WordPress Plugins For Increasing Traffic

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Introduction

A blog/website is driven by the number of people you can reach. In this article you’ll learn more about some WordPress plugins that can help increase the number of visitors to your site. Let’s take a look at some plugins that do automatic search engine optimization tasks, learn more about your visitors, and allow your visitors to submit your article to social bookmarking sites.

Search Engine Optimization

allinone It’s very important that you make your blog search engine friendly. The average person looking for content via a search engine like Google or Yahoo won’t dig past the first or second page. This plugin helps you considerably improve SEO (search engine optimization) by dynamically optimizing your titles for search engines and generating meta tags. You can easily override any title and set any meta description and meta keywords that you’d like. This plugin should result in better page rankings, and people finding your blog easier.

Download the All In One SEO Pack

 

Social Media

sharethis There are quite a few social media plugins available for WordPress, but they all do about the same thing. All of these plugins give your visitors the ability to submit your post to social bookmarking sites like: StumbleUpon, Reddit, Digg, Delicious, etc. Sometimes, these social bookmarking sites can generate a huge amount of traffic to your blog.

Download one of these: Share This | Sociable | Gregarious

 

Post Ratings

postratings This plugin adds an AJAX rating system to your posts or pages. You’re probably wondering how this plugin will help your site gain more visitors? Well, your visitors will give you feedback about the posts/pages they like the most. By learning more about your visitors likes and dislikes you can target your posts more; this will help you get more loyal readers and overall higher traffic numbers.

Download PostRatings

 

Customized Referrer Messages

referrer This plugin displays a greeting message to visitors that come from different urls (known as referrers). For example, you may want to welcome Diggers with a message that reminds them to digg your story, or you may want to ask Delicious users to bookmark your post, and so on. You can also customize the message that is displayed. This plugin really helps you interact with your visitors.

Download the Referrer Detector

 

Visitor Information

statpress When you know what your visitors like and how they act, you can use this information to attract more of them. That’s why the information about your visitors is so important. There are various way to keep track of your readers, some people use Google Analytics, but I prefer the StatPress-plugin. This plugin collects information about visitors, spiders, search keywords, feeds, browsers etc. You can check preferred pages, posts and categories. Another useful feature is that you can see the keywords that visitors used to reach your blog via a search engine. You can use this information to write more posts about a certain keyword.

Download StatPress

 

Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed this post and found it useful. I’d love to get your feedback on the WordPress plugins you use to help drive extra traffic to your WordPress blog

About the Author

Kevin is a 21 year old student living in Belgium in his last year of school. He is hoping to find a marketing-related job soon. In his free time, he enjoys playing football, swimming and playing games. Besides these hobbies, he recently started blogging about design resources and inspiration. Drop in and say hi at www.theroxor.com.

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  • http://www.spoonfeddesign.com/ Matt

    Good round-up, I’m a big fan of All in One SEO Pack!

  • http://www.kumailht.com/blog Kumail.H.T

    Hi,
    Great post, I will surely use most of them in my next project.
    Kumail.H.T

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  • http://www.papercraftcentral.net Fernanda Gomez

    Great list, thanks for sharing

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  • Chaunna Brooke

    nice one kevin! thanks for coming up with this wonderful article. i also maintain a wordpress blog. thanks again, i will apply all these in my blog. http://www.thesiteflingmafia.com/

  • http://www.tfpc.co.uk tobyct

    Nice collection of some very useful tools. Thanks for the post.

  • http://blondish.net Nile

    This is a great list… all useful tools. However, for increasing traffic, the referrer and post ratings really are not that great.

    I would recommend something like DandyID plugin so your users who visit can see where you are online and connect with you more. Also, a forum like bbpress hooked to your website, especially if you offer things or would like to have a discussion forum are great additions and could pull in traffic depending on the topics.

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  • http://www.logodesignguru.com/A/Logo-design-Articles.asp logo design guru

    thanks for the good advice.

  • http://www.TheVCF.com The Virtual Consulting Firm

    Good Article, Kevin! :)

    Thank you for compiling and sharing this list of WordPress Plugins that help generate traffic/visitors with all of us! :)

    What other WordPress Plugins does anyone else know of that help generate traffic/visitors?

    Thank you again for the Good Article, Kevin, and Everyone Have a Great Day! :)

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  • http://www.StLuciaWeddingGuru.com/Blog Kirk Elliott

    Short, sweet & Informative.

    Excellent content.

    Thank You Much

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  • http://944turbo.net Jon

    I just installed StatPress. Very impressive plugin – it definitely works better than WordPress Stats. Hopefully I can translate the data into some SEO improvements in the near future!

