What are pages as opposed to blogs?
Please could someone clarify the difference between pages and blogs. I’m a little confused. Will it attract more traffic to my blog?
Thank you in advance.
Pages like “About” (me and my blog info) are static and are meant to be used for content that rarely, if ever, changes.
Post vs. Page http://en.support.wordpress.com/post-vs-page/
Blogs are websites. Websites to some people are ‘Pages”. Blogs to some people are also “Pages”. Blogs a can also mean “Posts” if you are from the UK.
Bottom line: Pages have many meanings and until you provide a specific context for your question I cannot provide an accurate answer.
Will it attract more traffic to my blog?
Original content is the primary traffic attractor.
On the bottom of your Admin page you will find a link to the Learn WordPress.com blogging Tutorial prepared by Staff. http://learn.wordpress.com/
The support documentation is all found at the Support link http://en.support.wordpress.com which is also on the bottom of your Admin page.
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.
Thank you Twistedt & Timethief. I get it now. And thank you Time, for the 25 basic steps. Er, one more question then I’ll shut up, what are ‘pillar posts?
Pillar posts AKA “flagship content” are comprehensive posts that offer great value to readers as the contents are timeless in nature. They also help to establish you as an authority in your niche. > Blogging: Characteristics of pillar posts
Thank you for your patience. And HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all.
You’re most welcome. Happy New Year and best wishes with your blog. :)
“Will it attract more traffic to my blog?”
Short answer: no, LESS.
Speaking for myself and not for raincoaster, adding pages does not increase traffic, and I don’t know where you got that idea from. Taking action by undertaking the 25 steps I posted above will increase traffic. However, if you decide to restructure your blog to become page based, rather retaining the conventional post based structure then know that Page structured blogs have a very difficult time:
1. securing traffic;
2. securing comments;
3. securing backlinks;
4. achieving authority in their niche;
5. achieving Google PageRank.
Read more here > Better Blogging at WordPress.com: Pages and Posts
And, if you also choose to set a static front page rather than having your posts on your front page then know that’s a traffic killing choice. Consider why visitors return to blogs. They return to read your latest posts and those who set a static front page and force returning visitors to click through the same blah, blah, blah page every time they come some will definitely not return.
Ok Time, once again thank you for explaining that. I am definitely up to speed now. I was just wondering if it *would* help to increase traffic. Now I know what and what not to do.
Right, that’s definitely it for the subject. Lol. Thanks. Your patience must be limitless.
Thank you, J, for the good advice. I have a typically structured blog with the post-based section as the primary page. I then have two static pages, one of which explains my services as a wedding officiant.
I am trying to improve my SEO on that page in particular since Googling terms like “interfaith rabbi” (etc) is how people seem to find me (although not very often). From what I’ve read in the Help section, there isn’t a way to add tags to a static page … is that correct? If so, what more can I do to help people find this page beyond trying to use the “right” key words in the headline (which I’m already trying to do)?
I suspect my other option is to create a webpage dedicated only to the wedding business, but I actually wanted it connected to my blog, since it’s a way for people to learn more about me.
Thanks in advance for any advice anyone can give me. The page is at http://www.wanderinghebrew.com
There is no way to add tags to a static page.
What you should do is post about things related to that topic, and link to that page in your posts. Soon you will push it up in the rankings.
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No blogger initiated advertising, retailing or reselling the work created or services provided by anyone other than yourself is allowed on free hosted wordpress.COM blogs. E-commerce transactions via shopping carts and the like cannot be conducted on free blogs from and being free hosted by wordpress.COM
The advertising exceptions noted in support documentation are for high traffic blogs that qualify for and are accepted into the Ad Control program, soon to be replaced with the WordAds program, and for extremely high traffic blogs that qualify and are accepted into the paid VIP hosting program.
If you do require an ecommerce site, advertising and/or affiliate links you can hire a web host and get a free software install from http://wordpress.org Refer to > http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/
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