3 Powerful WordPress Plugins to Download

How would your blog look like without a plugin? Awful, if you ask me!

Truth is, plugins are essential because it can aid navigation, improve conversion rates and help send the right traffic your way. But which plugin should you use?

Too many of these plugins can slow down the speed of your website. In the same vein, when you don’t have enough of them to support the foundation, there could be a perpetual struggle to optimize and grow your blog eventually.

In the past 4 months, I’ve been experimenting with the plugins I’m about to share with you.

They’re all free to download. Interestingly, you’re only going to get them from the official wordpress plugins database – which means that the in-house developers have certified them as malware free.

These are the top 3 I’ve installed on my niche sites, and I can’t wait to have you try them. They may not be as popular as “all in one seo pack,” but they can take your blog to the next level.

1.       Count Per Day

This is my favorite plugin. I discovered it when I started building niche sites and I needed to know how many people visit my pages on a daily basis.

Maybe you use Google Analytics to track your pageviews and hits, you’re doing great. I also recommend this because “count per day plugin” is handy and once installed, you can start seeing results today.

I can’t guarantee that the statistics are accurate, but at least, you’ll be able to see the real search queries people are using to reach your website.

Just like Google Analytics, you will see the most active country, where you readers and ideal customers are coming from.

All these benefits and many more can be viewed right on your wordpress dashboard. If you’re tired of tracking hits, demographic, geographic and referring keywords and want a better tool, download count per day and install it fast.

2.       Header and Footer

How many times have you tried to add a code to your header, but you were unable to do so? With “header and footer” plugin, it’s just easy.

All you’ve to do is to download, install and open the dashboard. There, you can add any line of javascript code or html without going through the Appearance > Editor > header.php route.

Also, the “footer” feature enables you to add your primary navigation links such as the about us, contact us, FAQ and services page. Although, bloggers don’t always use the footer links, but it’s somewhat necessary if you’ve a corporate website.

Interestingly, if you want to monetize your blog through viglinks, in-text ads and other text-based ads that make use of script to call its relevant ads, you need this “header and footer plugin.” Get it here.

3.       Affiliate Link Cloaking

One of the major reasons why you may not be making enough money with your affiliate offers is because your hoplink looks scary. Or better yet, someone changed the link, cleared the cache and cookie on their browser in order to wipe out the history and embedded their own.

Truth is, if your niche is internet marketing or its related sub-niches, you must be careful because your hoplink CAN BE manipulated.

Fortunately, this “affiliate link cloacking” plugin is handy and will help you mask your quirky link to something pleasant and clickable. For instance, the typical Amazon affiliate link is way too long, and full of codes and characters.

With this sleek plugin, all you’ve to do is input the extension you want and that’s all.

For instance, if your affiliate offer is about “acne product,” instead of having the usual long and hurting link, you can simply mask it like this: yourwebsite.com/order-acne.

What do you think?

I’ve been using these plugins on my niche sites, and my income is turning out right. But what do you think of these? Leave a comment below and let’s get the party started. See you at the top!

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26 thoughts on “3 Powerful WordPress Plugins to Download”

  1. david says:

    Downloaded all three and will start putting them to use. Was looking for a good affiliate cloaker and this might do it.

  2. Very good information about plugins Michael. Thank you very much for sharing with us!

  3. Thanks for the share, i will try all this plugin now.

  4. Hi Michael,

    Thanks for sharing. For link cloaking I love Pretty Link. In addition to cloaking it tracks the clicks too, along with providing details of the clicker’s IP address.

    Something notable about plugins is that it’s not necessarily the number of plugins on a site that can slow things down but rather a badly coded plugin. A useful plugin I’ve found is called P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler). This checks the impact your plugins are having on your page speed so it helps you to spot any problem areas.

    Thanks Michael & kind regards,
    Glenn

  5. Edson Hale says:

    All the three plugins are awesome; I personally use the first one; and will use the last one to try if it really adds earning because everyone wants to earn more and more.

  6. I. C. Daniel says:

    I find Affiliate Link Cloaking very useful plugin. Thanks for sharing!

  7. John Gibb says:

    A blog without plugins is like a naked chicken without wings… its days are numbered! LOL

    I think the second plugin is very useful and I haven’t heard about one like it before.

    Link cloacking is a must, and visitor site tracking alike.

    Let’s not forget anti-virus and anti-hacking plugins…

    Anyway, I look forward to your next post on niche site experiments… do you have something new for us in the near future? 🙂

  8. Abhik says:

    Well, I use none of them. Its always better to keep your plugins count at minimum.

    1. Caleb says:

      Thats not that big of a deal as it use to be because there are seo type plugins that enable you to compress the plugin files. But hey if you are doing fine without them then cool 😎

  9. Adam Harding says:

    I especially like the idea of the “Count Per Day” plug-in to get a decent idea of the views each post is getting.

    I find just knowing that each piece of content is getting some good views is really good at keeping me motivated to get more and more content out there and getting the daily traffic and lead gen count-up.

    It is all about celebrating the little successes in marketing to keep us motivated and on track…simple things like views to a page or subscribers opt-ing in.

    And any plug-in that helps track that is all good in my book! Thanks for sharing.

  10. faisal says:

    There is a plugin called top 10 which does a similar thing.

  11. Arbaz Khan says:

    I think “Count Per Day” could be a really nice plugin to install on our sites. With that we won’t have to visit Google Analytics and we can see the traffic right from our dashboard.

  12. Thank you for the wonderful list of plugins. I will be downloading this plugins and start using them asap! I really like the Affiliate Link Cloaking. Its very important to have control of your affiliate link so others can not manipulate them.

  13. Oliver D. says:

    Thanks for mentioning VigLink, John. By the way, we just updated our own wordpress plugin, which now also monetizes links in RSS feeds. It’s available for download here: http://wordpress.org/plugins/viglink/

  14. Never new count per day plugin was available. It will really help me because my niche is travel.

  15. Zubin Kutar says:

    Affiliate plugin is a must for all bloggers who make money selling aff products on their site

  16. Relatively new to all this so any and all help with plug-in info, esp. when well explained, is a big help. Thanks, John.

  17. Hi Michael,

    Thanks so much for these, I’ve just downloaded Count Per Day and Affiliate Link Cloaking. I especially needed something to hide my affiliate links so thanks for that.

    Have a great week!

    Laura

  18. Caleb says:

    After hours of figuring out what line to insert a particular code in my header I for one can attest that a plugin like that second one would have been awesome back then.

    As for the affiliate link cloaking I use Pretty Links but not sure if its pro version allows for total masking the way GoDaddy does where the url never changes to the real destination link. Does this plugin allow that?

  19. Thank you for that. Personally I always have the worst time with headers and footers. Hopefully this isn’t going to be a problem anymore.

    And I will defiantly test out the count per day plugin!

  20. Affiliate Link Cloaking, It was a new plugin for me, I thank for the information.

  21. Ron says:

    I am researching the plugin, thanks information from the article

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  22. Dani Montoya says:

    Wow. Thanks for these!! Just the other day I was wondering how I could see how many people were visiting without popping over to GA all the time. So the first plugin I will try is the “Count per Day”. And those affiliate links look scary to me so I will try that one out as well!!

  23. frank joseph says:

    Just got one interested plugin “Header and Footer” to add to my arsenal of plugins! lol. I know lots of plugins reduce site speeds, but i can’t help it.

  24. Jawbone Up says:

    Thanks for letting us know these good plugins. They are useful only if you know how to use them.

  25. Thanks John! The header and footer plugin will be of great help to me 🙂

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