The most successful and popular Pro Bloggers all seem to include a list of links to their most popular posts in their sidebars.
Take a look at Copybloggers sidebar and you’ll see what i mean.
The easiest way to display these posts is to install a plugin.
Here are the most popular plugins for this purpose:
Lets take a look at each one and find the best features.
WordPress Popular Posts
This plugin offers options to control what links you want to display.
- Show up to: Choose how many links to display
- Time Range: Choose from 1, 7 3o days or all time
- Sort posts by: Comments, Total views or average daily views
- Shorten title output
- Display post excerpt
- Exclude categories
- Display post thumbnail
Stats Tag settings
- Display comment count
- Display views
- Display author
- Display date
HTML Markup settings
- Use custom HTML Markup
- Use content formatting tags
WordPress.com Popular Posts
This plugin pulls the stats from Jetpack which you’ll also need installed to use this plugin.
- Number of links shown: As many as you like
- The length of the desired time frame: Popular based on how many days
- Show: Display posts and/or pages
- Displays thumbnails if your theme supports this feature
- Can add an excerpt under the post title & determine its length
- Customize length of title links
- Exclude by posts/page i’d’s
- Exclude authors by i.d’s
- Don’t show posts/pages with a view count
- Kind of list: Display ordered or unordered
- Only show posts/pages by specific category
- Enable cache (improves speed)
Easy Popular Posts
[thisismyurl_easy_popular_posts] or as a widget
- Count: Choose from 2-25 post links to display
- Display Type: Comment, Total, Monthly, Weekly or Daily
- Order: Descending or Ascending
- Include Link?
- Include Image?
- Include Excerpt?
Positives and Negatives
- Thumbnail images may not work depending on whether your theme supports them.
- WordPress popular posts won’t immediately display links in your widgets sidebar
- WordPress.com popular posts requires you also install Jetpack
- All plugins display thumbnails
- All these plugins don’t seem accurate when compared to Jetpack stats
Do you use popular posts in your sidebar?
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