Getting More Likes On WordPress
Although getting more likes on WordPress may not be everyones priority, it may be something that some people are hoping for. I realised I have posts on how to get more traffic, more followers and even more comments but none on how to get more likes.
Personally, I think that’s because likes is not something I have ever concentrated on that much. Personally, I prefer to concentrate on views and comments. However, it really does feel lovely when someone likes your post. Especially old ones you had forgotten about.
For that reason, I thought it would be interesting to share some information on how to get more likes on your post. As I mentioned, getting more likes doesn’t have to be your primary goal for blogging but for some people the likes are important.
I have actually been doing some experimenting with my blog over the last few months to see how I can get more comments and views and a side product of that has been an increase in likes. I am not sure if anyone has realised this, you probably haven’t if you’re a new bloggers, but after the update WordPress made last year in March/April, stats have been down for most bloggers.
Before the update, you could easily get 200-400 likes per day and 100-200 comments a day. It’s a lot harder now and you have to be really active on the platform to keep your stats up. However, these are some hacks that will get you more likes and help you save some time:
I have emphasised the importance of tags in multiple advice posts I have written and I will continue to do that because tags are extremely vital. Tags can literally break or make your post. Using the correct tags can really drive in a lot of traffic to your post and this will automatically equal more likes.
I always emphasis the importance of using the correct tags because you want to drive in the right type of traffic. For example, if you have a recipe post for lasagna you shouldn’t be using tags like “poetry” because that will drive in traffic from people interested in poetry and when they see your post is obviously not about poetry they will most likely ignore your post.
On the other hand, if you use the right tags that relate to the topic of your post you will get traffic consisting of people who are searching for the content that you are putting out. And if they enjoy your post they will be more likely to leave a like.
Using the most popular tag or tags for your topic is always a good idea too because popular tags often get much more traffic and that will consequently mean more traffic for your post which will lead to your post receiving more likes.
I won’t go into too much detail about tags because I already have a post that explains how to use tags correctly.
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One of the best ways to get not only more likes but more traffic and followers too is to be as active on WordPress as possible. I know this one might not be possible for everyone because the truth is we all have lives outside of WP. We all have a lot of other things going on. Being very active may not be possible. Or it may also not be something you want if you try not to spend too much screen time.
However, the truth is that when it comes to platforms like WordPress, a lot of growing has to do with simple math. What I mean is, the more active you are on other blogs the more people will be active on yours. Statistically, just as a hypothetical lets say 5% of the people whose post you interact with interact with yours. If you interact with 5 blogs, 5% is a very small number. But if you interact with 50 blogs the number of blogs that will interact with yours is 10 times higher.
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Quantity And Quality
Both quality and quantity are extremely important when it comes to gaining likes.
Quality, in my opinion, is one of the most vital things when it comes to a post. Quality is what keeps your reader reading ahead, it’s what makes people come back to your blog, it’s what makes people stick around. It’s also what will get you likes. If the reader genuinely enjoys your post and finds it informative, interesting or well written, they are much more likely to leave a like.
I hate to say this but quantity also plays a role when it comes to likes. Again, if we think things through statistically, the more you post the more likes you’ll get. If you get 10 likes per post and only post once a month you’ll get about 10 likes a month. If you post 10 times a month you’ll get ten times the likes.
However, I will say that you should never sacrifice quality for quantity. Yes, quantity can get you more likes but if the quality of your posts suffer your average likes will go down since people won’t actually enjoy your posts. Plus, you may lose loyal followers and readers if you sacrifice your quality.
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Patience is key when it comes to blogging. I wanted to add this because a lot of people are under the impression that blogging or rather becoming successful blogging is easy or something you can achieve overnight when in reality it takes quite a while.
Your blog needs time to take off, gain traction and grow. None of that happens overnight unless you’re insanely lucky or very rich. Just like with traffic and following, you have to be patient when it comes to likes. I know it’s hard to resist checking your latest post ever five minutes to see if you have any new likes but resist.
Likes tend to come in slowly, some of my posts from years ago are still get likes every other day. So if you don’t see a bunch of likes in the first few hours don’t be discouraged. Keep pushing forward, keep publishing content and just know that you will get more likes as well as traffic and following over time.
I hope this post was helpful for anyone looking to get more likes in post. I would like to add though, that WordPress as a platform has so many amazing things to offer so being fixated on the likes is not the best idea. Yes, likes are great but what I think you may want to concentrate on is the community and actually enjoying creating and publishing content.
What are some strategies you use to get more likes? Let me know in the comments below because I would love to hear your thoughts!
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