WordPress Grow Traffic

Top 5 WordPress Plugins to Grow your Traffic

Any plugin that could help promote my website or bring more people to the site is pure gold. Even with tens of thousands of visitors a month, blogging can be a solitary profession and sometimes it feels like you’re talking to yourself. Some of the best WordPress plugins are the ones that make social sharing and SEO easier.

All in one SEO Pack

This is really the first must-have WordPress plugin on the list. The plugin is actively installed on millions of blogs and is the standard for SEO optimization. The free version offers a huge list of SEO resources including support for SEO on custom post types, automatic title optimization for Google search, auto-generation of META tags and avoiding duplicate titles.

After enabling the plugin, you will have to set it up to run properly. Go to All in One SEO and then General Settings.

  • Checking canonical URLs will automatically generate permanent links to articles and avoid duplicate content
  • Under Home Page Settings, you have the opportunity of creating a SEO-rich title, description and keywords
  • Use the plugin to verify webmaster tools for Google, Bing and Pinterest
Download Plugin

Google XML Sitemaps

As powerful as the search engines are, even they get lost sometimes on their way around your blog. If a search engine cannot find its way around, your pages and posts won’t be indexed and won’t show up in search results.

Best WordPress Plugins Google XML Sitemaps

Creating a sitemap helps by offering a guide for search engine crawlers around your website. With the Google XML Sitemap plugin, it’s easier for the crawlers to see the complete structure of your blog which means you’ll show up in Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask.com searches.

This is another one that you basically just enable and let it run. You will want to add it in Google Webmaster Tools by clicking “Crawl” then “Sitemaps” and then submitting the sitemap. Google XML Sitemaps will notify the search engines automatically every time you create a new post.

Download Plugin

Digg Digg

The Digg Digg WordPress plugin is favorite social sharing plugin by a long-shot. The plugin displays your social share buttons on top or on the side of posts and includes 22 different social sites.

Best WordPress Plugins Digg Digg

There are four options for sharing buttons placement. The most popular is the floating social share area because it ensures that your readers are always just a click away from sharing your content. No matter far down the page is scrolled, the share buttons follow the page.

It is difficult enough to get readers to share your content. You need to make it as easy and as top-of-mind as possible. Before floating social share buttons, if a reader scrolled down  past the beginning of your post, there was a good chance they’d forget that sharing was even an option.

Download Plugin

AddThis Mobile Share

AddThis Mobile Share

The AddThis Sharing Buttons plugin offers some great tools for mobile. It makes it super easy for your mobile visitors to share your content with a single tap. It also offers some nice customization options to match your website or blog. Mobile traffic is growing rapidly and it’s easy to lose shares from your mobile readers but this plugin will help you fix that right away.

Download Plugin

WordPress Popular Posts

After you’ve built some authority on your blog and are showing up on Google, visitors from search are going to start accounting for a majority of traffic. Make an impression by showing off your best work and you might just convert them to long-term readers that come back to the blog on a regular basis.

Best Plugins WordPress Popular Posts

That’s where the WordPress Popular Posts plugin comes in. The plugin creates a widget that you can place on your blog and show a ranking of posts. The widget is extremely customizable and can be set to show posts with the most views over the last 24 hours, 7 days, 30 days or all-time.

Not only can you show a list of popular posts but you can also limit the list to a specific category. I have one list that displays my most popular product review (aka affiliate) posts. It highlights the affiliate products that people read most and increases my website revenue.

Download Plugin

What are your favorite WordPress plugins to promote your site?

Image Source: CoSchedule

Joseph started his career in investment analysis before working as a writer for venture capital firms and financial advisors. His experience of over nearly ten years of writing has helped reveal the secrets to building an audience and getting picked up through search and media outlets. He helped increase revenue four-fold in one year at one blog through consistent application of SEO and content marketing strategies. Originally from Iowa, he now works from home in Medellin, Colombia.

  • http://www.techelex.org/ Shaikh Masood Alam

    1. Use WordPress SEO by Yoast. Its give you SEO control with Sitemap Generator, Why use 2 plugins where single plugin works perfectly.
    2. Digg Digg really bloated plugin.Check this link for popular sharing plugin comparison. http://blog.wp-rocket.me/fastest-social-sharing-plugin-wordpress/

    • mailmunch

      @masoodalam51:disqus Thanks for sharing those resources. We’ll definitely check it out!

  • http://www.brettellis.net Brett Ellis

    Yeah I second SEO by Yoast. I also find SumoMe is excellent for sharing and capturing subscribers – The free version only captures their email address however.

    • mailmunch

      Brett, we’ll definitely check out SEO by Yoast. Have you tried our product for capturing subscribers? Our free version does much more. Check it out… http://www.mailmunch.co

      • http://www.brettellis.net Brett Ellis

        Certainly have. From memory is doesn’t work with Active Campaign though so I moved.

  • http://amyhall.biz/ Amy Hall

    You have Coschedule in the image … but it’s not mentioned. CoSchedule is an awesome time saving plugin. It’s my favorite plugin of all time! A content calendar and a social media scheduler. It has saved me soooo much time on social media!!!

    • mailmunch

      Thanks @amyhallbiz:disqus, good catch. Just added a CoSchedule mention. We love CoSchedule as well 🙂

  • http://www.tutorialsfist.com/ Muhammad Ahmad

    Great list! Thanks for that.

    WordPress plugins

  • Utkarsh

    I use “email subscription popup” for popup sign up box on my site http://easylearnings.in/, so I get more subscribers. I can covert subscribers into traffic later.

  • http://www.wordsuccor.com/ Emily Johns

    Great post!! Can you have 2 SEO plugins? Does one override the other? I have been using All in One for years and love it. Would like to install SEO by Yoast too but wondering what happens when both are installed.

Site Footer