WordPress Plugins to Increase Your Traffic

As a blogger, I love when readers share my posts with their social networks. I want to make it as easy as possible for them to do this. I have been using the Retweet button for awhile, but I recently added the Facebook share button and the Stumble Upon button. The good news is that it was really easy to do! All three are WordPress plugins! I am often asked what plugins I use so I wanted to share them with you so you could add them to your blog if you like.

  • TweetMeme Retweet Button: Adds a button which easily lets your readers retweet your blog posts to share with all their Twitter followers. It shows how many times the post was retweeted and you can customize it so that each tweet includes RT @yourtwittername
  • Simple Facebook Share Button:  Adds a button above or below your post to let your readers share your blog post with their Facebook friends. It shows how many times the post was shared on Facebook and you can change the style of the button to suit your liking.
  • Stumble Me: Adds a button to the top of your post for your readers to easily stumble your posts. It shows how many times the post was stumbled. Take for example, this guest post on Smoky Eyes…check out how many times it was stumbled! It’s amazing the power of Stumble Upon once a post picks up some momentum!

What plugins do you use for your readers to share your posts? If you have tried these ones that I use, how do you like them?

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Comments

  1. says

    I use “Sexy Bookmarks”. That’s the one at the bottom of my posts where they can share my content through about 12 different social media mediums. I also use the Retweet button

  2. carol says

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  3. says

    I am trying to get a new blog set up and running and ive got to tell ya, Im totally lost :( Can you only do plugins if your blog is self hosted because I dont even see a plugins option when I go to my dashboard to customize my blog. I was wanting to start out free because, well, im broke and then in a few months worry about webhosting, will I be able to transfer all my content over when I make the switch or will I have to start all over? ANY help at all would be so totally wonderful and appreciated! THANKS

    • says

      Hi Liz,

      I am not familiar with the free version of WordPress unfortunately. They might only be in the self-hosted version. I am pretty sure you can transfer your content when you move. I hired someone to move me from Blogger to WordPress in May and she moved all my subscribers, followers and content over.

      Good luck!!

      • says

        WordPress.com is the free version, and WordPress.org is where you must pay for hosting. WordPress.com is a great free way to get started, but your options are really limited. You cannot put up advertising, your design options are limited, and you don’t have access to all of these other options like plug-ins and many widgets.

        So its a personal decision… Whether you’re willing to put that money out yet for the features, or learn the ropes first for free?

        Good luck with your new blog! I too am a newbie, and you’re right… There is SO much to learn!! I reccommend reading the ProBlogger book, as well as any books by Tris Hussey… He has a more general one about setting up a blog, and a USING WordPress book that are super helpful, and easy to understand!!!

    • says

      Liz, plug-ins are only available on self-hosted WordPress blogs. The free version of WordPress is very limiting – They don’t allow javascript or flash and there is a strict “no advertising” rule as well. That is why I went with the self-hosted option.

  4. says

    You should be able to do plugins on a free wordpress account. I am getting you are talking about wordpress.com/org, You can easily transfer a wp site, you back up the database, go to the new site, import the database there, install wordpress there, edit your wp-config file, and your site has been transported easily.

    Liz G. I don’t know where you are hosted, but plugins I believe are generally available.

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