Minterest » WordPress http://www.minterest.org tech. marketing. mashups. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 05:38:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 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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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.

  • Rating:
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  • Last Updated:

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.

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Why 365 Blog Posts (Or Even Less) Is All You Need To Become A Successful Blogger http://www.minterest.org/how-many-blog-posts-publish-per-week/ http://www.minterest.org/how-many-blog-posts-publish-per-week/#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:41:00 +0000 http://www.minterest.org/?p=7968 Image Credit: Flickr Ever wondered how many blog posts you need to become a successful blogger? I’ll show you why 365 posts is all you need for traffic & income. If you’re planning to start a blog then people might have recommended you to write once weekly, twice weekly or maybe one daily. Yes, it’s [...]

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Ever wondered how many blog posts you need to become a successful blogger? I’ll show you why 365 posts is all you need for traffic & income. If you’re planning to start a blog then people might have recommended you to write once weekly, twice weekly or maybe one daily. Yes, it’s true if you want to make your blog active, engaging, and would like to increase the number of subscribers. But it’s also true that you can become a successful blogger and increase your blog traffic without following any publishing schedule.

Read: How Much Traffic Do You Need To Make $100,000 With Advertising

How Many Blog Posts Should You Publish Per Week

Business 2 Community recently published an infographic featuring 13 blogging statistics. Out of that, I would like to highlight the first three stats:

  • 80% of daily blog visits are new.
  • Blogs that post daily get 5 times more traffic than those that post weekly or less.
  • Once you accumulate 51 posts, blog traffic increases by 53%, goes up by 3 times after 100 posts and by 4.5 times after 200 posts.

I started Minterest in 2007 and by 2012 end I had around 450 blog posts or so. But a good percentage of the content was either not so good quality or were news posts. Later in 2013, I deleted over 300 blog posts that I didn’t like or that I thought were giving outdated information. But the deletion of those blog posts didn’t impact the blog traffic in a big way as 90% of the traffic was driven by other content. So I was left with just 137 evergreen blog posts and it was still enough to drive over 1,500 organic traffic a day. So as mentioned above, when you increase the number of quality blog posts your overall blog traffic goes up proportionally.

Read: Daily Blogging: Here’s Why You Should And Shouldn’t Blog Daily

All I would say all you need is just 365 posts. Now why 365? Well, it’s just a number to correlate with the number of days in a calendar year so that even if you stopped posting new topics you can edit your old blog posts and keep your blog fresh and up-to-date. For example, my total blog post count as of today is less than 200 but it’s more than enough to keep me busy as everyday I get a new resource (or content idea) that I’d like to add to one of my old blog post.

You can apply this strategy to almost any blog from any industry as long as it’s not a news blog, recipe blog, and the likes. In that case your readers expect you to publish fresh content than reposting of your old blog posts. For instance, if you own a food blog then you’ll have to follow a publishing schedule like one recipe a day/week or even a month. Since recipe blog posts are usually evergreen it doesn’t require a maintenance or updation.

Evergreen Content And Its Importance

Evergreen Content

Evergreen content (or timeless blog posts) are blog posts that is relevant for a longer period of time. In other words, evergreen content won’t require any maintenance or updation (say for the next 12–18 months). The best examples of evergreen content are how-to blog posts like “How To Start A Blog”, “How To Train A Dog” or list posts like “20 Dating Tips”, “10 Ways To Lose Weight”, etc. Examples of non-evergreen content include news articles, statistics, trending topics, speculative articles, etc.

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

More Resources About Evergreen Content

Updating A Blog Post Vs. Publishing A New One

I’ve already mentioned the importance of updating blog posts in my 15 Blogging Tips post. Like I’ve already mentioned, updating your old blog posts improves the quality of the blog as a whole because your blog will then be delivering more relevant information.

You can update the content by rewriting the whole article (by increasing the quality) or just the relevant parts of the article. For example, you can increase the quality of a paragraph by adding an image (or a screenshot), or by linking out to a more relevant page, or by rewriting a paragraph in a better way so that it enhances the user experience, or make it social media friendly by optimizing title, images, sub-headings, etc. And now if you have a digital product or a service that you want to promote then you can do the same when you update the blog post by adding a “Call To Action” or by adding a relevant text link within the blog post.

