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One of the great benefits of using WordPress for your blog is enhancements with plugins.

Especially because there are so many FREE options!

If you don’t have any idea where to start, I’ve got a list of my favorite free WordPress plugins that you can review.

 

30 Free WordPress Plugins For Bloggers

Here are the most useful, free WordPress plugins you can download today, in alphabetical order.

 

(1) 8 Degree Coming Soon Page

8 Degree Coming Soon Page - Baydian Girl 2015

Starting a new blog or revamping your current one? This is the perfect plugin for your WordPress site!

The free version allows you to display a Coming Soon Page that includes:

  • A Countdown – People can clearly see when your platform will be available.
  • Email Subscription Field – Add people to your email list even while you’re working on things.
  • Social Media Icons – Grow your social media following even while your website is off duty.

All this, AND it’s mobile responsive! WINNER!

I actually used this plugin in 2015 when I rebranded my site (screenshot above).

 

(2) Akismet Anti-Spam

Akismet Anti-Spam - 35 Free WordPress PluginsΒ 

This plugin protects your blog from spam, even while you sleep!

 

(3) Better Click To Tweet

Click To Tweet - One of the 35 Free WordPress Plugins for Bloggers

Use Better Click To Tweet to include a Click To Tweet option in your blog posts.

This is great for giving your audience other ways to share the content they love!

 

(4) Classic Editor

Classic Editor - One of the Free WordPress Plugins

If you’re like me and prefer the old WordPress editor view, you can use this plugin to revert to the Classic Editor.

 

(5) Contact Form 7

Contact Form 7 - Free WordPress Plugin

It’s imperative as a blogger that you have a way for your audience and brands to clearly contact you.

Not to mention that this is a KEY page for SEO.

Contact Form 7 makes the ability to add a form to your contact page, or any part of your website very simple!

 

(6) ConvertKit

If you’re using ConvertKit for your email marketing, installing this plugin will make it super easy for you to sync your opt-in forms, and sell more products!

 

(7) Cookie Notice for GDPR & CCPA

This plugin “allows you to elegantly inform users that your site uses cookies and helps you comply with the EU GDPR cookie law and CCPA regulations.”

 

(8) Duplicate Post

Sometimes the simplest things make life easier!

That’s what the Duplicate Post plugin is.

When installed and activated, this plugin gives a content creator an easy to copy a post for whatever reason.

 

(9) Elementor

Elementor gives you the ability to build pages on your site LIVE!

If your theme doesn’t include WP Bakery Page Builder as mine did, this is an awesome option.

It would be very useful for building your own Linktree alternative page.

 

(10) Facebook For WooCommerce

This plugin syncs your store with your brand’s Facebook page, allows you to create ads that promote your products, AND gives you the ability to create a shop page on your social media page.

The setup for this is included in the WooCommerce plugin.

 

(11) Genesis Columns Advanced

The Genesis Columns Advanced plugin gives you the ability to create up to 42 different column styles on your site!

 

(12) Google Analytics Dashboard for WP (GADWP)

Google Analytics Dashboard for WP - One of 35 Best Free WordPress Plugins for Bloggers

Right after you’ve created your Google Analytics account for your blog, install and activate this plugin!

It displays your analytics and real-time statistics right in your WordPress dashboard!

Click to view it here!

 

(13) Jetpack By WordPress.com

Yes, this plugin is made by WordPress.com but it’s still useful for your self-hosted WordPress.org website.

Jetpack provides security, support and site management for your site plus other features you can use to customize your sidebars and footer area.

 

(14) Magic Action Box

Magic Action Box Email Marketing Form Example - Free WordPress Plugin

Supercharge your blog posts with customized email opt-in forms!

You can even manually place them where you’d prefer.

This is really great for bloggers who prefer a non-invasive email marketing strategy, like pop-ups.

Also, this free plugin works well with all email marketing platforms, especially MailChimp.

 

(15) Really Simple SSL

Really Simple SSL - One of The Best Free WordPress Plugins

Would you like to have a blog URL with https instead of just http?

Do you want Google to trust your website more, as well as your audience?

If your answer is ‘Yes’ to either question, you definitely need to download the Really Simple SSL plugin today!

 

(16) Secondary Title

Secondary Title Plugin In Use Example - Free WordPress plugins

Personally, I’ve used this free WordPress plugin to add SEO-optimized titles to a catchy blog post.

