Last Updated on June 13, 2020 by Joseph Ho
Over the years, My Authority Site Project has undergone many changes in the quest to serve my readers better. Part of what makes this site awesome is the team working behind the scenes. Additional keys to the site’s success are the many tools and plugins I use to make sure everything runs smoothly. I have decided to share some of my favorite tools with you. Read on to get a list of WordPress plugins that help make my Authority Site look cool.
Free WordPress Plugins
Yoast SEO Plugin
I use this Yoast SEO plugin to improve my WordPress SEO. Basically, this plugin analyzes your content and provides recommendations about how you can optimize better. It also comes with other functions like XML Sitemap, .htaccess, robot txt files and more.
Google Analytics by Yoast
This plugin for WordPress allows you to track your blog visitors easily and also keeps you up to date with the latest features in Google Analytics.
Google XML Sitemaps
This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap that helps search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing and Ask.com to better index your blog. After this plugin creates a sitemap, remember to submit sitemap.xml to the Google Search console.
Pretty Link Lite
Pretty Link enables you to shorten links using your own domain name; basically this plugin creates a redirection for a requested URL to a destination URL.
W3 Total Cache
W3 Total Cache improves the user experience of your site by improving your server performance, caching every aspect of your site, and reducing the download times. You can check out this blog post on how I increase my site by 80%
The Wordfence WordPress security plugin continuously prevents, patrols, and protects your WordPress websites against any online threat. This is the most basic WordPress security plugin that you must install to protect your site.
Paid WordPress Plugins
This is a WordPress plugin that helps you to keep your old posts alive by sharing them and driving more traffic to them from Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn. It also helps you to promote your content. You can set the time and number of posts to share to drive more traffic.
I use this plugin to collect email for the authority site. OptinMonster provides light box pop-ups, floating bars, slide-ins, sidebar forms, and more. One of the most important features I like OptinMonster was the Exit Intent® Technology. This plugin is able to detect user behavior and can prompt them with a targeted campaign at the precise moment they are about to leave.
I use this plugin to create different web forms to improve the workflow when managing all the entries. This plugin also integrates with my business tools like Trello.
I use this plugin to manage my adsense placement on all my pages.
Some of the features of GARD include things like multiple ad groups, auto insert ads, and much more.
How about you? What are your favorite WordPress plugins?