WordPress Plugins That Power ShoutMeLoud To Success

Over the period of 6 years of blogging, I have across many WordPress plugins, and at the time of writing this, I have my secret list of Plugins that I’m using on all the blog. As a part of transparency culture, I will be sharing this exclusive list of plugins with you.

Do remember, these plugin is the outcome of my years of experience with blogging, so you can save your time, and pick the best plugin for your blog.

WordPress Plugins

If you just started with WordPress and new to it, you should first read: How to install WordPress plugins.  Do remember, I keep changing our plugins, so I suggest you to bookmark this page and keep checking after a month to see the updated list of plugins. The list is not in any particular order, and at the time of writing (April 2015) these are the WordPress plugins which power ShoutMeLoud.

Note: Right now ShoutMeloud is using Genesis Theme + Custom skin design.

List of WordPress Plugins I use on my blog:

SEO By Yoast:

SEO by Yoast plugin

This is a free WordPress plugin that is the powerhouse of my blog SEO. It helps to optimize on Site SEO, On page SEO & Social SEO of the blog. This is one must have plugin for every blog, and I have written a guide over here to learn about the configuration of this plugin.

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Akismet WordPress plugin

Akismet is the first Anti-spam WordPress plugin that I recommend as it is the official plugin for the creator of WordPress which let you fight with Spam comments. Though it has, one downside is that sometimes it skips spam trackback or comments or sometimes legit comments land into the spam folder. Though this usually happens due to previous interaction with I.P or with an email address.  So if you are only using Akismet plugin, I would also suggest checking your Spam folder daily. This is one must have plugin that you should have from day one to stop spam comments on your blog. To use Akismet, you need API key, and it’s free for you. You can get one by following this tutorial.

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Author hReview WordPress pPlugin

Author hreview plugin

This WordPress plugin is useful for you if you do review post. Using this plugin you can add star rating to your blog post, and it makes it stand out in the search engine. It’s a premium plugin that cost only $69, and it’s a good one time investment.

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BWP Google XML Sitemap plugin:


BWP Google XML Sitemap plugin

This plugin I use for generating sitemap for my blog, and you can use this one or any other alternative sitemap plugin that I listed here. The reason I’m using this is because WPEngine (My current hosting company) recommend this plugin for sitemap. This is a lightweight plugin and doesn’t add the load on your server.

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CloudFlare plugin:

Cloudflare WordPress plugin

Cloudflare is a free CDN, that I recommend to every blogger, and this plugin is important for any WordPress blog which is using Cloudflare CDN.

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Monarch plugin for social media sharing buttons:

Monarch sharing button

This is a premium plugin by Elegant themes that let you add social sharing & Social media follow buttons on the blog. This plugin offers beautiful looking social sharing button at various places such as Floating sharing buttons, after post, after comment and Fly in buttons. If you need one plugin that takes care of your social media sharing needs, this is the best plugin for now.

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Enhanced WordPress Contact form:

Enhanced contact form

This plugin lets you add the contact form on your blog, and I like it because it also shows the referral URL of the person who is using my contact form to send a message. This helps me to filter down the real and spam message. If you are using Jetpack plugin, you should rather use contact form feature of that plugin.

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Gocodes WordPress plugin:

Gocodes WordPress Plugin

Gocodes WordPress Plugin setting

This is plugin that is a life saver for all the affiliate marketers. You can hide your ugly looking Affiliate links into the pretty looking affiliate link. Read: How to use Gocodes WordPress plugin to hide affiliate links.

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Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin

GASP plugin

This plugin I use along with Akismet to further crack down on spam comments. This is another free plugin that you should use with Akismet.

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Insights WordPress plugin:

This plugin helps you to quickly interlink your blog post or get the result from Google, Wiki, Flickr and interlink or add into your blog post. Read: Quickly Interlink your blog post with Insight WordPress plugin.


Jetpack WordPress plugin:

Jetpack by WordPress

This is a multi-purpose free WordPress plugin that adds the feature like stats, contact form, mobile theme, social sharing button and many more. This is a must-have plugin for your WordPress site and you need to have a free account on WordPress.com to use this plugin. You can learn more about this plugin over here.

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Last updated:

This simple plugin adds a widget in your blog sidebar to show recently updated the blog post. Since I update my old posts on regular basis, with the help of this plugin I can feature updated posts on my sidebar for extra exposure. It also helps in re-indexing of updated posts as well as your blog readers can see the list of updated posts.

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LinkPatrol Plugin review

This is a SEO plugin that controls your blog external link. Using this plugin you can nofollow, remove any existing external link of your blog. It’s a premium plugin and is very powerful and useful for the SEO of your blog. You can read the review and how I use this plugin over here.

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No Self Pings:

This useful WordPress plugin let me stop sending the trackback to interlinked posts inside my domain. Read: No self-ping WordPress plugin: Stop pinging your Blog post. <Link>


OptinMonster WordPress plugin

This is a premium plugin by Syed Balkhi (Guy behind WPBeginner) and one hell of a plugin for email marketers. I use it to show Email subscription pop-up and is highly configurable. Even without any designing skills, I can quickly configure and design effective Pop-up for my blog. If you are into eMail marketing and need an easy to use WordPress plugin, look no further than OptinMonster.

