Top 10 WordPress Plugins for Your Small Business Blog

When it comes to WordPress plugins, I’m like a kid in a candy store. There are so many cool options that it’s sometimes hard to choose. When selecting plugins for your small business blog, I recommend keeping one thing in mind: just because you can doesn’t mean you should.

Here a few of the top plugins you might want to consider:

1. All in One SEO Pack – This plugin is designed to help you improve your search engine results. It automatically generates META tags for your posts and optimizes your post titles for search. You can just plugin and go, or you can fine-tune settings to suit your specific needs.

2. Back Up WordPRess – This backup tool is easy to use, and it allows you to automatically schedule backups of your small business blog. You can adjust how many backup files are stored as well as opt to have files automatically sent to the email address of your choice.

3. Broken Link Checker – With this plugin, you’ll get notifications on your dashboard when broken links are detected in your blog’s content. You can also see broken links when viewing your blog normally by choosing to have broken links display differently within posts. The best part of this plugin is that it makes it easy for you to update and edit URLs from your dashboard without opening and editing the blog post.

4. Login Security Solution – The security plugin can help save you from brute force attacks. It tracks IP addresses, usernames, and passwords as well as monitors logins made by form submissions and auth cookies. You never know when a malicious attacker will try to hack your site. Better safe than sorry!

5. WPtouch – If your blog isn’t mobile friendly already, add this plugin now. WPtouch lets you customize how your blog appears for your mobile visitors and it’s a cinch to use. It even lets your mobile viewers switch between the mobile theme and your blog’s standard theme. If you need more features, you can also check out the Pro version.

6. Sharebar – Make it easier for your readers to share your content on popular social media sites and via email. From your dashboard, you can customize which sharing options appear on your site and customize the way the Sharebar appears. If you don’t like Sharebar, there are plenty of other plugin options for helping readers spread your posts. Poke around and find one that’s right for you.

7. Dynamic “To Top” – This is a must-have plugin for the long-winded writer or the small business blogger that frequently features tutorials with lots of screenshots and scrolling. The back-to-top button only appears in JS enabled browsers, and it can be disabled for visitors on mobile browsers.

8. Editorial Calendar – This editorial calendar plugin lets you see your scheduled posts in a calendar view and then drag and drop them to reschedule. It’s a huge time saver and give you a great visual picture of what is scheduled to post when on your blog.

9. Easy Heads Up Bar – This simple plugin adds a notification bar to the top of your WordPress blog website. It lets you link your call to action to promote anything from sales and promotions to polls and surveys.

10. W3 Total Cache – This plugin has been recommended many times over for helping bloggers improve site performance by reducing download times.

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Emily Suess is a full-time technical marketing writer in the software industry and a part-time freelance copywriter. To learn more about marketing your small business online, check out her copywriting blog, Say It With Me.

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  2. I like upPrev for showing other posts which your readers might want to read at the bottom of your post. It’s what creates the functionality that you see on the New York Times website.

    With that said, I try to keep the plugin footprint to a minimum so the plugins don’t slow the website down too much. Instead of using a broken link checker plugin, you can download Xenu, which is a free and open source link checker.

  3. Great list – I use a lot of those.

    Another plugin I recommend is ‘All In One Favicon’ which makes adding a favicon a breeze.

    I also use ‘Special Recent Posts’ which has a lot more options that the normal ‘recent posts’ plugin – for example, you can add thumbnails, and choose to display a snippet of the post.

  4. I’ve been using All in One SEO for a long time but recently decided to use WP SEO by YOAST recently on some of my blogs including that of my clients. I use WP Backup to Dropbox as my backup plugin.

    I also find Contact Form 7 as a very handy plugin if the theme you are using does not have it’s own contact form template built-in.

  5. Great list. One of my favorite is WP Touch to make the site look great on mobile devices. Like Mica, I also like Contact Form 7 if the theme doesn’t have a great built in already.

  6. Emily,
    I enjoy reading your posts. I’ve been using SBI for almost a year, and have been happy with the results. It’s great for people who want the whole package. I have my business up and running in under a year, but I still have much to learn and a long way to go :)

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

  7. Hi, Emily great information about wordpress plugins but i want to know about authorbox plugins.please give me the suggestion which authorbox plugin is better to use?

  8. I’m a strong believer in keeping the number of plug-ins to a minimum. Between updating WP, updating your theme and updating plug-ins, you’ve already got a workload before you even start creating content.

    I do use the all in one seo plug-in and a backup plug-in.

  9. I developed a free WordPress portfolio plugin that I find pretty useful to showcase work by category. I use it to display my work, but many small business end up having the same need. Anyone that offers services could use it to visually display the work they have done for their customers.

    Here is the link from WordPress.org

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/shane-web-guy-portfolio/

    Here is a link to the demo site

    http://www.shanewebguy.com/shanes-portfolio/

    I welcome any feedback

    Shane

  10. For those who find it difficult to add content to your site but are very active on social media, you should check out this WP plugin my team and I created. It’s called Tint, and we help aggregate social feeds into your site so you’ll always have a more dynamic and less static site.

    Check it out here: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/tint/

  11. Thanks for the article. I uploaded the calendar and the easy heads up one and they both work great. I really like the calendar since it makes blogging so much easier when you always think of something that needs editing.

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