Blogging

Updating the blog posts not only keeps your content fresh and up-to-date but will also improve your search engine ranking. It can be achieved in several ways. For example, when you republish an old blog post it’s treated as fresh content by Google and when you’re updating an old blog post you can optimize the post by adding more relevant keywords so that you’ll get more organic traffic.

If you’re not sure about which blog post to edit then you can randomly select a blog post based on its past performance. For example, if one of your blog post was performing well (in terms of page views or comments or social sharing) in the past when it was first published and later lost all its rankings (say after 2 years) then you can select that post.

And feel free to republish the updated blog post by changing its date so that it appears as a new one on your blog’s homepage and search engines will treat it as “fresh content”. But if your URL structure has dates in it then changing date is not advised as it creates errors and you may lose its PageRank. Also, you can mention the originally published date of that blog post at the top/bottom of the page.

Read: The Blogger’s Handbook – Over 101 Blogging Resources

Conclusion

The above content strategy is applicable to almost any blog out there. Just do a comprehensive keyword research (especially if it’s a niche blog) so that you’ll know what people want and will then easily get content ideas.

It works the best when you own a single author blog no matter if it’s a niche blog or a diversified blog. If it’s a multi-author blog then this strategy will cost you more since you’re paying per post to your authors. So they may charge additional fee for all editing and updation.

Happy Blogging!

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15 Blogging Tips To Supercharge Your Next Blog Post http://www.minterest.org/blogging-tips-for-your-next-blog-post/ http://www.minterest.org/blogging-tips-for-your-next-blog-post/#comments Wed, 19 Mar 2014 10:33:00 +0000 http://www.minterest.org/?p=7652 Image Credit: Flickr I’ve highlighted over 18 surefire tips to write a perfectly optimized blog post in my last blog post. It was all about how to make your blog post more user and search engine friendly so as to leverage search engine optimization. And today I’m going to feature 15 blogging tips to make [...]

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I’ve highlighted over 18 surefire tips to write a perfectly optimized blog post in my last blog post. It was all about how to make your blog post more user and search engine friendly so as to leverage search engine optimization. And today I’m going to feature 15 blogging tips to make you a better blogger. Whether you’re a beginner or a professional wouldn’t matter, these tips will supercharge your next blog post. Guaranteed!

In A Nutshell: 15 Blogging Tips To Write A Better Blog Post

  1. It’s all About Quality, Not Quantity!
  2. Make Your Blog Posts Scannable
  3. Write Today
  4. Monetize Tomorrow!
  5. Word Count Matters, Be Consistent
  6. You Don’t Have To Stuff Synonyms Of Keywords
  7. Use Social Sharing Buttons
  8. Speed Up Your Blog
  9. Split Your Blog Posts
  10. Make Your Blog Personal
  11. Publish At The Right Time
  12. Update Your Evergreen Content Regularly
  13. How To Write A Blog Post Faster
  14. Write More Evergreen Content
  15. Write What People Want

1. It’s all About Quality, Not Quantity!

Always focus on quality and not quantity. Don’t write a blog post every single day just because you think you want to publish one. Write only when you’ve got something to share with others. Increasing your blog post counts may increase your traffic, your revenue, and your backlinks but if they’re of low quality then it’s going to hurt your credibility. For example, nowadays both Mashable and TechCrunch are “making” news rather than “reporting” them.

Read: Why Outsourcing Content Creation Is A Bad Idea For Your Blog | Minterest

2. Make Your Blog Posts Scannable

I’ve already mentioned in my How To Write A Perfectly Optimized Blog Post about how to use sub-headings and bullet points in your blog posts to make it more user friendly. The idea is to make your blog posts more scannable because people don’t read your blog posts word by word they scan it. So use lists (numbered lists or bullet points), sub-headings, block quotes, and format the paragraphs by effectively utilizing text formatting like – bold, italics, underline, strikethroughs, or even colors.

Read: 8 Ways To Get More People To Read Your Content | Copyblogger

3. Write Today, Monetize Tomorrow!

If you’re getting steady traffic then you can monetize it anytime. There’s a way to monetize your blog no matter what your blogging niche is. You can sell advertising, try affiliate programs (Tip: What is affiliate marketing?), brand yourself and offer your services, etc. when you’re ready.

