There was a time early on where I’d install countless plugins to improve the features of my WordPress blog.

I’d have a plugin for email marketing forms.

Another one for social media sharing.

Hell, I’d even install a plugin to add content to the bottom of every single post so I didn’t have to copy and paste it.

First world problems, eh?

But not anymore.

These days, I hardly use any plugins at all.

Sure, I’ll admit that my current blog theme takes care of most of these things, but I’d still hardly use any even if it didn’t.

That said, today I’m going to share 3 awesome plugins to make your blogging life easier.

1. Disqus Conditional Load

Personally, I like the styling of the default WordPress comments, but the biggest problem with them is the amount of spam you’ll get by leaving them untouched.

I wrote about that here.

With the Disqus conditional load plugin, you can replace the default comment system with Disqus which handles spam much better.

Not only that, but it only loads once your visitor scrolls all the way down to the comments.

This will keep your blog’s loading speed up, which makes for a better experience for everyone.

It’s free and all you need is a Disqus account to use it.

I highly recommend it.

2. Google Analyticator

There are lots of analytics plugins out there, but Google Analyticator is the best one I’ve used.

It connects to your Google Analytics account securely and easily which is great.

And it even allows you to not track logged in visits so your stats aren’t messed up from you browsing or editing your own blog.

Yes, you could just use the Jetpack plugin to track your stats, but it’s best to set up these analytics now so you can have the extra features for when you get more advanced.

This one is also free and once you set it up, you’re good to go.

The dashboard stats option is pretty cool too.

3. Pretty Links

Ever wonder how people can create those links on their own domain that bring you to a recommended product or service on another website?

With the Pretty Links plugin, you can do this easily.

It’s especially great for making affiliate links look more professional, instead of using whatever long and weird looking referral code you might have.

For example, you could turn https://marketersdelight.net/ref/228/ into http://gabejohansson.com/md/ with just a few clicks.

This plugin is free to use, but they do offer a paid version for more features.

It really makes things easy.

There are plenty of other great WordPress plugins you can install on your blog, but these are the 3 most important ones I use every day for my own blog.

And if you’re looking for more tips like this on how to get your blog going, sign up for my free 7 day blogging course here:

http://gabejohansson.com/subscribe/

Talk soon,
-Gabe

P.S. If you don’t have a premium WordPress theme like Marketers Delight, then you can install another free plugin by Sumo to build your email list and get social sharing buttons. Check that out here:

http://gabejohansson.com/sumo/