I used to be scared of WordPress, but when I decided to create my freelance website, I already had a place to build it on WordPress.org. For the past few weeks I have been testing WordPress plugins, and I wanted to share 5 of my favorites so you can add some great additions to your WordPress.org site.
I am just starting this process though, so if you have other options, send them my way!
1. Yoast SEO
SEO is essential for freelancers. You want to get your content seen by more people and get your name out there. An easy way to do this is to be amazing at search engine optimization. Yoast SEO isn’t the end all be all of search engine optimization, BUT it can help you set up all your content for SEO.
Yoast provides a convenient checklist at the bottom of each of your posts to make them more SEO friendly. I love that it keeps me on target and it makes sure that I am keeping up with my SEO and my readability. There are many SEO WordPress plugins, but this one is my favorite.
I love how simple Click To Tweets are. Do you want to share a quick message from my blog? All you gotta do is click to open up a window with a pre-created tweet for you to send out. So easy!
There are many Click To Tweet WordPress plugins, but I fell head over heels with Better Click To Tweet. The design is SO simple, and it takes just a few moments to add a beautifully designed tweet for your audience to click on.
If you are looking through the WordPress plugins site for a Click To Tweet plugin, look no further!
I decided that I wanted to create some opt-ins for this website to collect leads over time. I created a list on MailChimp, but I wasn’t a huge fan of the form options MailChimp gave customers. So, I wanted to find some cute or at least better-looking MailChimp forms and I found that with MailMunch’s Mailchimp WordPress plugin. They have some basic themes that you can utilize for free. If you want to take it up a notch, you can pay monthly for the premium version.
In the future, I want to provide some additional types of paid content on the site like PLR content, courses, and other extras. Creating a mailing list will help me grow my brand tremendously in the future. Being able to have prettier opt-in forms throughout the site is so great for helping me build the future of my brand.Are you a #freelancer? Are you building your WordPress website? Check out these five plugins that are perfect for freelancers who want to take their site to the next level. Click To Tweet
Not gonna lie, creating nofollow links from scratch is a bit of a pain. I want affiliate marketing to be a big part of the brand. It is hard to have a lot of affiliate links without easy nofollow links. I love this plugin that makes creating nofollow links a breeze. All you have to do with this plugin installed to generate a nofollow link is check a box while you are creating your links!
My blog The Happy Arkansan is on Squarespace where creating nofollow links is a lot of work, so I am happy that creating them here is so easy!
I love having a share bar on my accounts that reminds my audience to share my content. On my other blog, I use AddThis, which I love. For this site, though, I went with Social Warfare. Both have their merits as share bars!
Having a share bar that you can customize is helpful for getting people to share your content be it a blog page or a sales page. If you don’t currently have a share bar on your website, what are you waiting for? Make sure that you adjust it so that only the most essential websites show up. You can save to all sorts of sites with a share bar, but not all of them will matter to your business.
I always thought that Social Warfare cost money, but turns out there is a free version. The free version is limited in how many sites you can add (it only has the sites that most people share on like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, StumbleUpon, Pinterest, and Google+). If you want more, you can pay $29 a year to get the pro version that includes more sites.
WordPress plugins are extremely valuable for your website. Adding extra plugins to your site can give your website unique features that you can’t find anywhere else. I know that people are extremely cautious when it comes to which plugins they add, though. I work hard to monitor my site daily and make sure that I only install high-quality plugins on my website.