Sad Truth: Many People Who Should Be Reading Your Blog Don’t Even Know It Exists

Why do you have a blog? Do you want to be read far and wide?

How visible is your blog?

I’m sorry to tell you that many people who should be reading your blog are not even aware that it exists in the the first place!

Well, let me clarify that this post is not for those who claim that they don’t care whether someone reads their blogs or not.

If that includes you, I think you should move on to another post right now, because there is no use you continue reading this piece.

But if you think the world should read your blog, because you have something valuable to share, I think it is worth it for you to find out how more and more people can discover yourself blog to read it.

A few times I have stumbled on some blogs with great contents (by my own reckoning that is) but with very few readers or followers.

Why is that so? I believe many people are not yet aware that such a fantastic blog exists.

Granted, some of those blogs are new on the block hence I concede that it will take some time for them to gain due popularity.

What about those blogs that have been existing for a while, have great content but not much viewership? I would say there must be something missing…

It is one thing to have a blog that publishes great contents and another thing to have people visiting the blog consistently. The good part is that the two are not mutually exclusive.

Good content should attract great readership. I wish it’s that simple!

If your blog’s content is great, then readers should be swarming in. But is that your reality?

Let’s face it, your blog is just a tiny part of the hundreds of millions of blogs existing on the blogosphere and many more millions of posts churned out week in week out.

In fact, within the next 24 hours after you have read this post, another fifty thousand new blogs would have been created around the world and over two million new posts published.

So my friend, you see, it will take some efforts on your part for your blog to be discovered, read and followed. Like me, I believe you would want your blog to have visibility.

Or don’t you want your blog to be noticed?

Four ways to make your blog noticeable

1. Is your blog private or public?

The first advice I would give you here is for you to index your blog as “public.” By so doing, it will be discoverable when people do word searches on search engines such as Google.

Only those people who don’t want their blogs to be read by just anyone should be indexed “private.” That way, their blogs will not show up in Google searches, but will be available to only those they choose to invite in.

2. Write great contents

I have heard it said over and over again that when it comes to gaining traction for your blog, content is king. The argument is that if your posts are relevant and helpful to your readers, they will keep coming back for more.

I am not saying it is foolproof but it helps to have great contents on your blog.

Generally, people are searching for solutions to something. Your post might as well be the ‘miracle meal’ that satisfies their hunger.

Don’t forget that people desire to live happier. They want to live healthier. And they want to live wealthier…

Chances are that if your content consistently provides answers in any of the three areas, more and more people will be interested in your blog.

3. Promote your posts on social media

After you have published that fantastic post on your blog, don’t call it a day yet; spread the word around about your new post.

We are in the age of social media. Take a good advantage of it to promote (I don’t want to say ‘advertise’) your posts.

Just “Share your work with the world through Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks” is the best advice in this regard.

That way you will make your article available to a wider audience. Sooner or later those who so reads your article on social networks will follow you home to your blog.

You don’t have to employ all of the social media platforms out there to be able to achieve this. One or two is enough.

In my own case, Facebook and Twitter have been useful in helping people discover this blog.

With the help of Publicize, I have linked my WordPress blog to my Facebook and Twitter Accounts.

Any post I publish on the blog is automatically publicised through the two social media handles for my followers to see, read and possibly share with their own followers. You can do the same if you have not already done so.

4. Reach out to other blogs

This is about getting out of your comfort zone and connecting with other bloggers; engaging with the blogging community.

If you want your blog to be noticed, you cannot afford to stay in your cozy corner of WordPress and expect it to happen just like that. You have to deliberately interact with other blogs.

There are many ways you can achieve that: visit and read other blogs, like the posts, share a comment, link to other posts, follow other blogs you like, join a blogging community. Guest post.

When you do any or all of the above, you leave a link-trail through which people may be ‘lured’ to your blog.

If you do not make any deliberate effort to promote the posts on your blog, chances are that not everyone who should be reading your blog would be able to find it.

How do you get your blog noticed? Leave a comment.

