It’s hard to decide which paid WordPress plugins to actually invest in, especially since there are so many choices all over the internet. However, after scouring a list of “Best WordPress Plugins” blog posts, I narrowed down the selection a few that were recommended multiple times or had great online reviews.
Fanciest Author Box
For $10, Fanciest Author Box is a great deal that allows you to showcase a post author’s photo, bio, and have separate tabs for each social network, as well as links to their latest posts. It is easy to use and navigate and users can maintain their bio information themselves.
While most form plugins can be clunky, full of ads, and ripe with functionality issues, Gravity Forms is a premium forms plugin that has been recommended over and over again. It offers a wide range of form integration and customization to make forms on your site just the way you want them.
Gravity Forms ranges in price from $39 (for a one site license) to $199 for a developer, unlimited license.
SEO Smart Links
SEO Smart Links makes internal linking easier than ever with a variety of features, including automatic cross-linking and linking on keywords, while also being useful for both advanced SEO professionals and beginners.
This plugin has two levels that are $149 and $299.
I have used CommentLuv’s free version in the past, but this paid version of their plugin combines the value of 8 plugins into one, including ReplyMe, which allows you to reply to comments left by users via email, as well as a built-in spambot plugin to prevent useless comments. The connected nature of CommentLuv can also help increase the visibility and engagement of your posts.
A single site license is $67, a multi-site is $87, and the unlimited license is $97.
According to its website, “SEOPressor is a premium WordPress SEO content optimization tool that helps you do efficient ultra targeted content marketing. It’s like an SEO consultant sitting beside you and hand-holding you all the way.” The plugin’s main attribute is that it offers the user 3 optimized keywords for each piece of content.
SEOPressor, now on its 5th version, offers a 14 day trial and promises to double your website traffic in 30 days. A lofty claim, but this plugin gets great feedback regularly. It offers three tiers of pricing, from $47 for a single user license to $497 for a multi-license lifetime version.
Kelsey Jones runs her own social media and search marketing business, MoxieDot where she helps clients grow their online presence. She was voted one of the top 100 marketers of the year by Invesp in 2009 and has worked for Yelp, Run.com, and Bounty Towels. Check her out at MoxieDot and on Twitter @wonderwall7.