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Why WordPress Plug-ins Make you Lazy (+ Plug-ins you could do without) 

plug-ins wordpress Jan 24, 2021
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Table of Contents

 
    JetPack

 


 

I was writing a blog post yesterday on a new platform, Kajabi. Kajabi has no plug-ins.

Yeah, I know, but it’s not WordPress!

My oh my what do we do now?

Here are some of the things I learned.

Why WordPress Plug-ins Make you Lazy

Since WordPress has a plug-in for almost everything, we don’t have to think very much to write a blog post.

Is that a bad thing?

Not necessarily, but consider this: if a WordPress plug-in isn’t doing the thinking for me, how much better might my blog post be?

For example, Kajabi doesn’t have a RankMath or Yoast WordPress plug-in. What does that mean exactly?

You have to do it yourself.

You have to write or edit your content to ensure that your keywords are in your “<h2>” tags, or that you have referenced your keywords enough in your post.

You also have to make sure your images have alt-tags on them. So not only do I not have something “green” to look at to tell me I did good, I have to be strategic in my writing. 

Does it take more time? Sometimes.

Does it make me a better blogger? Perhaps.

It also helps if you use a checklist, like Blogfiti’s Bangin’ Blog Post Checklist. You can get it here if you’re interested. I highly recommend it and it is what I personally use.

Table of Contents is a Premium

During this exercise, I also learned that Tables of Contents are a wonderful thing in a WordPress plug-in or Gutenberg.

You see, one downside to Kajabi is that there is not a built-in table of contents you can use on your blog posts.

That means I either have to take a few extra minutes and copy the headings, add the "id" HTML tag to the original text to be linked, and link the copy of the heading to the original.

Wow, just reading that right now made MY head spin all the way around. Let's see if I can make it a bit easier.

 

Doesn’t really take that long. 

One other possibility is if you’re a programmer. You could write some HTML, CSS, and javascript to handle it for you. That’s a problem for another day.

Do your SEO Research Manually

Normally, we do our SEO research manually anyway, so this really isn’t much different. What it does mean, though, is you have to keep your word or phrase in mind the whole time you’re writing your content.

Is that bad? SEO Plug-ins, while nice, is not doing you any favors.

SEO Plug-ins like RankMath and Yoast WordPress plug-ins, are really not helping you. The only thing those plug-ins do is make things green. It has absolutely nothing to do with Google or how you rank.

It does make it easier to know if you’ve met certain requirements, but remember, it is a robot. It doesn’t think as we do.

In my opinion, having to manually remember my keywords and work them in accordingly helped my writing.

Make sure you are using “<h2, h3>” headers.

Whether you use WordPress or not, you still need to use h2, h3 headers. That hasn’t changed. Kajabi, like WordPress, has the built-in “format” that you only need to select to get the tags.

What WordPress Plug-ins you should do without

JetPack

I can’t say it enough. JetPack, Google Analytics (not the code, but the plug-in), anything analytics other than the code, RankMath or Yoast, but NOT the Table of Contents. Lol.

It would have been helpful to have already written a table of contents script yesterday, but oh well. I do it manually for now.

Anything that is redundant or only takes a few minutes to do manually.

Why? It slows down your site.

Follow the Blogfiti 25-point Checklist

I’m telling you, the Blogfiti’s Bangin’ Blog Post Checklist is the best thing I have ever used. Kelly takes you step-by-step for each and everything your blog post needs to rank on Google or anywhere else, really.

The first time or two you use it, you tend to think “OMG this takes WAY too long!”. But, trust me. After you’ve used it several times, it becomes automatic.

Why you should use Kajabi

Kajabi is not for the faint of heart. It is an all in one platform, so the sticker shock at first is intimidating. However, look at the breakdown below and see for yourself whether or not it will save you money.

As you can see, there are significant savings each month by using Kajabi. These costs only include a few paid plug-ins.

You’ll need to adjust for the actual paid plug-ins you pay for every month.

Answers to FAQ about Kajabi

Nope, not necessarily

Yes, but why would you.

And? You’ll save a lot of money by only using Kajabi.

I am running my entire business on Kajabi. Look at the breakdown shown above.

Moral of the Story

So the moral of this story is that you should know HOW to do everything your WordPress plug-ins are doing for you. Does that mean to get rid of all of them? No, but be strategic in their use (ah-hem, Kelly Thoreson).

Remember, plug-ins will slow down your site. Slow sites make for unhappy customers.

 

 

 

 

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