 
©Copyright 2018 | Victor Uyanwanne

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43 thoughts on “Sad Truth: Many People Who Should Be Reading Your Blog Don’t Even Know It Exists

    • VictorsCorner 30/05/2018 / 7:47 am

      Donald, you can do that by making the necessary adjustment in your settings, as follows:

      From “My Sites” (right beside your wordpress “Reader”) drop-down menu, click on “WP Admin.” From the displayed menu, click on “Settings”, select “Reading,”. From the options displayed under menu, locate “Site Visibility” and check the box “Allow Search engines to index this site”.
      Remember to save the changes afterwards.

      Apologies for responding to your enquiry a bit late. The reason was that your comment went to spam folder (not sure why). I replied you as soon as I retrieved it from there.

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  1. Downing 25/05/2018 / 1:05 am

    I’m a new blogger, as a matter of fact, I am new to the social world in all. I did try some years ago but it was just for fun. Now my goal is to engage in topics with people that share my same interest. What kind of information do you have for someone like me who is looking to target bloggers who are interested in talking about parenting and raising families? Can you share some pointers on how to connect with them? My overall goal is not to become famous to the world. But to just engage in conversations. Mothering is my life and its the one thing I enjoy sharing. One of my hobbies are writing and I think I’ve experienced enough in life and I am now ready to give advice and receive advice. Any suggestions?

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    • VictorsCorner 25/05/2018 / 5:46 am

      Yes indeed, I can see you are ready. And that’s a compliment.

      One of the things we need to succeed in life is clarity of purpose. Add focus to that, one would be unstoppable. It is obvious to me that you have both ingredients, which is good.

      The key to engaging other people in blogging is to reach out to them, as I also stated in the post. And on WordPress, you will be able to find many people to interact with in your chosen niche of parenting.

      On your WP Reader for instance, just type the word, “parenting”. It should bring out a couple of blogs that fit into that profile. Read their posts and leave them comments. Without comments, there can be meaningful engagements.

      You can also join blogging communities on WordPress, Facebook that share similar interests with you. I hope I was helpful a little.

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      • Downing 25/05/2018 / 12:10 pm

        Thank you so very much for your advice. And thank you for the welcome package into the world of blogging.

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        • VictorsCorner 27/05/2018 / 6:59 pm

          You are welcome. And thank you for reading.

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        • Downing 28/05/2018 / 4:13 am

          I would like to know if you think it would be best if I focus on posting my weekly writing pieces or search and comment on other writers as a way to meet? I do not have a lot of time to write and I this is why I have chosen to post weekly. But I do see other people post and I sometimes want to invite them just to read my writing if it relates to them. Any suggestions for a new blogger with limited writing time?

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        • VictorsCorner 28/05/2018 / 5:34 am

          I think it is best to stick to the schedule that works best for you. Posting weekly is not bad if you would be consistent about it.

          It makes great sense to read other blogs and make appropriate comments as well. The number of times you do that per week is up to you, but it is necessary if you are keen (and I know you are) on connecting with other bloggers.

          But let me point out that it is not so cool to ALWAYS drop the link to your blog in other blog comments here and there with a view to inviting them to read your post. They will just assume that all you want is for people to to visit your blog without caring for the conversation on hand.

          My point is: in any blog you comment on, just contribute to the discourse, share your ideas to enrich the post. And then having people follow your trail to the blog will be a natural bi-product.

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        • Downing 28/05/2018 / 2:32 pm

          Sounds good. I was thinking the same. As I was reading through comments on other people blogs I noticed people leaving links to other blogs. But I think your advice is good. For I do not want to seem desperate. thank you for the advice and I look forward to writing you more. Thank you for taking the time out to respond to me.

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    • Keith Mosher 30/05/2018 / 10:50 pm

      Hello Downing,

      I am only 3 months in, but have some advice that you might find useful….

      Focus on getting some good content on your blog… maybe write 10 solid articles and get them organized on your site so people can navigate easily.

      Once you have ten under your belt, get on a regular posting schedule that readers can count on… whatever that is for you… maybe once a week, maybe three or more!

