When you just start to run your blog, you’ve got not as much content to select posts which are going to be displayed in the sidebar (or in footer) as the ones that are most appreciated by the users. However, it is highly required to allow your visitors easily reach your most popular content on your website. This is sure to increase the number of page views and as a result – is going to improve engagement.
In this post we will explain how to give your old but popular posts better exposure. So let’s see!
For our purpose we use Top 10 Popular Posts plugin for WordPress. This plugin not only allows to display your most clicked posts in WordPress but also help to count the number of page views of the posts as well as display the page view counts like you display your most recognized publications.
Once you install the plugin, you will get the Top 10 menu in your admin dashboard and get access to Settings, Tools, Popular Posts and Daily Popular Posts menu items. By the way, you will get a widget which you can place on your web-page.
First let’s go to Appearance -> Widgets to see what we have there.
As you see, here we have Popular Posts widget which you can place either in blog sidebar, footer 1 or footer 2 (We have Twenty Seventeen Free WordPress Theme activated).
Once you’ve chosen the place to put your widget to, you can manage its options. Here you define the title, the number of posts, the offset and then you decide either to display the overall popular posts or select the custom time period in days and hours.
You also check whether you want to display count, excerpt, author and date of the post, and you choose the height and width of the thumbnail if you decide to display it. At the end you choose the post types you want to include here.
In the Settings section of the plugin you can manage the General settings, the Counter and Tracker for views, the Posts List, as well as the Thumbnail, Styles and Maintenance options.
The Posts List allows to define the number of posts to display, post types to include, and manage many more options.
By the way, here you can customize the output by entering the heading of posts, a custom text, and much more details.
In the Counter/Tracker section you can choose what types of content you want to display the number of views on. Thus you can choose posts, pages, feed, etc. Here you can also select the format to display the number of views, the tracker type, and more.
Try the functionality of this plugin on your WordPress website to see your custom popular posts displayed live on your pages. You will experience the increase of user engagement very soon.