10 Best WordPress Plugins For Getting More Traffic To Your Website
When it comes to getting traffic to a WordPress website, you can get a lot of help if you use the correct plugins. Today’s post is all about sharing with you the best WordPress plugins we use on our sites to increase traffic.
Getting traffic to a website is not just about how they get to your website but it’s also about keeping them there and getting them to come back.
Best WordPress Plugins For Getting Traffic From Search Engines
This has got to be one of my favorite SEO plugins because it allows you to check how search engine friendly your content is, before you actually post it.
You’re provided with a preview of what your post will look like in Google, and then you can input focus keyword(s) to see how many times they throughout the post, title, URL, etc. You can then change how the title appears in Google, as well as the description too, meaning that you can takes steps to make your content more SEO friendly, and make people want to click on them.
All of this is edited from the post editor page, and it just becomes a part of how you finish up your posts, along with tags, excerpt, category and featured image.
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This is one among the most popular SEO plugins for WordPress. It’s incredibly easy to use and works with most WordPress plugins by automatically generating META tags and optimizing your titles for search engines.
It’s been downloaded more than 9 million times, making it one of the most popular WordPress plugins for SEO. It takes a lot of the hard work out of the equation, and doesn’t rely on you knowing the sort of knowledge that professional SEO guys know, to start getting good results.
This is the sort of plugin that everyone should put on their blog if they’re trying to get a better response with Google, because Google is hard to understand, so it’s easier to leave it up to someone else who understands better than you.
Best WordPress Plugins For Getting Traffic From Social Media
This plugin is actually the inspiration for this blog post, as we’ve been getting a lot of people asking us about it, and how we set it up.
The one that I use on ExpertPhotography is called Sharebar, but there other version such as Digg Digg, which is used on this site. They all do roughly the same thing though. They allow your readers to select the social media that they would like to share your content though, which makes it much easier for them, and encourages them to do so.
I’m sure you’ve probably noticed that it slides up and down the page as you’re browsing, so it stands out, and you know where to find it if you want to share anything.
Since starting my Twitter marketing, I’m always annoyed when a photography website doesn’t have this plugin, because it means that I have to go looking for a share button, which you shouldn’t have to do when you’re effectively doing them a favor.
Having this plugin, as apposed to no plugin at all, makes a huge difference, which I notice immediately. You can add your @profile to the end of the tweets, so that TweetDeck will alert you when someone tweets your content, and as soon as my plugin was installed, I started receiving a lot more alerts. This means that more people are seeing my website, as well as my Twitter account, where if they follow me, there’s a very good chance they’ll see my site again.
I installed this plugin on a whim, thinking that it wouldn’t really do much, but it couldn’t hurt. I had all my latest content set up to tweet through TweetAdder, but nothing set up to encourage people to view my older pages, most of which I consider to be lost in the archive. You can change the settings to include links, add additional text, how many it posts a day, and much more, you can even select the URL shortener.
So, from 5 minutes of work, you can have all of your older posts contribute to your twitter marketing, and start sending you considerable traffic if you have a strong following. My following has grown to over 3500 in just a few months, and it’s continuing to grow, as well as sending people to my Facebook. Facebook insights showed me exactly how successful my linking to the Facebook was when I looked at my Insights, it said that within 1 month, 635 people had come to my page, just from my regularly tweeting about it.
This is a plugin that almost every decent blog has, or at least a variation of it. The official Facebook version is probably a bit better than the one than most, but less in keeping with my theme. The official version is a large square box to attract the readers attention, with details on how many people like the Facebook page, as well as some of the names and faces of those who like it.
There’s also an option to click ‘Like’ right there on the page, without having to go through to Facebook, which I think is a real advantage to the alternatives as readers are more likely to click on it if they don’t have to leave the page. I switched to this plugin just recently, and I’m already noticing a big difference in the amount of likes that I’m receiving.
Post to Twitter is a plugin that takes any content that you post on WordPress and then posts it to Twitter, which immediately notifies all of your followers. This sort of automation is accepted on Twitter, but not Facebook, because the number of updates per day is a lot higher than Facebook.
Posting to Facebook is something that needs to be done manually because Facebook can detect what program is used to post, and that distances the fan from the post when they know that a machine wrote it. I’ve recently started to post less of other peoples material on my Twitter, and more about myself so that I can use it for traffic now, rather than growth of the Twitter page.
This is a plugin that I’ve been meaning to get installed because of the way it works with Facebook, as well as WordPress.
Besides the fact that it makes it way easier for people to comment on a post, it also means that they can share what they’ve commented to their Facebook page with the ‘post to Facebook’ function. By clicking on this function, it enables the readers to share their opinions in their Facebook feed, which is also sharing your website with all of their friends.
By making it easier for them to comment, you’re actually helping people to find your website where they wouldn’t have before. The image below is from the black theme, but it’s also available in white.
Best WordPress Plugins To Lower Bounce Rate
This is a great plugin for lowering your bounce rate. When visitors look through your category pages for more posts, one big problem is, they see posts by most recent.
What we have found is, if we reorder it to show our favorite and most popular posts, readers visit a lot more pages.
We use this plugin to show our favorite posts on the homepage and below blog posts. Most sites show related, recent or popular posts but we prefer to control the posts that are shown because we feel we can show users more useful posts if we do it manually.
This plugin is a must for all WordPress websites. It tells you every time a link on your website is broken.
This is important because firstly, if a website is broken, it’s not good for SEO. If you have broken links, then Google will think your website is outdated.
Secondly, its important because it gives users a bad experience with your website.
Sometimes you add a link to a post, or change a link URL and a link can be broken and unless you are always checking the links, yo may not notice it. But thanks to this plugin, you will not have this problem.
One last top tip for increasing your traffic to your website is to use the PopUp Domination webapp.
It use to be a plugin, now we host everything to give users a better experience.
It helps you get more traffic by increasing the amount of subscribers you can get from your website (it increased our conversions by over 500%). Then whenever you want to get traffic to your website, all you need to do is email your subscribers.
There you have it, our 10 top tips for the best WordPress plugins to use on your website to get more traffic.
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