9 Essential WordPress Plugins that will Engage Blog Visitors

I’ve put together a list of 9 Essentials WordPress Plugins that will engage blog visitors. These are plugins that will help grow a relationship with your reader, keep them on your site longer and encourage them to keep in touch by following you on social media. Really, the easier you make it for readers to navigate your site and presenting them with different ways to follow and share your content then I guarantee you’ll see positive results!

1. Simple Social Icons

A smart way to keep readers is to connect with them with social media! Very quick and easy to use plugin to throw up links to a number of social media sites. You get to pick colour, size and shape of the icons.

2. MailPoet Newsletters

Email may be the best way to get in touch with your readers. They say email is still and effective marketing tool too so get make sure you offer this option on your blog! My first pick is MailPoet but check out my video going over 3 options for wordpress newsletter subscribe forms

3. JetPack’s Top Posts & Pages Widget

Showcasing your most popular content is a great way to get click throughs and increase engagement on your site. When you install WordPress’ JetPack plugin and go to your widget section, you’ll see the Top Posts & Pages Widget that you can drag and drop into your sidebar. You have a few display options as well.

4. Alpine PhotoTile for Instagram

I always like following bloggers on instagram because it gives you a “behind the scenes” glimpse into their lives and keeps me more connected with them. This plugin is a great way to show your latest x photos in a nice grid view on your sidebar. Who knows, by doing this I could even get as many followers as the bloggers do on Instagram? What a great way to do it. But if you find that this plugin hasn’t helped you to receive the number of followers that you want, you may want to check out sites similar to socialfollow which will help you to get free Instagram followers for your profile. It may be worth trying the plugin first to see if this makes a difference. Keeping connected with influencers on platforms like this is a must if you want your profile to be successful.

5. JetPack’s Twitter Timeline Widget

Bloggers love twitter because it’s an easy way to communicate, share and correspond with followers. I like seeing the latest few tweets from bloggers to see their latest news and it’s a good way to show new visitors what your tweets look like. Once you install the JetPack plugin, you’ll see the Twitter Timeline Widget appear in your widgets area.

6. Simple Author Box

Tell your readers about yourself! A bio box is a great way to engage with the readers by telling them a little bit about yourself because people like to know who’s behind the blog and people love to see a pic! Also, if a visitor has read all the way to the bottom of your post then they obviously liked what you had to say and your bio box is a perfect call to action to show them where they can follow you on social media.

7. JetPack’s Related Posts

Another great call to action at the bottom of your post to increase engagement is to display other posts they might be interested in. Once you activate JetPack, search for the Related Posts module and activate it. JetPack will automatically add related links to the bottom of your posts and some options are available for which pages you’d like to show these links and how you’d like them displayed.

8. Share buttons by AddtoAny

Hopefully your reader likes your post enough to share it and so providing them with easy share buttons that encourage them to take action. There are a tun of social media sharing plugins out there but this is a good one because they give you a lot of options, I like the simple design and you can later customize the buttons if you want them to fit with your branding.

9. Disqus Comment System

Disqus is a comment system that allows you to comment with different social media profiles. You can also subscribe by emails and get updates in a discussion. I like it because I really like the design and I think if you see your profile pic and name already filled out then it’s less of a hassle to leave comments.

Hope you find some useful plugins for your own blog!

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10 thoughts on “9 Essential WordPress Plugins that will Engage Blog Visitors”

  1. I love this round-up, Mel – thanks so much. I was about to download and install the Simple Author Box but it said that it was untested with my version of WordPress (4.1.1) – is it still okay to download? Thanks again!

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      1. Thanks Mel, that really means a lot! I’ve really enjoyed working through your tutorials. I’m really keen to continue my WordPress design training, do you have any pointers or recommendations as to where to start? Thanks again and Merry Christmas!

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