10 Traffic Building Plugins for WordPress

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:

http://www.sexybookmarks.net/

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 Builds Blog Traffic

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:

http://disqus.com/overview/

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.

http://martinj.net/wordpress-plugins/facebook-like-button/

4. TweetMeme Retweet Button

Want people to tweet about your blog on Twitter?

Install this plugin:

http://tweetmeme.com/about/plugins

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:

http://omninoggin.com/projects/wordpress-plugins/wp-greet-box-wordpress-plugin/

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.

http://www.arnebrachhold.de/projects/wordpress-plugins/google-xml-sitemaps-generator/

7. Scribe

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:

http://www.scribeseo.com

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.

http://atastypixel.com/blog/wordpress/plugins/smart-404/

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.

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/stats/

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:

http://xavisys.com/wordpress-plugins/google-analytics/

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.

  9 comments for “10 Traffic Building Plugins for WordPress

  1. May 28, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    Great information. I love the Scribe option. I’m new to blogging and that would really help.

    Thanks

  2. May 28, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    I’m glad you found this post helpful Chris. If you start using Scribe, let me know what you think. I use it and really like it.

  3. May 31, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Doug,

    Thanks for the quick suggestions for WP plugins. I appreciate your including all the links too!

  4. June 1, 2010 at 8:02 am

    Doug, thank you. This is great information. You gave me a few new arrows for my blogging quiver. I appreciate the help.

  5. June 1, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Hope a couple of those arrows reach your targets Steve

  6. June 1, 2010 at 10:29 am

    Hope they help Nanette

  7. July 3, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    I will be checking out scribe soon. But I already have most of the other suggestions installed. SEO is definitely my weak point. I can write the posts to be SEO okay, but the rest of the backend settings throw me a curve ball.

  8. July 6, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    Hey Nicole. Thanks for checking out the blog. If you try scribe, let me know how it works for you.

  9. April 17, 2012 at 4:36 am

    Hi!
    Yes, I agree that is one way to get views to your blog, but not the only way. There are many other ways that have proved beneficial to me and article marketing being the best one so far. That is not to say that is the only avenue I use. Thanks for commenting. Make it an awesome day.

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