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How do I get my blog to be interesting to strangers?

  1. I've just started blogging. I mean, this is my first blog, ever. And I wonder, what do bloggers usually type to their posts? I like blogging -- so far so good. I am feeling at ease when I post my memory to the net. Will it be better if someone actually reads it? I am kinda ashamed if my friends and family reads my posts so I've kept it hidden to them.

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

  2. No worries, these are questions everyone has. My first suggestion is to do a forum search for terms like "hits" or "readers" etc, and you'll find over a thousand tips on growing your readership. Everyone reacts to the fact they now have readers somewhat differently; you'll see how it turns out for you.

  3. On the bottom of your Admin page you will find a link to the Learn WordPress.com blogging Tutorial prepared by Staff. http://learn.wordpress.com/ The support documentation is all found at the Support link http://en.support.wordpress.com which is also on the bottom of your Admin page.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/introduction/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/getting-more-views-and-traffic/

    Here are 25 basic steps to take to increase traffic to your blog:
    1. Structure a reader and search engine blog;
    2. In blogging content is king create unique, high quality content so publish fresh content frequently;
    3. Learn basic SEO so you can use keywords effectively and apply basic SEO to your headlines, blog and posts;
    Search engine optimization (SEO) is the process of improving the visibility of a website or a web page in search engines via the “natural” or un-paid (“organic” or “algorithmic”) search results.
    4. Make your blog posts look professional;
    5. Create at least 4-6 pillar posts and continue to create pillar posts;
    Pillar posts are also referred to as flagship content. Pillar posts are comprehensive posts that offer great value to readers as the contents are timeless in nature. They define you as having authority in the niche you blog in.
    6. Select and link to appropriate anchor text;
    7. Leave meaningful comments on related blogs and encourage comments on your own blog;
    8. Develop relationships with other bloggers so you can build a blog readers’ community around your own blog;
    9. Support the blog centered communities on related blogs by commenting on them and promoting posts from them;
    10. Link to authoritative sources in your posts;
    11. Deep link to your earlier related posts in your new posts;
    12. Assign appropriate categories and tag your posts with care;
    13. Link to related authoritative blogs in your blogroll;
    14. Provide RSS feeds for subscribers;
    RSS (Rich Site Summary or really simple syndication) is a format for delivering regularly changing web content. Many news-related sites, weblogs and other online publishers syndicate their content as an RSS Feed to whoever wants it.
    15. Having a well designed theme is important, evaluate your theme for effectiveness, and if required, create a new header, make improvements or replace your theme and reduce page loading time;
    16. Avoid cluttering your blog with widgets that lack reader value and slow page loading time;
    17. Buy your own domain and domain mapping;
    18. Verify your blog with the three big search engines.
    19. Get organized, use an online to do list by developing a blogging workflow;
    20. Join social networks and social media sites like Facebook and use Twitter, Friendfeed and other Free RSS directories to promote your blog posts;
    21. Promote your blog through social networks, online groups, and selected directories;
    22. Develop a social media time management strategy and stick to it;
    23. Submit your latest pillar article to a blog carnival;
    24. Become a guest blogger on sites with higher page rank than your own site.
    25. Create newsletters and/or ebooks for your subscribers.

  4. readytochangenow
    Member

    I think most bloggers have a focus to what they blog about - are you working towards a goal? Providing commentary on an aspect of your life? Sharing tips to a specific audience? Showcases a talent?

    You could also ask yourself why should people would read your blog and define why you want traffic.

    I got sucked into the stat vortex for my first month (I am almost out - not quite all the way) until I answered these questions for myself.

    Quick note - I tried to look at your blog and it doesn't appear to exist anymore.

  5. Write what you are passionate about and the rest will come or you won't care because you are doing something you really enjoy :)

  6. kennethmarkhoover
    Member

    Write about the things you care about and like minded people will find you. :)

  7. It's unlikely the person who posted this thread is reading the responses in it.

    oldgooseberry.wordpress.com doesn’t exist
    The address oldgooseberry.wordpress.com is reserved and cannot be registered, but you can sign up and choose another one.

  8. readytochangenow
    Member

    I notice that happens a lot - is it just because they give up?

  9. Probably, if it's not an instant success then they can't be bothered. Don't wanna put the work in some people.

  10. readytochangenow
    Member

    I have seen people comment on my blog and when I try to read theirs 2 hours later it is gone.

    I can't imagine walking away from it after all the work that went into it. But who knows - maybe by the time you read this I will be gone. :-) If I am, it is understanding SEO that finally drove me over the edge.

  11. I am also new here. So far, I have been mostly confused about where to find everything, the terminology, etc. I have never blogged before until now but was very excited about it. So far, I have had no response and I'm leary about continuing. Is there a quick way to see if someone has responded? Do I need to upgrade to get responses? My blogs are about life, etc. but I don't see a category for this. I have so many questions. I don't understand what categorizing is. I think I understand the purpose of tagging but not sure how it actually works.

  12. readytochangenow
    Member

    They have a whole help system here to help you answer your questions: http://en.support.wordpress.com/get-started/

    Tags are like an index in a book and Categories are chapters you write.

    I didn't get a single view for three weeks - it can take time. Focus on your content, read and comment on other blogs and read everything in the Help section - it will get easier.

  13. Just reading these reply's makes me feel better. Thanks guys!

  14. @hotdogbologna
    You're welcome from me. Just take everything one step at a time and you will be fine. :)

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