How WordPress Works

How WordPress Works

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.



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:

Related Posts:
SEO For Dummies
SEO For Dummies #2
How To Increase Your On-Page SEO
SEO For Dummies #3
SEO For Dummies #4


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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114 responses to “How WordPress Works”

  1. Well done, Pooja! This post is so helpful and thoughtful. Thank you so much!😊🥰🙏

    1. Thanks so much, glad it’s helpful 😊

      1. My pleasure! Pooja😊🙏

  2. Great job, Pooja! ❤️👍🏻😊

    1. Thank you! 🥰

      1. ❤️❤️

  3. You have outlined some valuable tips on how WP works and how the bloggers can make most out of this platform.

    Staying active in the community, using proper categories and tags, employing SEO effectively, avoiding spam comments, and respecting copyrights are indeed important aspects of a successful experience on WordPress. Your tips will likely be helpful to new bloggers looking to navigate WP.

    1. Thanks so much. I’m glad you agree and I hope it’ll help new bloggers too.

      1. You are welcome! Yup, it will definitely help new bloggers.

  4. Very helpful tips. Recently I started seeing improvements in the stats 📈 on my blog, as I intentionally started using SEO-friendly tags and it has helped grow my audience.

    Thanks for Sharing, Pooja😊❤️

    1. That’s wonderful, I’m glad you’re already seeing an increase in growth. SEO friendly tags makes a huge difference. Thank you 😊

  5. I started blogging actively in 2020. I would say it was far easier to interact with other bloggers back then. Maybe because it’s pandemic and everybody’s at home? I’m not sure. I was able to grow my old website to a thousand subscribers in a few months, but proves difficult to achieve now lol. I also noticed that creative content gets better traffic within the platform as compared to Google-search-friendly types. I’m starting from scratch, and I can confirm, it’s a wild ride!

    1. True, 2020 was a great year for growth since so many people started blogging due to the lockdowns. However, recently more people have either moved to other platforms or stopped blogging altogether which makes growth so much slower.

      1. Yes, I think so too, but I still enjoy blogging nonetheless!

        1. Of course, it’s all about having fun rather than just focusing on growing.

  6. These are useful observations. I clean out spam every day. At one point you could only do that 20 at a time but one of the good changes is to have that box at the top right of spam that allows you to delete them all with one hit and it actually works for me now.

    1. Thanks so much. Yes, I’ve noticed that too and it certainly helps. I get a lot of spam as well and it can get annoying.

  7. Hi, I stumbled upon your website. Sorry can’t find the follow button 😝😝

    Wp have added some futile features. I feel those are making things very difficult for first timers 🤷🏻‍♂️
    Like when you add link to something, you need to click additional 2 options to change the type of 🔗 ( open in new tab, sponsered etc).

    The advice you have shared is very relevant and important. However, people overuse tags. I’ve seen people using 150+ tags 😂
    But, I’m not kind enough to help them, like you do.
    I mean, they do get good attention at the first, but later their site dies and people stop caring 🤪.

    SEO is very complicated, and I’m fortunate to learn few tips and tricks from you. Have I told you before that you are phenomenal? 👸🏻

    1. Nooooo don’t become one of the spammers 😅

      True, the additions are so useless. It makes it so unnecessarily complicated even for us so I can imagine how tough it is for new bloggers.

      Thanks. Yeah, I see that too lol. People use insane amounts of tags sometimes 😫

      1. I use max 10 tags and 3-4 focus keywords.
        I need to be very precise about what I’m using in the post, is actually the same as keywords (or anything close).

        I’ve seen people using insane about of tags. I’m unfortunately following some of them.

        A truth-Many times I check your work to learn more through it. Like the keywords you are using, keyword density, title score, etc. No malice intention, like I am not forming a cabal against you, I just trust you a lot.

        1. Yeah, that’s a good idea. Overusing tags defeats their purpose. I follow some people that overuse them too.
          That’s fine, I also learnt from others similarly.

  8. Very nice tips..
    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks so much.

  9. very informative and much appreciated, Pooja. Thank you for sharing 🙏🤍

    1. Thanks so much and my pleasure 😊💕

      1. most welcome 🤍

  10. Your blogging post are actually super helpful, thank you!

    1. So glad they’re helpful!

  11. Awesome tips to keep in mind, thank you!

    1. Thanks so much!

  12. Great advice. Thank you.

    1. Thanks so much.

  13. Thanks. I have been on WordPress 7 years but am a slow learner!

    1. I’ve been here for 8 years and I’m still learning too!

  14. Very relevant, and good advice PoojaG. I meant a lot on the fly, then I found blogs like yours with tips and tricks which helped. Still not growing fast, but that’s alright. Keep sharing your is always appreciated. 💙🙏🙏

    1. Thanks so much. Yeah, I didn’t know much at first either but I learnt over time and like to share what I’ve picked up 😊

      1. Its truly appreciated.

  15. Very useful tips! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks so much, glad they were useful!

  16. Super helpful! I hate when new bloggers spam. They’ll like 50 posts in one go and drop one comment and then disappear off the face of the planet!!!

