How to List Your Most Popular WordPress Posts

Want to increase the number of posts your visitors read?

Displaying your most popular posts is a great way to get people to spend more time on your site and read more of your content.

In this post, you’ll learn how to use a widget to easily display your site’s:

  • Most popular posts this month
  • Most popular posts of all time
  • Most commented on posts

We’ll be doing all of this with the use of one simple plugin…

The first step is to install and activate the Popular Posts Widget.

the WordPress Popular Posts plugin on wordpress.org

Once activated, you can find the new WordPress Popular Posts widget in your Widgets menu (Appearance > Widgets).

WordPress Popular Posts in the Widgets menu

When you add the widget to one of you areas, it will display a long list of settings for configuration.

WordPress Popular Posts Settings

Don’t be intimidated by the extensive list of options available. We’ll cover a few simple configurations you can follow now.

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Displaying your most popular posts from the last 30 days highlights your best content while still bringing attention to your newest posts.

To show these posts, configure the WordPress Popular Posts widget as follows:

screenshot of Most Popular Posts this Month settings

You’ll want to limit it to posts published in the last 30 days, or this could end up being the same as your overall most popular posts.

Want to show off your best stuff? Update the widget with the following configuration to display your most popular posts of all time.

screenshot of Most Popular Posts of all Time settings

Display Your Most Commented on Posts

While pageviews is a good metric for measuring popularity, it doesn’t say anything about engagement.

You might get your visitors to engage with your site more if you direct them to the most discussed posts on your site. You can show your most commented on posts with the following settings:

screenshot of Most Commented on Posts settings

Conclusion

These three different lists should get you started, but there is still a lot more you can do with the WordPress Popular Posts widget.

There are more settings we didn’t cover in the widget, and a host of additional settings in the options menu (Settings > WordPress Popular Posts). Also, if you liked each of the configurations above, you can even use all three of them on your site at the same time.

If you have any questions about displaying popular posts on your site, leave a comment below.

Ben Sibley
Ben Sibley is a WordPress theme designer & developer, and founder of Compete Themes.

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