This post originally appeared on Cowgirl Runs.
As someone who has been blogging for a while, there are some plugins that I’ve found to benefit both bloggers, and readers.
5 Plugins Every Blogger Should Have
1. Comment Email Reply
If you respond to comment on your blog and don’t have this plugin, well, you’re pretty much wasting your time.
It’s extremely unlikely your reader will come back to your site to see if you’ve replied, and what you’ve said.
This plugin sends an email to your reader with your response. There are some other plugins that merely send a link for your reader to click to see your comment. While I don’t hate it, I also don’t love it because it involves an extra step to read your reply.
With that said, you may have noticed I’m not always replying to every comment. Be assured I do read every one (and it seems like more are coming through via email now, so that’s a good thing) but given the choice between spending an hour writing a blog post, and spending an hour responding to all comments, I’ll take the time to write a post.
2. Content Views
This is a new-to-me plugin, but I absolutely love it.
It honestly didn’t take a ton of time to set up, and I really like the look of it.
(click here for a free trial*)
*referral link. If you sign up using my link I will receive a discount on my plan.
If you were to invest in one item for your blog (after self hosting), I’d 100% recommend CoSchedule (and I’ve blogged about it before).
Yes, my blog is merely a hobby, but I am a visual person, so seeing my posts and shares scheduled in advance and being able to move things when I need to is super important.
If you’re not sure about CoSchedule, I highly recommend giving the free trial a shot. If you like it, you can write a review on you blog and save 50% – it’s pretty awesome.
4. Sharing Buttons
Sometimes I don’t have the time to leave a comment, but if you have a plugin, I’ll definitely share to Twitter, and depending on the content, will also save to Pinterest.
5. (tie) Security and Backup Plugin
So far both have been working really well for me and I’d die (not really) if I lost all my content and didn’t have some kind of a backup.
This isn’t a plugin, but is a paid stock photo service. I’ll admit it’s not super cheap, but the quality of the images is amazing and new ones are added each month.
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