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  • http://www.theroxor.com Kevin

    Thank you for the feedback guys. And thanks again to Andrew for publishing this article.

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  • http://www.shoutmeloud.com/ P@r@noid

    I’m using 3 out of it..

  • http://BeyondRandom.com BeyondRandom

    I have never heard of Referrer Detector so thanks! I will have to implement this once I get home. I had actually just read an article on (I think) Smashing Mag. that showed how to implement the code to leave a welcome message for people coming from search engines. Its great to know that I can do this for other referrers.

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  • http://alexvorn.blogspot.com Alex Vorn

    Great work! Promoting this on my blog, if you have time you can read it: http://www.wpzoom.com/plugins/40-wordpress-plugins-to-improve-your-blogs-performance/
    Thanks!

  • http://notaniche.com Not A Niche

    I also recommend for an even better SEO wpSEO, it’s free for private use, check it out http://wpseo.org

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  • http://luxamericana.com David Claiborne

    Great stuff, thanks!

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  • http://www.ruhanirabin.com Ruhani Rabin

    I found out the new Platinum SEO pack which is built upon All In One SEO pack is more effective. Anyone else tested it?

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  • http://mytechquest.com Steve Yu

    You forgot to mention about Global Translator. Not just translating your posts, but also allow your posts to be indexed by international search engines, which bring additional traffic and exposure.

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  • http://denverfashionbeat.com Andrea Merida

    You are a rockstar for compiling this list. Thanks for the info. I especially like knowing that much of these I already use!

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  • http://www.kickstarttraffic.com/blog Paul Eveleigh

    Thanks I’m grateful for this info, I use a couple of these plugins already. I have a new blog and previously found I just loaded far to many plugins that didn’t provide any viable functionality to the site or were duplicates of others by another name.
    I’ve not heard of ‘statpress’ before, going to download and install it today as it sounds very useful.

  • http://designwashere.com designwashere

    I found these plugins really helpful on my blog. Most of them are proven and tested. Will try the other ones. Thanks for the tips! ^_^

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  • http://www.thegweilo.com theGweilo

    Great Post!
    Thanks for those precious information.

  • http://www.crearedesign.co.uk James Mann

    Hey, WordPress is relatively new to me, i did my first installation which took me about 20mins. I was surprised at its usability and friendly interface. These add-ons are great too, i like that you do not have to mess around with heaps of coding just to get them to work.
    Also, adapting a wordpress template to suite your design couldnt be easier. A few cut and pastings of code in the right places, and bam…your away.

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  • http://www.fabrizio.biz Fabrizio

    Very Good Post. I apreciate too much expecialy two plugins: “Customized Referrer Messages” and “Post Ratings”. I’ll try them soon.
    Thank you very much

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  • http://creativityden.com Liam McCabe

    nice post! :)

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  • http://www.backcountrygeneration.com/webdesign.html Kp

    Very usefull, all consistent design, thank you for the list.

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    Very useful post. I will try the plugins soon.

  • http://www.amitspsworld.info Amit

    Very useful list. Thank you.

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  • Ken

    I just the wp-sitelaunch plugin over at warriorforums too. It’s a premium plugin, but it looks good for getting traffic – http://www.wpsitelaunch.com

  • http://checkserps.com Pagerank Checker

    Finally someone who can write a good blog ! . This is the kind of information that is useful to those want to increase their SERP’s. I loved your post and will be telling others about it. Subscribing to your RSS feed now. Thanks

  • http://www.pyrabang.com?id=3ddc86 PeteVamped

    Thanks for sharing this I look forward to reading more of your post I will be back again. Thanks again keep up the good work.

  • http://www.pakistanipeople.co.cc Mubashar Abrar

    Its a nice post. I am new to blogging. I will certainly use these plugins. Thanks!
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  • http://www.mytechguide.org/ MTG

    Thanks for sharing the information. I have implemented some of these plugins and will try the others :)
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  • http://parentinginfantsandtoddlers.com sangeeta

    Hi Kevin,

    Thanks for such an amazing post! I am relatively new to blogging and I must say that I loved your post. I am surely going to apply most of these plugins to my blog on parenting infants and toddlers. Looking forward to many more interesting blogs from you.

    Cheers!
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  • http://www.phoenixheart.net Phoenixheart

    Thanks for this great post, and for featuring my plugin :)
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  • http://www.pkitforum.com shk

    wp super cache should be addition in it :)

  • http://mlmstreetjournal.com Corey Ellis

    Better late than never, didn’t know about the StatPress, will surely leverage this moving forward.