Show blog followers without using widget for email sign up…

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  • #1242315

    reganmccoy
    Member

    How do I show who is following my blog without having to use the widget that asks them to sign up for email notifications?

    The blog I need help with is writeandreadallaboutit.wordpress.com.

    #1242424

    timethief
    Member

    You can use the My Community widget > http://en.support.wordpress.com/widgets/my-community/

    #1242426

    timethief
    Member

    Note that all wordpress.com bloggers who choose to follow your blog can follow it in the Reader. Anyone can subscribe to the RSS Feed on any public blog > http://writeandreadallaboutit.wordpress.com/feed/

    #1242436

    reganmccoy
    Member

    Thank you for your help! I was wondering if there is a way to show the total # of blog followers on the page…I have seen that on other pages…like it states on my page when a number of people like a post, etc. I chose the community option, but it doesn’t state the number necessarily…it just seems to show pictures of profiles…and the only widget that I have found that uses actual numbers seems to be the follow widget, but again, I do not want to ask anyone to sign up for email notifications just to get it to show up…

    #1242681

    timethief
    Member

    The My Community widget is operating exactly how it is designed to operate and it does not display numbers. It displays the number of those who have WordPress.com/Gravatar accounts and choose to click to follow your blog when they are logged into WordPress.com or Gravatar. See the description and options here http://en.support.wordpress.com/widgets/my-community/

    You can find your subscriber numbers here > http://wordpress.com/#!/my-stats/?blog_subscribers and note if your use Publicize they are inflated to include your Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo and LinkedIn numbers. Your email subscriber are here > http://wordpress.com/#!/my-stats/?blog_subscribers&type=email

    I do not want to ask anyone to sign up for email notifications just to get it to show up…

    Those who have WordPress.com/Gravatar accounts don’t have to follow by email. They can choose to follow in the WordPress.com Reader.

    #1242682

    timethief
    Member

    P.S. I choose not to use Publicize so my stats here http://wordpress.com/#!/my-stats/?blog_subscribers are not inflated with social network followers. I also choose not to display how many followers and email subscribers I have (bless them one and all) because I find bragging in any way, shape or from to be abhorrent.

    #1242683

    timethief
    Member

    edit: from = form

    #1242686

    timethief
    Member

    I just thought of something. You can use a text widget to display the number. http://en.support.wordpress.com/widgets/text-widget/

    #1242719

    reganmccoy
    Member

    Thank you:-) I find it abhorrent as well, but people always want to know how many books you have sold, how many followers you have, etc. so as irritating and obnoxious as it is, it becomes relevant at some point.

    Hey, I have another question for you as well…in your estimation, is it better to monetize your blog via WordPress, or Blogger.com? From the research I have done it seems like you can monetize for free on Blogger.com, but on WordPress you have to pay for a custom domain name to monetize it…but, it also seems to me as though WordPress has more followers, etc.?

    #1242720

    timethief
    Member

    Hey, I have another question for you as well…in your estimation, is it better to monetize your blog via WordPress, or Blogger.com?

    I would not use either of those. If you want to monetize a blog hire a web host http://wordpress.org/hosting/ and set up your own WordPress.org install. http://wordpress.org/

    #1242721

    reganmccoy
    Member

    What is the difference between hosting it somewhere else, as opposed to hosting it on WordPress.org?

    #1242723

    timethief
    Member

    WordPress.org provides only free software and peer support forums. You have to hire a web host to host the software.

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