I quite like the Daily Top 10 Posts Plugin. I find it quite useful to take a quick peel at what posts are doing very well or breaking out. The plugin keeps track of post page views in a 24 hours day stating at midnight.
You can display post count for all to see as well as place code in sidebar or widget to show the top 10 posts. I don’t do this and set the daily top 10 post to “noshow” in the snippet of code in readme file for the plugin.
You can view your “top 10 posts” in the dashboard it will list them in descending order as well as give you view count.
I have found it useful on a couple of high traffic sites to show more than my top 10 posts using the Daily Top Ten plugin and set it to show me the top 50 but you can set for any number quite easily.
How To Increase Number of Posts to Show Using Daily Top Ten Plugin
Go into the the plugin to edit. Find two snippets of cod that define the number of posts to display:
The first set of code displays the numebr of posts in your dashboard:
$widgets = $wpdb->get_results("SELECT * from $table_name inner join $table_posts on $table_posts.ID=$table_name.postnum WHERE time = '$nowisnow' and postcount > 0 and post_status = 'publish' ORDER BY postcount DESC LIMIT 10");
and change the DESC LIMIT 10 to DESC LIMIT 25
or whatever number you like.
Find the next snippet and do same:
Thsi snippet dispalys posts on your site for all to see .
$widgets = $wpdb->get_results("SELECT * from $table_name_all inner join $table_posts on $table_posts.ID=$table_name_all.postnum WHERE postcount > 0 and post_status = 'publish' ORDER BY postcount DESC LIMIT 10");
Change the DESC LIMIT 10 to DESC LIMIT 25 ( or number you choose)
When you go to you dashboard you should see your new top 25 (or 50, etc) listed.
You can also reduce the number of posts to display with Daily Top 10 plugin. You may only want to show you top 3 or 5 posts to visitors in your sidebar. Just change the second number to the value you want to display in sidebar.
Why would knowing your top posts be useful to you?
Take your top 10 posts an expand on the idea. If your page one best brownie recipes is ding well try best squares or best cookies.
If you are aware of what people are looking for then you can use this information to expand your blog and your traffic/readership.