This article in the Niche Recommended WordPress Plugin Series will cover suggested plugins for websites run by a mommy blogger. Some people think being a mommy blogger is a bad thing, but it really isn’t when a lot of bloggers actually are moms taking care of their children and working out of their homes.
Many of these women start blogs on a dime, and often, with little direction or knowledge on how to start a blog. While setting up the basics helps, as the blog grows, the mommy blogger needs more things like plugins for reviewing, images, advertisements, and more.
Below are suggested plugins for the mommy blogger niche. Please note that some plugins in this article may be repeated plugins that have been mentioned in the other niche listed in the Niche Recommended WordPress Plugin Series, but work just as well.
All plugins have been carefully selected and are 100% GPL (GNU license.) Yes, there are other plugins that are great, but Blondish.net supports plugins and themes that are congruent with the software license WordPress carries.
Niche Recommended WordPress Plugin Series: Mommy Blogger
MailChimp List Subscribe form
For MailChimp users, this plugin allows you to integrate a widget optin form into your website.
This is a plugin for Aweber users needing an optin widget.
MailPoet offers an in-house cheap newsletter solution. For websites with a lot of traffic and not much hosting resources, this plugin may not be an ideal solution.
Growmap Anti-Sam plugin is helps deter comment spam by inserting an checkbox form field to ask you to verify that you are not a bot. In order for the comment to even make it through, the checkbox for the plugin must be checked.
Akismet – (This comes as a default plugin with WordPress installations)
Akismet has been around for a long time. It does a great job at filtering comment spam. In some cases, there are false positives where a real commentator has been marked as spam, but you can simply mark it as not spam so the person isn’t lopped in the spam queue again.
Both of these plugins both scan for malware and help harden WordPress security. Some people like to stack these plugins together, but both of these help.
W3 Total Cache
W3 Total Cache helps reduce load time to your site by offering a cached copy. You can also hook it up to a CDN (content delivery network) for both added security and more help with optimized website page speed.
Comment Additions and Reader Love
CommentLuv allows you to let your commentator leave a link to their most recent post. The original intention of the was for you as the blog owner, and return the comment. It also allows your other readers to visit the link left behind.
If you have a lot of regular readers who like to leave comments, then this is a great reward for their loyalty.
Subscribe to comments allows your commentators to be alerted to other new comments in a post.
Digg Digg offers a couple methods for you to put social sharing icons on your blog.
Flare is much like DiggDigg, but offers some slicker looking designs.
The Floating Social Bar is a bar you can put on individual posts or pages that are sticky, and keep with you as you scroll your website. It eliminates the purpose of placing social share icons in more than one spot of a post or page.
Featured Content Sliders
Both the Meta Slider and the Slidedeck 2 Lite offer some nifty content slider display choices.
The Genesis Responsive Slider is very simple and built for anyone using the StudioPress Genesis theme framework.
Gravity Forms is a premium plugin that offers an easy drag and drop solution for creating forms. There are a lot of extensions for Gravity forms that can turn it into a shop, survey, quiz, and much more.
Ninja forms is a free form solution that has the same concept of Gravity forms. It does have some extensions, but not as many at Gravity forms. It is still easy to use.
WordPress SEO by Yoast is a very strong tool for users wanting to optimize their posts. Some of the great features of WordPress SEO is being able to analyze the page, customize the titles and metas, and some social network integration. Of course, the list of features are more. WordPress SEO even has a premium version that has integration with Google Webmaster Tools and a redirection tool.
Author hReview is fairly simple and allows the user to add a box with a star rating and product listing that are perfect for reviews. This also adds the Google Rich Snippets for reviews. Included is also a widget to display some of the rated items done on your website.
Each one of these recipe plugins has it’s own charm. You may wish to try them out and see which one you like best. All do have Google Rich Snippets for recipes integrated.
WP-Polls is a fairly old plugin that still has active development. You can put together simple polls for users to vote.
Polldaddy is owned by Automattic and is a plugin that connects with Polldaddy.com’s service. Polldaddy allows users to create polls, and a few other things. There is a free plan with Polldaddy, but for added features, you will have to pay to upgrade.
Chitika, Linkworth, Text Link Ads, and Adsense are all third party advertising programs. All you need to do is sign up for the service, install the plugin and configure it, and then place their widgets within your website wherever you wish.
WP125 allows you to display banners on your site. This is great for in-house advertising where you keep all the money instead of give a portion to a third party ad resource.
Do you use any of these plugins for your blog in the Mommy Blogger niche? What other plugins do you recommend for mommy bloggers?