Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Weekly Widget: Post Rank Finds Your Top Posts

How do bloggers celebrate New Years' Eve? By creating a "top posts of the year" post, of course! Okay, I'm sure there are a few other ways, too, but I think you know what I mean.

So how do you generate a list of your best stuff? You can look at your stats to find Or you can use the PostRank Top Post widget, which instantly generates a list of your most popular articles and posts according to, among other things:

  • Number of Tweets about the item
  • Number of Trackbacks
  • Number of Diggs
  • Number of bookmarks on Delicious
  • Number of comments
  • Number of clicks on feed items
  • Number of page views within RSS items
Read more about how PostRank works.

You can post the widget on your sidebar (a wide sidebar works best) instantly if you use Blogger, Wordpress, or Typepad, or post the script into a blog post, as I've done below.

To create the widget for Blogger, simply enter your url, choose a theme, and choose the number of posts you want to display in the list.

A few months ago, I talked about using AideRSS to filter your feeds. PostRank is the same company, and they've consolidated everything under the PostRank name. You can still filter your feeds according to whether PostRank views them as "good", "great", or "best". You'll see this in action under "Most Popular" in the near-right sidebar here on BlogCoach.

More ideas:
How to Find Your Most Popular Posts @ BloggerDesign