Are you using WordPress for your real estate blog? There are many free plugins you can use to optimize your site and make life a little easier on yourself. Here are our top five favorite WordPress plugins for real estate blogs and why you should be using them too!
1. Jetpack by WordPress.com
As the plugin description reads: “Bring the power of the WordPress.com cloud to your self-hosted WordPress.” Jetpack allows you to do a ton of things, including automatically sharing new posts via social networks, offering site statistics on daily visitors, referring websites, and most viewed posts, allowing you to customize the CSS of your site, and more. If you’re not using this plugin yet, install it now!
2. WordPress SEO by Yoast
This plugin is an all-in-one search engine optimization (SEO) tool, allowing you to set title templates, access social insights (for Facebook, Twitter and Google+), configure permalinks and enable breadcrumbs. Don’t understand everything you just read? Yoast also provides helpful tutorials about every section of the plugin oh his site. When writing and scheduling posts, the plug-in’s handy tool sits right under the text box, allowing you to set a focus keyword and make sure that it can be found in your article heading, page title, page URL, content and Meta description.
3. AddThis Social Bookmarking Widget
This plugin puts all of the social media icons on your posts, allowing visitors to easily bookmark and share your content. You can configure the plugin to have social icons show at the top of your post, bottom of your post, or both. You can also choose which icons you want to display and the size of these icons.
4. Pinterest Pin It Button
This plugin allows for the “Pin it” button to display on pictures in your posts. If you’re not using Pinterest yet, it’s important that you start pinning today. According to Mashable, Pinterest drives more traffic to publishers than Twitter, LinkedIn and Reddit combined! Making the pictures in your posts “pinnable” directly from your site is key: the post URL will automatically be input into the “source” field of the pin. You can choose either fixed or on hover (displays when you mouse over the image) Pin It buttons.
5. Stop Spammers
Unfortunately, when working with blogs and websites in general, you’re going to be hit with a good amount of spam. Stop Spammers is an aggressive plugin that stops both spam registration and comments. There are many settings you can configure, including ways to prevent lockouts, options to set spam limits and lists you can create to “white list” and “black list” certain email addresses. After installing this plugin only a few months ago, Stop Spammers reports that it has already stopped 17,914 spammers.
Do you have any other WordPress plugins that you swear by? Please share your favorites with us in the comments section.