When you publish a blog post, you want as many people as possible to read it. But you don’t have to do it alone. Why not take advance of available tools to help you build your audience? Fortunately, WordPress has provided a number of plugins to help you build your audience, and below are five of the best.
The Sharebar plugin makes it easy for your readers to easily forward your blog article on to friends via social networks. In addition to shares, they can like it, pin it, and submit it to other sites such as Reddit and StumbleUpon. These sites all have icons available on Sharebar.
The Sharebar plugin can be placed to the right of left hand side of the web page, you can adjust where it is placed in the margin, and it extends vertically. You can add numerous sites or focus on just a few social sites so as to target them for your readers. Sharebar is free. If you wish to remove the Sharebar link, they ask you to make a donation for karma sake.
Social Ring, which is featured on this blog, is another free plugin that has a horizontal orientation, is also a good choice for social shares. If you are seeking to limit the number of plugins on your site, there are ways to hand code these features onto your site without adding the plugin.
Viperbar helps you to not only get visitors, but also get subscribers who will keep coming back. This free plugin allows you to create a bar with text and a submission field at the top of your web page–in a color and with text that compliments and relates to your blog–to encourage readers to subscribe to follow you through e-mail updates.
The users whom sign up can get each of your future posts sent directly to their inbox, via a feed such as Feed Burner. This is a great way to build a consistent audience without relying so much upon the search engines and social media for traffic. Despite the fact it is free, you don’t have to worry about Viperbar including ads on your site.
WordPress SEO by Yoast
One of the best ways to get people to visit your WordPress site or blog is through the use of search engine optimization. The WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin excels at this. This feature helps you to maintain all the necessary technical optimization as well as keyword focus to keep your site at the top of search engine listings.
Like having an SEO expert at your disposal, WordPress SEO by Yoast makes sure you properly tag your photos, use a selected keyword thoroughly in a post and use permalinks. The All In One SEO plugin is a worthy alternative.
Though polling might seem like a very old-school technique, it is still effective in determining what your readers want to see, and it can even be a means of friendly competition between groups. Having polls allows your users to be more engaged on your site.
Whether you’re asking Kirk or Picard, Mac or PC or seeking the favorite political figure of recent years, WP Polls allows you to generate interest in your posts as people who may never have seen you blog before seek to bolster their own favorite. It also can work like a comment card, in letting you know what items people want to see, what they want changed, and what they have liked so far.
This is a plugin that works for everyone. Comments boost your own rankings on WordPress, and CommentLuv give your commenters the option to link to their most recent blog post, which encourages them to comment, and brings some of your readers to them, as well, and if bloggers you read use CommentLuv, the same applies for you should you comment. CommentLuv also allows you to include your Twitter handle with your comment.
CommentLuv makes the blogging atmosphere feel more social and less isolated, and that makes everyone feel more involved and get more people reading and commenting. There is also a CommentLuv premium plugin that has added features.Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.