Many blogs have a Popular Posts widget in their sidebar. It usually pulls the posts that have had the most visitors and displays a list of links so that new readers can find other interesting posts to read. I have one over there to the right that is from the WordPress Jetpack.
But there is another way to measure “popularity”: by how many times that post has been shared on social media. I was interested to find that there is a WordPress plugin that will show a list of posts that have been shared the most.
So I thought I’d test it. You can find it right down the bottom of my blog page and it looks something like the picture above. You can choose to show posts that have been shared on Facebook, Twitter or Google+. You can also choose whether you show the buttons and numbers or not. Once you download the plugin, you drag the widget into your sidebar and configure it.. You could actually use the same widget twice and show popular Facebook shares on one and popular Twitter shares on another.
To download to your WordPress blog, search for “Most Shared Posts” on the Plugin/ Add New page, or read more at the developer’s website.
This post was prompted by Deb from Home Life Simplified. Help it helps, Deb!
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