Read: 90 Amazing Websites For Anyone & Everyone To Make Money | Minterest

4. Word Count Matters

An analysis by serpIQ suggests that the average word count of a web page that ranks top 10 in Google has 2,000 words. But it’s all about quality too so it doesn’t really mean that your blog post will be on top 10 if it has 2,000 words. For example, if you’re writing a Top 100 list post then you’re giving a lot of value in the first 10 points while you’re supposed to offer value in all your 100 points. Don’t just write to increase your word count.

Read: How Content Length Affects Rankings And Conversions | Quick Sprout

5. Be Consistent

Yes, it’s all about quality but if you’re able to publish blog posts consistently then your traffic will also grow consistently over time. It’s important if you consider yourself as a professional/full-time blogger. For example, if you own a recipe blog then it’s a good idea to think about a publishing frequency. Like – a new blog post every day, a new blog post every Monday, or a new blog post every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. That way you’re keeping your blog active and your readers engaged so that they will subscribe to your RSS, Facebook Page, Twitter to get the future recipes.

But if you check my blog then you’ll see that I don’t have any blogging schedule (read my editorial philosophy) and I’m not consistent at all. Since I treat my blog as a personal journal I write when I’ve got something to share about things that I’m passionate about. It could be tech, marketing, or even mashups like this, this, or this. And that exactly is the reason why I don’t accept any guest posts or press releases.

Read: Daily Blogging: Here’s Why You Should And Shouldn’t Blog Daily | Minterest

6. You Don’t Have To Stuff Synonyms Of Keywords

In 2000s it was easy to rank a webpage for a keyword by adding the primary keywords in title, h1-h3 tags, paragraphs, meta description and keywords. Since Google sucked at understanding synonyms we had to stuff synonyms of the keywords in the title, description and content. Now Google understands synonyms (see LSI – Latent Semantic Indexing) so you don’t have to spoil the title by stuffing keywords.

For example,

If you Google “best iphone apps” OR “top 10 iphone apps” the #1 result remains the same.

Synonyms in Google SERPs

Read:  Google Understands Synonyms And Relevance | Design A

7. Use Social Sharing Buttons

Make sure that you’ve integrated social media sharing buttons in your blog post so that it becomes easy for your readers to spread the love. If you’re using WordPress then you can try the plugins like Shareaholic, Sociable, Digg Digg, Pinterest Pin It Button For Images depending upon your target audience.

Read: How To Make Your Posts Stand Out On Social Media | Buffer

8. Speed Up Your Blog

As you may already know Google has incorporated site speed as a ranking signal in their algorithms. So if your blog takes more than say 3 seconds to load (Tip: You can use the tools listed here to check the speed & performance of your blog) then you should improve your site speed to improve your rankings on search engines. Here are 15 tips to speed up your website.

Read: How Load Time Affects Google Rankings [Infographic]| Quick Sprout

9. Split Your Blog Posts

Feel free to split up your blog post if it’s too lengthy to improve the user experience. But it doesn’t mean that you should split it if it’s over say 2,000 or 3,000 words. You can split up the article if you’ve covered two different topics in it. For example, this blog post was actually part of my previous blog post “How To Write A Perfectly Optimized Blog Post” but when I started I got a feeling that it’s worth to write as another article. So I split the content and made it two posts: one focusing optimization and the other one on tips. There are additional benefits if you split posts like it helps to reduce the bounce rate of your blog, will increase page views, and more page views means more advertising revenue. Optionally you can indicate paginated content to make it more search engine friendly.

Read: Implementing Pagination Attributes [Advanced Guide ]| Search Engine Land

10. Make Your Blog Personal

You’re writing a blog post and not a book so you’ve to make it personal by adding emotions. It’s a good idea to use “I” often as it builds trust. It’s absolutely fine even if you’re going to disagree with someone or if you’re genuinely writing about how you are feeling about something/someone. After all you simply can’t please each and everyone who is out there.

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde

And always respond to your comments and e-mails. I try to reply to as many e-mails and comments as possible. The only situation when I don’t respond to an e-mail is when I’m sure that they used a pre-written template.

