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  1. thebardonthehill
    Member

    I'm very puzzled by the featured posts on the poetry page of WP. Why are those selected? Why are some blogs repeatedly and dominatingly selected? Most of what I've seen there isn't that great. Some blogs that I've subscribed to produce better posts by far on a routine basis.

    Are some being selected repeatedly to boost their subscribers and hits in order for WP to use them for advertising? Or, is it to difficult and time-consuming to read enough posts to find better ones?

    If the purpose is anything other than to find feature posts that stand out, my suggestion should be and will be ignored. But if that's the purpose and it's difficult to sift through and find them, then I suggest you allow us to nominate posts and WP go through the nominated ones to choose featured posts.

    I'll nominate this post to begin with: http://kaysalady.wordpress.com/2012/04/19/where-beauty-lies/

    Thanks,
    Dennis Lange
    the bard on the hill

    The blog I need help with is thebardonthehill.wordpress.com.

  2. I presume you mean the global tags page for poetry. If so, this might throw a little light on it:

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/featured-content/

    Also have a look here, for how global tags work:

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/global-tags/

    In my opinion, nominating blog posts is the right thing to do, but unfortunately you won't get WordPress.com to agree with that.

  3. thebardonthehill
    Member

    Thanks. The person who is exploring WordPress and comes along a featured post like many I've read in the poetry section must wonder, "If this is the best there is, then why should I read WordPress blogs?" When the selections are not the best, then it's a reflection on WP itself.

    Dennis
    the bard on the hill

  4. Yes, I know. I agree, too. :)

  5. The featured posts changes and the display on the most popular global tags pages is randomized as there are so many posts being published every minute of the day. There is a misguided pervasive belief that the WordPress.com global tag pages drive lots of traffic to blogs. That's simply not true. I have been here for 6 years and the flow of traffic from the global tag pages is negligible at best. It's Google that delivers a significant amount of traffic to blogs and that's where your efforts ought to be focused. Search spiders are focused on the keywords in your content not your tags and Matt Cutts of Google makes that clear.
    5 Google Webmasters Video Tutorials
    Two SEO Videos for Bloggers
    Revisiting Keywords and Tags
    Get the Most Out of Image Search

  6. thebardonthehill
    Member

    I don't see how the featured posts of which I'm speaking can be randomized.since one blog has been featured 8 or 10 times during the past year.

    http://en.wordpress.com/tag/poetry/

    Dennis

  7. May I suggest that you read this thread please? http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/tags-37?replies=39

  8. thebardonthehill
    Member

    I find nothing in it about those featured posts. Again, I don't see how they can possibly be random when one blog has had about half of the featured posts in this past year. I'm not concerned about my tags and my posts appearing among all the other posts I see on the poetry pages below those featured posts. My sole concern in this thread is the repeated domination of some blogs in the featured posts when those posts aren't among the best at all.

    Dennis

  9. I'll flag this thread so Staff are aware of your concern.

  10. thebardonthehill
    Member

    Thanks.

    Dennis

  11. The global tag pages are a work in progress, and will be improved over the year.

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