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    I have the twentyeleven theme, and I want to add plugins. Is it not possible with this theme? Please help, I’m trying to get more traffic!
    thankyou amanda

    The blog I need help with is



    This is not a theme issue. There is no FTP access to free hosted WordPress.COM blogs and we cannot install individual plugins into them Those found on the internet are for WordPress.ORG installs which run on different software.

    If you wish to have complete control over a blog, the ability to upload themes and plugins, and to edit themes and templates then your option is to hire a web host and get a free software install from WordPress.ORG and self host it.

    What is it that you wanted the plugin for please? We have many widgets that can be used on free hosted blogs and there are also workarounds we can share for some things.


    I just found a few that are suppose to help seo and get more traffic. I already have created categories and archive widgets, but I’m not getting any “search” traffic. Only referrals. Would it help if I created RSS feed? I’m not really sure what that is, or how to do it… :(



    We cannot use those plugins which IMO are no substitute for learning basic SEO and applying it and learning how to promote your blog.

    All WordPress blogs have multiple feeds built into them.
    This is the RSS URL for your posts
    This is the RSS URL for your comments
    See here for the RSS Links widget



    To verify blog ownership with the major search engines use this process.
    Please also see these two entries:
    global tags – missing posts search – missing posts
    I also believe that this post and the tips in it will be helpful > Two SEO Videos for Bloggers


    Ok, thank you. I think I get it. I added the rss feeds to my blog. Do you have any other suggestions for how I could increase traffic?



    In case you haven’t had time to read the “missing posts” entries above that I linked to please do as you are using too many Categories/Tags. You need to edit some posts and remove some categories/tags.

    Getting More Views and Traffic

    These entries lay out how to enable email subscriptions on your blog > and here >

    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.
    P.S. I have tutorials on the blog linked to my username on how to do all of the foregoing.


    Ok thank you. I’m going to make those adjustments. I was also wondering why all my blog posts equal one very long page? Do I control how much content equals a page? Or does the wordpress theme decide that?



    You set the number of posts you wish to display on your front page here > Settings > Reading
    Blog pages show at most __posts
    “save changes”

    As your posts contain large image you can split content by inserting “the more tag” into your posts. The result will be only excerpts on the front page followed by a link to “read more”. When “read more” is clicked the whole post will display on its own page.


    Also, what is a blog carnival?


    I noticed on your site that you have a page called “sitemap” with links to all of your posts, does this help with traffic? Is this considered the same thing as the “sitemap” that google webmasters suggests submitting?



    Also, what is a blog carnival? Google is your friend :)

    Note that every free hosted blog already has a sitemap that has been automatically submitted and there is nothing you have to do in that regard at all. The sitemap file included with your blog is available to every search engine that supports the protocol, including Google, Yahoo!, Bing,, and others.

    The page you are looking at is a static page I have used the archives shortcode on. As my blog is not new. It’s several years old and I needed a post title index and that’s why I have that page.

    P.S. I do not mind answering your questions at all. :) But I do want you to know that this is the main link to all support documentation The searchbox there provides results from both the search docs and from forums threads as well. I also want to provide you with the link to the learn tutorial that Staff have prepared for new members.


    OK, thank you. Yes I’m sorry that I have been chatting your ear off :) You and your site have been a lot of help. Thank you.

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