Need help? Check out our Support site, then


MORE HITS

  1. sheilascreativerunway
    Member

    I created this BLOG for my mom and dad, mom gets excited and calls me when we get a comment. She lives 250+ miles away. I want to keep her interested. (LOL) How do I generate more hits?

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

  2. benefitsofvitamins
    Member

    You should just stay active and comment on other people's blogs. There are lots of blogs and forums you can visit to promote your blog. Just make sure to return the favor! Additionally, you can also use social media such as facebook/twitter/etc to get your stuff out there. If you're really ambitious, you can sign up for an adwords account and spend 100 dollars (they give you 100 dollars free) promoting your site.

    I'm going to try to write my blog on how to write blogs in a way that can lead to more traffic from search engines. You should follow me -shameless self promotion-. I'll leave a comment so your mom can get excited! Good luck.

  3. @internetnovice

    If you're really ambitious, you can sign up for an adwords account and spend 100 dollars (they give you 100 dollars free) promoting your site.

    Woah! You are advising this blogger to do something that would reslyut inj their blog being suspended/deleted. No blogger initiated advertising, retailing or reselling the work created or services provided by anyone other than yourself is allowed on free hosted WordPress.cpm blogs. E-commerce transactions via shopping carts and the like cannot be conducted on free blogs from and being free hosted by WordPress.com.

    The advertising exceptions noted in support documentation are for high traffic blogs that qualify for and are accepted into the Ad Control program, soon to be replaced with the WordAds program for blogs with suitable content and over 20,000 page views monthly that are submitted and accepted into that program, and for extremely high traffic blogs that qualify and are accepted into the paid VIP hosting program.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/advertising/
    http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2011/11/29/wordads/
    http://vip.wordpress.com/
    http://en.wordpress.com/types-of-blogs/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/affiliate-links/

    I would strongly encourage you to learn what's in all support documentation found here http://en.support.wordpress.com and not to post comments like this one, unless you knoe what you are stating is accurate and you can back it up with links.

  4. @sheilascreativerunway
    We share community knowledge at WordPress.com. 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.

  5. @timetheif is correct that WordPress.com blogs are not able to do advertising, which is really a bummer and one reason I am considering moving to a self-hosted platform in the near future.

    But anyway, to answer the initial question, you have to be active in the WP community and comment and interact with other bloggers. To me that is the best way to attract more readers. Even pressing the Like button sends an email to the author with links to some of your recent posts - so if you have interesting titles, they may decide to click on them.

    Social media can work but takes a LOT of time and effort. You can certainly publish your posts to your Facebook page, but after a while you're friends will probably ignore you. Twitter is a waste of time too unless you are going to take a lot of time to cultivate relationships with others. I find most people on Twitter just want to promote their music or send you spam about winning a free iPad.

    And I don't care much for other social sites like Reddit, Digg, and StumbleUpon because I don't like the fact that they frown upon self promotion.

  6. http://en.support.wordpress.com/affiliate-links/No blogger initiated advertising, retailing or reselling the work created or services provided by anyone other than yourself is allowed on free hosted WordPress.com blogs. E-commerce transactions via shopping carts and the like cannot be conducted on free blogs from and being free hosted by WordPress.com.

    The advertising exceptions noted in support documentation are for high traffic blogs that qualify for and are accepted into the Ad Control program, soon to be replaced with the WordAds program. The blog must be on domains and must have 20,000 or more pageviews monthly.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/advertising/
    http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2011/11/29/wordads/
    http://en.wordpress.com/types-of-blogs/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/affiliate-links/

  7. @robrubin
    I'm sorry about that stray link at the beginning of my comment above. it was meant to read " blogger initiated advertising, retailing or reselling the work created or services provided by anyone other than yourself is allowed on free hosted WordPress.com blogs. "

    I vaguely recall having a similar conversation with you before so please let me be b,lint because I've been there and done that so here we go. If your free hosted blog is not securing bewteen 20,000 - 30,000 page views monthly, then moving the content into a self hosted WordPress.org install in the hopes of making anything more than pocket change over and above expenses is unrealistic. For self-hosting figure an average monthly total cost (including cost of a domain name) of about $10 to $25 generally, but that all depends on storage and bandwidth requirements. The bloggers I know who have high quality pagerank 5 and pagerank 6 blogs with all original content make about $80.00 net every year over and above their web hosting and associated expenses.

  8. I did again. I left out the NO
    No blogger initiated advertising, retailing or reselling the work created or services provided by anyone other than yourself is allowed on free hosted WordPress.com blogs.

  9. Have a lie down Timethief :)

  10. I need a long nap but hubby is away and I'm on the front line filling in for him as well as posting here.

  11. @robrubin
    Sometimes (for a few seconds) I wish we could edit threads ... then I recall the invasion of the flightless waterfowl and correct myself ... oh well :( I apologize for the repetition above.

    I agree that social networking is a huge time suck and I'm not willing to invest my time into doing much at all. When Twitter first happened I used it to chat with friends then we all decided to email instead because 140 characters did not lend itself to meaningful conversation between us. Time passed and the platform was invaded by interent marketers.

    I have no interest in Reddit or Digg as I've been there and done that. I'm not a gameplayer in any sense of those words. I used to like StumbleUpon exactly because it wasn't for promoting your own sites. (You can purchase traffic but I've never done that.)

  12. Correction: you are allowed to buy ads outside of WP.com directing people to your blog, but I wouldn't bother for a personal blog. That's actually really bad advice because it will get you HUGE numbers of spambots and be a big headache for your family.

    You are not allowed to get paid to advertise on WP.com.

Topic Closed

This topic has been closed to new replies.

About this Topic