Best WordPress Traffic Plugin

blog trafficNaturally if you take the time to generate interesting content for your blog you want visitors to stop by and read – right? Maybe even leave a comment or two or even subscribe – that would be really cool.

If you use your blog to promote or sell products like most of us do, you need traffic to make sales and generate an income.

The challenge for all bloggers and website designers is to generate traffic whether their site is for fun or profit. If no one stops by, well then we’re just writing for ourselves, which makes for great writing practice but that’s not really the goal – is it?

There’s a variety of SEO techniques to master for generating traffic such as doing keyword research, creating backlinks, becoming active in forums, promoting your sites through social media like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest, and so much more.

But in addition to all that, if you’re using WordPress for your blog, there are numerous plugins that can be installed for generating traffic.

Do you use WordPress traffic plugins?

Let’s take a look at some of the highest rated WordPress traffic plugins.

All in One SEO

I’d venture to say that 99% of all bloggers install the All in One SEO plugin. I did and this is what I like best about All in One SEO:

  • It’s easy to install and configure.
  • It operates by generating META tags based on my blog or website content to help generate traffic and boost recognition by Google.
  • The plugin ads fields to each page and post dashboard so I can add relevant information about the content, such as the article title, description, and keywords.

All in One SEO manipulates this data to strengthen SEO results without my needing to fully understanding professional SEO tactics, which I consider to be an ongoing process.

Google XML Sitemaps

The Google XML Sitemaps plugin helps talk directly to Google but is said to also drive traffic from Bing and Yahoo search engines. (A site map tells a search engine how a blog or website is setup which helps them decipher content faster and better.)

After installing the plugin it immediately sends out a request to Google via the site’s robot text file to locate the site. If you’re like me, this is great because I’m not messing with my site’s robot files.

The Google XML Sitemaps plugin then provides analytical data which I check occasionally to verify when the sitemap was last generated and whether the search engines were successfully notified. It also indicates the speed in which it could do so which is helpful in understanding how fast search engines can find my site’s content.

PopUp Domination

PopUp Domination is not a free WordPress plugin but many feel it’s worth the nominal cost for the number of subscribers it brings to the site. I have not purchased this plugin so I can’t personally rate it. Have you?

The plugin works by adding a pop-up window to the website or blog when a new user arrives on the site. Many find this a rather annoying and intrusive method but it has proven to get results.

The pop-up uses a light box technique that has colors pleasant to the eye and is easy to read, not flashy and glaring. Pop up wording is aligned to the content of the blog or websites which in turn encourages the reader to subscribe or opt in.

WordPress Related Posts

The WordPress Related Posts plugin adds a field below each blog post that displays snippets of other WordPress blogs with related content. It is said that this helps to boost credibility by providing further interesting content for the reader.

Reviews claim this increases the time a reader stays on the website and encourages them to return and even subscribe to the site. They also say it encourages readers to share the blog post in social media. If you use this plugin I would be curious if you have found this to be true.

I will be adding the plugin myself as I would imagine you could set the related content to open in new tabs so that my site stays open.

Social Media Buttons

There are many plugins that boost traffic by providing social media buttons. These plugins install toolbars on the pages or posts of the blog site allowing readers to click a button to share the article with various social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and Stumble Upon. The blog owner sets up whichever social media they wish to display from the plugin’s configuration screens and also decides on the screen placement, such as below a post or off to the side. I’ve used Digg Digg but found it to be quirky. I’m using Shareaholic on this site and have heard good reviews of Sociable but I’ve not tried it.

Which WordPress Traffic Plugins Do You Use?

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Kindly,
Marilyn T

Comments

  1. Informative post! I am trying to decide between shareaholic and sociable..
    I also, just got rid of Zementa and will try word press related content.

    Thanks!

    • Hello Delaney,
      Nice to see you here. I used Zementia for awhile as well and liked it at first but then it became far too bothersome.
      Glad the list was helpful.

      Marilyn

  2. Hi Marilyn – I’m a Yoast SEO fan myself and put that one on all mine and client sites.

    I’ve never tried popup domination – not being a popup in your face fan, I’m wary lol

    Great list of plugins 🙂

  3. Hi Marilyn
    I use All in one SEO. Well, I’ve got it but I’m not sure what to do with it. I put in what tags I would use. Probably not the right way to do it, huh?

    I think I’m more interested in getting the post done without doing the other stuff. Possibly not a good idea…

    Shan

    • Hello there Shan,
      I enter the title, description, and keywords into All in One SEO as I’ve read that it helps with the search engines. I’ve not done a study to actually test this, I just figure every little bit helps. I like adding the description because that’s what shows in Google rather than them pulling whatever ext from the post.

  4. I use all the plugins you mentioned, except the PopUp Domination. I never heard of that plugin before. Is it one of those “in your face” pop up boxes? LOL

    • Hi bonnie,
      I have not used it myself either because I’ve not been a fan of the pop ups, but this appears to be more subtle than most and more fitting to the subject matter of the page or site.

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