Want more traffic to your blog? These 10 plugins will help.
1. SexyBookmarks Plugin
When you want people to share your blog posts with their friends, this is my plugin of choice.
Here’s a screenshot of what it looks like on a blog:
You can find out more here:
2. Disqus Comment System Plugin
Disqus turns your comments across the blogosphere into one communication stream. Many of the big name bloggers like Chris Brogan and Duct Tape Marketing use Disqus. If you comment on their blogs, people can find all your comments and get a better understanding about you.
Here is a sample of responses to comments on Disqus:
Disqus is a great way for you to get your blog noticed. But it only works if you consistently comment on other blogs. For more information, here is their website:
3. Facebook Like Button Plugin
The Facebook “like” button is one of the easiest ways people can share your blog posts. Your blog readers don’t have to take any time to “think up” a comment. They don’t have to Tweet anything. All they have to do is acknowledge that they “like” your post.
There are several Facebook “Like” plugins. I’ve found many to be buggy. After installing a few and working through the bugs, a friend told me about this one. It works well.
4. TweetMeme Retweet Button
Want people to tweet about your blog on Twitter?
Install this plugin:
5. WP Greet Box
I love this plugin. It recognizes what website referred your blog’s visitors and greets them with “Welcome ______.” The plugin also gives your visitors an easy way to sign-up for your RSS feed, etc.
Here’s a screenshot of the plugin in action:
You can find out more here:
6. Google XML Sitemaps
Sitemaps help search engines spider your blog. This plugin generates a special XML sitemap instantly for you. Google, Yahoo, Bing and Ask.com will find all your blog posts quickly when you install this plugin.
Be warned. This plugin isn’t free.
If you’ve ever wondered how to make your blog post more search engine friendly, this plugin does the hard work for you. It quickly and easily checks your content against SEO best practices. It then advises you on changes you’re able to make to get better search engine results for your blog posts.
Here’s a screenshot of the plug-in in use:
Find out more here:
8. Smart 404
There is nothing worse than someone finding your blog and getting a 404 error page. This plugin solves that problem. Once installed, the plugin redirects traffic from bad links to the best suitable page. Install this plugin and you will never lose potential blog readers due to dead pages again.
9. WordPress.com Stats
If you aren’t tracking where your blog traffic is coming from, you can’t make corrections to get more traffic.
This plugin is very easy to install and tracks views, post/page views, referrers, and clicks. It requires a WordPress.com API key.
10. WP Google Analytics
If you really want great, detailed data about your blog vistors, then you’ll want to install Google Analytics on your blog.
Here’s a screenshot:
For more information go here:
Of course installing a plugin doesn’t guarantee your blog will get more traffic. But if you use these plugins, you’ll make it much easier for people to find your blog.
Do you know of a plugin we should include on this list? Tell us about it.