5 Popular Plugins to Pimp Your Posts

Pimp Your Posts
If your blog looks half as badass as this Prius, you'll be in business.

I am a big fan of alliteration. It always sounds fun to say alliterative sentences. Try it – say the title of this post out loud. Sounds cool, right?

Anyway, this aint just a post that’s pleasing on the tongue (that sounds somewhat wrong, but I’m running with it). If you want to add a bit of spice to your posts, increase reader engagement and better promote your WordPress blog, I’ve got five plugins for you today that will push you in the right direction. I know this because I personally use four of the five on my own blog, and I’m sorely tempted by the fifth. Enjoy!

5. Comment Redirect

If someone has taken time out of their day to comment on your blog post, they are more likely to sign up to your list or convert in some other way than your average reader. So why not take advantage of that?

With Comment Redirect installed, any new commenter will be redirected to a page of your choice. You can take this advantage to plug your list, a product, or anything else that takes your fancy. I personally use this plugin to invite people to sign up to my list – check out my redirect page here.

Download it here.

4. Comment Reply Notification

Sticking with comments for a moment, this is a great way of keeping your readers engaged with any conversations going on at your blog.

As both a blog owner and blog reader, I think this is a great feature that should be in place on every blog. You can use Comment Reply Notification to inform a reader when a comment they leave on your blog is replied to. You can easily adjust the settings to suit:

Comment Reply Notification

You also have complete control over the message that is sent to the commenter.

Just one word of warning – although I use this plugin on my own site with absolutely no problems, it would appear that it is no longer supported, having not been updated since 2010.

Download it here.

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3. Embed Tweets

Okay, so this isn’t a plugin, but it is an awesome way to pimp your posts, so I wanted to include it. Call it exercising my artistic license.

Another way to encourage people to tweet your content besides social sharing button plugins such as Digg Digg is to embed tweets within your content. I use it on my own blog to offer people the opportunity to tweet out particular quotes that I think are interesting:

Embedded Tweet

I have found that your percentage of tweets can increase by something like 25% if you include just one embedded tweet within your blog post.

You can insert embedded tweets by utilizing this simple shortcode:

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function embedtweet_func( $atts ) {
extract( shortcode_atts( array(
'text' => 'anchor text',
'tweet' => 'tweet',
), $atts ) );

return '<a title="'.$text.'" href="https://twitter.com/intent/tweet?text='.$tweet.'" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'.$text.'</a>';

}

add_shortcode( 'embedtweet', 'embedtweet_func' );

Insert that into your functions.php file (or follow shortcode best practice which is discussed here), then use the following shortcode in your post or page editor:

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[embedtweet text="your anchor text" tweet="your tweet"]

2. nrelate Related Content

Placing links to related content at the bottom of your posts is an absolute no-brainer. If people have got to the end of your post, they are likely to be hungry for more, so why not sate their appetite?

There are plenty of related content plugins out there, but nrelate Related Content is my favorite. It is simple to set up, and comes complete with several different styles. Here are a couple of examples:

nrelate Related Posts

nrelate Related Posts

Download it here.

1. SimpleReach Slide

Finally we have the only plugin I don’t use on my blog. Having said that, I am likely to start testing this soon, and will probably follow that up with a full feature in the future.

Technically speaking, SimpleReach Slide is another related posts plugin, but it offers something a little different:

SimpleReach Slide

A recommended post will slide out at the bottom of your reader’s screen. My main reason for showcasing this plugin is simple – if Derek Halpern is using it, we should all take note.

Download it here.

Creative Commons photo courtesy of saeru

Comments (2)

    • Hey Konstantin,

      Twitter Embed is okay, but I have found that embedding the tweet within a text link actually attracts more clicks. Probably something to do with people being blind to widgets like that of Twitter Embed.

      Thanks for the tip!

      Tom

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