10 Plug-Ins to Help Any Blog Increase Traffic

Hey Everyone,

Sorry I haven’t been posting more lately.  I’ve been traveling through Australia and Fiji (and will be heading off to Malaysia this week), while at the same time running an Online Workshop to help Business People with their Blogs.  The Workshop is taking up more time than I thought it would (as is the sightseeing), but by the end of September, I should be back to regularly posting 2 to 3 times a week.

For now, here are some Plug-Ins that can help any blog get more traffic.  While these are WordPress Plug-Ins, you may be able to find an equivalent Plug-In at your blog’s site.

One thing to remember:  Some of these might require you to change the “Settings”; some may require you to put Widgets in your sidebar; some may require nothing more than simple installation. Play around with them.  Anything you don’t like, delete.

Plug-Ins that Encourage Readers to Become “Regulars”

1. What Would Seth Godin Do (WWSGD)

I love this Plug-In.  It adds a cute little welcome message to the top of your blog when someone visits which encourages them to sign up for your newsletter.  It even recognizes return visitors and allows you to customize your “Welcome Back” message.

2. Subscribe to Comments

Readers often leave comments but forget to check back for any replies. This Plug-In allows readers to subscribe and sends them an email automatically when someone else replies to their question. This Plug-In will help you create Visitor Loyalt

3. Related Posts (Helps Readers Find Your Other Related Articles)

When a reader comes to the end of your post, they will probably want to read something else, but not know where to start.  This Plug-In will suggest up to 10 of your articles that are similar based on keywords and meta tags.  All you need to do is install it, and it will do the rest.

4. WP Related Posts

Sometimes if one Plug-In doesn’t work, another one will.  This one is a good one to replace Related Posts, in case you have any trouble.

5. Find Me On (I discussed this one in the Lesson about RSS)

This is a great Plug-In for anyone who wants to make subscribing to your blog quick and easy.  You can add tons of social networking sites so that people can follow you in their readers, on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Stumbleupon, etc.

6. FollowMe (no space)

Adds a “floating” Twitter Follow button to every page on your blog.  It encourages people to follow you on Twitter.

Plug-Ins That Automatically Share Your Blog

7. AutoTweet (Mentioned in the Twitter Lesson)

Will automatically Tweet your Blog Post for you to whatever sites you want it to Tweet too.

8. Publish to Facebook

Does the same thing as AutoTweet, but for Facebook.

9. Yahoo! News Feed

Submits your site to Yahoo! for you.

10. Search and Share – Text Selection

If you’re worried about people taking your hard earned articles and claiming them as their own, then you want this Plug-In.  It makes sure that whenever someone uses your content, you get credit and a link for it.  This way, you get free advertising, and an increase in traffic whenever someone quotes your blog.

I will post some more next week, as well as some “Money-Making” Website Tips for people interested in this series.

For now…if you have  a Plug-In you love, please share it.


A Must-Have WordPress Plug-In: PushButton SEO

Hands-On with Push Button SEO for WordPress Affilorama Search engine, Search-Engine-Marketing
Search engine, Search-Engine-Marketing—Danard Vincente (Flickr.com) This picture I pulled from the PushButton SEO Plug-In in less than 3 seconds… E.T.B.

Okay, let me first start by saying this:  If you are not using WordPress for your website/blog, then this post is NOT for you.  If you do have WordPress or if you are thinking about switching to WordPress, then YOU MUST READ THIS POST.

As many of my readers already know, I am not someone that openly “sells” or recommends a product unless I know that it works.  But I just came across a Plug-In for WordPress that is so amazing and saves me so much time, I wish that someone had told me about it years ago.  It has to be the best Plug-In I have ever seen for BOTH saving time and for Search Engine Optimization.  I have only had this product for about two days at this point, but OMG, the time it is saving me!!!

What’s the Plug-In?

It’s called PressButton SEO and here’s what it does (a sample of the several of these items can be found on this page):

  1.  You can insert videos straight from YouTube into your Blog and Page Posts.  Not only can you insert them, you can search them then watch them from your dashboard.  It also tells you the average length of time for the videos and shows you the more popular videos for whatever you are searching for right at the top.  If you like a video, you click a button and it inserts it wherever you want it and in any size.  Imagine the possibilities for any business.  If you are a bookkeeper and you want to post a blog about using QuickBooks, you can find something from YouTube and insert it instantly (or for any industry in general).
  2. You can instantly add information from other blogs.  This is AWESOME because you no longer have to search all over the web for references from other blogs.  You simply search your keywords in your dashboard and click the add button for any posts you like.  This creates a link for you and takes less than a few seconds.
  3. You can add News Articles from anywhere on the web.  Again, the possibilities are amazing when you consider that you can instantly link to articles that support whatever you are posting to your site.
  4. You can add royalty-free pictures from Flickr by a simple click as well.  Anyone has ever done a blogging workshop with me knows that I am a BIG advocate for adding pictures to a blog post.  This plug-in lets you find pictures for any keyword from Flickr that you can use for free. That is a huge time saver.
  5. It analyzes and recommends SEO tools that will help your site get rankings.  While this is usually every bloggers dream, I put this towards the bottom because for me, the previous four were the most exciting tools.  I personally don’t write for the rankings; I write to pass on whatever knowledge I have.  Luckily, it’s information that people want to hear.  However, I have done the “I-Need-To-Get-Rankings-And-SEO” route before, so I know how time consuming it can be.  I have always been too lazy to spend any real time chasing down keywords or traffic.  But this Plug-In does all the work for you.  From your dashboard, it…
    1. Recommends Keywords to Use that Will Get You Rankings
    2. Helps you Create a List of Meta Tags.
    3. Shows You the Probability that Your Site Will or Will Not Get Ranked Quickly.
    4. Instantly Links to your own pages or posts.  For example, this post is in:  Blogging Advice.

But don’t take just my word for it.  Check out the video that the creator made which sold me on it.

Also, if you have WordPress and you want to try this Plug-In, you can download the free “lite” version and use that.  It won’t let you do the first four things I mentioned, but it will help with SEO.  Simply open the following link in Firefox or Internet Explorer, then once the page is loaded, close the page.  A Pop-Up should appear asking if you want to “Leave or Stay” on the page.  Click Stay and you will then see the free version of the Plug-In.

Just Click Here:  PushButton SEO

If you get it, let me know what you think about it.  I love getting feedback.

Enjoy the video.  (News and Blog Posts are below.)

What Bloggers are Saying About PushButton SEO:

PeekLife PushButton SEO WordPress Optimization and Content:

PushButton SEO WordPress Optimization and Content Creation Visit Site It’s simple. We designed the plugin to help internet marketers of every skill and experience level implement white-hat content-focused SEO on any site.…

Push Button SEO Review Bonus for Brian Johnson’s Plugin

Hands-On with Push Button SEO for WordPress Affilorama

News Articles About PushButton SEO:  

Push Button SEO Review Bonus for Brian Johnson’s Plugin Revealed PR Web press release

Can you believe all of this took me less than 2 minutes to find and insert?  I LOVE this Plug-In!!!