How to Get More Views in WordPress Reader — Keywords, Help Files (& Why I Love WordPress.com)

Hi guys. This isn’t going to be my own advice for getting more views in WordPress, but rather an informal compilation of resources available to anyone using the WordPress.com Editor/Reader interface. 

So if you go to the top left corner of your WordPress.com admin screen, you’ll see there are two panels between which you can toggle; one called “My site” (where you go to create and edit your own site) and one called “Reader” (where you go to read other WordPress bloggers’ posts). 

I just want to mention that I love using WP Reader to read other people’s posts so much that since joining last October, I’ve hardly read any blogs outside of WP anymore.

Why? Because in WP Reader view I’m able to like and comment freely, and that’s a big part of why I’m here on WordPress, at the moment — to interact with other writers, and feel a sense of community. Conversely, if I view other bloggers’ posts from the “front end” — e.g. the URL shows the actual blog name, rather than the WP reader URL, the “like” button simply doesn’t work for me (some problem with my pop-up blocker in Chrome, even when it’s off) and often I can’t comment, either.

I like to show appreciation for the things I read/consume, especially inside cozy communities like the one I’ve come to know here on WordPress, so that’s why I love using Reader, at least while I’m blogging here. (I tend to do a fair bit of blog-hopping and platform-switching.)

Honestly if I had known that WP had a built-in community aspect, a kind of “writers’ social media” just as, say, Medium or Prose does, I would have signed up ages ago, instead of trying out about 10 other different blogging platforms first.

Maybe. But maybe not. Maybe I’m just one of those people who has to try everything myself instead of following common sense. Anyway, I mention this factor since I didn’t ever come across it as a discussion online when I was internet-searching “wordpress.com vs wordpress.org” and that kind of thing.

The other wonderful thing about WordPress.com (I have tried both .com and .org) is that I was able to build a site that was aesthetically pleasing (to me) very, very quickly. I’d previously tried doing it via WordPress.org installations via my husband (tech genius — but too busy to manage my constant little demands for changes) and years later (last October) via WPBeginner, but the theme I’d already picked out didn’t work on the self-hosted installation, and I immediately turned to WordPress.com hosting after that. I’d already had faaar too much experience messing around with blog designs and trying to migrate ideas from one platform to another.

So here I am happily paddling around on WordPress.com, the sometimes so-called evil twin of WordPress.org  — and I’m happy as a little fish with legs. Or a blogging butterfly, whichever you prefer. I consider this a stage in my evolution/transformation as a blogger, and a necessary one to actually experience, rather than read about.

Anyway, here is a screen shot of the WP admin/back-end screen, in this case with Reader view toggled:

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Image: WordPress.com admin screen, Reader view, with help desk icon circled

If you click the question mark circled above, on the bottom right, a little search field/menu will pop up as follows. Type what you want into the search field, to get help: 

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Image: WordPress.com admin screen help desk pop-up window, with “post views” entered in search field

On my pop-up window shown in the screenshot above, there is a “Contact us” option for chat messaging with the WordPress support team. I did once try out their support, and responses were quick and friendly. So don’t hesitate to try it out, if you can’t find what you’re looking for. 

As you can see, I’ve typed in “post views” and some articles have come up. 

Here are links to a few of them, mostly published by WP, plus a couple of others, for those of you interested in learning more. I’ll be honest and say I haven’t yet read nor used all of these, and I might not get around to it, but this makes a handy reference list for any of us: 

  • Grow Your Community — “You’ve worked hard on building your site, now it’s time to explore the community and get noticed. … On WordPress.com, we encourage you to share your content with the world, discover other site owners with similar interests, and use the tools available to you to grow your community and following.” 
  • Publicize  — “This guide provides instructions for how to connect your WordPress.com site to various social networking services. Once connected to a service, you can share your posts with that service automatically.”
  • Getting More Views and Traffic— “Want more traffic? Here are some tips for attracting more visitors to your site.”
  • Free Ebook: Grow Your Traffic, Build Your Blog — “Are you looking for advice on how to grow your audience? Do you want to make your blog more visible and attractive to new readers, but aren’t sure where to begin? Read our comprehensive guide on all things traffic: from analyzing your stats to capitalizing on your social networks, we have ideas you can use to take your blog to the next level (and beyond).”
  • Tags/Kewords/topic/listings — On this page, WP specifies to use between 5 and 15 tags/categories per post. Don’t exceed the maximum, and make sure to count them together (e.g. 3 categories and 12 tags max, or 5 categories and 10 tags, etc.) It also says that veering towards the lower end of the scale (e.g. using 5 or 7 instead of 15 total) will up your chances to be nearer the top of the “topic listings.” Which sounds like a good thing. So perhaps less is more. But use at least 5 in total.
  • This post by pro-blogger Cristian Mihai:  “Why No One Reads Your Blog (and What to Do about It)”  Just tons of good advice here. None of which I’ve yet taken. There’s also this one of his, Beginner? Try These Ideas Out.  (I found both of Cristian’s articles by using the search field in Reader view and typing in “keywords” — so he must know what he’s doing with his own keywords. :))

That’s it for now! As for getting past those inner pesky inner critics and actually publishing content — I mean, if you want to, for some reason, and also mainly because in my opinion… 

…the world needs your story —

—well, then, I’d strongly suggest doing daily Morning Pages as a warm-up. Worked for me.

And now I have blogging addiction. Any help for that? 😉🤓

xoxo Nadine

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Notes/refs/further links:

  • Photo by Dominik Rešek on Unsplash. Keywords can act like pollen to viewers and help both you and the veiwers transform — am I right? 🤓🦋
  • Thanks to Strider for (inadvertently?) prompting this post, via his comment in my last post. Head on over and give him some comment love (very cute cartoon in that last link)!

Nadine inhales & exhales words & images from current vantage point in Zone of Emptiness, France. If you wish to contribute and/or show appreciation, please recommend/like and/or comment — or send email via the contact page. Thank you so much for reading. ❤︎

 

Edit 2019-08-15: two instances of Cristian Mihai’s first name corrected from “Christian.”

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