Whether you want to find your most popular content inside the WordPress dashboard or display your most popular content to the public, WordPress has an assortment of great plugins to choose from to organize your content. Here are some the best ones to get started with to help you discover your best content and share it with your visitors to encourage them to stick around on your website longer!
To hep you decide what content is working best for your business, you will want to see stats such as views and social popularity. These plugins will extend the data you can view about your posts inside WordPress itself, saving you a trip to your Google Analytics every day.
Post View Stats
Post Views Stats will add an additional column to your All Posts view showing the number of views per post. While you can’t sort the posts by most views, this can help you scroll through your latest posts to see the number of views, or filter posts by category, date, and author to see the number of views for posts on a specific topic, during a particular month, or by a certain author.
Social Metrics Pro
Social Metrics Pro is a premium plugin that allows you to see the social sharing statistics for your blog posts inside WordPress. You can filter posts by category, date, and author, then sort the posts by the most shares on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, StumbleUpon, Digg, and Pinterest. It’s a great way to see what content on your blog generates the most social engagement. You can also download your social engagement report into an Excel or CSV file format for more analysis.
Want to display your top content for visitors to your blog? Here are some great plugins that can help direct visitors to your best content and keep them browsing on your blog longer (thus reducing your bounce rate).
Enhanced Recent Posts
Enhanced Recent Posts simply extends the functionality of your standard Recent Posts widget inside WordPress. With this plugin, you can include or exclude categories, show dates next to your recent post listings, and more.
Popularity Posts Widget
Popularity Posts Widget lets you display the most popular posts based on views in your sidebar.
GD Star Rating
GD Star Rating allows you to set up a rating system for your blog posts and display the highest rated posts in a sidebar widget. It’s a great plugin to use to encourage engagement with your content and learn what your audience likes / dislikes. You can also use it to encourage people to create a user account on your WordPress site.
Social Popularity Widget
The Social Popularity Widget is a premium add-on that goes along with the Social Metrics Pro plugin mentioned earlier. It allows you to display your most popular posts based on social shares. The default examples are for the most tweeted, liked, and +1′d posts, but you can also configure your own custom social popularity display in the settings. You can configure a custom widget to show posts only by a certain author, in a specific category, or within a set timeframe.
Popular Posts Tabbed Widget
Popular Posts Tabbed Widget allows you to display a tabbed widget in your sidebar showing your most popular, most commented, and latest content.
Archives Page Plugins
One great way to help new visitors to your site discover your best content and regular readers to find specific content is by creating an archives page. Note that you do not need these if you have a WordPress theme that comes with a built in archives template, and you don’t need all of these plugins. Just the ones that are the most visually appealing to you!
Smart Archives Reloaded
Compact Archives displays just that – a compacted view of your posts by month and year. Although it hasn’t been updated in a long time, it still works with most WordPress themes.
Snazzy Archives allows you to display posts on your archives page in a visually appealing way beyond just a list of links.
Better Extended Live Archive
Better Extended Live Archive creates an archive listing by category and date using AJAX.
Archives is a simple plugin that lets you create an archives page using WordPress shortcode in your page editor vs. having to edit your actual theme’s template files or create a new archive template if one does not exist.
WP Publication Archive
Do you need an archive page that displays more than just your blog posts? WP Publication Archive allows users to upload documents (PDF, Word, PowerPoint, etc.) that will be organized by a custom content type in WordPress for storing, tagging, and displaying current documents. This is perfect if you want to share whitepapers, presentations from speaking engagements, and other files.
What are your favorite WordPress plugins to organize your content, for yourself or for your visitors? Please share in the comments!