How To Instantly Get More Traffic To Your Blog

Here’s a little trick that will instantly get more traffic to your 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
  • 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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    1. The best advice I can give you to get more visitors to your blog is to read and leave honest comments on the blog posts of other bloggers. Avoid leaving comments such as ‘great post’ and actually tell the person who wrote it what you liked about the post. Share a similar experience or ask them questions on what they have written about. You’ll soon find that some of these bloggers will then be likely to visit your blog and leave comments on your posts. Building your own blogging community is as important as becoming a member of other blogging communities. There are lots of blogging tips posts here on my blog and of other bloggers. I’d recommend you read them and put into practice what they say. You’ll soon find that your blog numbers will increase. Good luck.

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  1. You’re so smart about all this stuff and I alway appreciate that you never make things seem complex to a person like yours truly that’s pretty clueless about all this! Thanks for never being selfish with your knowledge-I sure appreciate it!


    1. Oh, you’re welcome, Elizabeth. Being dyslexic, I’ve always wanted stuff in plain simple English. Therefore, when I write, I always think about that and try and make what I am writing easy to follow. Nothing worse that reading something with complex content or abbreviations that I’ve not got a clue mean. I enjoy sharing my knowledge on my blog as I remember oh so well what it was like when I first started to blog and not haveing much of a clue as to how it all worked.

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      1. Oh I tried, the less than a minute tempted me! it didn’t work on mine Hugh, perhaps it’s because I still have a free site… I need to do something about that too. I will have to change Kyrosmagica to an author site soon. I don’t have a Reading category on my blog under Settings ?


      2. You’ll find it on the older dashboard, Marje, not the newer one. Click on My Sites and then ensure you click on WP Admin, first (not settings). You’ll then be in the older version of your blog’s dashboard. Then click on settings. Under settings, reading is the third one down.
        I hope that helps, but if not, then I am thinking of republishing this post for Throwback Thursday. I’ll add a video to it.

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      3. Thanks so much Hugh, you’re a star! Will check it later – hungry haven’t had my lunch yet and Gina and I are meant to be going to the country park to do some photography and I’m still in my PJ’s!! xx

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    1. I’m not sure how you could do this on a self-hosted blog, Helen. Maybe there’s a plugin you can download? In any case, a good opening line is always great to keep the reader. On WordPress, we’re able to write an excerpt to tempted in readers.

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  2. Must check this, Hugh. I think I did it when I first read this post, but changed theme since then, which often means the settings are automatically changed.thanks for the reminder. 😊💕😙


      1. It’s happened to some of my own comments I leave on other blogs. Providing it’s a ‘one-off’ then no need to worry, but if you notice that all your comments on other blogs start going to spam (or don’t appear), then contact WordPress. It’s happened to many other bloggers and I’ve had it happen to me no less than 3 times.

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  3. I just checked and looks like I already did so – I’m ahead of myself 😉 I didn’t even realize that was an option. Must have looked at it when I set up my blog years ago. Happy Friday!


    1. No, a lot of people don’t realise that they have an option as to how a post appears in an email. I can’t remember changing mine, so maybe WordPress automatically sets it to the preview option when a new blog is created. I’m not sure, but I still see lots of email notifications from bloggers where I can read the full post without having to visit their blog.
      Have a great weekend.

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      1. Hello Hugh.
        Success!!! I was able to set up a “continue reading” prompt on my blog,
        I was unable to use your step by step process because the “reading” option was not available to me in the settings area. You did, however, get me to move outside my comfort zone and I poked around my blog site and eventually came across the customize button. I clicked it, scrolled down to content options and clicked on Post Excerpt. And Viola!!!
        Thank you also for following my blog. I appreciate your encouragement.


      2. Fantastic. 😀

        I should have updated the post and said that the ‘reading’ option is on the old style dashboard, rather than the new one. I’ve just checked, and it’s still there. However, you’ve managed to do the change via the other route. Just remember to click on that customise button every time you write a new post.

        Have a great week.

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    1. You’re welcome, Robbie. Yours is one of the blogs I get WordPress email notifications for. At the moment, I can read the whole of new posts from you from the email without visiting your blog, so if you change the setting you should start to see an increase in your visitor and view stats.


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