Top 20 WordPress Plugins (by Category) to Get More Traffic

By David Lee | Oct 2, 2018

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There are a lot of websites that talk about what are the best or what are the top WordPress plugins for your website.

Too many options. Some sites will vouch for 5 plugins while others will vouch for a different set of 5 plugins. Which plugins do you choose? It takes so much time to experiment and figure out which plugin works best for your site.

We’ll make it easier for you by category.

Social Media Sharing Plugins:

Apparently there are many people who decided to create their own social media sharing plugins to the WordPress community. The Top 10 based off a few lists we found and compared. There are lots of plugins for social media sharing buttons. Some plugins offer a multitude of features. Some have paid options. Some have wonderful designs. Some are incredibly easy to setup. Choose the one that best fits you. To make things easier, you can choose the most popular one or the one with the highest rating. Obviously, thousands of people can download a plugin and then uninstall it right away. It’s the rating that matters, right?

SumoMe

Free and easy way to double your email subscribers. Sharing tools to double your traffic from Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest & more.

Sumome sharing buttons

The advantage: Highly recommended. Has a multitude of features, some of which are paid only.

Active Installs: 100,000+

Rating: 4/5

 

Jetpack

Increase your traffic, view your stats, speed up your site, and protect yourself from hackers with Jetpack.

Jetpack social sharing buttons

The advantage: It’s free and has a multitude of features.

Disadvantage: It’s not very colourful.

Active Installs: 1+ million

Rating: 4/5

 

Social Pug – Easy Social Share Buttons

Increase your social shares and your audience with these sleek social share buttons.

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The advantage: It’s colourful. Found this while searching for a screenshot of the Jetpack plugin. Incredibly fast and easy to install and setup.

Active Installs: 3,000+

Rating: 5/5

 

AddtoAny

Share buttons for WordPress including the AddToAny sharing button, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, WhatsApp, many more, and follow icons too.

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Active Installs: 300,000+

Rating: 4.7/5

 

Shareaholic

World’s leading all-in-one Content Amplification Platform that helps grow your site traffic, engagement, conversions & monetization for FREE.

Shareaholic For WordPress

Active Installs: 100,000+

Rating: 4/5

 

Sharebar

Sharebar adds a dynamic and fully customizable vertical box to the left of a blog post that contains links/buttons to popular social networking sites.

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The advantage: slides up and down the page as you’re browsing, so it stands out, and you know where to find it if you want to share anything. You can add your @profile to the end of tweets which allows more people to see your content.

Active Installs: 10,000+

Rating: 3.5/5

 

Facebook Social Plugin

The advantage: This is the facebook plugin not made by wordpress. The option to click ‘Like’ right there on the page, without having to go through to Facebook.

 

Social Share bar (Digg Digg Alternative)

Digg Digg Alternative is a fast loading social share bar. Floating toolbar that is SEO friendly and customizable.

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The advantage: displays your social share buttons on top or on the side of posts and includes 22 different social sites.

Active Installs: 7,000+

Rating: 3.9/5

 

AddThis

Share buttons from AddThis help you get more traffic from sharing through social networks.

The advantage: makes it super easy for your mobile visitors to share your content with a single tap. It also offers some nice customization options to match your website or blog. Also great on mobile.

Active Installs: 200,000+

Rating: 4/5

 

Social Media Posting  Plugins:

Why not make a post on WordPress, THEN share it? Unfortunately, we couldn’t find any good ones for Facebook, though IFTTT of Buffer might be a good tool to use, here are ones we found for Twitter. Drive traffic to your site via social media.

Revive Old Post (Former Tweet Old Post)

Plugin to share about your old posts on twitter, facebook, linkedin to get more hits for them and keep them alive.

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The advantage: Encourage people to view your older pages which can be lost in the archive. You can change the settings to include links, add additional text, how many it posts a day, and much more, you can even select the URL shortener.

Active Installs: 80,000+

Rating: 3.9/5

 

WP to Twitter

Posts a Twitter update when you update your WordPress blog or add a link, with your chosen URL shortening service.

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The advantage: Helps make things faster when posting stuff from WordPress to Twitter.

Active Installs: 80,000+

Rating: 3.9/5

 

Engagement Plugins:

Keep people on your site. What’s the use of traffic if you can’t keep it and maintain it?

 

Top Commentators Widget

Adds a sidebar widget to show the top commentators in your WP site.

The advantage: Works best on sites that already have a following. Great way to encourage people to comment more often and get engaged because it starts to rank those who comment the most.

Active Installs: 5,000+

Rating: 5/5

 

WordPress Popular Posts

A highly customizable, easy-to-use popular posts widget!

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The advantage: Shows a list of the most popular posts (once you’ve grown a following and had some engagement on your posts) and encourages visitors to become engaged with your posts and stay on your site longer.

Active Installs: 200,000+

Rating: 4.5/5

 

Facebook Comments

The Facebook Comments WordPress plugin makes it easier for you to setup, administer and customise Facebook comments from your WordPress site.

The advantage: Makes it easy to comment on any post using your facebook account.

Active Installs: 100,000+

Rating: 4.3/5

 

SEO Plugins:

The crucial element in driving organic traffic: SEO.

 

All in One SEO Pack

The most downloaded plugin for WordPress (almost 30 million downloads). Use All in One SEO Pack to automatically optimize your site for Search Engines

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The advantage: Probably the second best, depending on how much you like working with Yoast SEO. Makes it easier to make your entire site SEO-optimized.

Active Installs: 1+ million

Rating: 4.4/5

 

WordPress SEO by Yoast

Improve your WordPress SEO: Write better content and have a fully optimized WordPress site using Yoast SEO plugin.

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The advantage: Considered the best SEO plugin by SEO Experts everywhere on all aspects. Has many features that you can customize including meta tags, sitemap, content optimization.

Active Installs: 1+ million

Rating: 4/5

 

Google XML Sitemaps

In its simplest terms, a XML Sitemap-usually called Sitemap, with a capital S-is a list of the pages on your website.

The advantage: Allows the search engine crawlers to crawl your pages much quicker and easily so that your pages get indexed and ranked and more traffic comes to your site.

Active Installs: 1+ million

Rating: 4.9/5

 

WP SEO HTML Sitemap

A responsive HTML sitemap that uses all of the settings for your XML sitemap in the WordPress SEO by Yoast Plugin.

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The advantage: Allows you to put a link to your html sitemap on to your website. Makes it easier and faster to crawl your site for both humans and bots. It also links to your XML sitemap.

Active Installs: 10,000+

Rating: 4.8/5

 

Websitez Mobile Optimization

Cost: $50

Advantage: Makes your site mobile-friendly

 

Others:

PopUp Domination (pop-up subscriber box)

The advantage: Has been proven to increase your subscribers by 429%, by using a simple, but good looking light-box solution that pops up when a new visitor arrives on your site.

Cost: starts at $9 per month

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