5 WordPress Plugins Every Mom Blog Should Have

Whether you’re just starting or already have a long running mommy blog, using the right WordPress plugins is crucial for the success of your blog.

Your WordPress theme probably comes with some standard plugin set up – please do check and review these as not all of them will be useful for you and might unnecessarily slow your site down.

Some of these basic plugins are essential, so keep those that:

1. Block spam on your block

2. Improve security of your block

3. Speed up your loading time

4. Includes features that are vital to the success of your blog (e.g. commenting feature is absolutely essential for any type of block)

5. Good SEO plugin (that’s the language of the search engine, if you don’t have it, you’re virtually invisible in the search results)

As with other things, it’s good to keep it in balance. Having too many plugins on your site may slow down the site loading time, and that’s no good news. No blogger wants unnecessary extra delay after long hours of content drafting and what not.

Here are our top 5 recommended plugins, specifically for mommy blogs:

1. Social Sharing – Monarch

Brand new social sharing plugin from the creative minds at Elegant Themes. Plugin features a broad range of customization options and features with an impressive and easy interface and install. Easy as 1-2-3 to use.

monarch social sharing

2. SEO – WordPress SEO by Yoast

Most used and recommended SEO plugin with easy setup options for each blog post/page, customization options for social sharing and plenty of other features. This plugin is your “traffic light” guide to a quality SEO post. It highlights parts of your content that needs editing along with other checklist that will garner more traffic to your blog once met.

wordpress yoast

3. Sitemap – Google XML Sitemap

Help search engines better index your blog and increase your search engine visibility with this simple plugin.

sitemap

4. Competitions – Gleam Competitions

You’ve probably seen this on many other blogs; this WP plugin enables you to run competitions on various social media channels. Quite useful to get more site engagement and traffic to your blog.

blog competitions

5. Comments – Disqus Comments

Also, another one widely used plugin, easy to set up a works and looks much better than your default WordPress commenting feature. This will make your blog more interactive.

comments

Other plugins, which are hugely beneficial, not specifically for mommy blogs, but for any blogging include these:

1. W3 – Web Performance Optimization

Helps to improve your overall site performance, increase loading speed, trusted by big brands and companies.

w3

2. Gravity Forms

Do you use the contact form on your site? Make sure you use this plugin – it lets you build custom made contact forms and much more! Read on for full features here.

gravity forms

3. Opt-in Monster

If you’re not collecting emails and subscribers, you’re missing out! This plugin is the best for the job!

optin

4. Adsanity

If you’re planning to make some money from ads, then this plugin is a must-have to manage your ads and banners!

ads

5. Thirsty Affiliate

Manage affiliate links on your site with this simple tool.

affiliate

If you have a plugin that you find highly useful, please leave a comment below and let other fellow mommy bloggers know!

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