Top WordPress plugins to boost reader engagement

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When it comes to blogging WordPress is by far the best CMS in the world. There are a lot of customizations that can be done and you can track your readers and take steps to increase your reader engagement. Are you thinking of how to make your visitors spend more time on the blog?

Here are the top three WP plugins that you need to track and increase user engagement. These WordPress plugins will make your visitors return to your blog and decease bounce rates.

1) RSS Footer: A Plugin to leverage RSS subscribers:

Last week I was just browsing my email heap when I found I had missed an email from Pat Flynn, one of my favorite bloggers. Pat always gives quality tips and doesn’t use his email list as a sole method of promoting his products. Here is what I found on the email. It was an introduction to the WordPress plugin called RSS footer. This plugin is developed by Joost De Valk, the creator of WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin.

Most of you must have thought of a possible way to leverage the RSS subscribers and here comes the plugin. RSS Footer allows you to engage with your subscribers and thus make them come to your blog back.

You can also use the plugin to increase your social followers, or to increase your email list. Here is how to leverage your RSS subscribers:
1) Add links to your social profiles like Facebook or twitter and request your followers to subscribe you over there.
2) Add a footer note to the RSS feed thanking the readers to subscribing you. This will add a personal touch to your feed and people will feel valued.
3) Organize some sort of contents exclusively for Feed subscribers so that you can create more engagement.
4) If you are pretty good at coding you can also add the PHP codes for including featured posts or related posts on the feed footer. This will also help your subscribers to return to your blog.

2) WP Scroll depth – A plugin to track how deep users scroll your posts:

WP Scroll depth has been a new entrant in the WordPress directory of plugins but has tremendous power when it comes to analyzing engagement on your posts. If you are one of those who loves to write long detailed blog posts that provide total insights on a topic, you are sure to be having a fear within as to if your readers ever scroll till the last word down the fence. Getting to know the spot where your readers find your posts boring and loose interests on it is essential.

This plugin calls the jquery script called scroll depth to load. Scroll depth is a script by Rob Flaherty who describes the script as

Scroll Depth is a small Google Analytics plugin that allows you to measure how far down the page your users are scrolling. It monitors the 25%, 50%, 75%, and 100% scroll points, sending a Google Analytics Event at each one. You can also track when specific elements on the page are scrolled into view. On a blog, for example, you could send a Scroll Depth event whenever the user reaches the end of a post. The plugin supports Universal Analytics, Classic Google Analytics, and Google Tag Manager.

You need to use Google analytics for leveraging this plugin.

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Basic Settings: The plugin allows you to set minimum scroll height. By this you can limit plugin to track only on pages that meet the desired length of posts.

Percentages: Percentage events are stimulated the moment the page scroll reaches the scroll points which can be at 25%, 50%, 75% etc.
Pixel depth: Pixel depth allows you to track user scroll by pixel metrics which is by default rounded off to the nearest 250th pixel
Elements: This setting enables you to trigger an event to Google analytics, whenever the reader scrolls to a specific element on the page like post’s end, comment section etc.

Analyzing your metrics:

To check your metrics sent by the plugin you have to go to the Google analytics dashboard and then clicking on real time –> events.

For more detailed tutorials on using the plugin with Google analytics you can go through these posts by the Rob Flaherty:
Hacking Google analytics part 1, and
Hacking Google analytics part 2

3) Reply me plugin: Send Email notification when a comment is replied:

Reply me is a single plugin that notifies the commenters when you reply to their comments. This plugin hasn’t been updated from over two years but still is used extensively by bloggers like Ana Hoffman, Atish Ranjan, Ileane Smith, Harleena Singh amongst others. Most have the plugin bundled with the CommentLuv plugin.
This plugin is highly customizable and you can either customize it to include the text of your reply comment or can place the link to the comment in place of the direct text. The latter is my opinion is futile because hardly will the readers be motivated to click the link back to your blog just to see your reply unless the conversation is way very important.
For a detailed tutorial on customizing the reply me plugin you can read this post of Dragon blogger.

Further resources to read:

1) Top WordPress plugins by Kumar Gauraw.
2) Adrienne Smith’s List of favorite WordPress plugins.
3) Best WordPress plugins By Angella Mccall:

Over to you,

So these were the top three WordPress plugins that you should use to boost user engagement on your blog. These three WordPress plugins will definitely help you to leverage your readers without making them irritated. Have you used any of these WordPress plugins before? If yes, what are your results, do let us know in the comment section.

