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Traffic Dos and Don’ts: A Checklist

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One of the main reasons bloggers stop blogging is lack of traffic: at some point, they get tired of being the proverbial tree in the forest, making sounds nobody hears.

We’re here to help. No list of advice can guarantee your blog’s success, but it’s important to be aware of the most critical elements at play. Five dos, five don’ts: give them a try.


  1. Write regularly. Producing fresh content on a regular basis is essential. First, it makes your blog more appealing to search engines, which means new readers are more likely to find you. Just as important, it creates a sense of loyalty among the readers you already have, who know you won’t be stranding them for weeks at a time.
  2. Write well. What makes a post engaging, moving, or entertaining is clearly a matter of opinion. What’s not a matter of opinion? Correct spelling…

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Using Instagram to Grow Your Blog or Personal Brand

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Some of you may not use Instagram as actively as others, but even if you’re not an addict of the app, it might offer a new outlet to build your personal brand. After all, your WordPress.com site is just one aspect of you — if you’re on Instagram, perhaps you can find ways to bridge these two networks and grow your online presence.

Looking to give your site a boost and reach new audiences? From a custom domain to advanced SEO tools and more design options, there’s a WordPress.com plan that’s right for you.

Lead new visitors to your site

The simplest thing you can do? Include your WordPress.com site URL in your Instagram profile, so your followers can access and explore (the mobile version of) your site.

If you post regularly, keep the link in your Instagram profile current. If you’re a travel photographer who has just…

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Blast from the Past: Weekly Writing Challenge

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The Daily Post is on hiatus this week, so we’ll be highlighting great posts from the archives that you might have missed the first time around (never fear — there’ll still be a new Photo Challenge on Friday!). 

For the Weekly Writing Challenge, here’s one that was a fan favorite the first time around. If you’re in a blogging slump, it just might give you the creative boost you need.


Last week, we highlighted Tim of Get Second Lunch, whose latest post had just been Freshly Pressed. One of the things that drew us to his post was his unique style—illustration-heavy posts that give him a great opportunity to put his own spin on familiar topics.

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Viral Post Leads to Ads Windfall: Jon Negroni’s “The Pixar Theory”

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Blogger Jon Negroni’s viral post, “The Pixar Theory,” was so big that it was republished on Mashable and Slate.  To date, the post has accumulated 4.4 million views on Negroni’s site.

Many of us think about readership growth as a function of regular posting, which, over time, brings in a following. Jon Negroni, in contrast, spent a great deal of time polishing a single blog post, followed by work to promote that one post.

Negroni didn’t do the work for income, but rather because the topic, and blogging in general, interested him. However, when WordPress.com’s WordAds group saw that he had a viral hit on his hands, we contacted Negroni and launched WordAds on his site so that he could profit from his hard work. He has earned thousands of dollars as a result.

We recently chatted with Jon Negroni about this exciting experience.

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Daily Prompt: Bloggers, Unplugged

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Daily Prompt: Can’t Get Enough

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