When it comes to blogging (much like any form of social media) there really is no ‘silver bullet’, but these three plugins will instantly create a better experience for your readers. Which is always a good thing.
1 – Comment Redirect. Easily the best plugin I have ever added here. What this plugin does is when someone leaves a comment for the first time here, it redirects them to a page of your choosing. For me, it sends first-time commenters here to this page and thanks them for commenting! You can read the comments for yourself to see what everyone thinks about the idea.
2 – WPTouch. This is a plugin that I wish I had added at least a year ago. It makes a mobile-friendly version of your blog! From a useability standpoint it makes a night and day difference when viewed on a smartphone. Here’s a recent review I did of the plugin with before and after screenshots. Anyone viewing your blog on an iPhone will LOVE you for adding this! Now there is a caveat that a few people said the plugin didn’t play nicely with their particular theme, so check the comments in that post for more information on that.
3 – Popular Posts. This creates links to your most popular posts for the life of the blog, and parks them in a widget on your sidebar. Several times, this one plugin has sent me a flood of traffic as a major site will pick up one of the posts from the sidebar under Popular Posts (look to the far right sidebar and you’ll see it). It’s a great way to pull out some of those classic posts you wrote 2-3 years ago and have forgotten about.
So there’s three plugins that you can quickly add and immediately improve the experience on your blog for your readers, especially #1 and #2.
Which plugin are you using to create an amazing experience for your readers? What would you add to this list?