Read: How Quick Sprout Gets 176 Comments Per Blog Post | Quick Sprout

11. Publish At The Right Time

Social media timing really matters. Just submit the same piece of content at different times and you’ll notice that you’re getting more traffic whenever you post during peak times. People usually read blogs in the morning but you can also check the statistics by publishing at different times and find the best timing.

Read: The Art Of Social Media Timing | Minterest

12. Update Your Evergreen Content Regularly

You must update your blog posts (especially your evergreen content) whenever you can. It not only keeps your blog posts fresh and up-to-date but will also improve your search engine ranking. For example, whenever I come across good WordPress Plugins, or Apps, or Internet Tools, etc. I add them to Evernote so that when I have collected enough new information related to a blog post I update that post. Another example is my 101 Google Products & Services page. As you can see, it was first published in 2009 and had around 60 products at first but now it has over 150 products by Google.

Read: One Activity You Should Do On Your Blog Every Day | ProBlogger

13. How To Write A Blog Post Faster

I take at least 4 to 6 hours to write a 1,000 word blog post depending upon the topic but professional bloggers and freelancer writers are super fast. I’ve asked few bloggers on Twitter few months back and they told me that they can write an in-depth blog post that’s 2,000 word article in less than 2 hours.

Also, read how to write a blog post every single day by Ginny Soskey of HubSpot. She’s a staff writer at HubSpot and has listed 11 tips to write a blog post every single day. There are some cool ideas in that blog post but my favorites are “Skip to Easier Stuff” and “Organize Your Bookmark Bar With Resources You Use Every Day” as I follow that. I add the links required for the next blog post to Google Chrome’s Bookmarks Bar and it will be my starting point.

Ginny also wrote an interesting blog post about how she wrote a 1,000 word blog post in 10 minutes. The trick is to use Evernote (or your favorite note taking mobile app) and Siri (or a voice assistant). But I must admit that it didn’t work for me as Siri rarely understands what I’m saying. :D

14. Write More Evergreen Content

There are over 52 types of blog posts that are proven to work like tutorials, news, lists, comparison, stories, memes, etc. Evergreen content refers to those timeless blog posts that remains valid at all times of the year. For example, when you write a news story about a trending topic then it’s more likely that your blog post will become out of interest when that topic is no longer trending. When you write evergreen content you will get traffic to those articles consistently as people search about it even if the topic/keyword is not trending. But make sure that the content is up-to-date because it’s almost impossible to write an article that requires zero maintenance since you have to offer as much value as you can.

Read: 12 Types Of Evergreen Content That Attract Links | Search Engine Watch

15. Write What People Want

If you’re not sure about what to write then the best way is to analyze your traffic (Tip: Google Analytics is your friend). Because that’s the easiest way to find out what’s working and what’s not. For example, you can check the Analytics to find the most popular pages in your blog or you can check which blog posts are getting the maximum social media love so that you can repeat the steps. And yeah, use keyword research to further optimize those pages so as to maximize organic traffic.

Read: 3 Steps To Identify Blog Topics That Are Relevant To Your Audience | Moz

BONUS: Topic Ideas For Your Next Blog Post

I previously wrote that the secret to daily blogging is to start writing a blog post. Likewise, read, read, read and you’ll never run out of topic. You can read this blog post where I have featured over 25 great tools to discover awesome content to share and blog about.

If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that. – Stephen King

Read: 25 Content Discovery Tools To Find Great Social Media Content | Minterest

If you want to blog something random then you can try the Content Idea Generator Tool by Portent.com. You can enter any keyword that you like and it will suggest a social media friendly title. So if you’re really creative then you can use that as a starting point. Trust me, it works! Or you can try 103 Creative Business Blog Post Idea Starters and write your own version of any of those topics. If you still didn’t get any content ideas then take a look at your competitors and see what they are blogging. For example, if you own a technology blog then your competitor may have reviewed an interesting app. You can try that app too and write your review and feel free to give the credits.

Got a powerful blogging tip that you’d like to suggest? If so, let me know as a comment below and I will be happy to mention it when I update this blog post.

