Getting traffic to your blog is perhaps the most important aspect for any blogger so with this in mind I went searching for WordPress plugins that will help to do just that.
This plugin allows visitors to recommend your blog post or page to a friend via email.
Your visitors simply check a box under the comments field which allows them to receive an email notification whenever further comments have been added to the post.
Displays a list of random posts from your blog at the end of a blog post encouraging readers to stay on your site.
Displays a list of related posts from your blog at the end of each post. This encourages readers to stay on your site.
5. Recent Posts
Displays the most recent posts from your blog.
6. Digg Plugin
Allows you to add a Digg style icon button to each blog post encouraging readers to Digg your post.
Allows your visitors to add your blog post to social bookmarking and networking sites. You can see how this works by clicking the Share This link at the bottom of this post…and while you’re there why not submit this post to one of your favorite sites…hint, hint!!
Works in a similar way to the ‘Share This’ plugin by allowing visitors to submit your posts to their favorite bookmarking sites.
Optimizes your blog for the search engines making your blog posts and pages easier to find and rank.
Your visitors can enter their mobile number in a sidebar widget and be sent updates via SMS when your blog has been updated.
This plugin recognizes when a visitor has arrived via Stumbleupon or Digg and provides them with a nice reminder to encourage them to vote for your post.
12. Subscribe Remind
Places some text at the end of each blog post reminding visitors to subscribe to your RSS feed.
This is a great plugin for encouraging repeat visitors. Readers that leave the most comments get their link displayed in the sidebar of your blog. As the nofollow tag is removed the reader gets full credit for their link.
15. Comment Relish
This plugin sends out an automatic email to any new readers to your blog thanking them for leaving a comment. This is a great way to get return visitors. You can customize the email any way you like.
16. Dofollow Plugin
Creating a dofollow blog can often bring in traffic. This plugin strips the nofollow tag from blog comments.
Another dofollow plugin but this one is slightly different in that it allows you to remove the nofollow tag after a certain number of comments have been left by a reader. You can set this to anywhere between 3 and 10 posts.
This will generate a sitemap for your blog which will help Google find and index your blog.
Allows your readers to subscribe to just about any type of RSS feed.
Allows you to tag your posts which are picked up by blog search engines thereby helping to increase traffic.
And a couple more as suggested by Susan:
This plugin finds the last post by the person who left the comment and displays a link to that post under their comment. Usually used in conjunction with a dofollow type plugin. UPDATE 27 October 2009 – We’ve just added the Comment Luv plugin to our blog.
When someone leaves a comment on your blog they can also get the benefit of a keyword link in the title. The site uses examples which explains it better than I ever could.
So now you can see why we think WordPress is the best platform for bloggers. There are just many great plugins that allow you get maximum use from your blog.