You might have heard all the bloggers raving about how some “plugins” saved their lives and that if it wasn’t for those plugins, maintaining their site would’ve been such a hassle.
Unlike the popular opinion that anything that comes for free has little to no value, you will be damned if you don’t have these free WordPress plugins installed!
Plugins allow browsers to display additional content that was not designed to be displayed originally. They basically provide certain specific services which would not be available otherwise.
By free WordPress plugins I mean FREE WordPress plugins! These do not have any shady requirements or sign-ups. Though some might have upgrade options, the free version is more than enough and fulfills all the basic requirements.
This is going to be a long post as there is a lot to explain here. Make sure you go through all the points explained. I will be specifically talking about 3 free WordPress plugins, why use them and how they work.
Free WordPress Plugins For Beginners
To install these plugins, go to your WordPress dashboard and click on the Plugins section and then click on Add new. Then type in the following plugin names and click install and then activate them.
Fill in the required details for the bestperformance of your site! Always update the plugins when a new version is available. You will be notified about the same in your Updates section on your WordPress dashboard.
1. Site Kit by Google
Why Site Kit?
This is by far the best plugin and I think everyone that has a blog should install it. For a free WordPress plugin, it has a LOT to offer!
This is Google’s official WordPress plugin where you can monitor your site’s performance, check your page speed and view analytics and do a lot more!
It is a one stop destination for integrating Google Search Console, Google Analytics, Google Page speed Insights and Google AdSense!
All you have to do is install Site Kit plugin and fill in your details about your website and you’re good to go! Make sure you have a gmail account!
How Site Kit Works?
After installing the Site Kit plugin, you have access to all other Google products and insights on how to succeed the web!
All these products will be available in a single dashboard and you don’t need to know how to code!
Google products available with Site Kit:
Search Console gives reports on your site’s traffic- how people found your site and the CTR (click through rate).
Google AdSense is way to monetize your site when you have some traffic on your site! It has very easy setup.
Google Analytics is a tool to understand your audience and customers. It gives business insights which will help you optimize your website better!
Page Speed Insights gives real time speed of your site. If you have a slow loading site, you have to make sure you don’t as it is a turn off for both Google and your audience.
Imagine getting all these amazing services without having to sell an arm and a leg! You actually get it for free!
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2. Yoast SEO
SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is optimizing your website in a way that makes it easier for search engines to rank your website.
Most of the time, figuring out what formatting is required in your webpage/post to best suit the SEO can be really hard and time consuming.
This is why it is highly recommended that you install this free WordPress plugin, Yoast SEO.
This plugin has a lot to offer in its FREE version itself! There is an upgrade option if you want some extra features.
How Does Yoast SEO Work?
Yoast SEO has a lot of features where you can setup your website type ( for example, if it is a business or personal, number of employees, type of content, etc.) and they will help you format your posts accordingly.
A Google preview option is available where you can check how your post will look on the Google search results.
The title, meta description and images can be viewed even before getting your post live!
Their readability analysis helps you with your writing, passive voice usage and they suggest changes where required.
To be honest, I didn’t even know having a certain amount of passive voice helps with your SEO!?? Thanks to Yoast! as they’ve got you covered!
Generating Traffic For Beginners
I think it is pretty obvious that getting traffic from Google is really difficult especially if you’re new.
This is due to the cut-throat competition from the millions of sites and billions of articles on the same topic. But this shouldn’t discourage you from pursuing a blog!
As far as traffic is concerned, the best way to generate traffic is by kick-starting you Pinterest marketing.