Discussed! 10 best WordPress Plugins for Book Bloggers!

Posted 10 November, 2012 by Danny in Blog, Danny, Discussion / 48 Comments

Happy Saturday!!

As WordPress is becoming more and more popular these days I thought I might share some of my favorite WordPress Plugins for you! So, if you are a WordPress Blogger I hope we can talk about some amazing Plugins. If you are another Blogger, maybe this post gives you an idea about the amazing world WordPress could offer you!! !

The 10 best WordPress plugins for Book Bloggers

(by Danny)

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What is does: It sends out an email whenever you get a reply on your comment you left on my site. No matter if you subscribed to them or not.

Why I love it: It’s something I love myself when I’m commenting on a blog. and I don’t like subscribing to all comments which is the case with most of the subscriptions modes. I do not want to read every comment a post gets but, I’d like to know when my comment gets a reply. So I hope this makes me blog more attractive to commenters and I’m always excited when another blog has it installed too!

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What it does: When someone comments, she/he can add her blog URL and the plugin will automatically add the latest blog post link to the comment.

Why I love it: I love this plugin so much! Leaving a “selfmade” link like “check out me post” not always leaves the best impression, but with this plugin you can just do this without worrying that it will be frowned upon because the blogger actually asks for your link! Love it! Also, I can see immediately the latest post from bloggers and can directly visit back! I love having this plugin and I love seeing it on Blogs I visit!

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What it does: It displays similar/related posts to the bottom of your post

Why I love it: This is an important plugin which helps to keep readers on your site! They might see an interesting post and might go back to read it. Personally, I have clicked and discovered a lot of posts via this plugin on other sites!

Alternative: nRelate (I didn’t get it to work here, but this one is one of the best plugins!)

Plugin Site (this is not free and costs $20)

What it does: I displays a Featured Slider for featured images on your homepage! But this featured sliders can be incorporated also on the sidebar or in a post.

Why I love it: I just LOVE my Featured Slider on my homepage! I love to create pretty images for my posts and this is the perfect way to highlight the recent posts in a beautiful way on your homepage!Also, I am super visual, meaning I love the pretty and I love pretty images and I hope to catch some readers who are like me with this!

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What it does: It helps getting your post Search Engine Optimized (SEO)

Why I love it: SEO is probably the most used keyword when talking about blogging outreach. The better your SEO settings the higher up your Blog Posts will appear on google! This plugging makes it sooo easy!! Take for instance the search term “Rapture by Lauren Kate” – my Review is the 3rd entry right below the Youtube Video and goodreads! That’s like fanfreaking amazing and it can get you so many hits!! If you search for the “Iron Druid Chronicles” my post is still on the first page. This is what you want when you take blogging seriously and this plugin helps setting keywords, titles etc etc!

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What it does: Add as nice looking bar to share posts to all important social network Sites.

Why I love it: Well, everyone loves when they post are shared and liked and when someone else besides yourself shares your words:) And this is a plugin that makes it easy for someone to tweet, facebook or even pinterest your posts! Oh and .. it looks cute!

Plugin site 

What it does: well, it does tweet your old post 🙂

Why I love it: Again, it’s all about spreading the word about your blog and your posts. Also, when I look at my statistics I can see that I get a lot of traffic from twitter, so it makes sense to promote my posts there!


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What it does: It makes your blog load faster

Why I love it: Let#s face it, my Blog is heavy on images… I know that! But, this also makes me blog load faster and I would hate for people leaving me just because they don’t want to wait until all my pretty images are loaded. So, this plugin is a must have for blogs like the Boowkorms


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What it does: You can create templates for your posts, a template you can “upload” in your new post.

Why I love it: As a Book Blogger I have lots of post that have the same format. I format my reviews always the same way, I always include the Rating images, the Book Badges, my signature and so on. With this template it’s soooo much easier and so much faster to write a review! But, I also have templates created for: Waiting on Wednesday, In my Mailbox and Friday Love Posts! I adore this pluggin!!!

