There are many excellent WordPress plugins that can help you perform multiple tasks on your website to plan, organize, create and publish your content and elevate your author website to the next level.
In this article, we’ll cover some of the best WordPress plugins for authors and writers.
Writing content is essential, but it’s equally important to analyze your website traffic and identify any negative trends on time. The MonsterInsights plugin lets you connect your website with your Google Analytics account, you don’t need any coding skills or a developer to get it set up. With Google Analytics integrated onto your WordPress website, you’ll be able to track all sorts of website traffic statistics right from your WordPress dashboard. Some examples may be how your readers found your website, what keywords they used on search engines, which content on your website is most popular, where your readers are coming from and more! Additionally, if you sell digital content or Ebooks, MonsterInsights can help you track analytics on your sales as well.
It’s a lot easier to plan marketing activities and strategy once you have insights about your website visitors.
You need to complement your content with quality images for your blog to look awesome, but searching and finding those images can be quite the time consuming task. The Image Inject plugin helps you search through thousands of free images, using any keyword you want, and then quickly insert them into your posts. Best of all: you can do all this in 3 easy clicks! You can fine-tune image templates, and set the downloaded images as featured images in your posts.
WProofreader is an excellent plugin that helps you avoid spelling and grammar mistakes by automatically checking everything you type. It can underline mistakes in real-time as you type words, or you can configure it to scan your post in a separate window once you’re finished writing. In the free version, it supports spell-checking in 6 languages, while the Pro version supports 15. The Pro version also supports grammar checks in 15 languages, specialized terminology, acronyms and more.
This is a super-useful plugin that helps your website connect to third-party web services and beautifully display linked content. You can embed videos, images, maps, audio, posts using both Classic and Gutenberg WordPress editors. In addition to that, it also supports rich media from more than 75 external websites so you can embed data from Google (Docs, Maps, Forms, Sheets), Facebook (posts and videos), YouTube, Vimeo, Twitch, Spotify, SoundCloud, Imgur, Giphy, and others.
Revive Old Posts
It’s important to stay active on your social media accounts, and Revive Old Posts helps you with that by letting you automate the process of posting content to your social media profiles. Not only can you set a schedule for new and upcoming content, but this plugin lets you schedule posting your old content as well, which helps your new followers get acquainted with that content. Additionally, the plugin can instantly share your new post to social media, or you can schedule an automatic posting for your scheduled WordPress content. You can set how many hours should pass before publishing posts, include hashtags, and integrate with Google Analytics to track your social media posts traffic performance.
Copyright Proof is a handy plugin that allows you to protect your copyright and prove ownership over your content. Once you post content to your website, you will obtain a digitally signed and time-stamped certificate that you can use as proof of copyright. The plugin can automatically insert certificates, licenses, copyright and attribution notice at the end of your post. Optionally, you can use the anti-theft feature that records the IP addresses of persons that are trying to plagiarize your content.
Mooberry Book Manager
If you’re a book writer, you need to be able to display your books on your website, and Moorberry Book Manager can help you with that. It’s an easy to use plugin, and all you need to do is fill the form with your book cover, reviews of the book, link to purchase, excerpt, and you’re good to go! You can include as much or as little information as you want. The plugin allows you to use your affiliate links, and link your books to multiple book store retailers. Each book has its own page for easy management, and you can organize them in customizable grids. You can use various grids to sort your books, for example – Coming Soon, Available Now, etc.
Broken Link Checker
It’s never good when a visitor clicks the link and receives a 404 not found page, and you want to avoid that at all costs. Broken Link Checker is one of the best plugins to help you with that, as it automatically monitors all links in your posts, pages, and comments, and immediately notifies you via email and in your WordPress dashboard. The plugin allows you to edit broken links directly from the plugin’s settings interface, so you don’t have to update each post manually.
If you have multiple writers on your website, you need a collaboration tool, and Edit Flow allows you to collaborate with your editorial team right from the WordPress dashboard. You can use a handy month-to-month calendar to plan and review content, use a threaded commenting system to have discussions between editors and writers, and insert metadata to keep track of important details. The plugin supports notifications and includes a story budget feature that helps plan your upcoming content budget.
The Portfolio plugin allows you to showcase your previous work and display your writing projects on your website. You can create an unlimited number of portfolios and include a short description, screenshots, date of completion and a link to your project for each portfolio item. Sorting order and number of columns can be adjusted as well.
If you’re running a blog – it’s essential to grow your readership (and subscribers). Sumo is a great plugin that can help you develop your email list and increase conversions via timed popups, scheduled marketing emails and email drips. Your visitors can also easily share content on their social media networks via plugins implemented share buttons.
We hope these plugins help you offload important but secondary tasks such as SEO, marketing, and content management, and focus on what’s most important for you: writing.