10 Essential WordPress Plugins for Food Bloggers

Finding the best plugins for your food blog can be daunting especially if you’re just starting out.

From social media sharing plugins to conversion enhancing tools and powerful SEO to image sliders, there are millions of options to choose from.

With a wide array of plugins to choose from, you can quickly lose track of your goals and end up using tools that don’t really help optimise your blog.

  1. SEO by Yoast

    This is by far the best plugin that’ll help you optimise your SEO for every page and post that you publish. It’s easy and free and has a ton of resources you can read to educate yourself.

  2. SumoMe

    This plugin is ideal if you wish to increase your audience. From content analytics and heat maps to opt-in forms and social sharing, it has everything to help you reach your potential and target audience. It offers a free as well as a paid version.

  3. Contact Form 7

    Generally, WordPress themes don’t include a contact form. This plugin comes handy when you need a form that can be easily customised. It allows you to go one step further by allowing you to filter spam and add CAPTCHA among other things.

  4. WP Smush It

    This is a great plugin if you need to reduce and optimise your file size that will aid in boosting your SEO, performance and overall site speed.

  5. Broken Link Checker

    Broken links can have a severe effect on your blog. This plugin prevents that from happening by checking for broken links throughout your website and emailing you when it finds one.

  6. Editorial Calendar

    If you’re someone who plans content in advance, you must install this plugin. It provides you with a clear overview of your posts by telling you which post is scheduled for which date. It even allows you to drag and drop your posts in the calendar to rearrange dates. Editorial calendar gives you the flexibility you need to plan a great content marketing strategy.

  7. Akismet

    Spammy comments are every blogger’s nightmare. From cheap Gucci handbags to essay writing services, your comments can get hard to manage.

    This plugin prevents spammers from spamming and thus helping you maintain a genuine and clean comments section.

  8. Sucuri

    We all have anti-virus software guarding our devices but what about the security of your website? Enter Sucuri — a plugin that offers real-time alters, malware removal services and website scans. On average, 30,000 sites get attacked and hacked every day. Sucuri ensures yours never does.

  9. Image Widget

    Adding images is crucial if you want to make your food blog a roaring success. However, it’s exhausting to add images to your sidebar with HTML codes. This plugin works best as it allows you to add any image or a link to it in your sidebar.

  10. Google XML Sitemaps

    This is the simplest method to generate a sitemap for your website that search engines like Yahoo and Google can index and crawl.

The Takeaway

You don’t need a zillion plugins to run a food blog rather just a few efficient ones. They’ll make running and managing your food blog a whole lot easier.

Final words

As a freelancer and the former Chief Content Officer at a prestigious IT firm, and owner of F and B Recipes; I’ve used WordPress for almost 5 years (and counting). Therefore, I decided to share some of the best plugins I recommend food bloggers such as yourself should use.

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