Plugin site (the Pro Version costs $49)

What it does: It’s a magic social network plugin that posts your blog post to all important networking sites automatically. Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter and so much more! The PRO version also includes Google Plus and Pinterest and lets you schedule the posting!

Why I love it: OMG I am in social networking heaven with this plugin!!!!  Finally, automatic posting to all my social networking sites without me having to do it manually! Even better! I can actually schedule the posting! This was super important for me as I always posts my post at midnight CST. This is also the time when the tweets go out and it’s posted on facebook. So with this plugin I can post on Facebook 6 hours later and reach out to different people! The same is true for tweets! I just bought and installed it yesterday so I hope it will work just as promised!!


So .. puhh… that’s a long post and a long list!

Now, I would love to hear your most favorite WP plugins!

Oh and to all other Bloggers, doesn’t these plugins sound amazing? Maybe you consider moving to WordPress so feel free to shoot my a question in the comments!!

Much Love!

Obsessive Reader by Night – Scientist at Day!
You can also find me on goodreads. I’d love to get to know you so, don’t be shy and say Hello!

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48 Responses to “Discussed! 10 best WordPress Plugins for Book Bloggers!”

    • I just love it here! My only advise is to as Someone to do the moving for you! It saved me so much heartache!!! Worth the money ;-))

  1. Yay for WordPress! You chose some of my favourites too! I think my all time favourite is Advanced Custom Fields. This is really only useful for people who know a bit of code, but it’s my alternative to Easy Content Templates. Instead of having a template and then editing the text/code each time, I create fields like this: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/83159025/advanced-custom-fields.jpg Then I code it up on the backend in my template files so that it gets rendered the same way every time. I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!

    But you really have to know PHP in order to be able to fully utilize this plugin. But if you do, it’s a total lifesaver!

    Another one of my favourites is Hide This Part. It basically creates some spoiler tags like they have on Goodreads! So if you want to talk about spoilers, just put them in the “hide this part” tags, and voila! Now people will only see the spoilers if they click on them.

    WordPress Editorial Calendar is one that I know a lot of bloggers use—including myself. It’s a great way to visualize when your scheduled posts will be published!

    And this is going to sound awful, but I also really love some of the plugins I created for myself, just because they make my life SO MUCH EASIER! Like my giveaways widget. It automatically displays current giveaways, and then automatically removes them when the giveaway ends. So I don’t have to worry about manually updating my sidebar!

    And then there’s my automatically updating review indexes! This is only made possible because of Advanced Custom Fields. Combining that with some custom coding, my review indexes update all by themselves! So I never have to touch them and they’re always up to date! Yaaay!!
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    • Oh and one more! So basically, my boyfriend is amazing. And he made me a plugin too! It’s a custom related posts plugin. And I’ll tell you why I love it!

      I experimented with a million different related posts plugins.. but they all had the same thing in common: they chose random posts in the same category OR they chose random posts that had at least ONE tag in common. Like 90% of my book reviews have the tag “Young Adult” in common, so those plugins never really picked the most related posts. I had contemporary romances mixed in with dystopians.. and it kind of sucked. I really wanted to show people the MOST similar content — not random stuff in the same category.

      So, cue amazing boyfriend.

      He created this really complex plugin for me that ranks posts based on how many tags they have in common, and then displays the top 5. So if something is tagged:

      Dystopian, Thriller, Science Fiction, Young Adult

      then it looks for posts that have all those (or most of those) tags in common, instead of just a random *one*. So if you look at a review for a contemporary new adult romance, the related posts will all be contemporary new adult romances! I luuuurve it!
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      • Honestly I’m not entirely happy with my related post plugin and yours sound epic!!!! I wanted nrelate but didn’t get it to work on my blog! Your BF rocks my friend;)

    • I just looked at your screenshot and this looks awesome!!
      You are awesome and I wish I’d have your php skills;-))
      I just know basics.
      But I love all the possibilities WP gives us and makes blogging so much more fun!

      • Woah, for some reason I totally did not get my usual “Your comment has a new reply” e-mail! And I was like “Hmm.. it’s been like a day.. this doesn’t seem like Danny.” So I hopped on over here and sure enough, you actually had replied!

