By Gur Lavie –
Blogging is a constant balance between creating unique, original content and having that content recognized and shared by readers. In order to get recognized, bloggers must work hard to expand their network, because readers can’t find a blog that isn’t well advertised. The first step to expanding your readers is to first increase the engagement of your current followers. There are plugins for WordPress designed to get your readers further involved in what they’re reading. The following are the top 5 plugins worth checking out:
SEO Smart Links
Interlinking is a great way to keep your readers engaged. Through interlinking, you can add additional content within your blog post leading readers to read further about they are interested in. SEO Smart Links are especially useful because it automatically links phrases and keywords to other posts, pages or categories you select on your blog. This is the perfect plugin because it not only keeps your readers more involved, it also boosts your SEO value so that your blog will be easier to find on search engines.
Have you ever gotten done reading a post and thought to yourself, ‘I wonder if the blogger has written anything else on the subject?’ With Zemanta, you don’t have to wonder anymore. This plugin shows the titles of related posts in the footer of each post complete with thumbnail images. As a blogger, you can select which posts will be seen as related posts, ensuring that the selected content is relevant to your posts and will be of interest to readers. One of the best features about Zemanta is that other bloggers that use that same plugin can direct traffic to your blog and vice versa.
Originally, Facebook recommendation was designed specifically for your timeline. That is no longer the case. You can now add it as a plugin on your blog that shows up as a recommendation bar. The bar allows readers to share a specific post and comment as to why they liked it. Options for customizing the recommendation bar include deciding how far down your readers have to scroll down to see the bar and choosing when the pop-up box shows up on your post. You can also choose whether you want the reader to ‘recommend’ or ‘like’ the post. A reader sharing your content on Facebook is a very effective way to grow your following because friends of your readers are more likely to start following blogs their Facebook friends follow.
Smart APP is a plugin that recommends apps to mobile readers. It uses recommendation technology to see what your readers are interested and recommends apps accordingly. For example, if you run a fashion blog, Smart App may recommend popular fashion or shopping apps to your readers. This allows them to discover apps they wouldn’t otherwise have found. Best of all, if your readers download the recommended app, you get paid from the plugin making it a win-win situation.
One unique way to increase reader engagement is by embedding games on your blog. Captain Up is one such game that is fun, easy to play, and will lead readers back to your blog to play again and again. The game allows them to gain badges and points, pass on to more difficult levels, and compete against other reader for a little friendly competition. Although this may not be the right direction for every blog, it can definitely set your blog apart as something unique and exciting. What’s more, it is a fun way to help your readers connect with one another.
Each of these plugins has something unique and exciting to offer, so download some today and start getting your readers more engaged!
youAPP is a native advertising network that helps mobile app developers increase the number of downloads through their network of mobile publishers. youAPPi helps their publishers make money from blogging by recommending related apps to their mobile readers.
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