach his Kickstarter target in 3 hours.

You know what? It applies to blogging as well.

I’ve noticed a gazillion “How To Start A Blog In 5 Minutes” videos and tutorials. But the reality is that it doesn’t work that way. You know Why? They’re all basically about how to buy a domain name (i.e, your own .com address like minterest.com), web hosting plan (i.e, your own web server space where you can upload files), and install blogging software (WordPress or similar software).

Yes, that’s all you can do in 5 minutes and it’s so far away from a perfect blog as there are a lot of other things that you must know and should do.

And if you read somewhere that blogging is easy then that’s not really true. Blogging is simple but not easy. It takes time, patience, some money, and a lot of effort and learning to get going. Yes, it’s possible to create a new WordPress blog and publish your first article in less than 10 minutes but it will probably look like this and not like this.

Your First 365 Posts Are The Worst Blog Posts Ever

Wondering about 365? Well, it’s just a number assuming that you published one blog post everyday in the first year. I started Minterest back in 2007 and later in 2011 I had around 365 blog posts that was sending me around 300 unique visits a day. But what’s interesting to me was few evergreen posts were sending most of the traffic. So then I decided to write in-depth content covering almost all aspects of the topic. And in less than 10 months I increased the traffic by 5 times. The search traffic zoomed to 1,500+ visits a day.

Read: Why 365 Blog Posts Is All You Need To Become A Successful Blogger

Then there was a Google penalty and I decided to clean my archived blog posts. Yes, there were low quality content, thin content, and some duplicate content as well. I deleted every single post that were outdated, news topic, or something that I didn’t like and ended up with just 130 blog posts or so from 500+. Again, even after deletion the traffic was not affected in anyway and it obviously means that all the deleted blog posts were sending nearly zero traffic.

You want to become a good blogger? Then read and write a lot. Yes, A LOTTT. It’s practice that makes us perfect.

Read: The Definitive Guide To Writing A Perfectly Optimized Blog Post

My Message To You…

You don’t start a blog to make money. I would say don’t even think about it.

Just focus on writing and writing only.  Because, when you have the content it will naturally attract traffic (though little promotion won’t hurt) and when you have the traffic then there’s a way to monetize it and you can do it any day.

Like Darren Rowse has written,

If you have just one reader and your blog changes their life your blog is big enough.

It’s all about whether you’re giving up or not. If you’re consistently creating high quality content then your website traffic (your income too) and your personal brand will grow naturally over time.

Read: 15 Blogging Tips To Supercharge Your Next Blog Post

And no, you don’t really need a million visits to make money from your blog. In fact, back in 2007-08 when I had less than 100 visits a day I monetized a niche blog perfectly and was able to generate $1,000s a month in affiliate income.

Happy Blogging!

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Bye-bye Windows Live Writer, Hello WordPress Editor! After 7 Years… http://www.minterest.org/windows-live-writer-vs-wordpress-editor/ http://www.minterest.org/windows-live-writer-vs-wordpress-editor/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:35:56 +0000 http://www.minterest.org/?p=8808 I’m a huge fan of Windows Live Writer and it  has been my favorite blog publishing tool since 2007. In fact, all my blog posts over the past 7 years on this blog were written using Windows Live Writer except this one. This is the first ever blog post of mine written by using ONLY [...]

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I’m a huge fan of Windows Live Writer and it  has been my favorite blog publishing tool since 2007. In fact, all my blog posts over the past 7 years on this blog were written using Windows Live Writer except this one. This is the first ever blog post of mine written by using ONLY default WordPress Visual/Text Editor.

Windows Live Writer vs. WordPress Editor

The user interface of Windows Live Writer is the primary reason I (and probably everyone else) loved it. Why? Because it’s literally a What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) editor. When we add our WordPress (or Blogger.com) account to Live Writer it will analyze our blog’s content and will then download the blog theme (including the stylesheet) so that we can write as if we’re writing using the front-end of the blog.

Recently, I decided to give a try to the default WordPress Visual & Text Editor once again and now I totally love it. If I remember it right, a few years back I tried to blog using WordPress interface but there were so many formatting issues which made me not wanting to try it again. For example, I had to deal with paragraph formatting issues many a times whenever I switched from Visual Editor to Text Editor. But now it’s all changed and is perfect.

