As a Part Time Networker and Blogger, I'm always searching for great time saving WordPress Plugins.
You know, those wondrous WordPress blog add-ons that perform the heavy lifting for you while you're off living your life.
Since blogging is one of the primary marketing channels for my part time business, it's important for me to find ways to leverage my time and energy whenever possible.
The following WordPress Plugins will help you automate various aspects of your blog, allowing you to spend more time on brainstorming ideas and writing your posts.
My 7 Essential Time Saving WordPress Plugins
Time Saving WordPress Plugin #1: What Would Seth Godin Do?
If you could find someone to greet your first time and returning visitors each time they came to your blog, and that person would do it for free, would you jump at the opportunity?
Well, that's essentially what the What Would Seth Godin Do plugin does.
You can thank them for visiting, remind them to subscribe to your RSS feed or invite them to pick up your free giveaway.
It's like having your own personal Welcoming Committee for your blog.
What a great way to welcome your blog visitors and, after a simple initial setup, it will cost you no time at all.
Time Saving WordPress Plugin #2: SEOPressor
Learning the basics of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is important for any marketer and if you want your blog posts to rank high in the search engines for your important keywords, you'd better have at least a working knowledge of SEO.
Having said that, there's a really cool Plugin called SEOPressor that virtually leads you through the process of optimizing your blog post for the search engines, one step at a time.
It essentially puts your blog on page SEO on autopilot.
The SEOPressor “scorecard” appears to the right of every post, letting you know how you're doing in your SEO efforts. It can't be much simpler than this!
One word of caution – you cannot use this plugin as a substitute for learning basic SEO (you still need to know what you're doing), but it sure is a huge time saver.
SEOPressor is not a free Plugin, but the time it saves you more than makes up for the nominal cost.
Time Saving WordPress Plugin #3: Yet Another Related Posts Plugin
This nifty plugin generates a list of related posts and displays them at the end of your blog post and in your RSS feed.
Why does this save time? Two reasons.
- First, there's no need to go searching for related posts to suggest to your readers. This plugin does it for you automatically.
- Second, it's good practice to interlink your blog posts, both for SEO purposes and to entice your reader to dive deeper into your blog. You can use the list generated by this plugin as a great start to finding posts to interconnect.
Time Saving WordPress Plugin #4: Digg Digg
Now that you've saved time in writing and formatting your blog posts, it's time to promote it!
Social media is a great place to start, and Digg Digg is a time-saving plugin for sharing your post on the social sites.
Digg Digg integrates up to 17 social media buttons onto your site and allows you to place selected buttons on different areas of your blog.
For example, you can place social media share buttons on the top or bottom of each post or page. You can also use a floating sidebar that follows your reader as they scroll down your post.
I've found the floating sidebar option to be very useful in allowing my readers to share my content.
Digg Digg is a highly flexible and customizable social media share plugin that will save you much time and energy when it comes to promoting your post on the social sites.
Time Saving WordPress Plugin #5: MBP Ping Optimizer
Pinging is the process of letting the Internet World know that you've added new content to your blog. It's done automatically by most WordPress blog themes, but because it pings each time you publish or edit your post, you could get banned for excessive pinging of the same post.
The free MaxBlogPress Ping Optimizer Plugin corrects this problem.
Using this plugin, pinging sites are only notified when your blog post is published the first time, not each time you edit it. Thus, it removes the threat of getting banned for excessive pinging.
Even better, pinging is done automatically and requires no effort on my part. I can rest assured knowing that when I hit the PUBLISH button, the world is notified!
Time Saving WordPress Plugin #6: MBP Subscriber Magnet
Blogs are great for sharing ideas and knowledge, but they're also a great tool for building a marketing list of potential prospects.
How do you go about doing this?
Most commonly, a sign up box (opt in box) is placed on your blog, asking your readers to provide their name and email (or just email) in exchange for sending them a free giveaway.
This giveaway may be a free newsletter, Ebook, crash course, or other “ethical bribes”.
The MaxBlogPress Subscriber Magnet Plugin specializes in helping bloggers maximize their list building capabilities. It allows for the use of your sign up box in various ways and locations on your blog: On the sidebar, the footer, after blog posts, and in the comments section.
You can also use a highly customizable popup advertising your free offer if you choose to do so.
I have recently purchased this plugin and it quickly became a favorite time-leveraging tool. As I test out the various functions of the plugin, I will be writing a review with my recommendations for optimal use.
Time Saving WordPress Plugin #7: WordPress Backup
Now that you've put so much time and effort in to your blog, how horrible would it be to lose all your files? It would be disastrous, and it's happened.
It's something I don't want to worry about.
Backing up a blog used to mean manually copying files from your blog to an external source for safe keeping. It took time and it was tedious.
Now, plugins do it automatically and two of the best I've found are WordPress Backup (by BTE) and WordPress Database Backup.
You need both because they perform different functions:
- WordPress Backup by BTE performs a backup of the upload directory (images), current theme directory, and plugins directory to a zip file, which can be sent directly to your email
- WordPress Database Backup performs on-demand backup of your WordPress database.
What a huge time saver!
There you have it — the 7 Time Saving WordPress Plugins that serve to automate many aspects of my blog function and allow me to concentrate on the most important part of blogging – creating valuable content and building a relationship with my readers. These behind-the-scenes workhorses are important for any blogger, but even more so when one is blogging part-time.
DISCLOSURE: I am proud to offer affiliate links to the SEOPressor and MaxBlogPress Subscriber Magnet Plugins.
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