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My Favorite Plugins:
Yoast SEO -- I’ll cover how to use this in the Post Checklist below.
Ultimate Nofollow -- if you plan to have affiliate or sponsored content on your blog.
Editorial Calendar -- an easy way to see your daily schedule of pre-scheduled posts and then drag and drop if you want to reschedule.
Social Share Plugin like Simple Share Buttons Adder (It's free and it's what I currently use on The Realistic Mama). A social share plugin is SUPER important. You want to make sharing as easy as possible so it takes less than a second for your readers to share your awesome post with their friends.
Akismet or Antispam Bee -- protects your blog from spam. Akismet automatically comes with Wordpress but needs to be installed.
Simple Social Icons -- we'll talk about this in Section 6.
How to Install Plugins:
Go to your "Wordpress Dashboard" ---> On the left-hand side, hover over "Plugins" ---> Go to "Add New".
Search on the right-hand side for the name of the plugin ---> Find the one you want ---> Click "Install Now".
Under the message "Successfully installed the plugin..." ---> Click "Activate Plugin".
It will then take you to your list of Plugins.
To update the settings in your plugins, you'll need to find the plugin on the left-hand side of your "Wordpress Dashboard". Most can be found by hovering over "Settings", but a few will be on the menu not nested under anything.