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  1. Hello,

    A few months ago I've started my first blog on WordPress.com and was pleasantly surprised to see that my posts gathered some interest "out of the blue." And by that, I mean people that I have never knew or had any contact with were finding my posts and commented or marked as "Like" some of them. After a bit of investigation I believe the source of that attention was the Topics Search facility exposed by the WordPress.com interface. I started using it, too, and found quite a few interesting posts/blogs that way. I also checked and confirmed that my posts were indeed showing there.

    Recently I moved my blog to a self-hosting environment. And now the Topics Search feature on WordPress.com is not featuring my posts any longer, thus I lost some potential visibility. :-(

    So I have a few questions to those people more versed in blogging and everything WordPress:

    1) Is it possible to feed a self-hosted's blog posts into the WordPress.com Topics Search? If yes, how? What would I need to do to enable it?

    2) What other common methods of publicizing one's blog are there?

    I've looked into Jetpack's Publicize widget, and enabled it, but I really have no clue what it does and how to check its effect. Anyway, are there any other plug-ins that could be used for pushing the posts into some aggregators? Or anything else that helps with publicizing one's posts?

    I'd really appreciate some answers / discussion on this subject.

    Thanks in advace,
    --- M.

    The blog I need help with is PaintingsByMelinda.com.

  2. The blog you specified at PaintingsByMelinda.com does not appear to be hosted at WordPress.com.

    This support forum is for blogs hosted at WordPress.com. If your question is about a self-hosted WordPress blog then you'll find help at the WordPress.org forums.

    If you don't understand the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org, you may find this information helpful.

    If you forgot to include a link to your blog, you can reply and include it below. It'll help people to answer your question.

    This is an automated message.

  3. As a reply to the automated message above... Yes, I know that my blog is now moved out of the WordPress.com hosting environment (though I still have the one hosted here, PaintingsByMelinda.wordpress.com, only in dormant mode).

    However, since I am asking about a feature specific to WordPress.com (Topics Search) I thought I can get some answers in these forums.

    I'd certainly appreciate some human written replies, for sure... Otherwise, it's like talking to myself in the church or something :-)...

  4. 1) Is it possible to feed a self-hosted's blog posts into the WordPress.com Topics Search? If yes, how? What would I need to do to enable it?

    No. WordPress.org installs are not part of the WordPress.com community. In essense, they are stand alone islands.

    2) What other common methods of publicizing one's blog are there?

    There is no parallel to what we have here. See http://wordpress.org/support/

  5. Okey-doke'. Sounds like the Topics Search feature is a bonus to those hosting on WordPress.com only. Good to know.

    Maybe I'll revive my recently abandoned blog only to have access to this feature then... got to think about it for a bit.

    Thanks for taking the time to answer, timethief.

  6. You're welcome and best wishes with your blog.

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