About Swadhin Agrawal

Hi, I'm Swadhin Agrawal full time Blogger and Freelance writer. I write content marketing and social media stuff over here. Sign up for my RSS feed to stay updated and support me by liking my Facebook page

30 thoughts on “Top WordPress plugins to boost reader engagement

  1. Thanks for sharing…! This all above are almost the amazing and useful plugin for our WordPress blog and readers engagement. I have ReplyMe and RSS Footer plugin because I believe it is really useful and I don’t have it yet. Also, I have got question. I love your Optin plugin what is the of that….

  2. Hi Swadhin,
    Awesome list of plugins. I seldom use this all. I mostly want reply me plugin. Surely add this one on my blog. I am checking all your other posts on wordpress plugins.
    Plugins are the most important factor which make wordpress on top of all other blogging platforms I think. We can apply any of our ideas with unlimited number of plugins.
    Thank you so much bro.
    Regards,
    Rahul

  3. Hello Swadhin Agrawa !
    Nice plugins you have stated here, This is actually the first time am hearing some of them like the Reply me plugin. From the way you described it, I guess it is really going to be an awesome plugin I should get.

  4. Hello madam, welcome on-board. Even if you come late…having you is a pleasure.
    I did not add them as a list to read later…I give the readers an option to read RESOURCES that were more valuable than the post itself and provided more in depth knowledge on the topic.. that too before the conclusion, meaning first go and read these awesome articles and then we will conclude.. :D

    Again I would love to see who gets trapped up scrolling to the comments section..it won’t tell the name though. :P

  5. Hi Shaily, even though reply me is not developed any more, there is hardly any need of it too. You can use it and it is safe. SO far there are no errors in my usage. :)

  6. Hi Swadhin,
    Honestly this is a really amazing and informative article and is written very nicely i really apreciate your work bro :)

    Thanks For Sharing These Amazing Plugins To Improve Reader Engagement. :)

    Regards
    Mukul Chugh

  7. Hi Swadhin,

    I used RSS Footer before. It worked very great. If you have a big list of RSS subscribers, I would recommend to install this plugin.

    I never try other two. I will find out more about WP Scroll depth. I have subscribe to comment on my blog but I didn’t install any plugin. I believe it is a part of famous Jetpack plugin. People can subscribe if new comment or new post.

    I do agree it is important to allow people to track back if any reply to their comment.

    Thank for sharing. I look forward to connect with you and know more from you.

    Have a nice week!

    Santel

  8. I don’t like any of these plugins. they make the page loading times very slow. For me, less is more.

    • I also believe less is more but this might be as important to someone as is jetpack or commentluv for other, so “to each his own”

  9. Hey Swadhin, I visited your blog after a long time. Nice to see you on wordpress! Yeah now just saw this important post for me because i love to use plugins because plugins helps to save time to work any special command in wordpress.

    Thanks for Share these Great Plugins :)

  10. Hello Swadhin,

    This is a lovely post containing lots of interesting lists of plugins. The reply me is what I use and I love every bit of it.

    I guess it time to take a look at the other plugins as well. Thanks and please do have a wonderful weekend.

  11. Hi Swadhin,

    Awesome list of wordpress pluggins you’ve listed here. WordPress provides the great flexibility for the bloggers by incorporating the pluggins and definitely we should use them.

    Thanks,
    Ashutosh

  12. Hi Swadhin,

    Honestly, am not using any of these plugins on my blog, though, I have Commluv so I think reply me comment is out of the question.

    But others, I have to think over especially the RSS footer plugin…I believe that is a very useful one. I do write long form articles sometimes, and it will be a very good idea to know if readers actually love it or not.

    Knowing where they stop scrolling and to use such data to prepare my next blog post will certainly save a lot.

    so I think I just have to install both.

    Thanks for sharing, and do have a nice day.

  13. Hi Swadhin

    A post on very important topic and you well covered all the main points in it to enhance readers engagement at one’s blog.

    It is right that simply engaging contents or very interactive way of dealing with the visitors is not sufficient to make people feel one’s blog as their own.

    You might have observed also people point out mistakes, mention any spell error or any other such minor things. They don’t mean to irritate you or ride over you. They just have a sense of intimation with your blog that is why they point out anything. This is called level of engagement of a reader with your blog.

    I also observed many commentator thanked a guest writer at the blog who they visit regularly. So their reflect their close association with the blog by thanking a guest writer on behalf of the blog owner.

    Yes, one needs not create mess by putting every possible plugin that my increase readers participation in a blog. It may prove counterproductive. So the wise step is to just pick those plugins that are most fit for one’s readers.

    You pointed very relevant plugins and one can easily install them to take the full advantage of bringing one’s readers closer to his blog.

    Have a great week ahead.

