I am not getting any likes or followers.
http://trenalailwordpress.wordpress.com/ is an empty site.
What is the URL of the site you refer to?
I have created a few sites.
Thank you for your assistance!
https://herestoahealthylife.wordpress.com/ is an empty site without any blogger created published content.
Every theme has a detailed theme description page. This one is at https://wordpress.com/theme/ pique that’s where set up instructions for it and the live demo site link is found.
These support docs are useful for getting started:
Get started https://en.support.wordpress.com/start/
Quick Start https://en.support.wordpress.com/video-quick-start/
Basic tutorial http://learn.,wordpress.com
Using the theme customizer https://en.support.wordpress.com/customizer/
Set Up Your Blog in Five Steps https://en.support.wordpress.com/five-step-blog-setup
Build a Business Website Tutorial
Making a Business Website
See also Five Leads for Self-Help with WordPress.com https://dailypost.wordpress.com/2016/01/14/help-with-wordpress-com/ and that’s where set up instructions for it and the live demo site link is found.
To increase traffic see:
Getting More Views and Traffic
Ebook: Grow Your Traffic, Build Your Blog
Are you looking for feedback on your blog? This could range from the design of the site to the actual content of a post. You can get feedback from our Community Pool:
Also, if you just want to connect with other bloggers, get inspired, build your brand, and get inside tips from the folks who bring you WordPress.com, take a look at our Blogging University here:
https://electronics549.wordpress.com/ is an empty site without any blogger created published content.
https://wordpress.com/theme/twentysixteen/ is where set up instructions for it and the live demo site link is found.
https://holidaygiftsblog.wordpress.com/ is wearing a retired theme I cannot name.
re: switching themes
Themes are just “skins” on WordPress.COM hosted blogs.
Note that switching themes https://en.support.wordpress.com/themes/#switch-themes can be easily done, provided you are logged in as Admin under the same username account that registered the site, you to
*Replace NAME_OF_BLOG in that URL with the actual name of your blog. wp-admin/themes.php
We have a preview function. No content is lost when switching themes on WordPress.COM hosted blogs. It does not matter if the site is private or public.
Provided you are logged in as Admin under the username account that registered the site go to https://wordpress.com/themes and type in your key words, or the name of theme.
If you are not logged in under the correct WordPress.COM username account then clear your browser cache https://en.support.wordpress.com/browser-issues/#clearing-your-browser-cache and cookies https://en.support.wordpress.com/browser-issues/#clearing-wordpress-com-cookies prior to logging into another account
If you did not register the site and do not have the required access you need to contact the person who registered the account and site under it and have them either act, or transfer the site to your username account by using this process. http://en.support.wordpress.com/moving-a-blog/#transferring-your-blog-to-another-user-or-account
The theme customizer https://en.support.wordpress.com/customizer/ provides a preview function for exactly that purpose ie. so you can view what a theme will appear like prior to changing one.
re: wordpress.com blog subscriptions
All that’s required to follow any blog hosted by wordpress.COM is exactly what you were required to provide to register here, and that is a valid email address that the published posts can be sent to.
Here subscribers control their own subscriptions and frequency of receipt of posts from sites they subscribe to. We cannot act on their behalf.
You can set up email subscriptions here > Dashboard > Appearance > Widgets > Follow Blog Widget by using this guide > http://en.support.wordpress.com/widgets/follow-blog-widget/
Widgets can be configured to appear only on certain pages (or be hidden on certain pages) by clicking on the Visibility button.
We have a subscription shortcode which you can make use of. The help page on it is right here: http://en.support.wordpress.com/blog-subscription-shortcode/ You can also include the subscription shortcode at the end of every post you publish.
Here is the link to the guide you must use for mailchimp https://en.support.wordpress.com/mailchimp
You can create a Subscribe page http://en.support.wordpress.com/pages/ add and customize a contact form with multiple fields, change the email address where you’ll be notified, and mark feedbacks as spam from your dashboard on that page. http://en.support.wordpress.com/contact-form/
Read more at https://en.support.wordpress.com/?s=following
The bottom line here is that you need to create and publish content to attract followers and meaningful comments (likes don’t have much value).
re: like button use
Just like any other place with a like button, for example, Facebook, one has to register a username account and be logged in to be able to use it. All that’s required to register a WordPress.COM/gravatar account is a valid email address. https://en.support.wordpress.com/likes/
This page > Settings > Discussion is where you set up defaults for comments.
re: search engine discoverability
It can take weeks for search engines to index your site content. Please read this support doc https://en.support.wordpress.com/search-engines/ so you know we have no control over search engines positioning or appearance in the SERPs (search engine page results).
