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September 3, 2017
Once you get a reader to your site you want them to stick around and see all of your amazing posts, right?
You know you have great content to offer, but sometimes keeping a reader engaged is about as impossible as getting a toddler to sit still for a
There are a ton of great plugins you can add to your WordPress blog right now to get readers to engage more with your content.
If you install just one plugin, this is the one. Yoast SEO is the premiere plugin that helps you boost your WordPress blog’s SEO. This plugin also has other engaging features like controlling how your post looks on social media. It also helps you keep URLs organized and improves how Google will index your site.
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Show off your gorgeous Instagram feed on your website footer or sidebar. The Instagram Feed plugin displays your posts in a grid format which you can customize and it allows users to follow you on Instagram.
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Capturing your reader’s email is the best way to keep your fans engaged with your blog. The conversion rate on email vs. social media is astronomical. I prefer using Convertkit to collect and send out all of my emails. It has so many features like customized landing pages, email popups, opt-in incentives, automations and sequences. Social media sites are constantly changing their algorithms making it harder for businesses to be able to reach their followers. Email lists allow you to have complete control over communicating directly with your fans.
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The MiloTree popup is an extremely sleek and smart popup that allows your readers to connect with your social media accounts. MiloTree is optimized for speed! It’s lightning fast and won’t slow your site down. Also you can grow multiple platforms (Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, Pinterest, and your email list) at once. A different popup is shown to each of your visitors. Set it and forget it! Try a demo popup of your own site right here.
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The CoSchedule plugin is an all in one editorial calendar for content marketing and social scheduling. You can schedule all of your social media posts and blog posts all in one place with their visual drag and drop editor. You can also monitor social media interactions and automatically reshare your best performing posts. CoSchedule intelligently tells you when it’s the best time to post so you can reach maximum engagement.
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Serving up related stories to your readers will only keep them on your site longer. The Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARPP) displays related posts and pages at the end of every blog post. You can easily customize how the content is related (categories, tags, post titles) and you can even display related posts in your RSS feed.
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Keep your fans in the loop by having them follow all of your social media accounts. This simple plugin allows you to easily add social media icons anywhere there’s a widget box on your WordPress site. You can customize how the button looks by adjusting the color and button shape. It’s really that simple!
Get the Simple Social Icons plugin
Don’t assume your readers will make it to the bottom of your blog post where they’ll find a row of related blog posts. Sprinkled related post links throughout the post content using the Inline Related Posts plugin.
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You didn’t write that amazing blog post you worked on for weeks for it to be seen for one just day. Your posts are a collection of articles that should be repeatedly shared and recycled. The Revive Old Posts plugin helps you keep your old posts alive by automatically sharing them and driving more traffic to them from social media.
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Show off your latest or most popular blog posts in your sidebar or footer. The Recent Posts Widget with Thumbnails allows you to pick the thumbnail size and display the post content or excerpt. There are other plugins that have a lot more features, but I like the simplicity of this plugin. It’s easy to set up and lightweight.
Get the Recent Posts plugin
What do you think of this article? Do you have any questions for me? Ask me in the comments box below!
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