How to Get More Readers for Your Blog

Ever wonder why so few people read your blogs? The number of bloggers on WordPress alone is increasing by 900,000 a month. Yep. Lots and lots and lots of blogs.

So, how do you find a place in the blogosphere despite all those bloggers screaming for you to read their bloggeries?

First, write articles that are interesting to you. If you’re interested, there’s a good chance others will be, too. If you’re a published author talk about your book, explaining why you wrote it and how you got the idea. You can tell about the things you learned while researching the book. You can write about your work-in-progress, especially if you are having difficulty with a scene. People love to help, and they will feel they have a stake in you and your work. Write about your daily life or things that make you angry. Write about the books you read. Write about anything and everything.

Second, add a catchy title, something that will attract attention and hook a reader even before they begin reading your post. With so many bloggers, people seldom get beyond a title, so make sure you give them a reason to read further. The title of this post is not very original, but it does tell what the post is about.

Third, add an image. People today seem to be visually oriented, and an image will often catch their attention more than your picturesque prose.

Fourth, add tags that people might Google to get to your article. If you tag add a tag such as “Uncle Bob”, it might end up as the one millionth “Uncle Bob” on Google, and no one will ever find your article. I would have thought tagging an article with “Cheetos” would be the same, but one blogger reported that she got more than a thousand hits because of it. So, be sure to add plenty of tags!

Fifth, link to everything. If you’re an author, link your book title to a site with a buy link. Link to your web page. If you refer to another article, link to that article. (To make a clickable link, select the word or phrase you’d like to contain the link, then click on the icon of a chain on the tool bar — it should be the tenth icon — and fill in the URL of the site you’d like to link to.) The clickable link will look like this: Bertram’s Blog

Sixth, be sure to make use of the social networking tools available on WordPress. To activate these tools, go to your dashboard, and under where it says “Dashboard” click on “my blogs.” Under the heading “publicize”, check whichever sites you belong to, and follow the instructions for linking your blog to Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, and Messenger. Once that is done, you’re set. Whenever you post a blog, WordPress will automatically notify those sites.

Seventh, link your name to your blog. The internet is all about links, and the most important link is the link attached to your name. If you make a comment, and your name is not linked to anything, you become a dead end. To link your name to your WordPress blog, go to your dashboard, and find “Users” on the left sidebar, beneath that you will find “personal settings.” Click on “personal setting.” Scroll down to “account details” at the bottom of the page. In the blank for “website” put in your entire blog address, including the http:// Then click save. Now when you leave a comment on a WordPress blog, and someone wants to know more about you, all they have to do is click on your name.

That isn’t all there is to becoming a major blogger, but it’s a start.

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Pat Bertram is the author of More Deaths Than OneA Spark of Heavenly Fire,  and Daughter Am I.

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7 responses to “How to Get More Readers for Your Blog

  1. Great advice, Pat. Being more consistent with my blogging is something I really need to work on. For the first time (on Nov. 30) I added pictures to my blog. It does make reading more interesting when the print is broken up by pictures. Thanks for such a timely, well-written post.

  2. Great post, Pat. Thanks for writing it. :)

  3. Excellent tips, Pat. Right! Link everything. And tags are a great way to draw attention.

  4. Great article, Pat. I’m a slacker when it comes to putting in links, but you’ve reminded me how important they are.

  5. christinehusom

    Thank you, much! Wonderful tips.

  6. Great tips, but I’m having trouble following through on one of them. I’m not following the information re: linking my name to my blog. Perhaps I’m misunderstanding the lingo since I am fairly new to blogging. I went to my Dashboard and tried going to “User”, but it didn’t have any of the things on there as instructed to click on. I then tried going to “My Profile”, but still couldn’t find anything that says “contact information” or “website” for me to complete, click and save.

    • Alycia, now wonder you couldn’t find “contact information”. WordPress changed those pages. There is now a different place to go — under “users” in the left sidebar on your dashboard, click on “personal settings,” then scroll down to the very bottom of the page where it says “account details.” That’s where you will find “website.”

      Thank you for bringing this to my attention. I’ll change it in the article.

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