10 WordPress Plugins You Need for Your Small Business Blog

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Yoast SEO

Yoast SEO
Yoast SEO

Most small business owners can benefit from having an online presence, and WordPress is a great option for small business owners because it's easy to use, doesn't cost much, and is completely customizable. In fact, WordPress is used by 25.3% of all websites online today, and this number is continuing to grow.

One of the features that makes WordPress so attractive to small business users is that there are thousands of plugins that allows users to create completely custom sites with specific functionality. But where should you start? How do you know what plugins are right for your business website? 

Here are 10 plugins that most small business WordPress users will find useful.

Yoast SEO is a WordPress plugin created by Joost de Valk that enhances the standard built-in WordPress SEO features. The plugin focuses on helping users enhance their content by guiding them to choose a focus keyword when writing articles, and then making sure that the focus keyword is used strategically throughout the content. Other features include page analysis, meta and link elements, XML sitemaps, RSS optimization, social integration and more.

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Easy Social Share Buttons for WordPress

Easy Social Share Buttons for WordPress
Easy Social Share Buttons for WordPress

Easy Social Share Buttons for WordPress is an all-in-one social sharing plugin for WordPress that allows readers to share your content on more than 35 social networks. There are 18 built-in display formats that are desktop and mobile-friendly. You can even measure social activity with click log analytics, Google Analytics tracking, and social media metrics.

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Magic Action Box

Magic Action Box
Magic Action Box

Magic Action Box is a lead generation plugin that lets users create a feature box that displays opt-in forms. This plugin also integrates with Gravity Forms to build site-wide contact forms in minutes. Users can add action boxes before or after a blog post or page, or anywhere on the site for opt ins and leads.

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W3 Total Cache

W3 Total Cache
W3 Total Cache

While it may not be the most exciting of plugins, W3 Total Cache is designed to improve the user experience by increasing server performance, reducing the download times and providing transparent content delivery network (CDN) integration. When fully configured, this plugin boasts 10x improvement in overall site performance. 

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Akismet

Akismet
Akismet

Akismet is an anti-spam plugin that checks blog comments against the Akismet Web service to see if they look like spam or not and lets you review the spam it catches under your blog's "Comments" admin screen. Each comment has a status history, so users can easily see which comments were caught or cleared by Akismet and which were spammed or unspammed by a moderator.

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Smart Forms

Smart Forms
Smart Forms

Smart Forms is a plugin that allows user to create customizable forms that collect standard information, allow for file uploads, accommodate conditional logic (i.e., show and hide fields depending on values in other fields), add in icons and a lot more.

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BackWPup

BackWPup
BackWPup

BackWPup is a plugin backs up your complete installation and saves it to an external backup service, like Dropbox, Amazon S3, FTP and many others. Each backup process creates a single backup .zip file that users are able to easily restore an installation. 

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OptinMonster

OptinMonster
OptinMonster

OptinMonster comes with an easy to use form builder that allows you to create beautiful optin forms in various formats including WordPress popup forms, floating header and footer bars, slide-ins also known as scroll triggered boxes, sidebar forms, after post forms, in-line forms, mobile-specific forms, welcome gates and more. OptinMonster integrates with many email marketing services, includes A/B testing, and comes with analytics. 

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Editorial Calendar

Editorial Calendar
Editorial Calendar

The WordPress Editorial Calendar plugin provides an overview of the blog and when each post will be published. Users can drag and drop to move posts, edit posts right in the quick edit post titles, contents, and times, and manage posts from multiple authors on the same blog.

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WP Smush

WP Smush
WP Smush

WP Smush strips hidden, bulky information from blog images, reducing the file size without losing quality. This plugin processes JPEG, GIF and PNG image files, automatically reduces attachments on upload, and manually image files individually in the media library, or in bulk 50 attachments at a time.