Whether your blog is about photography or fine jewelry, you’re undoubtedly always eager to find ways to improve it. Most bloggers aren’t techies, though. They’re regular people who love to share their ideas with the world. That’s where WordPress plug-ins come in. They help you do things with your blog that you might not be able to figure out on your own, such as adding social network sharing buttons or formatting for mobiles. You don’t need a lot of technical know-how. You just need to know what will benefit your blog as you try to gain traffic and exposure.
Here are five cool WordPress plug-ins for your blog that will help lift your hits to new heights.
1. WP Touch
Mobile is a hugely important aspect of the web right now. To wit: More people accessed Facebook on their mobile phones than on their desktops this summer. You need to optimize your blog for mobile if you want to stay current, so that people won’t get frustrated and surf away from your site. WP Touch does the hard work for you. This WordPress plug-in enables your entire site to be viewed on a smartphone or tablet without altering any of the code.
You’re nothing if you’re not on social media these days, and you want to make it as easy as possible for your readers to share your content on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or whatever other hot social network launches. That’s where the ShareThis Plugin comes in. It allows you to add sharing buttons below your posts, inviting people to tweet or email or otherwise spread the word about your content.
It also gives you some control over the design. You can choose what the sharing buttons look like, as well as which sites (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest) to offer shares on.
Another great social media helper is the Social Toolbar. This WordPress plug-in allows you to add an all-in-one social media toolbar that can be customized by color and size. You can also include your recent Tweets and Facebook activity, a great way to draw people onto those pages.
What’s the best way to organically grow your web traffic? Linking back to older posts on your site. If someone is browsing your blog, chances are they are interested in the topic you are addressing, and they’d be interested in other posts about similar themes. The Special Recent Posts Free Edition WordPress plug-in displays your last few most recent posts in a box on your site, inviting people to click on whatever interests them.
This WordPress plug-in works best if you write exciting headlines that draw in readers, otherwise you’re not giving them much reason to click. The WordPress plug-in also has a great deal of flexibility. You can change the display size and opt for adding a thumbnail below the recent post headlines.
The value in a blog is in talking up your own expertise. WP Biographia fully realizes that, and the WordPress plug-in allows you to add your biography wherever you want on your site, including above posts, below posts and on your sidebar. In addition to informing people of pertinent details about your work and life experience, it also gives your blog a professional uniformity that readers and potential clients or customers appreciate.
Guest Author bio: James works for Saffire Cigs and is the founder of InfoBros. In his free time, he enjoys photography and blogging about tech and communication.