Likes from external users
Hi, I have a question:
can external, non registered WordPress.com users like the content of my blog? People I know have been trying to click like on some of my stuff, but they have been prompted to register to WordPress. How can I get this feature to work for everyone?
Many thanks for your feedbacks and followups.
The blog I need help with is valentinaatno21.com.
How can I get this feature to work for everyone?
You can’t. The WordPress.com like button, like every other in-house use only like button (example: Facebook) can only be used by those who have registered WordPress.com username accounts when they are logged in to WordPress.com.
Likes are not page views. They may make us feel warm and fuzzy but they are not comments and they are not page view stats. In fact, likes and shares are misleading when you are talking about page view stats. Your followers and anyone with a WordPress.com blog who is logged into WordPress.com can “like” and “share” your posts in several locations such as the Reader without ever clicking into your blog and creating a page view stat. See here for what I do to compel readers to read posts on my site > http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2012/07/09/wordpress-followers-likes-and-stats
Staff are apparently expanding the number of people who can use what we think of as Wp.com features. If you have a Gravatar, you have access to some features. If you have a WP.org blog with Jetpack installed, you have access to more. I anticipate they’ll continue this expansion.
I anticipate that also and not with goodwill. The number of commercial bloggers using WordPress.org software is HUGE. I don’t want not want nor do I need their action on my blogs.
Sadly the 90% of Wordcamp attendees are folks making their income off free wordpress.org software and singing the parity song. Meanwhile we WordPress.com bloggers pay for upgrades and are expected to be happy with the commercial gavatar baggage we cannot remove and despite the fact we have no accurate means of assessing blog growth due to that commercial baggage.
Ha! I know a business-focused guy like that who ran a WordCamp and got called on the carpet by Automattic when they found out he was trying to charge in the vicinity of $100 a day and sell it to businesses as a conference. He didn’t get to run WordCamp the next year. So there IS pushback from Automattic. They’ve built a valuable brand around WP.com and won’t compromise it without thinking.
They need to push back harder. Check out my guest post policy on both blogs and know I am continually harassed by commercial bloggers with sites covered with advertising but purporting that they can do me a favor by writing a “free” guest post in return for links. As if I want my blogs to be associated with those people who have string of WordPress.org blogs being pimped out for pennies – blech! The number of emails that I’m getting is tempting me to stop politely answering and saying ‘thanks but no thanks’ and instead to just click the spam link on every one of them.
They are spam. Why don’t you do it? I only ever reply if I want to make fun of them.
You’re right. I will be starting tomorrow.
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