And the best thing is that we can now copy-paste texts from other word processors like Microsoft Word, Evernote, Google Docs, etc. without worrying about formatting issues because WordPress now automatically strips out all the unwanted codes.

Windows Live Writer vs. WordPress Visual/Text Editor

After using Windows Live Writer loyally for over 7 years, I’ve now switched to WordPress Editor. Here’s  a comparison of Windows Live Writer and WordPress Visual/Text Editor, and my reasons for doing so.

Windows Live Writer Pros

Windows Live Writer

  • Windows Live Writer is a a desktop blog-publishing tool. It means that you can write Drafts even when you’re offline.
  • When you publish a blog post using Live Writer, you automatically get a local backup copy of all your published blog posts since blog posts are saved locally as well.
  • Adding a link is super easy because when you click the “Hyperlink” button in Live Writer it automatically copies the URL from the clipboard. You can even no-follow a link without editing the source code.
  • You can easily add images by copy-pasting from clipboard or from your computer.
  • You can also add videos from your computer or a web service like YouTube by simply clicking the “Video” button and then entering the web address.
  • The Word Count feature on Windows Live Writer shows the total word count of the current blog post in real-time. And if you want to count the number of words and characters of a paragraph then simply select the paragraph and click the “Word Count” button.
  • With Windows Live Writer, you can manage all your blogs (WordPress.org, Blogger.com, WordPress.com, Typepad, etc.)  in one place.
  • Since Live Writer downloads the actual theme from the web server it displays the styling of your heading tags (H1 – H6) and custom body classes.
  • When you’re done with writing, you can preview the blog post instantly within Live Writer and see how it would look like when you actually publish.
  • If you happen to link to the same website again and again from multiple blog posts then you can use the “Automatic Linking” feature in Live Writer. It’s a real time saver!
  • When you compose a blog post using Live Writer you get enough writing space since it’s a desktop application.
  • It’s got a built-in image editor. So you can add picture effects, watermarks, and adjust contrast without leaving the application.

Windows Live Writer Cons

  • Microsoft stopped the development of Windows Live Writer back in 2012 (not officially). It’s still the 2012 version.
  • When we copy texts from Microsoft Word (or another word process app) there are formatting issues, although you can avoid that to some extent by using its “Paste special” feature.
  • Again, when we switch from “Edit” mode to “Source” mode or vice versa some custom codes could be stripped out.
  • We’re not allowed to use a custom file name for an image when when we copy-paste an image from the clipboard.
  • Windows Live Writer is prone to crashing though it’s improved a lot now. We may lose data if the PC has crashed in between.
  • As you probably know, Yoast SEO is a plugin that we can’t live without. If we want to give a custom Title to a blog post then we still have to edit the blog post using the WordPress Editor because Live Writer doesn’t support Yoast SEO Plugin.
  • Windows Live Writer is a desktop application for Windows PCs only.
  • You’re going to miss Live Writer when you switch to a Mac or maybe when Microsoft discontinues its development officially.
  • The “Spelling” suggestion feature on Windows Live Writer is poor.
  • Inserting images is easy but image management is not efficient. For example, when you make adjustment to an image it results in duplicate images and wastage of disk space and bandwidth.
  • A “Find and Replace” feature is missing.

WordPress Editor Pros

WordPress Visual Editor

  •  The best thing about the WordPress Editor is its Visual Editor. It’s so powerful now.
  • And the next best thing about the Visual Editor is its enhanced image editing feature.
  • WordPress Editor is a browser based tool so we can make use of Google Chrome’s powerful Spell-checker.
  • It’s also crash-proof. Thanks to Auto Save featurethe changes that we make are automatically saved every 2 minutes. Also see, Post Revisions.
  • If you love WordPress Editor then you’re also going to love its beautifully crafted apps for mobile devices (Read: Top 5 Premium WordPress Apps For iPhone & iPad).
  • You can upload images to a blog post in bulk. Click the “Add Media” button in WordPress Editor, select and upload all the image files that you want to use in a blog post. Now you can insert any of those images in a blog post when you need it.
  • You can also specify custom image or link CSS classes by using the advanced settings of an image.
  • Control + Shift + V shortcut works! I’m a huge fan of Google Chrome’s Paste as plain text feature. We can easily copy-paste excerpts from anywhere on the web and copy-paste to WordPress without worrying about formatting.
  • It’s easier to find and replace text in WordPress Editor as we can use browser extensions for that. In most cases, Control + F is all you need.
  • Access “Media Library”. When we write blog posts frequently it’s more likely that we end up using the same images again and again so when we use WordPress Editor we get immediate access to our “Media Library” in one-click.
  • Everything in one place – SEO, Author, Featured Images, Scripts, etc. When you write a new blog post using the WordPress Editor, you’ll save a lot of time as you don’t need any other application like Windows Live Writer, Microsoft Word, etc.
  • You can increase your productivity further by using browser extensions and functions.

