You always want a variety of traffic sources for your blog, including Google, Bing, social media, email subscribers, direct traffic and referrals.
But organic search engine traffic and social media channels are usually the most significant sources for most bloggers.
So they are the best place to start to increase blog traffic to your posts and pages.
Of course, there are always the basics to help drive traffic to your site.
Elements of an excellent blog
You should be writing quality content and publishing new content regularly.
Check your site for broken links every few months.
Commenting on other popular blogs and replying to comments on your blog help a lot.
You should also share your popular posts on social media.
WordPress plugins that work for you
What I would like to share with you are five free WordPress plugins that I have used for a long time now.
These plugins for WordPress can help you improve your search engine optimization (SEO) as well as attract new blog visitors.
All of them save me a lot of time, get me a lot of traffic, and will work on any WordPress website and with any WordPress theme.
I use both Autoptimze and W3 Total Cache for my caching plugins, and Wordfence as my security plugin.
All of the following five plugins work perfectly with my setup. If you use WP rocket, you will be fine too.
They are all available from the WordPress plugin directory as free plugins. But of course, some offer a premium pro version with more features.
Best of all, they are all set and forget. Once you install and set these up on your WordPress site, that’s it. Just let them keep working for you.
If you want to learn how to increase blog traffic, WordPress can help you out.
So here are my five favourite free traffic plugins.
All In One SEO Pack
Whenever I start a blog, All In One SEO is the first plugin I install.
SEO plugins are essential. I know a lot of bloggers use the Yoast SEO plugin, which is a great SEO tool too. But I much prefer the simplicity and lightweight aspects of AIOSEO.
There are no flashing ads on your WordPress Dashboard and no coloured lines in your SEO editor.
All it does is improve your SEO without any fuss. It has done it for me for years and years. It’s easy and efficient and makes your site SEO friendly very quickly.
As well as the basics of adding SEO titles and meta tags and descriptions when you write a blog post, two free add-ons make life so much easier.
You can easily add an XML sitemap. With the social media add-on, it appends all the open graph tags you need on your site.
Over 30 million WordPress users use the plugin, so it must be good, and it is.
Have you noticed when you do a Google search that some sites have a star rating just under the URL?
If you add a rating for your posts by inserting the markup code on your page, Google might reward you with rich snippets that include a row of golden stars.
Getting this star rating will make your site stand out among other search results and improve your SEO because it is a ranking factor.
Well, you don’t need to worry about how to write the code for a star rating.
All you need is to download and install Multi Rating, adjust a few simple settings, and that’s it.
You can see it working at the end of this post. Of course, you will give this article a high-quality 5-star rating, won’t you!
I use a lot of premium plugins, but with Social Pug, I prefer the free version.
Over the years, I have tried so many social sharing plugins. Most of them slow down a site and are full of ads. Or worse, they ask for your email address, and once you are on their email list, they bomb you with junk mail.
But this one is lightweight and does not affect load time at all. It works perfectly, and best of all, it is free of ads.
I use it on three sites, and I have never had an issue with the free version. Just drag and drop to select the social networks you want to use, and set the screen position.
The premium version has a lot of extras, including more sharing buttons, but I don’t think I would use them.
Revive Old Post
For scheduled and automated WordPress social media sharing, Revive Old Post has been my number one choice for over seven years.
If you want to share your content on Facebook and Twitter, this plugin will do the job. There is a step by step guide to help you connect your social network accounts.
In the dashboard, there are plenty of custom fields to fine-tune your scheduling and post types. It also automatically adds a campaign code so you can see a report in Google Analytics.
Naturally, the premium version comes with a lot more features. But if you only want to recycle your blog posts, the free version will do all you need.
Nextscripts SNAP Autoposter
If you have a little bit of technical ability, SNAP Autoposter can do any, every and all the social sharing you can possibly imagine.
The first big advantage of this plugin is that when you write a blog post and hit publish, it will automatically share your post on all the social media accounts you have set up.
You will never need to use all the networks that are available with this plugin because there are just so many.
There is also a reposter where you can schedule every blog post you’ve written if you want to. But there are lots of settings to restrict by category, dates or blog post age.
It is one plugin that I would advise will take a little while to become familiar with due to the number of features and possibilities it offers.
But once working, it is a huge traffic driver for a page or post.
It also has UTM codes that you can edit and modify for Google Analytics so you can track how well it is working for you.
While the free version is fine for most people, it is a good idea to consider the paid version.
It is only $49.00, and one licence allows you to use it on as many sites as you have on the same host.
With the licence, you get access to a lot of extra stuff, of course. But the best by far is the SNAP API for Facebook. It solves the problem of getting approval for new Facebook apps, which has affected so many users.
I am not an affiliate for this plugin, so I am only offering my opinion as a user. But for me, it is one of the best WordPress plugins to increase traffic.
I have used these five plugins for years and can say that all of them have helped increase my blog traffic from Google and Bing and a whole host of social media networks.
Except for SNAP Autoposter, all are quick and easy to install and will be working for you almost immediately.
I started my working life as a lithographer and spent over 30 years in the printing and publishing business.
Originally from Australia, I moved to Switzerland 20 years ago. My days are spent teaching English, writing and wrestling with technology while enjoying my glorious view of Lake Geneva and the Alps.
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