      Then start visiting other blogs in your niche, and comment away… not just “hey nice blog, check out mine” comments, but actually put some thought into them… and actually read their posts. This is the necessary component to long term growth… at least that’s what I’ve learned and experienced and my first 90 days LOL

      Use TAGS and CATEGORIES from the start and plan out how you want to organize your website, this will really help in bringing people to your site. Here is a good article: http://www.wpbeginner.com/beginners-guide/categories-vs-tags-seo-best-practices-which-one-is-better/

      Good luck, I will be following your journey

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      • VictorsCorner 31/05/2018 / 2:02 am

        Thanks Keith for lending your voice to this discourse. I’m sure Downing
        and other readers willl find your contribution useful.

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      • Downing 31/05/2018 / 3:43 am

        Thank you for reaching out to me and providing me with additional information. I too was stuck on where to focus most on. I think I will take your advice and get my blog organized. Guess it would make sense for readers to get to know my writing. And an extra thanks for inserting the link. I am still learning how to navigate through the basics. Keep Tune! Thanks.

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  2. Femi 25/05/2018 / 1:40 am

    Big one Victor….also try to make your site or blog simple or easy to navigate for your audience 👪👭👬👪👬👪👭👪👭

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    • VictorsCorner 25/05/2018 / 5:32 am

      Hello Femi. Thanks for the feedback. I am committed to making things easy for my readers on this blog Would you throw more light on the navigation difficulty you talked about? Any suggestions for improvement?

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      • Keith Mosher 30/05/2018 / 10:52 pm

        I think Femi is stating that organization of a blog is another piece of advice to give people trying to grow their blogs… not that your blog has an issue.

        But I could be wrong!!! HAHA

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        • VictorsCorner 31/05/2018 / 1:53 am

          Oh yea. I get it. Thanks for clarifying.

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  3. God's Warrior 26/05/2018 / 7:54 pm

    This is some great advise Victor and is good for those who have been blogging for a while and those who are just starting out.

    For me, I try to get my blog noticed by commenting on blog posts that I think are interesting; like this one and read and then comment. Sometimes, I comment and I’ll forget and the blog owner will reply.

    Also, I generally like posts as well as give the blog owner some other blogs they could check out of they wanted to. Sometimes, I just leave a comment and someone else’s follows the “trail” back to my blog.

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    • VictorsCorner 27/05/2018 / 9:54 am

      Thanks for reading and commenting. You have said it all.

      I can see that you are doing the right things already; those are some of the ways your blog will be discovered.

      I appreciate your contribution to this discourse.

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  4. Paul Hughes 30/05/2018 / 11:08 am

    Victor, I love the way you practice what you preach. Reaching out to read and comment on my blog was very encouraging, and was modelling exactly what you describe in your post here.
    I definitely feel called to spread the message I have to share, and the timing of you reaching out to me is providential.
    I am doing 1-3 that you list in your blog. But now is the time for me to venture out with 4. May this comment serve as my first step on that mission! 🙂
    God bless you my friend. Keep sharing wisdom with an open heart.
    Cheers,
    Paul.

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    • VictorsCorner 30/05/2018 / 5:54 pm

      Thank you so much Paul for the wonderful feedback. Even though I only just got to discover your blog, it already feels like we have known each other for long.

      I really liked your posts. So genuine. So full of love and consideration. I look forward to having more interactions with you.

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      • Paul Hughes 02/06/2018 / 4:54 am

        It is a pleasure to connect with you Victor. And I definitely see God’s hand in us crossing paths. I’m also looking forward to more interaction with you brother. God bless, Paul.

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        • VictorsCorner 04/06/2018 / 5:59 am

          It’s my pleasure too, Paul. Thank you

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    • Keith Mosher 30/05/2018 / 10:59 pm

      LOVE conquers all, continue to show the world love and watch the change that will happen! Nice meeting you Paul, I will be watching your blog grow…not in a stalker kind of way though 🙂

      I will be striving to bring the world Love through the presence of Jesus Christ. Funny how people stumble into our lives.

      Good luck brother

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      • VictorsCorner 31/05/2018 / 2:00 am

        Love is the best way. Paul’s approach to leadership is worthy worthy of emulation. Not only you Keith, I will be following his blog too. I’m glad you stumbled on Paul’s blog through this avenue. Thanks for the comment.

