How To Instantly Get More Traffic To Your WordPress Blog

Here’s a little trick that will instantly get more traffic to your WordPress blog if, like me, you prefer to get notification emails whenever a blog you follow publishes a new post.

  • Go to your blog’s dashboard
  • On the lefthand side menu, click on WP Admin
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Where to find WP Admin on your blog’s dashboard
  • Click on ‘Settings’
  • Click on ‘Reading’
  • Next to ‘For each article in a feed, show’ click the ‘Summary’ box.

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  • Click on ‘Save Changes’ at the bottom of the page

Now, whenever you publish a new post, instead of the whole post being visible on the email (which followers can read without visiting your blog), they will need to click on the link in the email to be able to view and read the whole post on your blog. This will register as a new view in your blog stats.

Here’s an example of an email I get from WordPress when Suzie, at Suzie Speaks, publishes a new blog post. She already uses the above method.

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As you can see, I have to click on the ‘Read more of this post’ link to be able to read the whole post.

There are many blogs I follow where I can read the whole post on the email without having to visit their blog.

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226 comments

  1. Reblogged this on The Write Stuff and commented:
    Been meaning to share this post from Hugh’s Views and News for a some time, and finally, here it is! If you want a quick, easy way to get more people to stop by your blog, and you haven’t already done this, your eally should check it out. For some reason, even though I’ve been blogging about 15 years, I’d never even noticed this option. Instead of sending out emails to your followers with your entire post included, you can change your settings send a quick summary with a “Read More of This Post” notice. This will be old news to many of you, but for the rest, Hugh shows you how, and it’s EASY-PEASY! Check it out for full instructions. And thanks, Hugh! 🙂

  2. Great advice here, especially about the “summary” option…I have more than 3,000 followers and all were getting the entire story from me in the notification email!

  3. This is a small but effective hint everyone can adjust in seconds. I got about 10% more clicks on my blog just by switching to it.
    Great tip. Good blog. Definitely come back.

  4. Thank you for this – the Story Reading Ape sent me here in a comment on a post I’d written about why your stats don’t show how many people are actually reading your stuff. I am experimenting with it myself and will see if it has a marked effect on my readers. If I do, and I blog about it, I will link back to here to acknowledge you.

    1. Hi Liz. That sounds like an interesting post. I’ve recently written a post about the ‘like’ button and have been amazed by how many people have left comments saying they don’t necessarily press the ‘like’ button to say they’ve read the post. Unfortunately, the stats we get may show how many people have visited our blogs, but they don’t show how many read the posts and how long they stayed on our blogs. I tend to look at the number of comments as this generally gives me a good idea as to how many actually read the post. It’s got me thinking, and I’ll certainly be writing a followup post about it.
      Thanks to Chris for sending you to my blog and, if it does happen, thanks for linking to my post.

      1. I’ve added a link to the bottom of my original post here https://libroediting.com/2018/03/14/why-are-my-blog-statistics-so-low/ I exhort people to add a Like button to their comments, as I love the way it acknowledges having seen the comment, but I read a fellow blogger writing about removing the Like button altogether because she felt it was mainly used by unconnected folk trying to get a click through / reciprocal like. So it takes all sorts!

        1. Thank you for the link to this post, Liz. I’ve read your article and left a comment. I agree with what your fellow blogger says about the ‘like’ button. However, I’ve kept it at the end of comments because, like you, it’s a great way of acknowledging that I’ve seen and read the comment when I’ve nothing further to add.

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