Day 6: Keep Visitors from Leaving with WordPress Popular Posts

Keep Visitors from Leaving with WordPress Popular Posts

Chances are, if one of your posts is extremely popular, the majority of your visitors will like it. Therefore, you should make your new visitors aware of your popular posts to keep them around and increase the chances of them subscribing.

How to Display Your WordPress Site’s Popular Posts

Displaying popular posts on your WordPress blog is a cinch – just use the WordPress Popular Posts plugin. It’ll automatically calculate the most popular post of the day, week, month, and all time. Site owners can then show off their popular posts through widgets, WordPress shortcode, or the WordPress theme’s template files.

Don’t know how to install WordPress plugins? Check out our video tutorial showing how to use WordPress plugins.

WordPress Popular Posts Through Widgets

WordPress Popular Posts Widget Using WordPress Popular Posts is as easy as placing a widget on your site.

You can customize which time range to show, if pages should be included, if a thumbnail or excerpt should be shown, how many popular posts to show, and more. You an even use multiple WordPress Popular Posts widgets on the same page with different output.

Don’t know how to use WordPress Widgets? Check out our video tutorial showing how to use WordPress widgets.

WordPress Popular Posts Through PHP

For those who want to have greater control over how their popular posts are displayed, then they can use PHP in their WordPress template files.

<?php wpp_get_mostpopular(); ?>

For a complete list of all the paramaters at your disposal, install the plugin and go to Settings > WordPress Popular Posts.

WordPress Popular Posts Parameters
WordPress Popular Posts Parameters

Conclusion

Displaying your WordPress site’s popular posts and/or pages is a great way to give incentive for your visitors to stick around, read more, and subscribe. Providing visitors with WordPress’ popular posts is a cinch thanks to this handy WordPress plugin.

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