Must-Have WordPress Plugins To Elevate Your Blog

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There are thousands (umm… over 54,000 to be semi-exact) of plugins out there. So how do you weed through them all to pick out the ones that are efficient, helpful, and cost-effective? 

Look no further – I’ve gathered my list of my favorite, must-have WordPress plugins to specifically help your blog. And better yet – all but one are free!

Note: Showit website users should note that some of these plugins require the ‘Advanced Blog’ subscription and will be denoted with an *.

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Must-Have WordPress Plugins

These plugins are going to elevate your WordPress blog to higher heights and and can tackle design, SEO, protection, social media, and so much more…ya know all that good and important stuff.

Advanced Responsive Video Embedder 

ARVE is beyond helpful when sharing videos in your blog posts. It’s very responsive and some of its best features include: easy embedding, video alignment, SEO friendly, and more. 


A simple but powerful plugin that automatically monitors your blog posts’ comments and filters out or prevents malicious content that looks like spam. 

Google Analytics by MonsterInsights*

This is the most popular plugin for monitoring your Google Analytics. Connecting your Google Analytics account is effortless and gives you quick, helpful analytic reports within your WordPress dashboard.


Jetpack protects your site 24/7 and gives you the added protection and security you absolutely need. It also provides peak performance through image optimization, speeds up your mobile site, and provides so many other marketing and management features. 


Whether you need a few redirects or thousands, Redirection can meet your needs. In addition, this plugin helps you reduce errors, manages 301 redirects, tracks and fixes 404 errors that occur, and more. It’s the only redirection tool you will need!

Secondary Title

Elevate your blog and educate your viewers by adding a secondary or alternate title to your posts. You can easily customize the settings of this light-weight plugin to fit your needs or specifications. 


In today’s marketing world, we know how important it is to get our visitors to come back for more. Subscribers is a way to do just that through push notifications. Sign up for free and connect it to your site as a WordPress plugin (or install through Google Tag Manager).

Tasty Pins*

One of the most creative and important apps out there because it allows you to optimize your site for both SEO and Pinterest, hide pins, force pinning, disable pinning and so much more. I’ve written a detailed review of Tasty Pins that you can read here.

Smush Image Compression and Optimization

Optimize all of your images through resizing and compression with this powerful and effective plugin. You can upload images in bulk without losing image quality. Smush also has a lazy load option that allows your page speed to increase.

Yoast SEO

An absolute must-have plugin for optimizing your blog. Yoast acts as a checklist to ensure that your content is properly optimized for Google and other search engines so you can improve your ranking.

Oh sweet, little plugins – I am so thankful for you. Thanks for making my WordPress blog better and prettier and my life easier. 

So now that you know I’m plugin-obsessed, I’m dying to know what plugin you’re loving right now too. Let me know in the comments below!

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