  14. Hi Swadhin,

    Its great to see a post from you after a long time. Your blog looks a bit different from the one I visited a few days before.

    I use blogger but WordPress sounds cool with plugins. In blogger an automated mail is sent whenever a reply is received. It would be awesome to get that second plugin you mentioned. It will help to track the engagement.

    It would have helped WordPress bloggers. Good day. :)
    P.S. Shared on Twitter. Because I have a few friends on twitter who use WordPress for blogging. :)

    • Hi Rohan,
      I am glad you liked the post. So the blog is different from the last time? :/ it definitely is ! How did you like the new look ?
      Yes blogger is better without the fuss. But sometimes you just need little more control of the blog. If blogger works for you there is nothing greater than that.

      Thanks a ton for sharing the stuff at twitter. I highly appreciate it. :)

  15. Hey man,

    Great list you got ther. The reply me plugin looks good if you dodon’t have CommentLuv. Either way the reply feature helps you to get those readers back once they get reply from others of the mods.

    Good job in sharing them man!

    • Hi Reginald,
      Thank you for the kind words. :)

      Yeah Reply ME plugin doesn’t come with the free version of commentluv.
      You are right it works wonders in bringing the readers back who probably wouldn’t have other wise come to just see the reply. :/

      Thanks for visiting and have a great day. :)

      • Argh! Make sense. I used CommentLuv premium from day one so … didn’t noticed that.

        Thanks!

  16. Now i am using these plugin also after read this post..If i got any change or increase my visitors then i come again and tell you and say thanks..Hope next time i see again these kind of helpful article for me and more people..

  17. I am not using all 3 of them. Will try them for sure. But I think the Click zone and scroll depth are shown in Google analytics as well.

    • Hi Techj,
      How about having a real name? That would be awesome. I strongly recommend you to use Reply Me plugin.

  18. Hi Swadhin,

    Informative post indeed :)

    Those are nice plugins and I think I just use one of the three, as you mentioned, the Reply Me Plugin, which I feel every blogger must use so that the replies given to those who comment on your blog, reach them. We don’t expect them to come back and check the reply we made to their comment, isn’t it?

    I haven’t checked out the RSS Footer Plugin and scroll depth one, which also sounds interesting. We need to be sure about the plugins we need, as too many aren’t always good – so use the ones you need and keep them within limits.

    Thanks for sharing these with us. Have a nice week ahead. :)

    BTW – I like the new look of your blog, good changes made, including the award banner for the 20 Inspiring Men Blogger’s Award. :)

    • Hello Harleena madam,
      Thank you for the appreciation. :)
      Reply ME plugin is truly awesome. It has helped me a lot. I guess no one would ever come back to see if there was a reply to their comment unless the reply is an crucial one. Thanks to this plugin, both the blogger and the commenter are benefited.

      RSS footer is really a great tool but again its for people with thousands of RSS subscribers. Thousands of readers should be wisely converted and if 500 of them subscribe to your social profiles or return back to your blog via the related posts you have given at the bottom would really make a difference.

      I agree plugins should be limited as they are resource hungry.

      Thank you for the compliments on the theme. I fear I have to change it soon as this one has some malicious codes in it.

      About the Banner, yes it s a gift that needs to be flaunted. I am proud of being a member of Aha!NOW blogging community.

  19. Hi Swadhin

    These three wordpress plugins are truly important. I think being able to measure how users scroll a page is awesome. I am very much aware about how Scrollling a page can be triggered on Google Analytics and how they even affect even bounce rates; so this plugin deserves to be among the important plugins

    RSS Footer on other hand is alien to me but reading its description in your post makes me know that it most certainly has a promise. As for Reply me plugin, only a rial will convince you… Thanks for sharing.

    • Hi Ikechi,
      I am glad you liked the post. Yes Scroll depth plugin is truly important.

      I too was unaware about the rss footer plugin. But the fact that is comes from the renowned maker of WordPress SEO by Yoast and it has been downloaded over 1,70,000 times makes thisp lugin more trustworthy.

      Have a great week ahead. :)

  20. Hi Swadhin!

    I think No 2, WP Scroll depth, sounds interesting. I had no idea you can see when people loose interest in your posts. It is definitely helpful. Hmm, do I want to know? ;-) Just kidding! Did you see me scrolling up and down your post? I really wanted to write names and terms right.

    Thank you for sharing! I am always happy to learn new tech-things :-)

    • Hi Ilka,
      Welcome over here. I am glad you liked the post. The second plugin called scroll depth is particularly useful for the people who write posts longer than 100or 1500 words and can help them to notice if their posts excite the readers or push them to boredom.

      Yeah you did fire some triggers on my Google analytics LOL

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