We are often asked by our users about what tools we use to manage and grow our WordPress blogs. We have listed some of them in our NotJustOnline Blueprint, but there are some more that we use on our different projects. Below is a list of 43 useful tools to manage and grow your WordPress blog. Looking to start a blog?
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Understanding your audience is the key to success for any online business. Google Analytics provides you the statistics you need to understand your audience. It is very easy to install Google Analytics in WordPress and it is free.
#2: Yoast SEO
Yoast’s WordPress SEO plugin is the complete website optimization solution for WordPress. It is packed with features and eliminates the need of installing several other plugins. We use WordPress SEO plugin by Yoast. It is also very easy to install and setup Yoast SEO plugin in WordPress.
#3: Edit Flow
Managing a multi-author WordPress site can be a mess if you don’t know what everyone is working on. Edit Flow offers a smooth editorial workflow management system for WordPress powered websites. It allows you to add custom statuses, leave editorial feedback, view editorial calendar, and execute your content strategy like a pro.
TablePress allows you to add tables into your WordPress posts and pages without writing any HTML or CSS. It is simple to use and comes with advance features like sorting columns, exporting data, and using formulas in your tables.
As the name suggests, Polldaddy allows you to add polls, surveys and quizzes to your WordPress site. Polldaddy makes it very simple to create polls and quickly embed them into your posts. The only downside is that it asks you to connect to your WordPress.com account.
It is an affiliate link manager which allows you to easily add affiliate links, cloak links with pretty URLs, and auto-insert links for keywords.
After the deadline allows you to check your WordPress posts and pages for grammar and spelling mistakes. Developed by Automattic, it also checks your posts for style which allows you to improve readability of your content.
Most social media plugins for WordPress slow down your site’s page speed. Floating social bar is the best WordPress social media plugin which only loads your social media buttons when needed. It adds a sticky floating bar on your WordPress posts to maximize your social media visibility.
Yet Another Related Posts Plugin aka YARPP is one of the most popular WordPress related posts plugin with more than 300,000+ downloads. It supports both thumbnail and text display of related posts and is quite easy to use even for beginners.
#10: Beaver Builder
Beaver Builder is the best drag and drop WordPress page builder plugin. It allows you to easily create any kind of page with your own custom layout regardless of your WordPress theme.
It comes with several advanced and basic modules which are like blocks that you can use in your pages to add different functionalities.
OutreachPlus allows you to efficiently run email outreach campaigns for your business. You can track and follow up prospects more easily and track all your leads under one dashboard.
It comes with features like automated replies, action based triggers, auto-personalization, email insights, and more. You can connect multiple email accounts and use a single inbox with a bird’s eye view of your outreach campaigns. It is a must-have tool for reaching out to get backlinks, press mentions, connecting with influencers, building authority, and generating traffic for your website.
Easy Digital Downloads is the easiest way to sell digital goods with WordPress. It comes with multiple payment gateways, recurring payments, discount codes, reports, and dozens of addons. It is easy to set up, even for beginners, and strong enough for developers to customize easily.
#13: Constant Contact
Constant Contact is one of the best email service provider. It allows you to build your email list, design emails, and send it to your users. It is very beginner friendly and at the same time powerful enough for experienced users.
OptinMonster is the best WordPress lead generation plugin. It allows you to add beautiful optin forms into your WordPress site and helps you get more. It comes with page level targeting, split testing, analytics, and exit-intent technology which allows you to display a lightbox popup when a user is about to leave your website.
WPForms is the most beginner friendly contact form plugin for WordPress. This drag & drop online form builder allows you to easily create contact forms, email subscription forms, order forms, payment forms, and other type of online forms with just a few clicks.
We use it on NotJustOnline and all of our other sites. There’s a free WPForms Lite version available for those who are looking for a simple solution.
If you want more advanced features, then get the Pro version.
#16: CC Search
It is a proven fact that people find images more engaging than text. However, finding images that you are legally allowed to use is not that simple. CC Search allows you to search through creative commons licensed images. You can restrict the search to look for images you are allowed to use and modify.
Ever wanted to add professional looking graphics to your site? Canva allows you to create beautiful graphic designs, edit images, create posters, with a simple and intuitive drag and drop interface. It is extremely easy to use even for beginners.
PiktoChart makes it possible for anyone to create beautiful infographics, charts, and presentations. It has hundreds of templates and allows you to upload your own photos. You can use the simple drag and drop interface to create any kind of infographic.
#19: Google Drive
Google Drive makes it easier for you to share documents, collaborate with teams, and access your stuff from any device. Google’s cloud storage service is a reasonably good alternative to desktop office applications. It comes with 15 GB free storage which is shared with your Gmail and Google+ accounts.
TimeDoctor is a productivity tool that allows you to see exactly how you spent time while working. It can be used by an individual as well as teams. As a time tracking tool it can monitor websites, applications, and idle time.
Ever wanted to schedule emails to send later? Boomerang allows you to schedule emails in your Gmail account. It also allows you to automatically send follow up emails if you don’t get a response in a given time. Boomerang is available as a browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. It is also available on mobile and android devices.