Happy Blogging! :)

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18 Surefire Tips To Write A Perfectly Optimized Blog Post http://www.minterest.org/how-to-write-a-perfect-blog-post/ http://www.minterest.org/how-to-write-a-perfect-blog-post/#comments Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:50:10 +0000 http://www.minterest.org/?p=7647 Image Credit: Flickr Over the past several months I’ve collected a ton of good resources about how to write a perfect blog post. So I thought it’s better to do a mashup than simply rewriting/reposting what’s already said in the blogosphere. So I’ll be focusing on writing a blog post that’s well optimized and that [...]

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Over the past several months I’ve collected a ton of good resources about how to write a perfect blog post. So I thought it’s better to do a mashup than simply rewriting/reposting what’s already said in the blogosphere. So I’ll be focusing on writing a blog post that’s well optimized and that attracts search engine and social media love.

As you probably know, there are a lot of bloggers who write really awesome content but the problem is their blog posts are not so optimized. The reason could be they don’t care about SEO much or they are not so tech-savvy so they don’t know how to optimize their blog posts. Hence I believe that this blog post will also help the not so tech-savvy bloggers (food blogs, personal blogs) so that they can optimize their existing and future blog posts to skyrocket the traffic.

Read: The Blogger’s Handbook – 101+ Essential Resources For Bloggers| Minterest

In A Nutshell: 18 Steps To A Perfectly Optimized Blog Post

  1. Be Original. Be Yourself.
  2. Use Keywords Effectively.
  3. Write An Epic Title
  4. Write An Alternate Title And Make It Your H1 Tag
  5. Write A Good Introduction
  6. Use Sub-headings (H1 – H3 tags) & Bullet Points
  7. Competitor Analysis
  8. Write In-depth Articles
  9. Interlink Your Blog Posts
  10. Link Out To Other Blog Posts
  11. Write A Nice Meta Description
  12. Add Relevant Tags & Categories
  13. Make The URL Friendly & Optimized
  14. Use Relevant & Quality Images
  15. Optimize Images To Maximize Traffic
  16. Embed Audios & Videos
  17. Add Call To Action (CTA)
  18. Add Google Authorship

1. Be Original. Be Yourself.

It’s okay to write a blog post about a news story that’s already blogged by 1,000 websites in your niche. The question is what makes your blog post unique? Are you just rewriting what’s written in other blogs or are you including your own views and ideas? If you’re adding value to your blog posts in one way or the other then you’re on the right track. It doesn’t matter if you have haters or if they’re criticizing your blog posts as long as you’re right.

Read: What Is “High Quality Content” According To Google? | Minterest

You don’t really have to write a blog post daily only to engage your readers. It may increase your traffic, your Alexa rank but that won’t make you an awesome blogger. I would say write only if you have got something nice to say.

2. Use Keywords Effectively

As you probably know, keywords are search terms that people use to find webpages and keyword research is the practice of finding the value of those keywords. Keyword research is not required for all your blog posts but it’s very important when you’re writing an in-depth blog post or a tutorial.

Read: Keyword Research: The Definitive Guide | Backlinko

So, why is keyword research important? If your awesome blog post is missing the important keywords then it means it’s not search optimized. Since search engines use keywords (and of course other signals too) to determine the relevancy of a page it’s important to include the keywords that people will be using to find your blog post.

If you’re in a competitive niche then you should target long tail keywords (keyword phrases that usually have 3 or more words in the phrase). Because it’s easy to rank a webpage for a long tail keyword and the traffic quality will also be great especially when you have a niche blog.

3. Write An Epic Title

People will read your title and that’s guaranteed but they don’t read your blog post word-by-word unless they want to. So writing a powerful title is the quickest way to grab the attention of your readers. Make sure it’s less than 70 characters and it’s a good practice if the primary keywords that you’re targeting are at the beginning of the title.

Also, if you’re #9 in Google for a keyword and if users are clicking on your link (that is if your click through rate is high ) than the top 5 search results position then your ranking will improve and eventually you may end up in top 5.

Read: How To Write Truly Epic Blog Post Titles | Super Media

If you’re bad at writing titles like me then give a try to Content Idea Generator by Portent or learn how to spin a title that’s already popular. I also recommend reading the advanced guide by Buffer about writing great titles on Twitter, Facebook, and Blog based on their research.

