Giving your new and existing readers reasons and opportunities to linger can transform them from occasional visitors to true fans – a conversion that can worth its weight in gold if you also sell products and services on your site. You can gently push them to view additional posts and content via a number of strategies, but including popular posts in the sidebar or at the bottom of content has become especially popular among savvy bloggers.
The best part is, incorporating ‘you might also like…’ or popular posts can be quick and easy with the help of a carefully chosen plugin.
WordPress Popular Posts
This highly customisable widget displays the most popular posts on your blog, and allows you to determine specific time ranges, display thumbnails, select the desired layout, and view statistics from the admin.
WordPress Popular Posts has a 4.1 out of 5 star average user rating, and has been downloaded more than 600,000 times.
Top 10 – Popular Posts Plugin for WordPress
Featuring a clever views counter, this plugin is designed to count the number of page views of posts daily and overall, and then feature the top 10 most viewed posts in a customisable sidebar widget.
Top 10 – Popular Posts Plugin for WordPress has an average user rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars and has been downloaded more than 119,000 times.
WordPress.com Popular Posts
If you’re already using Jetpack or WordPress.com Stats, use the data collected via those plugins to power WordPress.com Popular Posts, which can display your most viewed articles in your blog’s sidebar.
WordPress.com Popular Posts has an average user rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars, and has been downloaded more than 138,000 times.
Popularity Posts Widget
Designed to showcase your most popular posts as a widget, this plugin allows you to choose a specific time range, display thumbnails, filter by category, and determine how many post to display.
Popularity Posts Widget has an average user rating of 4 out of 5 stars, and has been downloaded more than 12,000 times.
WP-Popular Posts Tool
If your readers are already engaging with your content and regularly comment on your posts, this widget allows you to automatically display most commented posts, either by category or tag.
WP-Popular Posts Tool has an average user rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, and has been downloaded more than 32,000 times.
*All stats on average user ratings and downloads correct at the time of posting.