I’ve even used it just so I can have a longer title.

Try Secondary Title out!

 

(17) Shortcodes Ultimate

Shortcodes Ultimate is a handy plugin that works with any theme, helping every content creator customize the visual and functional elements of their site.

According to their website, “you can easily create tabs, buttons, boxes, sliders and carousels, responsive videos and much, much more.”

 

(18) Smash Balloon Social Photo Feed

Smash Balloon Social Photo Feed In Use - One of the best free WordPress plugins

Formerly Smash Balloon Instagram Feed, this plugin has helped me easily display my Instagram feed in the footer of my website.

But you can use it for so much more!

You can display multiple Instagram feeds wherever you’d like. There’s even an option for people to follow you right from the feed.

It’s invaluable!

 

(19) SmushΒ 

Smush - One of the Best Free WordPress Plugins

Automatically optimize the size of photos on your site, which will boost your site’s SEO!

Click here to download Smush!

 

(20) Sumo

Example of Sumo WordPress Plugin In Use

Would you like to encourage your readers to share your content?

Then you have to make that action easy for them!

Sumo is the perfect tool for the job!

As one of the best free WordPress plugins, Sumo helps boost your site’s conversion and sales (if you offer products/services).

This means that there are other great features like email list pop-ups too!

 

(21) TinyMCE Advanced

TinyMCE Advanced - No. 16 of 35 Free WordPress Plugins for Bloggers

Extend the formatting options of your WordPress Gutenberg editor, or the Classic one!

 

(22) UpDraft Plus – Backup/Restore

Just as it states in their name, UpDraft Plus helps content creators backup their site on platforms such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Amazon S3 and more!

 

(23) WooCommerce

If you’ve never heard of this free WordPress plugin, get acquainted!

It helps you to sell anything on your website without breaking a sweat.

 

(19) WooCommerce Admin

WooCommerce Admin - One of the best free WordPress plugins for bloggers today

WooCommerce Admin gives you the tools to manage your store with dashboards and reports.

 

(24) WooCommerce Google Analytics Integration

I always say that data about your content is important.

And the same thing applies to your online store!

WooCommerce Google Analytics Integration will empower you with tracking so that you can see how visitors are shopping in your store.

 

(25) WooCommerce PayPal Checkout Gateway

This plugin allows you to process payments with PayPal on your website.

 

(26)WooCommerce Stripe Payment Gateway

WooCommerce Stripe Payment Gateway - Free WordPress Plugins for Bloggers

This plugin is similar to the PayPal option. However, it also gives you the ability to take payments via Apple Pay, Google Pay, and other local options.

 

(27) WooCommerce Services

WooCommerce Services helps with automated tax calculation, shipping label printing, and smoother payment setup.

 

(24) WP Last Modified Info

WP Last Modified Info - A Great and Free WordPress Plugin for Content Creators

Did you know that Google and your audience loves when websites update their content?

WP Last Modified Info makes it clear to search engine bots and your readers that the content has been updated, with a precise date and time!

You can also customize where it is displayed!

 

(28) WP Scheduled Posts

WP Scheduled Posts - One of the Best Free WordPress Plugins for Content Creators

If you’re looking to get a content calendar going, this is THE BEST WordPress option!

I just started using this in December 2019, and I’m in love.

It’s a FREE, simple and user-friendly tool!

 

(29) WP Super Cache

Caching items helps to increase your website’s page speed, and as a result, your SEO.

Therefore, a plugin like WP Super Cache that does the work for you, is a must-have for every content creator’s WordPress website!

 

(30) Yoast SEO

Yoast SEO - The Best SEO WordPress Plugin

Ok, maybe I’ve said that other free WordPress plugins are my favorite but I really have to STRESS that you download Yoast SEO TODAY!!

That is if you’re serious about adding SEO to your digital strategy.

 

And that’s the entire list of free WordPress plugins that I suggest for any aspiring or tenured content creator!

Would you add any more helpful ones to this list?
30 Free WordPress Plugins For Bloggers Available For Download Today!
30 Free & Useful WordPress Plugins for Bloggers Today!
Tamara Sykes
Caribbean-Born Gal. Always Plottin' My Next Hairstyle. Encouraging women with a creative spirit to color outside the lines and live a life they love.
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