How WordPress Works
I know what you’re thinking- most of the time it doesn’t lol. Just kidding. Anyway, I realised I haven’t shared a blogging advice post in such a long time. So I decided to share one today. I’m sure many of the bloggers on this platform, especially the new ones, are wondering how WordPress works. The truth is, it doesn’t. Lol, kidding again.
The thing with WordPress is that it has been changing a lot recently. Every month there are new updates and changes to the platform. So it can be difficult to get a hang of everything. Here are something I have learnt about how WordPress works and hopefully this information will help you as well:
How The WordPress Algorithm Works
As I mentioned, the algorithm on WordPress changes quite often. Recently, many bloggers have been complaining about a decrease in traffic and following. However, there are still some ways to beat this and continue to get good traffic and see an increase in your following.
The first thing you want to do is make sure that you are using all your features properly. For example, I have noticed that a large number of bloggers don’t use tags and categories at all. And those that do use tags and categories don’t always use the right ones. You want to make sure you’re not using too many tags and categories as well. I would recommend not using more than two categories and up to ten tags per post. This helps the algorithm classify your posts and get them to the right audience.
Another feature I have noticed that is sometimes ignored is the image feature. Using media on your posts helps a lot with SEO and making the post algorithm friendly. Not just that but posts with images are often more enjoyable and you’ll probably do better with traffic/following if your post has at least one or two images.
Related Post: HOW TO USE TAGS CORRECTLY
SEO is incredibly beneficial for WordPress bloggers. The good news is, if your blog is on WordPress it’s already more likely to get noticed by Search Engines compared to blogs on other platforms. If you’re looking to get email followers on WordPress, SEO is vital. It’ll help you get people from outside this platform to subscribe to your blog and therefore grow your blog even more. I won’t go into details on how to make your posts more SEO friendly as I’ve already written about that. You can read all about SEO and making your posts SEO friendly by reading the related posts added below:
If you want to learn how WordPress works or rather how it really works, you need to take the social aspects of this platform into account. With blogging, it’s not just about you or your blog. At least not on this platform. WordPress’s community of bloggers is one of the most impressive that I have seen. In fact, it’s one of the best parts of WordPress.
If you are looking to grow your blog and enjoy your time on this platform, the best thing to do is be as active as you can both on your blog and on other blogs. So if someone takes the time to read and comments on your post or posts, you want to make sure to reply and let them know that their comment is appreciated. And not only that but make sure to go over to their site and read and comment on their posts too. This will mutually benefit both blogs and you may end up meeting some very awesome people like I have.
Unfortunately, spam is quite an issue on WordPress… *cough Pomeranian people cough* We’ve all had to deal with it at some point or another.
Although it’s natural to want to grow your site, make sure you are not wrongfully spamming other bloggers in an attempt to grow your blog. Spam is very much looked down upon on WordPress and when you continuously spam bloggers, they are much less likely to interact with your blog. If anything, you will probably find yourself blocked by some bloggers. So don’t like a million posts in a minute and comment cliche spam comments like “please follow my blog/like my posts.” This can be annoying even when someone does not do it for malicious reasons.
I have had some of my posts stolen and I know that many bloggers have experienced this as well. Stealing content is a big no-no on WordPress. And I’m pretty sure most platforms in general. Plagiarism is a great way to get kicked off this platform. So remember, if you like a post you can always share and reblog. Don’t ever copy and paste. It’s going to make you lose your blog if you’re reported and WordPress finds you guilty of plagiarism or stealing content or intellectual property.
I really hope this post was informative and helped to better understand how WordPress works. It can be a bit difficult to get used to, especially when you first get started with blogging. But I will say this, it’s worth sticking with. It’s such a lovely platform filled with wonderful people. I have met some great people here that I would definitely consider friends. So, definitely stick with the platform and give it a fair chance.
Do you agree with the information I shared? What advice would you give to new bloggers? How long have you been on WordPress? What have you learnt from your time on WordPress? Let me know in the comments section below because I would love to hear from you. Or simply stop by and say hi!
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