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I’ve been blogging for almost two years, and in that time, I’ve learned many blog-related tricks. Today, I decided to share one simple way to ensure that your WordPress blog gets more page views.
Posts from blogs you follow show up in your WordPress Reader. Most of the time, if you click the title of the post, you can read it right then and there without ever having to actually visit the site it was originally published on.
As far as I’m concerned, your blog doesn’t get any page views when people look at your posts in the Reader. So how do you get your followers to visit your site?
Go to your blog. Up in the black bar on the top of the screen, there is a chart that shows you your blog’s views per hour. Click on the chart.
It will take you to your Stats screen. On the left side is an area where you can access themes, posts, settings, etc. Scroll down in that area, and you will find at the bottom a button with the words “WP Admin” on it.
Click on WP Admin, and you will find yourself at the WordPress Dashboard. Scroll down, and near the bottom of the black section on the left is a button called “Settings.” Hold your mouse over that, then locate “Reading.”
Once you scroll down on the Reading page for a bit, you’ll find the option we’re looking for — “For each article in feed, show:” This setting affects what your posts will look like when the appear in the WordPress Reader.
There are two options: “Full text” and “Summary.”
Remember, at the moment, people can read your entire post in the reader. That’s what it means by “Full text.”
Click on “Summary,” and then press the Save button at the bottom of the page.
Now go back to the Reader. Your posts will have a neat little link on them that goes directly to your blog.
Even if one of your followers clicks on the title of the post, the link will still be there, and there will only be part of your post available to read. In order to read the full post, your followers are going to have to visit your blog.
Guess what happens next? Blog views galore!
After I turned on the “Summary” option awhile back, my page views instantly started to go steadily up.
Try this option out, and I’m sure your blog will get many more page views!
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