There are so many plugins available now it is hard to know which are best for your blog. Indeed having too many can slow down your blog performance,and some can conflict with your WordPress theme, or each other, to cause all sorts of problems for you.
So how do you choose which are the best for you and your blog?
Well, a good starting point is always to get a mentor. My mentor is John Thornhill and I am on his Partnership to Success programme. Your mentor will suggest initial plugins to install. They are almost always plugins they use themselves and will always be plugins they have tried out. After you have installed these initial plugins you will start to get a feel for what they do and how others can improve your blog and give you what you want.
You can also do your own research by talking to other marketers and finding out which they use and what is popular amongst them. Join forums and groups if you don’t have a network of bloggers you can turn to, but another way to create your own network is to blog hop. Visit as many blogs as you can and leave comments, this will encourage reciprocal visits and then you can write a blog post asking your readers which plugins they use and why. It will give you a good start to your research. A great networking group I am in has many experienced Internet Marketers and we are able to discuss and share and support each other with these major decisions. It’s called The Power Affiliate Club and we have a very active Facebook group. You can join the Facebook group by clicking this link and applying now.
For any plugin you consider you need to look at the main features and the benefits of each one before selecting the ones you want. There will be many on the market that will do similar tasks, and you will also have to decide whether you want a free plugin or one that you pay for.
On the premium plugins (ones you pay for) you will often find one that does the job of several of the free ones so keep an eye out for that. It cuts down the number that you need to install to fulfil those essential jobs.
Some plugins are purely for fun and you don’t really need them. They don’t fulfil any critical task so you might start out with them but deactivate them later on as you get more essential plugins.
Choose carefully which plugins you have on your blog and do tell me, how do you choose your plugins?