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  1. My site appeArs to be getting no views. I've checked it's definitely not set to private etc. Is there anything wrong with my account?

    The blog I need help with is onefootinfrontoftheother2016.wordpress.com.

  2. Hi,

    Do you ever share your posts on other social media like twitter or FB or Instagram?
    On your Dashboard under Configure and Share, you can publicize your posts on various social media.
    That might bring more visitors to your site. I hope this helps.

  3. Selective assignment of relevant categories and tags to your posts can attract more views. (Categories and tags can be assigned only to posts, not to pages.)

    All support docs are at https://en.support.wordpress.com/
    Search for categories
    https://en.support.wordpress.com/?s=categories+
    Results https://en.support.wordpress.com/posts/categories/

    Search for tags
    https://en.support.wordpress.com/?s=tags
    Results https://en.support.wordpress.com/posts/tags/

    See also: https://en.support.wordpress.com/topics/
    The combined total of categories and tags on any post must not exceed 15 or it will not display on Categories and Tags pages and in the WordPress.COM Reader. After removal of the excess categories and/or tags note it may take several days for your posts to begin displaying there and in the Reader.

    Also, note that posts do not display in the Reader forever. Posts only display in the WordPress.COM Reader for 60 days.

  4. Search engines aren't attracted to sites that are page based. Sites that are post based where publication is frequent are more attractive to them.

    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

    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:
    https://en.support.wordpress.com/search-engines/
    https://en.support.wordpress.com/webmaster-tools/
    http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2013/03/22/seo-on-wordpress-com/
    https://dailypost.wordpress.com/2016/03/10/six-seo-factors-you-should-know/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/getting-more-views-and-traffic/
    https://dailypost.wordpress.com/postaday/ebook-grow-traffic/

  5. 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 > 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.
    https://en.support.wordpress.com/widgets/#widget-visibility

    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.

    Staff have recently added the mailchimp widget for subscriptions and here is the link to the guide you must use https://en.support.wordpress.com/mailchimp

    Additional information:
    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

  6. Here are some tips re: increasing traffic.

    If you want to increase traffic then don't listen to anyone who professes there are passive ways of doing that. Increasing traffic to a blog is hard work. If you want your blog to rank well in search engine results and secure a traffic flow from the SERPs (search engine page results) then that begins with creating and publishing original content posts (not pages) ie. unique content that cannot be found anywhere else on the internet. See How to Identify Your Blog’s Target Audience http://onecoolsite.wordpress.com/2013/09/01/how-to-identify-your-blogs-target-audience/

    It is commenting on other blogs with similar content that encourages traffic to flow to your own blog. If you are a WordPress.com blogger there are onsite tools you can use to find blogs by subject matter that are hosted on this multiuser blogging platform http://onecoolsite.wordpress.com/2014/01/20/finding-blogs-with-similar-content/ However, do NOT stop there because the classic error new bloggers tend to make here is focusing only on gaining traffic from this site alone.

    These 5 videos introduce how Google discovers, crawls, indexes your site’s pages, and how Google displays them in search results. It also touches lightly upon challenges webmasters and search engines face, such as duplicate content http://onecoolsite.wordpress.com/2010/03/22/5google-webmasters-video-tutorials/

    If you are using a WordPress.com theme good SEO is a given.
    https://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/04/11/seo-and-your-blog/
    http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2013/03/22/seo-on-wordpress-com/

    However, going beyond the theme what the blogger has done within that structure is worth evaluating. Whether you write informative, persuasive or controversial content learning how search engines work, and how to apply basic SEO to you content will benefit your blog as it will increase traffic from targeted readers. http://onecoolsite.wordpress.com/2011/10/21/two-seo-videos-for-bloggers/

    6 Ways to Make Google Your Blog’s Best Friend > http://onecoolsite.wordpress.com/2012/10/08/6-ways-to-make-google-your-blogs-best-friend/

    12 Tips for Improving Search Queries Ranking Position. If you want people to find your site through the use of keywords, then from the readers perspective, keep it natural and use key words or keyword phrases only if they are a natural “fit”.
    http://onecoolsite.wordpress.com/2012/01/25/12-tips-for-improving-search-queries-ranking-position/

    7 Common Sense Social Networking Tips
    http://onecoolsite.wordpress.com/2013/12/07/7-common-sense-social-networking-tips/

    Social Networking Blunders. Despite the ubiquitous statements to the opposite effect, auto posting to social networks, rather than manual posting results in fewer people reading your full posts on your site.
    http://onecoolsite.wordpress.com/2014/09/10/social-networking-blunders/

  7. Thanks for your advice!!

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