4. Write An Alternate Title And Make It Your H1 Tag

When you have done an in-depth blog post after the necessary keyword research and competitor analysis you can think about two titles (in fact the 2nd one is the H1 tag).  WordPress (and some other content management systems) by default assumes that your Title tag and H1 are the same and there’s no option to change it. Tip: What are <h1> to <h6> Tags?

But if you’re using Yoast WordPress SEO Plugin (or other SEO plugins) then you can write a custom <Title> tag from your WordPress dashboard. It’s useful when you want to write two versions of the same title – one should be search optimized and other one should be user friendly.

If your blog is an authority one then it won’t be a problem but otherwise it’s somewhat difficult to write a title that’s both user-friendly and search optimized. If it’s user-friendly then there’s less space to add the targeted keywords and if it’s a search optimized title then it may be boring to users.

And Google will either show your Title tag or the H1 tag as the title of your blog post in search result pages. In my blog the title that you’re seeing within the blog post is actually the H1 tag and the title that you’re seeing on the task bar (or your web browser tab) is the <Title> tag. When people share your blog post on social media it’s mostly the <Title> tag.

Read: Nine Best Practices For Optimized <Title> Tags | Search Engine Land

5. Write A Good Introduction

Introduction is the next thing after the title that people actually read. If you have a great introduction then most probably they will read your entire blog post or at least scan it. You can summarize the whole blog post in your introduction by telling what you’re writing about and why people should actually read it.

Also, it’s important to include the primary keywords that you’re targeting in the first few paragraphs because that tells the search engines that your article is about that keyword.

Read: 11 Ways To Write An Irresistible Intro To Your Blog Post | Write To Done

I must admit that I suck at writing but I’m good in research (or at least I believe that way) so I usually write to archive my mind or to share the resources that I’ve collected over time. But I do refine the blog posts regularly to make it as useful as possible.

6. Use Sub-headings (H1 – H3 tags) & Bullet Points

Like I’ve mentioned, people don’t actually read your blog posts they scan through it. You’ve to make your blog posts more readable by using subheadings and bullet points. Why? Because it improves the user experience as it’s easier to read subheadings and bullet points than just paragraphs. And your readers will know what they will get without reading the entire paragraphs. For example, you split a single blog post into several sections using subheadings and bullet points even if they’re closely related.

Use heading tags (H1, H2, H3, H4, H5, H6) effectively. H1 tag is the most important and H6 is the least important heading in a page. And remember, you can have multiple H2 – H6 tags but it’s a best practice to limit to one H1 tag per page.

Read: How To Use Heading Tags For SEO | WooRank

7. Competitor Analysis

If you’re writing something awesome and something that requires a lot of effort then do some competitor analysis. Because that’s the only way to tell whether you’re going to rank for the target keyword or not. If the topic that you’ve planned is already covered on a ton of other blogs then you have to make it even better to outrank your competitors. Otherwise ask yourself what makes you unique? Why your webpage should rank higher on Google? If you believe that your content offers more value than your competitors then it should rank higher someday (of course it takes time and it depends upon several other factors like authority of your blog, keyword competition, etc.).

For example, if it’s a “Top X Tips” kind of post and if your competitor is listing up to 50 tips then you can do your research and make it a list of 100. Another technique is regularly updating the content on your blog. It’s a good practice to update your content to make it more relevant and fresh so that it will become one of your evergreen content.

8. Write In-depth Articles

Last year Google released a new feature called “In-depth articles“. The idea is to highlight quality in-depth content in Google search results as their research indicated that 10% of users needed in-depth content. So optimize your blog for the “In-depth articles” feature and write in-depth articles whenever you can.

Read: How I Increased My Google Traffic Through In-Depth Articles | Quick Sprout

9. Interlink Your Blog Posts

If you want to increase the ranking of your blog posts then make sure that your blog posts are interlinked. Internal linking not only means that your pages must be reachable from your homepage but it also means that the inner pages must be linking to each other. When you’re linking your own internal pages you’re actually passing link juice to those pages thereby increasing its ranking.

Read: Interlink Your Old Blog Posts | ProBlogger

10. Link Out To Other Blog Posts

Even if you’re linking to a competitor it doesn’t mean that you won’t outrank them. Since search engines use 100s of signals to rank a webpage so you may outrank your competitor even if you’re linking to them.