To verify blog ownership of a WordPress.com hosted blog with the major search engines you must use this process > http://en.support.wordpress.com/webmaster-tools/
Note: Even if you do not verify the blog the content will be indexed by search engines so don’t feel panicky about this please.
WordPress.com automatically supplies sitemaps for our blogs to search engines – we do nothing. http://en.support.wordpress.com/sitemaps/#xml-sitemaps-for-search-engines
Search engines aren’t attracted to sites that are page based. Sites that are post based where publication of posts, not pages is frequent are more attractive to them. To gain search engine attention, I recommend that you start publishing posts (not pages) https://en.support.wordpress.com/post-vs-page/ frequently.That’s because it can take weeks for search engines to index content in a new blog and/or to re-index content under a new URL.
WordPress.COM SEO resources that you will want to consult are:
Also, note that posts do not display in the Reader forever. Posts only display in the WordPress.COM Reader for 60 days.
It’s important that you read this support doc closely http://en.support.wordpress.com/topics/#missing-posts
The rule of thumb is to assign to your posts the least, not the most, combined number of only relevant categories and tags that accurately describe the individual post content. And, you never assign the same keyword or keyword phrase as both a category and a tag.
These are thin affiliate sites with no content of value.
It’s unlikely that anyone is going to like or share a 2 sentence post with an affiliate link, like these:
It’s possible these sites violate WordPress.com’s terms of service:
You can add Affiliate links to your WordPress.com content as long as the primary purpose of your blog is to create original content –
Quick Tips for Selecting Categories and Tags
1. Categories and Tags are one or two (sometimes three) words keywords (i.e. terms potential readers would be likely to use if they searched your site).
If you wanted to find your blog post then which terms would you search for? Use those terms as your categories and tags.
2. Think in terms of from “broad” to “narrow”. Categories are keywords that define broad topic headings.Tags are keywords are more specific terms indicating what a post is about.
3. Categories and Tags are treated the same way by search engines so avoid duplication. Do not use the same the same keyword or keyword phrase as both Categories and Tags. Do not use keywords already found in the post title and the text as Categories and Tags.
(a) Assigning the same keywords or keyword phrases to the same post makes one appear to be a spamdexer AKA tag spammer trying to game search engine results.
(b) Category and tag duplication has a negative effect when it comes to blog organization and you can end up with an awful mess you need to edit in the future. Worse still, editing categories and tags amounts to deletions and deletions mean broken links in search engine search results.
(c) Remember that readers ought to be able to click one link for a single term (Category or Tag) and find all relevant articles in your blog quickly and easily. Assigning the same terms as both Categories and Tags results in duplicated search results that will be frustrating for readers who are searching your blog.
4. Know that “less is more”. The aim is to use the least combined number of relevant keywords or phrases as possible to accurately describe the contents of any post.
5. Ask yourself: Which three keywords describe your post’s topic, content and message?
You are quite right and I was getting to that.
No upgrade is required to post affiliate links. Affiliate links are allowed on WordPress.com as long as the primary purpose of your blog is to create original content. Please read: https://en.support.wordpress.com/monetize-your-site/#affiliate-linking And also read Types of Blogs that are allowed and not allowed. http://wordpress.com/types-of-blogs/
Affiliate marketing blogs: Blogs with the primary purpose of driving traffic to affiliate programs and get-rich-quick schemes (“Make six figures from home!!”, “20 easy steps to top profits!!”, etc). This includes multi-level marketing (MLM) blogs and pyramid schemes. To be clear, people writing their own original book, movie or game reviews and linking them to Amazon, or people linking to their own products on Etsy do NOT fall into this category.
Yeah to get to the heart of the issue: these sites aren’t going to get new followers because they’re only a bunch of links to other sites. They will likely be banned.
Thanks for confirming. I wanted to be encouraging. All this blogger needs to do is get rid of the links aimed at driving traffic to commercial sites that violate the terms of service, and actually create and publish some original and engaging content.
Yeah, hopefully they’ll get it straightened out.
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