Increasing the Readership On Your Blog


With everything that we have going on in our lives, it’s no wonder I see so many posts about time management! I must admit that I feel a bit guilty about my hit and miss method of reading other’s blogs. It’s not very fair or efficient. But it seems to be the only way I can get any of them read.

I follow hundreds of bloggers.  There just no way that I can read everything that everyone posts.  What I usually do is scroll through my Reader and pause at what happens to catch my eye.  But even those, if they are too long, I won’t read them. I simply do not have the time.

There are my favorite bloggers (we all have them) that I will actively seek out to see what new thing they’ve posted.

And then there is the never-ending new talent that we run across.  New bloggers or bloggers that I’m just discovering is added to the mix in my Reader.  So my list of bloggers that I follow is being continually added to.

So how can you be sure that your posts will be read? Well, there is no absolute guarantee. But there are several ways to increase the probability. Below are some ideas and suggestions that I’ve learned over several years of blogging. Maybe these ideas will help you too.

  1. Post often and post consistently.  If your blog only pops up with new content once in a while, people will lose interest.  I know several bloggers that post several times a day! I don’t know how they have the time.  I try for 5 days a week and I’m lucky if I can keep up with that.  But the advantage that these bloggers have is the number of times their posts will show up in someone’s Reader. If you dangle that carrot in front of your audience enough, you’re bound to get a few nibbles!
  2. Use an interesting Post Title.  If your blog post title doesn’t sound interesting, enticing, there’s more chance that people will pass it by.
  3. Use photos.  I’ve seen some VERY talented bloggers here that don’t use pictures, at all, with their posts.  The photo will speak for you even if the title or content does not.  Interesting photos will draw in your audience.
  4. Interact with other bloggers.  Don’t be shy.  Reach out, read, comment and share what you find here.  WordPress is a community.  Communicate with your neighbors!  These acts of kindness will often be reciprocated, increasing the traffic on your blog.
  5. Be kind. Always.  If you have a critique or comment, be sure that it is kind.  This is not the place to get on your soapbox if you happen to disagree with someone’s post.  A constructive critique is one thing, being rude or mean is another.  I follow several bloggers that have VERY different points of view on a number of subjects.  I simply do not comment on those particular posts.  They are entitled to their opinion and voicing that opinion as well, just as I am entitled to mine.  Simply put, mind your manners!
  6. Respond. If someone reblogs a post or makes a lovely comment on a post of yours, be sure to respond to that kind gesture! Let them know that you appreciate their input!  Again, mind your manners!
  7. Don’t get too long-winded.  If a post is too long, most people simply will not read it, or won’t read all of it.  I find myself skimming through lengthy posts because I don’t have the time to devote to them.

I know this is not a complete list, but I don’t want to be too long-winded.  🙂  Do you have ideas or suggestions that would help people get more readership?  If so, I would love for you to leave a comment below so we can all share our knowledge with others.  What do you think works for you?  

(C) 2019 Penny Wilson

Image by Daria Głodowska from Pixabay

 

 

About Penny Wilson Writes

Penny Wilson is a freelance writer who writes in several genres. She has written articles for WOW Women on Writing. Her poetry has been published in online journals, such as Ariel Chart, Spill Words Press and the Poppy Road Review. Penny is a member of the Austin Poetry Society. Her poetry has been featured in the publication America's Emerging Poets 2018 & 2019 by Z Publishing, Poets Quarterly and Dual Coast Magazine published by Prolific Press. You can find more of her writings on her blog at https://pennywilsonwrites.com/ and follow her on Twitter @pennywilson123.
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13 Responses to Increasing the Readership On Your Blog

  1. An excellent post Penny 🙂

    Very fitting with a series l am currently running and finishing off today … so l would like to share this today to tie in marvelously with a common theme 🙂

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  2. Penny, everything you write is spot on. I believe my combo of interesting images and words and consistent writing maintains and grows my readership. We are truly a community. I’ve made several dear friends through blogging.

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  3. Wow! Great post Penny!! Thanks so much for sharing this!! Hope you have a fun weekend planned!!
    xoxoxo

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  4. Nathan Smith says:

    What do you think counts as a ‘long post’? I’ve been trying to find the right length for what I’ve been doing recently and while I like where I’m at (400-500), I wonder if that’s the best way to go.

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    • That is completely up to the individual. Some people will have more time, read faster, are more patient, etc. So It’s pretty hard to put a number on it. Since I post a lot of poetry, they are quite short, most of the time, less than 100 words. But if I write something other than poetry, it seems to average around 500 words or less. But that’s ME. Just an example here. Your readership may be quite different. Thank you for the visit and for the comment! 🙂

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  5. Laureen says:

    I am still at the beginning of writing. Being clear and logical comes first. So that everyone can understand my texts well. My goal is to make my topics more exciting. Here I still have to learn. It helps me to read on other blogs. Like now here with you 🙂
    After writing, I edit twice. I’ll take my time. For me, editing is harder than writing.

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