        Either there is a glitch in the matrix or I’m retarded and just missed/skipped over the e-mail LOL!
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  2. Great list Danny! Like you, I love WP SEO and CommentLuv but Easy Content Templates is something I still need to try. I’ve been collecting my post templates in a separate Google doc but this might be an easier option – thanks for the heads up 🙂

    Also, I’ve been looking for a good ‘related posts’ widget so I’m definitely giving this one a try.
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  3. A few quick questions, I’m on blogger. Would I be able to move my URL over? Also where do you go to move your blogger blog over to WP?
    I heard there were 2 wp, one free and one paid, and that a lot of these don’t work on the free wp.
    are you free wp or paid?
    Is it pricey to create a pretty wp blog?
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    • Hey!! I’m going step by step through your questions;

      I’m on blogger. Would I be able to move my URL over?

      Yes!! No problem!

      Also where do you go to move your blogger blog over to WP?

      You either do it yourself , which is tons of work on research. Or you pay someone to do this for you like I did.

      I heard there were 2 wp, one free and one paid, and that a lot of these don’t work on the free wp.
      are you free wp or paid?

      The free WP is no option in my opinion
      when moving from blogger ad it’s not giving you other options. Actually it gives you less.

      No, when you move then to a self hosted WP. This is also where you can use all those plugins I just talked about.

      Is it pricey to create a pretty wp blog?
      Depending on where you host it’s about 50-90$ a year for hosting. The costs for the design depends on where you go, but they are often a little more pricey than blogger layouts.

      If you have more questions, just shoot;-))

    • I truly love WP!! And if you really think to move maybe you might consider letting someone else so it. Im sure it will spare you a lot of headaches ;-))

  4. If I wasn’t so terrified of switching over I’d do so now! I’m just not good with computer stuff and coding and all that is foreign. I know I could get help but I’d still have to figure out formatting, scheduling and loads of other stuff. It took me forever to figure out blogger and I’m comfortable there. BUT, I would LOVE to have these! You’re certainly making a good case for wordpress!
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    • It’s really not as hard as it seems and you don’t need coding expertise at all. The WordPress dashboard is so easy and scheduling posts and stuff is really no magic at all.
      My girls were all a little afraid too but once we moved they were excited when they saw how easy it was all ;-))

  5. Thanks for all the great tips, Danny! I’ve been comfortably on blogger for a really long time, but with this last recent upgrade, there are a lot of things I am not happy with. But the switch just seems SO scary and daunting. Who did you have make the move for you? Also, would I have to change the look of my blog? (I’m kind of attached to mine :D)
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  6. I love wordpress! Self-hosting is not free but I love the freedom of choice to include whatever plugins I prefer. Thanks for sharing the plugins that you use and love, Danny! It’s wonderful to know that Easy Content Templates is making your blogging experience faster and more enjoyable 🙂
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  7. Here’s a good guide for moving to WordPress from Blogger: Moving from Blogger to WordPress – Your Guide. I’ve actually done it once and it’s super easy. All you do is use the import tool and it does all the work for you! The only tricky part would be copying over your theme and redirecting your old blog (which is still easy if you follow instructions). Most people will probably still want to pay someone to sort out the theme. 🙂
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  8. Thanks for this post! I have most of these (or different versions of) on my WordPress site, except for the related post slider. I had one that was just words but it was very boring. I’m trying the nRelate one and so far, the only “related” posts its using are my Stacking the Shelves lol I have to say that I’m so happy I switched from Blogger to WordPress. Haven’t regretted one minute of it.

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  10. I recently installed the Social Networks Auto-Poster and really love it. Too bad it doesn’t post to Google+ though.

    Another one I love is Social Author Bio for showing a bio of the author of the post. Really handy for blogs that have multiple content writers!

    I just released a free WordPress Book Review plugin a few weeks ago. I had searched for a free plugin that would inject the details of a book into each post and provide archives of those posts, but wasn’t able to find any good, free options. So I decided to just build my own. I’m a Web Developer by day so it was fun to work on my own programming project for a change. 🙂 Anyway, maybe some other book bloggers out there will find it useful!


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