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      • Paul Hughes 02/06/2018 / 5:00 am

        Nice to meet you too Keith. Thank you for the encouragement, and thank you for the courage to let your light shine, the light of Christ. (As I wrote this the sun just broke through the clouds and I was surrounded by warm light).

        You have some wonderful momentum with your blogging, and I draw great encouragement from this. Keep persisting my brother!

        Peace in Christ,
        Paul.

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  5. Keith Mosher 30/05/2018 / 10:40 pm

    Great post Victor my friend, and indeed I am one of the people you speak of… my challenge is that I do not use any forms of social media…. they are too dangerous a place for a man who suffers with an addiction to lust. I left all social media years ago and never looked back.

    As a result I have to grow my blog the old fashioned way… reading other blogs, posting comments regularly, making new friends online (like you!) and so on.

    My first article was posted on my blog February 21st… so about 3 months worth of blogging…66 articles and just hit 50 followers. When I started, I took the mindset of a Marathon runner, not a sprinter… so I am in this for the long haul.

    It does seem most of my traffic comes from WordPress reader or Google searches.

    As long as I continue to see a steady growth in likes, comments and subs I will trust that the system is working LOL

    I think what I want to do is start some collaborations with other writers, where we each write an exclusive article for each others blogs…. If you are interested let me know.

    Ever since I have met you, I notice I do get some random traffic from Nigeria, I credit you for that!

    Stay Strong & Stand Tall

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    • VictorsCorner 31/05/2018 / 2:33 am

      You are welcome Keith. And thank you so much for this fantastic feedback.

      I’m not going to ask you to reconsider going back to social media. Let your heart guide you on that.

      But let me point out that the fact your site is getting traffic via Google is a very good thing. It shows your blog is becoming visible. So keep it up.

      Your long haul blogging mindset is also commendable. Those who have been blogging long enough would say that’s a winning strategy because growing a blog requires patience and consistency.

      Your 66 posts in 3 just months is a great feat. So I would say congratulations.

      Collaboration is good and I would accept your offer. What I don’t know is if you would find the way I share my thoughts good enough for your blog.

      Continue reading, commenting and reaching out to other bloggers of like minds. It is one of the most interesting experiences of blogging.

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      • Keith Mosher 31/05/2018 / 6:14 am

        “Collaboration is good and I would accept your offer. What I don’t know is if you would find the way I share my thoughts good enough for your blog.”
        I actually love your writing style, so I say, LETS DO IT! Ok now where do we start? LOL

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        • VictorsCorner 31/05/2018 / 7:50 am

          All right. That’s good to know. Let me know what you would like me to write about.

          For me, the articles I post on this blog border on inspiration, family, Christian living, blogging, poems any other important thing. I would accept good and original articles that fit into any of those categories. Thanks for the interest.

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        • Keith Mosher 01/06/2018 / 1:59 am

          Anything related to Christian life my friend, the choice is yours.

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        • VictorsCorner 06/06/2018 / 1:19 am

          That’s great. I have just emailed you. Read you soon.

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  6. musingsalonglifesjourney 31/05/2018 / 1:14 am

    Mine auto posts on twitter, Facebook, Linkedin and I’ve told people I know and family about it and many have checked it out. I also connect with those who “like” on my blog or otherwise connect to my posts. Since God Almighty in His wisdom had me create my blog, I trust Him by the Holy Spirit to give me words to write and people to read them for encouragement and insight into things of God and life.

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    • VictorsCorner 31/05/2018 / 2:38 am

      Fantastic. The strategies you outlined are great. So keep them up.

      I like that you feel so convinced that God led you to start your blog. That’s a good thing.

      I know a few people who also feel blogging is ministry for them. It is all about touching lives and being touched as well.

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  7. Ria 02/06/2018 / 5:18 pm

    All your contents are very helpful. I am a new blogger too and your posts have given me lots of useful information.

    Liked by 1 person

    • VictorsCorner 02/06/2018 / 7:42 pm

      I appreciate the feedback Ria. And I am glad you found the post useful.

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