And it doesn’t mean that when you’re writing a blog post you should link to your competitor who has covered the same topic. If that is the case then it means that you’re giving a vote to your competitor for the current topic and it will boost their ranking. Instead you can use the following linking strategy. For example, this blog post is about “How To Write A Blog Post” so as you can see I’m not linking to any of those pages that are exactly about the same topic but I’ve linked to a ton of other quality resources that’s highly relevant to the context.

Read: Using Outbound Links To Improve Your Blog | Vandelay Design

It’s annoying if you’ve mentioned a website or reviewed a product but are not willing to link to it. After all the web is all about links. We want to offer the best user experience possible so feel free to link to other websites.

11. Write A Nice Meta Description

Meta description tags don’t impact your search engine rankings directly but they can significantly improve the click-through-rate in search engine results pages. If your blog post is missing the meta description tag then search engines will automatically show an excerpt from your page. But if you write a meta description then search engines will show it when it’s relevant to the context.

Read: Think Less About SEO & More About Click-Throughs | KISSmetrics

12. Add Relevant Tags & Categories

Make sure that you added the most relevant categories and tags to the blog post so that your readers can easily find more interesting content in the same topic on your blog.

13. Make The URL Friendly & Optimized

People may or may not pay attention to your URL (address of your blog post). But still… it’s nice to make it friendly and readable. Use hyphens and not underscores or spaces to separate keywords in your URLs. Also, I’ve noticed that most SEOs don’t recommend the usage of stop words in your URLs to save space. I would say write a URL that reflects the content of that page so that even the naked URL itself becomes self-descriptive. I try to make my URLs less than 60 characters or say less than 7 words including the primary keywords that I’m focusing.

Example of a self-descriptive URL that has a stop word, http://www.minterest.org/my-favorite-iphone-and-ipad-apps/.

Read: SEO Best Practices For URLs | Moz

14. Use Relevant & Quality Images

A picture is worth a thousand words and it requires no further explanation. That’s the reason why infographic is very popular these days because it’s engaging and presents the data in a nice way. I always try to use high quality images and I love to show branded images. Also, unless it’s something exclusive or proprietary I don’t insert any watermarks. You can read the ultimate guide to web images to learn the best practices.

Read: How To Optimize Images For Better Search Engine Rankings | Quick Sprout

And here’s a list of over 20 websites to get free stock photos for your blog.

15. Optimize Images To Maximize Traffic

Search engines can’t read images and they don’t understand what the images are all about. But there are several ways to optimize images on your blog posts so that search engines will understand it better and will rank accordingly.

Read: 6 Ways To Generate More Traffic Out Of Your Images | Quick Sprout

You can see this video where Google’s Matt Cutts discusses how to optimize your images.

16. Embed Audios & Videos

Embed videos and audios in your blog post when it’s required or when you’ve got something interesting to share. A case study by Neil Patel shows that videos may not drive huge traffic to your blog but it’s also true that people love videos. So it builds loyalty, increases the time they spend on your blog, and gradually your subscriber count will also increase (if you produce videos regularly).

Read: How Text Drives More Traffic Than Video Content | Quick Sprout

17. Add Call To Action (CTA)

The conclusion or the closing paragraph can be short paragraph asking your reader’s feedback and you can add a call-to-action(CTA). A call-to-action is simply an image or short text that prompts a user to click it and take an action. It can be anything like – download an e-book, newsletter subscription, product trial, free coupon, etc.

Read: 21 Call To Action Examples And 3 Rules For Effective CTAs | Crazy Egg

18. Add Google Authorship

Google+ Authorship allows you to verify your identity and establish authority. It improves the search quality as authorship information can be used to differentiate human-generated content and spam or low quality content. Also, it helps you stand out in search results thereby increasing the click-through rate. If you haven’t claimed your Google authorship yet then read its definitive guide here.

Read: Why Google authorship Is So Important| Buffer

Also, learn how to claim your Bing authorship here.

Conclusion

If you know a better resource than any of the recommendations then let me know and I’ll replace it. Just make sure that it’s not so advanced so that newbie bloggers and non-tech-savvy users will also find it useful.

Have I missed something or is there any other resource that you’d like to suggest? If so, let me know as a comment below! :)

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