My 10 Favorite WordPress Plugins of 2019 

 March 22, 2019

By  Jim Daniels

WordPress plugins take literally seconds to install and usually just a few minutes to configure. And they can do all sorts of cool things.

There are free plugins, and there are premium plugins available for a nominal fee.

You can find literally thousands of plugins at the WordPress Plugin Directory, and also within your WordPress admin area itself.

But rather than send you on a wild goose chase for the best WordPress plugins for Internet marketers, I’ll share my Top 10 favorite plugins of 2019 here today.

I personally use all of these plugins and they help me save time, make money and even give me peace of mind.

If you see one you want to try, just click the link.

OK, on with the list…

#1: WordFence Security

This peace of mind plugin is an anti-virus, firewall and malware scan plugin rolled into one. It is probably my favorite plugin of all time. It keeps my WordPress sites safe from hackers and even alerts me to whenever I need to update any other plugin.

#2: Covert Copy Traffic Pro

This slick little plugin protects your blog posts from being copied. Actually, it goes one step further. It lets people copy your stuff but turns it into traffic by automatically inserting your links when people copy and paste or scrape your blog content.

#3: WP Social Contact

I’ve used a lot of contact form plugins to build simple “contact us” pages at my sites, including Contact Form 7. But this beginner-friendly WordPress contact plugin called WP Social Contact is my new favorite. It gives your visitors multiple ways to contact you without having to use a boring old contact form .

#4: WP Fastest Cache

I stumbled upon this slick plugin when I started offering 100% done for you blogs. One of the sites was loading slowly so I hired a fiverr gig to fix the problem. After she was done the site load time went from 4 seconds to about 1 second! So I went in and saw what she did. She installed WP Fastest Cache. Since then I’ve been adding it to all my blogs and my clients’ blogs. Remember, Google loves fast sites so this plugin can help your ranking!

#5: Slim Stat Analytics

This little plugin gives you lots of traffic stats without any setup work. Just add the plugin and activate it and it starts capturing and displaying your traffic info right at your dashboard.

#6: One-Click Video Site Builder

This is another plugin I add to all my clients’ blogs. It creates monetized video posts with one click. It can even schedule future posts. It’s my favorite way to add videos to my website, with affiliate links or ads right below every video — all automatically.

#7: Yoast SEO

This is an all-in-one SEO solution for WordPress that includes on-page content analysis, XML sitemaps and much more. It lets me easily check each post to make sure it is optimized well for Google and other search engines, and even makes simple recommendations for me to follow.

#8: FotoPress
This is one of my favorite plugins of all time. It finds you free images online, lets you add them to posts, and is even a complete Image Editor plugin that works right inside your WordPress admin area. (I used it to quickly find and customize the image at the top of today’s post.)

#9: Thrive Architect

Build beautiful, modern sales pages, opt-in pages and more. This is actually a WordPress theme and it comes with a giant collection of pre-built templates. You just load a pre-built page with a few clicks and customize as needed. This tool was largely responsible for generating five figures in sales for one of my recent product launches. (See this page for an example of what you can build with Thrive content builder.)

#10: OneSignal
Integrates the awesome (and free!) OneSignal platform for pushing your posts out via browser or smartphone notifications.

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About Jim

I gave up a life of jobs in 1996. Since then I've been earning a living online.

I write books, create software, license info-products, affiliate marketing, build membership sites, design websites and more.

I prefer this over my old lifestyle of getting up early, commuting to work, coming home to have a few hours for my family and living for the weekends. Now every day is a weekend. I work when I want and answer to no boss.

  • Jerry Purvis says:

    Good article, Jim. One question. Have these plugins been updated to be compatible with Gutenberg, WordPress v. 5? I picked up a copy of FotoPress a while back and I’m not sure if it will run on Gutenberg.
    Thanks for any feedback you can provide.

    • Hi Jerry,

      I did some testing and also ran into a problem using the block editor in Gutenberg. I reported it to the plugin author so hopefully a fix will be released son via a plugin update. Try the classic editor plugin in the meantime.


  • Robert Yavala says:

    Great article Jim..You are the result of.my 1 hour prayer today…so grateful to the Lord for you Jim…
    I noticed you also play golf..I love the game..Here’s to you not losing your balls brother. Stay blessed.

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