I just included an automatic “Popular posts” list in my sidebar.
It is a very efficient way to show your visitors other popular content on your site. It is automatic and does not need you to do any manual work after you have installed it.
This is what you do:
1. Download and install StatTraq for WordPress. It is a tool that collects statistics for your site. It has a nice web based user interface and will alone give you interesting statistics for your site. Download StatTraq here. The “complete download” on that page is a version that works with WP 1.5.
Install StatTraq according to the included instructions. The main StatTraq site is here.
2. Download and install Popular Posts WordPress Plugin.
Insert this code in your sidebar.
I have also tested a plugin called MostWanted. It is another one that works together with StatTraq. It has more configuration possibilities and is the one I use on my site right now.
To get the two lists that look like mine you insert this code into your sidebar.
You find the detailed description of the parameters for MostWanted at the page where you downloaded the plugin.