Display Your Most Popular Posts With Popularity Contest for WordPress

Posted on 9th July, 2007

Recently, drizad, the owner of Kinabalu Blog has written a review about Sabahan.com to take part in my contest.

While he wasn’t required to write a long review, he chose to do so and the review turns out to be one of the most useful reviews I’ve received so far.

In his review, he suggested that I install Popularity Contest, a plugin for WordPress that helps blog owners to see which of their posts are most popular.

Actually, this plugin was already installed at Sabahan.com, but it’s somewhat hidden in the Archive page. I was considering removing it when it stopped ranking popular pages properly. Then, I found out later that all I need to do to fix this was to reset the comments/trackback/ping counts.

When a new visitor visits your blog, it’s important to have your best content readily accessible for them and the Popularity Contest plugin will increase those posts visibility.

So to make sure popular posts don’t get buried, I’ve decided to place the top 10 most popular ones on the sidebar which appears only when you visit a Category page.

For example, the most popular posts in the AdSense category at the moment are the following. I am sure, as drizad says this handy list could increase my blog’s page view and keep them a little longer here.


  1. Adsense Tips For Bloggers
  2. How Blogging Increases My AdSense Income
  3. AdSense Tips: Use Link Unit as an ‘Additional Navigation Bar’
  4. What does it takes to make USD 3000 monthly from Adsense
  5. Bloggers Can Make Money, But Most Keep Their Day Jobs
  6. Interview with a guy who makes US10,000 daily via Adsense.
  7. How A Blogger Made US 3,400.66 From His Blog In January 2007
  8. Have You Taken Advantage of the AdSense Link Unit Yet?
  9. Can You Spot the AdSense Ads?
  10. Top paying Adsense keywords list and how you can profit from it


In addition, I’ve listed 50 of the most popular posts at Sabahan.com on the Archive page for easy reference.


An engineer by training, Victor has been working full-time online as an Internet marketer, a programmer and an app developer since 2001. He has been blogging at Sabahan.com since 2006 sharing his experience and teaching people how to make money online. Click here to join his private Facebook Group for bloggers.

  • drizad says:

    Yes, you just need to play around with the “popularity values”, until you get your right popular post up. The default values sometimes does not put the correct popular post up.

  • Wahlau.NET says:

    nice…i will install this when my blog get more established

  • pablopabla says:

    I have this plugin in both my blogs. The recipe blog gets more hits, and I can only imagine it is because people are curious why those recipes are so popular. Likewise, when I visit a blog and see a top 10 list of most popular posts, my curiosity would tend to make me click on them to see what it is all about.

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