    1. Yesss, the spamming is so annoying. And the worst part is that it fills up your notifications section completely!

  17. I totally agree that going out and commenting and liking is the way to go. I stopped following one blogger because he always ended his posts with something like “leave me a comment!” but then he never responded to anyone who DID leave a comment and he never commented at all on other blogs.

    1. Yeah, those sort of comments where they’re just trying to grow their own blog is so annoying and disrespectful. I mean, if someone wanted to leave a comment on your site they would, commenting on their posts to do so doesn’t help. And the fact that he wouldn’t even respond when someone commented is so annoying.

  18. Good stuff, as usual. Thanks, Pooja! I’m still not going to use tags & categories though. Just my personal preference 😏

    1. Thanks so much! Of course, that’s totally up to you these are just suggestions 😊

  19. This is useful ! Though I’m not new on WP , but I still need to know more about the WP features , they are updated ✨

    1. Thanks so much! Yes, some of the features are new or updated so that’s why you may not have known about them.

      1. thanks writing this !

        1. My pleasure!

  20. Thanks for all the information. I have to go back and read your SEO posts! Thanks for taking the time to write theses. I am always looking for ways to improve my blog.

    1. Thanks so much and I hope they help! SEO is such a great tool for growth.

  21. Truly informative post

    1. Thanks so much, glad you thought so.

    1. Happy to share the information!

  22. Sadly, it’s pointless calling out the spammers.
    Again I got “like-bombed” by one, and sure enough his/her “like” was on a post where I called out spammers. They are ruthless.
    I need to find out how to block the “like bombers” they are the absolute worst.

    1. True, they never read the post just blindly like it so it’s not like telling them to stop helps. So annoying and it’s ridiculous that they think this tactic will work. I block them too. You just need to go their page on the Reader, go to the three dots at the bottom of any of their posts and select block.

  23. This is extremely useful, especially the reminder that WordPress is a community—not just a platform. I’ve been blogging for 10+ years but used to getting “my people” to come to my site via socials. Now that people don’t really want to leave platforms anymore (i.e., if you’re on IG, you’d rather keep scrolling than go somewhere else), I need to re-embrace my fellow WPers.


    1. Thanks so much. True, many people would prefer not to leave the platform they are using when using social media and getting traffic from within WP is much better/easier.

  24. well first as well all well know gupta
    al gore won in 2000
    an inconvenient

    1. Ah, Al Gore. He’s serial 😅

      1. now we shall duet on tennessee moon!

      2. a quadrille. dailey thrill.

  25. I love all Your informative blogging Posts. I think I’ve been on WordPress for fourteen years and still learn from You. Thanks.

    1. Thanks so much. I’m so glad my posts have been helpful.

  26. Excellent and very helpful post, Pooja! I feel the best thing about WordPress is the community. We support and help each other through tough times in day to day living and WordPress changes and glitches.

    1. Thanks so much! I totally agree, the community is amazing and so supportive.

      1. You’re welcome, Pooja.

  27. I agree with Eugi above me here, the community makes word press successful.

    1. Absolutely, the community is the best part of it.

  28. Thanks Pooja for all this information 👍🏼👍🏼

    1. Happy to share it 😊

  29. You did a wonderful job explaining to new bloggers the dos and don’s of WP. Tags and categories are important, and giving credit to the person if their information is shared with others; it’s respectful. Even those of us whose been blogging for years now still need to brush up on certain things because the platform is always changing. I would tell them to keep on blogging and don’t give up on WP because I myself have met some wonderful people who I may have never known if it were not for WP. Thanks for always enlightening us, and the new bloggers with the information that you share with us. Have a wonderful coming weekend.

    1. Thank you so much. That’s great advice. I think I would say that too since I too have met amazing people here. And I find this platform to be one of the most positive ones on the internet. Have a wonderful weekend.

