My blog is called Jane Austen’s World and most of my posts are tagged Jane Austen’s World. 90% of the posts in that category are generated by my blog, and yet my blog is not the featured blog.
What gives? What am I doing wrong? And why would another blog’s post that is months old be the featured post? This makes absolutely no sense whatsoever in light of what I have read about featured blogs.
This is the only category in which my blog should logically be on top. By sheer number of posts alone and by the fact that the most recent post was mine, I think my case is strong.
It doesn’t make sense, but that’s how it is.
When I first started blogging, the “featured post” for my main tag was on top for months with a post that was 8, then 9 months old. It was the final post on that blog, and not particularly related to the tag. Another time, there was a spam-blog taking up the first 5 or 6 listed blogs, with about 50 tags+categories. When I reported it, it remained listed for days though it was suspended and inaccessible.
I just received a reply from support that said any blog can use a tag for a category and be featured. They did not answer my question which was: how can a 3 month old post be more important than 20 posts that have been published since that time with the same tags. In addition, I KNOW my blog generates more traffic than the blog that is featured. It makes no sense. I’ve read all the forums on featured posts and none have answered this question satisfactorily.
If featured blogs mean so little, then why bother offering the feature?
Indeed! I don’t believe you can do anything about it.
“There will be little rubs and disappointments everywhere, and we are all apt to expect too much; but then, if one scheme of happiness fails, human nature turns to another; if the first calculation is wrong, we make a second better: we find comfort somewhere.”
— Jane Austen (Mansfield Park)
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