This isn’t a new topic, but it seems worth a mention every now and then within the WordPress blog community. I love connecting with other bloggers and occasionally a website makes that hard if not impossible to do. Here are a few tips.
Definitely take a look at these if:
- You are leaving likes and comments on other blogs and not getting return visits.
- Everyone likes your old posts and seems to ignore your recent posts.
- You’ve changed your blog address at any time (WP may still be directing your readers to the old deleted site!)
1. Make sure your links to your site are working. Unfortunately, this isn’t handled in just one place:
- In your blog profile: Go to WP Admin – Users – My Profile. At the bottom of the page, make sure your website address is correct.
- In your gravatar: Go to WP Admin – Users – My Profile. And at the top of the page, click on the tiny link that says, “edit your profile at gravatar.com.” Once in your gravatar profile, click on “Websites.” Be sure that your correct website address is listed.
- In WP Reader – this is important as it’s what points back to you when you leave likes and comments! Per WP Support, click on https://wordpress.com/me/account to get directly to your profile page. To get there the long way, open WP Reader. Click on Followed Sites and then on the little circle in the upper right-hand corner. Then select Account Settings and update your web address.
2. Make navigation fool-proof. If readers can’t figure out how to get to new posts or the next/previous post, they aren’t going to stay long. This can happen for a number of reasons including the fact that WordPress sites have a lot of variation. The easiest way to handle this is to have a list of recent posts on your sidebar. Go to WP Admin – Appearance – Widgets. Then drag the box labeled “Recent Posts” to your sidebar.
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