Read: Top 25 Google Chrome Productivity Extensions For Bloggers

WordPress Editor Cons

  • Writing experience is not as great as in Windows Live Writer. When we write using WordPress Editor it gives the feeling of a Notepad. I know some people might  like this, but I personally prefer a richer writing experience.
  • Writing space is limited unless you’re writing in the Distraction Free Writing mode (see Screenshot here) .
  • You can’t copy-paste images from the clipboard but there’s a plugin for that.
  • Adding links is not as easy as in Live Writer because it need more “clicks”.
  • Some popular formatting options like Font Family, Font Sizes, etc. are missing in the Visual Editor but there’s a hack for that.
  • You have to enter the Text Editor (or source code) view to no-follow a link.
  • Again, you have to enter the Text Editor view to add videos unless you’re using a plugin like Jetpack for that.

Yes, the number of pros and cons for WordPress Editor is less Windows Live Writer’s  but it’s obviously because I have only recently started using the WordPress Visual Editor. :)

Conclusion

The good thing about WordPress Editor is that there’s a plugin for almost anything. Yes, anything! So if you’re missing a feature in WordPress Editor then you can search for the same on the WordPress Plugins Directory. If you’re unable to find it then you can ask on the Support forum and someone will assist you.

The only problem is that… if you install the bad plugins then it can impact the performance of the blog. Make sure that you’ve read good news about a plugin before trying the same.

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Forget Archives. Instead Create A “New? Start Here!” Page On Your Blog http://www.minterest.org/create-a-new-start-here-page-on-your-blog/ http://www.minterest.org/create-a-new-start-here-page-on-your-blog/#comments Sun, 25 May 2014 13:57:00 +0000 http://www.minterest.com/?p=5994 Your blog probably have an “Archive” page like this one where you show all your pages, categories, tags, monthly archives, authors, etc. But wait, do you really need an archive page or an HTML sitemap page? Of course, you need an XML Sitemap for your blog like this one but it’s for search engines and [...]

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Your blog probably have an “Archive” page like this one where you show all your pages, categories, tags, monthly archives, authors, etc.

Dubious Man

But wait, do you really need an archive page or an HTML sitemap page? Of course, you need an XML Sitemap for your blog like this one but it’s for search engines and not for users.

Unless you’re a real big brand, your visitors don’t care about your Site Search, or even your category or tag cloud. People are too lazy to search your blog to find interesting content.

In that case what you really need to show are “Related Posts”, “Most Popular Posts”, interlink your other relevant blog posts, and perhaps a link to your categories and tags at the top/bottom of the blog post as it can be useful to readers.

As you can see my Archive page is almost hidden as it’s in fact a page that I created for myself.

Now coming back, there’s an alternative.

Instead of focusing on an Archive page create a “New? Start here” page where you display all your popular posts in an organized way. Think about the “Content” page in a book where they list all the topics in an organized way. And think about your Archive page as your “Index” where you show everything in your blog in a not-so organized way.

Need some example pages “New? Start here!”? Okay, check out the “New? Start here” page of Leaving Work Behind and ViperChill. I like them because they’re so readable.

Read: How To Build An Effective ‘Start Here’ Page For Your Blog | ManageWP

P.S. I didn’t have a “New? Start here” page when I first published this blog post but it was there in my to-do list. And now when I’m reposting this blog post I have one here.

First Published: April 2013; Last Updated: Sunday, May 25, 2014

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