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A Killer WordPress Plugin – Popularity Contest

I was checking out my buddy Rachit’s blog and it led me to Alex King’s blog.

Alex is involved with the development of the WordPress blogging platform (of which this blog is based on) and I checked out one of the plugins he’s developed.

It blew my mind away.

If you’ve been a regular visitor to this blog, you’d notice that recently my blog posts have a ‘popularity’ rating at the end of each post.

In addition, a list of ‘Most Popular Posts’ appears on the right sidebar. It also has a ‘Recent Comments’ listing which makes it easy for new blog readers to access information on the site.

But here’s what I really like about it:

Wordpress plugin Popularity Contest

You can access and assess the metrics for the post popularity.

I’d only installed it recently, so the data will be more accurate for newer posts.

But judging by the data captured, my post on Mike Filsamie’s Death of Internet Marketing ranks at the top of the table.

It looks like 549 blog visitors have picked it up from visiting the blog, while 954 have accessed it through a RSS feed. (the two groups could possibly overlap with someone picking up the RSS eventually coming to the site to read it).

The plugin adopts a holistic approach, factoring in comments, pings and trackbacks.

It’s a fairly simple mechanism. Check out the setup screen:

WordPress plugin Popularity Contest

You can adjust the weightage of the various criteria, which affects it’s eventual popularity score.

I’d not use the popularity score as an entirely accurate metric however, but it’ll give you a ballpark measure of your blog’s readership and activity.

With that data in mind, you can further sharpen your blogging efforts.

Check out:

–> Alex King’s WordPress plugins

6 comments on A Killer WordPress Plugin – Popularity Contest

  1. TOFUmonkey
    November 16, 2006 at 9:46 am (8 years ago)

    this is cool andrew! :)

    gonna install and experiment with it.
    it’s this good plugins that helps us to monitor and to serve our friends on our lists better.

    Cheers,
    TOFUmonkey

  2. TallFreak
    May 31, 2007 at 7:45 am (7 years ago)

    How did you get the plugin to work in your sidebar? I can get it to display at the end of each post, but not on the sidebar. Do I have to edit sidebar.php?

  3. Andrew Wee
    June 1, 2007 at 6:30 am (7 years ago)

    sidebar.php: you got it.

    Else you can get a freelance programmer on any of the major forums’ ‘services for sale’ section to do it for you very affordably.

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