If you are a blogger then you must know that the ranking of different articles you publish, usually vary from one another. Sometimes a brief and to the point article can bring tons of traffic to your blog and the one you consider a well-optimized article goes down in search results. This all depends upon different factors including keyword competition, relevance, keyword density and etc. The articles that are contributing to the major portion of your traffic can be termed as Popular Posts. The traffic source can be Search Engines, Social Media Networks or Referral traffic etc. So, the posts getting major hits within the defined period of time will be marked as your Popular Posts. Other criteria can be the most commented articles of your blogs to be marked as popular articles. You can display a list of your Popular Posts in a widget so that your visitors can get idea about what is trending at your blog. You can also decrease the bounce rate of your blog significantly by adding a a popular posts or related posts widget.
Today I am going to share some useful plugins that will let you add a Popular Posts Widget in Sidebar of WordPress blogs. Although it can be done without a plugin but if you don’t like to play with codes then the best option is to take the help of plugin.
WordPress Popular Posts Plugins
It is a most common plugin these days and many WordPress users use this plugin to display popular posts along with colorful bars in the sidebar of their blog. On the basis of popularity of your articles, bars with different magnitudes and colors will be displayed along each item. This plugin is also capable of showing most commented posts by Tags for category. (It is just like premium engadget like popular posts bar widget)
Google analytics is used commonly by many bloggers to track their blog stats and traffic. There is a nice plugin that can collect data from your Google Analytics account and displays the popular posts list accordingly. The list can be embedded easily anywhere in your blog with the help of a short-code or a PHP function.
This plugin allows you to display highly customized Popular Posts widget with thumbnails in the sidebar of your WordPress blog. You can set the time range on the basis of which the the list will be created. You can also limit the number of articles to be displayed as well as you can set custom criteria for the most viewed posts list. This plugin will also provide you statistics of popular articles from the dashboard of your blog.
If you want to embed most popular posts widget anywhere in your WordPress theme then this plugin is the best option. First of all install this plugin and you will only be required to embed a piece of PHP code in your theme or sidebar (where the widget will be displayed). The list can also be displayed in a single page or post with the help of shortcode. The list can be fully customized and you can easily set custom order as well as the number of featured posts to be displayed.
This plugin counts the number of page views of your each post on daily as well as overall basis. On that criteria, you can display Popular Posts in widget form with your custom CSS styling of the list. You can fully customize the visual appearance of your widget from the settings panel of this plugin. Post thumbnails, author, and views count can also be included in the list of popular posts.
JetPack plugin allows you to enjoy WordPress.com features on your self-hosted WordPress blog. Jetpack also tracks the statistics and counts the pageviews of individual posts and on that basis you can rank trending posts of your blog. WordPress popular Posts tabbed widget is a pretty useful plugin to display popular posts in widget on the basis of JetPack stats. The widget will contain three tabs titled Popular Posts, Recent Posts and Latest comments.
This is a jquery based plugin allowing you to include a tabbed widget in WordPress. A widget containing two tabs with popular posts and recent posts list can be added easily to WordPress with the help of this plugin.
So, here comes the end of list. You can also tell me about your favorite WordPress popular Posts Widget plugin in comments.