This is the 3rd article in the series of 4 where you are about to find out what free plugins I’m using to increase engagement on my blog.
You can check out the previous post here.
Advanced Responsive Video Embedder
Everyone knows that embedding videos on your posts is one of the most important on-page SEO factors. WordPress has the ability to automatically embed media from a given list of sources inside your posts.
You can, for example, embed a YouTube video by simply inserting its URL on a line by its own. In order to work, the URL must not be hyperlinked.
The second way to embed external media is by using [ embed …] shortcode. These two methods are implemented in WordPress by default.
Depending on your current theme, the resulting video may or may not be responsive. In this case, Advanced Responsive Video Embedder comes to rescue. It can embed responsive videos from a long list of video sources and it’s a much more flexible solution than the default, because you can specify things like lazy load, looping, auto hiding controls, autoplay, brand hiding and many more, depending on the features that are supported by the video provider.
It comes in two flavors: basic and pro. The pro is currently a paid version, but the plugin’s author kindly offered the PRO add-on only to legacy users. I’m sorry, that’s the policy imposed by the author.
Contact Form 7
This is one of the the most popular plugins for contact forms. It can manage multiple forms and is highly customizable. It uses AJAX, so there is no page reload after submitting. And most importantly, it supports Akismet filtering, so you are protected against SPAM. Every blog should have some feedback method, and this plugin just provides one.
CommentLuv enables the commentators of your blog to leave a link to one of their latest blog posts besides their comment. CommentLuv visits the commentator’s blog while he is typing the comment on your blog and retrieves 10 of the most recent posts. Before submitting he can choose which post will be included on the bottom of his comment.
This will increase engagement on their blog through you, and you will receive more comments, so it’s a win-win.
Subscribe To “Double-Opt-In” Comments
This plugin add a little checkbox below the comment form allowing your commentators to subscribe to the comments of the current post. It implements a double opt-in subscription, so the user must confirm from his inbox.
Subscribe To Comments
This one does the same thing as the previous one, but it’s better IMO because you can configure it with single or double opt-in. Instead, it’s subscription manager is a little trickier to make it work.
I managed to install it on one of my test blogs, but didn’t succeed with my primary one. I think it’s because of my current theme, but I’m planning to change it anyway, and then I’ll give it a new try.
Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARPP)
This is one of the best ‘related posts’ plugin IMO.
It has 2 types of functionalities: basic and pro. The basic one uses the power of your hosting to calculate the relationness of articles within your blog. The pro version is using a cloud service that implements the whole algorithm. In addition you can monetize by displaying sponsored content on your blog.
The related an sponsored content can be displayed on the bottom of posts, in the sidebar as a widget, or both.
This was the 3rd post related to the plugins I’m currently using or used recently. check out the 4th and the last in the series.
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