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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 (free) or Social Warfair. (I currently use this one on The Realistic Mama.) A social share plugin is SUPER important. You want to make sharing as easy as possible so it only takes half 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.