Trello is a project management tool. It offers a visual to organize and manage your projects. A typical Trello board is a list of lists displayed as cards. Add team members to any card, assign tasks, and get things done. Trello displays real time activity on the same board and you can everything that is happening on a project.
There is no excuse for using weak passwords or using the same password for different services. But the problem is how do you remember all these passwords? LastPass is a password manager that stores all your password under one secure vault. After installing LastPass, you can use it to auto generate strong passwords and save them in just one click.
#24: Twitter Search
Twitter is the chatter box of the web. Use Twitter search to find content ideas. See what users are talking about topics related to your website and then reach out to those users to engage them.
Google Search Console also known as Google Webmaster Tools allows website owners to check how the search engine sees their website. You can see the most commonly used queries where your site appears. It is a comprehensive set of tools which show reports on duplicate titles, crawl errors, search queries, indexed content, etc.
Google’s keyword planner tool gives you an estimate of search volume for keywords. Using this tool you can identify keywords worth writing for. You can also find long tail keywords with high search volume. This will allow you to easily rank your posts for these keywords.
Emotional Market Value headline analyzer tool checks your post titles, headings, and headlines for emotional impact. Studies have shown that users find headlines with higher EMV much more appealing. Testing your headlines for EMV will teach you to write more persuasive titles and call of actions.
Feedly is a modern news/RSS feed reader. It allows you to view and read content from all your favorite site in one place. Feedly is available on the web, as browser extension, and as app on Android and iOS devices.
BufferApp provides a better way to share your content across social media. It allows you to schedule and share your content across Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin from a single dashboard. You can plan your whole day’s tweets and status updates in one go.
BuzzSumo helps you analyze what content performs best for any topic or even for your competitors. You can find key influencers to promote your content, monitor your brand mentions, and so much more.
This tool is a must have for all serious bloggers.
#31: Google URL Builder
Did you know that you can track outgoing links on your website in Google Analytics? All you have to do is embed a few strings in your URL and then see how this URL performs in your Google Analytics reports.
SEMRush helps you find competitive search data, so you can rank high for the right keywords. You can get insights into your competitors’ strategies in display advertising, organic and paid such, as well as link building. Combining the tools from SEMRush, you can surely increase your traffic multiple folds.
HARO stands for Help A Reporter Out, its a free service which connects experts to reporters. Experts gets questions from reporters if they need any help in that particular area of expertise. When answering the question you can request the reporter to mention your name, blog, or startup in their story.
Rapportive allows you to see additional information about contacts right inside your Gmail inbox. Information such as their social media profiles, website, job, company, etc. It is available as an addon for Firefox and Google Chrome.
Camtasia is a screen recording software available for Windows and Mac. Extremely useful for sites where you need to walk through users. It allows you to easily edit your videos, add graphics, animations, arrows, sounds, etc.
BuzzStream allows you to manage relationships and run effective link building and outreach campaigns. It is a tool to manage your contacts and influencers in an efficient and personalized way. It helps you find influencers, run out reach and link building campaigns, and focus on your public relations goals.
Your site’s uptime and speed are crucial for the success and growth of your business. Pingdom is a website performance and uptime monitoring service. It offers free tools that you can use to monitor website speed and uptime.
If you manage multiple WordPress sites for yourself or for clients, then you would know how frustrating it could be to update them all one by one. InfiniteWP allows you to manage all your WordPress sites from a single dashboard. Alternative: ManageWP and iThemes Sync.
IFTTT is an online tool which allows you to put the internet on work for you. You can automate your social media sharing, organize your text messages, even handle your calls using IFTTT.
Slack is a messaging app for teams of all shapes and sizes. It allows you to create a slack for your team and then create chatrooms called channels. You can create private channels as well as public channels.
Team members can also send direct messages to each other and create group chats as well. Users can also send each other files, documents, images, etc.
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Backups are extremely crucial for any online business to grow. We use VaultPress on NotJustOnline and all our websites. It is a subscription based service with different plans and pricing. VaultPress offers automated real-time cloud backup solution with one click restore option.
Any website can get hacked or attacked by malware or denial of service attacks. Sucuri is a website monitoring and security service. It provides real time alerts for any suspicious activity on your website. It not only prevents your website from malware but can also detect and remove them.
For Site performance, we recommend installing to maximize the speed at which your blog’s pages load for a visitor. Consider it fine-tuning for your blog’s engine; knowing the technical details at this point won’t make you a better blogger but your blog won’t annoy your visitors.
We’re not finished yet…
This resource guide will evolve, as our business grows, as we require different tools and as new tools are introduced. We’ll add a tab at the top of the blog so you can find this guide easily when you come back, and we will keep you posted on the changes.
Wherever you’re at with your blog, you now have the all tools you need to take it to the next level. We’ve done the research and explored all the dead ends – so you don’t have to. Whether you have 10 hours, 20 hours, or 60+ hours a week to work on your blog, using the right tools will help you fully exploit the time you have.
So let’s “tool up” and get your blog ready for prime time. We hope these tools help you manage and grow your WordPress blog.
If you have a question regarding a particular tool, post it in the comments below. We’ll do our best to help you.