      1. I totally agree.

  30. Great post. I think that people need to understand that when you quote a blogger, newspaper, etc etc. You need to show some kind of bibliography of some sort or at least a link where you got the info from. In other words, it is imperative to give credit to the original source. Quotes, you have to note the source (Shakespeare etc). It’s mostly stuff people would have learned in most courses or school English. Seems it has to be pointed out which your article does a great job with!

    1. Thanks so much. I totally agree, if you’re using someones content you need to give them credit. At least link back to them.

      1. It is something I’m pretty careful about. In a degree program you can get kicked out of the program…so you also would know its importance.

        1. Yeah, professors always emphasised the importance of it.

  31. Thanks for the helpful tips! I’ll take them into account going forward especially the categories one cause I use about a thousand 😂

    1. Happy to share them! Definitely don’t use more than two categories and 10-12 tags 😅

  32. alright…will use this as a reference…hopefully my blog will improve…thanx

    1. Hope it helps, thanks.

  33. Please help my blog keeps failing to up load my post???? Why does it do that!!!

    1. You haven’t added the proper URL with your profile. Go to My Profile> Account Settings> Web Address and paste your full URL there. Not just the name of your blog but a proper “http://” URL. If you’re unable to do that you can contact a Happiness Engineer and they’ll do it for you or help do it with you. Hope that helps!

      1. What’s the number? Of that service, I have some questions for them “! Thanks for replying 3 years on Word press

        1. They don’t have a number but you can click the question mark on the right hand corner of the your Reader. Here’s a tutorial:,Live%20Chat%20Support,and%20choose%20the%20chat%20option.&text=Remember%20that%20we%20may%20not,busy%20chatting%20with%20other%20users.
          They’ll help you fix the issue, I hope.

          1. Thank you it’s not letting me edit my payment. Section. I will try this this weekend !

            1. No problem and good luck!

  34. Oh, yes. WP changes all the time. And really? There are decrease of followers in WP? I haven’t really taking notice of such things, but I know I should do it. And paying attention to algorithm is everything. I really need to investigate the algorithm. But I have been saying this for quite a while but never have the motivation to do it. Sigh!!!!

    1. Yes, unfortunately growth has decreased these days on WP and it’s annoying because a lot of people left because of the changes WP made. True, the algorithm is important. And it changes over time so you also have to keep up with the changes.

  35. Hi, Pooja! A very insightful post, thank you for sharing your advice! I will read the other linked posts when I have some more time.

    I was never sure about tags and was probably using too many. I’ve changed my practice on that and am going back to gradually update posts as well.

    1. Thanks so much and happy to share it! Hope the related posts help.

      That’s a good idea. Too many tags defeat their purpose and end up lowering your traffic.

  36. Great tips Pooja about WordPress and I agree that new bloggers need to be active and read, press the like button and comment on other blogs as well as respond to comments made in their blogs, it shows connection with others. It is key to network with other writers , they notice that.

    Also, I like your blog Pooja very much, very unique😊😊😊🙏

    1. Thanks so much, absolutely being active is one of the fastest and best ways to grow. Thank you 😊

      1. 🙏You are welcome my friend

  37. I received spam comments a while back so now have the moderation setting on so I can approve comments. This seems to help. Informative post and the social point is so key …

    1. Yeah, I think that’s a good idea to get rid of spam. Many bloggers have that option switched on. Thanks so much.

      1. Very welcome 🙂

  38. I don’t think I’ve been doing well in all the areas mentioned.

    I initially just saw WordPress as a site that I could dump how I felt without caring much about being followed.
    With time, that has changed and I’m beginning to think of the possibility of growing it.

    This article is really helpful and most appreciated. Thank you 😊

    1. We all start out not knowing most of these things but over time we learn. I’m sure you’ll learn too. Yeah, a lot of personal bloggers eventually think about growing their site over time. It was the same for me. I hope these tips help 😀

  39. Thanks, you always keep me reminding how to get better at blogging. 😝

    1. Always a pleasure 😊

  40. So the K9 deity graced your blog with his presence…

    1. Yup, sure did lol.

  41. As someone who goes quiet for periods of time. This has been extremely helpful. Thank you 😊

    1. I’m so glad to hear that, my pleasure 😊

  42. Helpful post 😄
    Great job Pooja.

    1. Thanks so much 😊

  43. People actually steal posts 👀. What did you do when you found out?

    1. Yeah, it’s so crazy people do that 😫 I reported the posts and WP eventually took them down due to copyright.

      1. Good! Crazy people. 👀

  44. Great info, Pooja! I still don’t always get everything about blogging, but I’m having fun!

    1. Thanks so much, having fun is the most important thing!

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