Posted May 30, 2007 3:37 pm by with 7 comments

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Still working on getting your blog readers to stick around? If you’re on WordPress, you’re in luck. Technosailor’s Aaron Brazell has compiled a list of plugins designed to help improve your blog’s stickiness. What do these plugins do?

  • Greet visitors from search engines with a list of relevant posts.
  • Enable visitors to subscribe to comments.
  • Display your most popular posts.
  • Easily interlink series of posts.

ProBlogger led me to the post, and there are even more useful plugins mentioned in the ProBlogger comments, including ones that enable you to:

Why am I so obsessed with blog stickiness? Because for many bloggers, that’s one of our only goals–a low bounce rate. Also, other important blogging goals can be related to this, such as subscriptions and possibly affiliate or direct sales.

How have you improved your stickiness?

  • Best things I’ve implemented on this site for stickiness…

    1. Related posts – that seems to help create links to other similar theme posts.
    2. Subscribe to comments plugin – that brings people back to the conversation.
    3. The obligatory “like this post, subscribe…” at the end of each post.
    4. “Popular posts” – I actually compiled this manually based upon what I thought would be of the most interest to first-time visitors.

  • I recently wrote “website promotion with wordpress plugins” that can help out with SEO issues that might be of interest to your readers too.

    Andy, was the “like this post, subscribe” a plugin?

  • @Drew – no, just coded into the post template.

  • @Andy – Ahh doi, I gotcha thanks

  • I love the idea of a greeting page for search engine traffic. but are there any studies/tests that show it’s effectiveness at increasing stickiness. I’m thinking about doing it for my site but am not sure if it’s worth the investment.

    mike dibenedetto’s last blog post..Taking a Vow of Non-Violence with Deepak Chopra

  • Jordan McCollum

    @Mike—Having a paragraph inserted to a page based on the referrer is one thing, but redirecting search traffic to an entirely different page than what they thought they clicked through to is a big no-no according to SE’s guidelines (and violating user expectations can backfire, too).

    On the other hand, tailoring the existing landing pages of your site is always a good idea. Here’s our latest post on that:

  • great stuff!!!

    Dan Callahan’s last blog post..Few More Links RS