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This article was published on February 15, 2011

Press Tags: An ingenious plugin to discover trending topics among WordPress blogs

Press Tags: An ingenious plugin to discover trending topics among WordPress blogs
Francis Tan
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Francis Tan

Francis Tan is the Asia editor of TNW, who is based in the Philippines. He is particularly interested in Asian Internet startups, social me Francis Tan is the Asia editor of TNW, who is based in the Philippines. He is particularly interested in Asian Internet startups, social media and e-commerce. Get in touch with him via Twitter @francistan or Email [email protected].

If you’re a new blog, you’re going to start with a small network of readers and limited topics. Help boost traffic to your blog by bringing in relevant content using PressTags, a network for WordPress bloggers designed to help you discover relevant posts written by other WordPress bloggers.

It works similarly to Twitter’s trending topics such that the most relevant topics of different WordPress blogs are indexed. Do a quick search and you’ll see some of the most popular blog entries about the topic and a recent activities graph that shows how popular the topic is over time. It also gives a list of related topics to help you discover categories that may be relevant to you.

If you download the plugin, it adds a news feed on your WordPress dashboard that automatically figures out the topics you usually blog about. It instantly shows what other bloggers are writing about in real-time, which you could automatically reblog, which links back to the original source.

The community of PressTags not only widens your potential audience, but also serves as a tool to discover relevant topics to write about. Check out this video where Trevor Fitzgerald, developer of PressTags, gives us a quick tour of what PressTags is all about and how to use it.