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Role Manager WordPress plugin:

This is another great plugin for the multi-author blog to  define roles. Though this plugin is outdated and when I was trying to configure this for CallingAllgeeks, it was creating some issue. But for now, this plugin is working like a charm for Shoutmeloud. Link>

SEO Friendly Images:

This plugin lets you Optimize Images for Search engine. It adds alt text based on name of the image. Highly recommended. Read: How to Alt Tag into Images. <Link>

Subscribe to Comments:

This is something that I would recommend to every WordPress blogger. This plugin helps users to subscribe to your blog post comments and especially for a regular reader this is a requisite feature. Subscribe to comments plugin add a check box after comments, where commentator get an option to subscribe to get notified for future comments. Another essential plugin for WordPress, which gives an option to users to subscribe to comments on a particular post. Link>

WordPress Page Navigation plugin

Adding a page navigation helps your readers to move quickly to another page inside your blog. Adding page navigation should be an essential part of any WordPress theme. This plugin let you add page navigation.Link>


WordPress blog to maintain your WordPress database. This plugin can be used to repair the database, backup database, empty or drop tables, Run SQL query or Optimize DB. Link>

WP Status Notifier Plugin:

This plugin notifies me when any blog post is submitted for review and notifies the user when his blog post is accepted. <Link>. Later on, we shifted to peter’s collaboration Email plugin that turns out to be more powerful.

WordPress related post:

WordPress related post plugin

I’m using WordPress related post by Zemanta, which is easy to use related post plugin for WordPress. You can select from various display option, it also adds related post in RSS feed, and you can manually edit related post listing for any post.

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Here are rest of the plugins that I’m using here at ShoutMeLoud:

  • WangGuard to stop spam registration
  • VaultPress for WordPress Backup
  • Ultimate Nofollow to quickly add Nofollow link attribute.
  • Simple Parse Push Service to enable Push notification for my Android app
  • SEO Smart link business for automatic internal linking
  • Roost Web push for push notifications
  • Q2W3 Fixed Widget for making sidebar widget fixed
  • Post Expirator for deleting a post after specific date

I will keep updating the post whenever I add or remove a plugin here at ShoutMeLoud. You can bookmark this page & visit it after a month or so to see updated list.

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Harsh Agrawal is a blog scientist and a passionate blogger. He is blogging since 2008 & writes about Blogging, SEO, Make money online & tech. His blog, ShoutMeLoud receives 1 million Pageviews/month and have over 700K subscribers.


COMMENTs ( 100 )

  1. says

    Harsh thanks for letting us know about plugins used in SML, evbery visit to your blog teaches me something new and useful..my question is i am using Yost SEO, can Jetpack be used at the same time.?. I fear there might be duplicate meta tags, sitemaps or other automatic features which may effect Yoast settings…!! Thnx… :)

  2. says

    Hi Harsh,
    I am a newbie in this blogging world and i am in search of ways which helps for optimizing my blog. This article revealed good tool for me. Thanks

  3. Mithun says

    Hey, Harsh. It’s been a long time since the last time I wrote to you for help. And yes, you are right. This time, I need some help again.

    I purchased the monarch plugin at half rate from a friend. I installed it on my blog but I am not able to find the options to add the tiny button at the bottom of the sharing buttons with 3 dots.

    When you click on this button, it shows a popup with all the social networking sites which makes it easier for the user to share the content on any social networking site they are on.

    I want to know how you did this.

    If you can create a tutorial on this, it would be really helpful. Also, please tell me how you did it asap.

    I need it for a client who is not really patient.


  4. says

    Hey Harsh, your list of plugins has certainly given me an idea of which plugins to really use for my new WordPress site. Btw, many of my friends recommended to All in One SEO. Can you tell me why you prefer WordPress SEO by Yoast over AIO SEO? It’ll be very helpful.

  5. says

    Thanks Harsh. It helped me a lot. Are you not using any plugin for caching and image optimization. I had tried CloudFlare but I did not find it faster than WP Super Cache. I could not integrate both well (WP Super Cache and cloudflare). Can I do this?

  6. says

    This is the most useful thing you have shared for any blogger! But in this list there is no any security plugin! Don’t you use any security plugin?

  7. says

    Awesome list. I am using most of the plugins you’ve mentioned on this list. I am just wondering what plugin you are using for backup. However, thanks for sharing the secret list of plugins.

  8. Aditya says

    Wow harsh, I’m very thankful to you for sharing the plugins that are behind the great achievement of Shoutmeloud.
    This would be a learning post for all the wp beginners.
    One thing I would ask you that the subscribe menu just below your post is awesome and would you like to tell how you had added it to your blog.

    Waiting for your shorter response


  9. says

    Nice list of plugins.
    I use most of these plugins in my blog except premium plugins.
    I use only one premium plugin that is revive old post PRO.

    Thanks for sharing this list with us.

  10. Ashok Maruthi says

    Thanks Harsh !for revealing all your secret plugins. It helps many newbies. Personally i use shared hosting. Installing many number of plugins affects my page loading time. Also some of the plugins listed are paid. Also you can suggest a free plugin to all paid plugins.

    Thanks in advance !

  11. Mustafa says

    Thank you for sharing your secret. Do you still hosting your site on WPEngine? Does more plugins affects site performance? Does above plugins work with all type of hosting like shared, VPS, managed etc? What do you recommend custom code for adding small functionality or separate plugins? I need to know more about Genesis customization in form of blog post. Thanks :)

  12. says

    Thanks Harsh for providing such a huge list of plugins. Seems like most of them are not used by me and also they are paid. Among them Jetpack and Yoast SEO is the best plug-ins to use as free.

  13. sangeetha menon says


    SEO by yoast has xml sitemap functionality enabled. Do we need to use another plugin for sitemaps? Kindly clarify.

  14. rajat dutt says

    Hi harsh,.
    can you please suggest me some one of the best ecommerce plugins to extend the functioning of site.
    thanx for sharing this post but jetpack is not useful for me because i am using wodpress.org not .com
    tahnx for help in advance

  15. Bhavya says


    Thanks for the article. Will appreciate if the links are live and available for each of these plug ins as suggested in your blog. It looks like most of them are not active any more.