Growing your readership, the WordPress way
Have you ever wondered if the challenges like The Weekly Photo bring more readership to your blog, or are these higher numbers just surfing for the photos?
Over the last several weeks I have been watching the numbers on my blog. Fridays are my best day since I started including the Weekly Photo as part of my blogging routine. So answering the question, has it added any readership to what I write about, and I can say definitely it has. I started doing the weekly photo challenge, when my blog had 27 followers two months ago. Today as I write this I have 106, so almost 400% growth over this period. I am not including Twitter and Facebook to avoid counting people twice. Yes when starting with a small base of readers the numbers look astronomical. However with over 2.5 billion page views per month, and growing, there is enough room for all of us to grow.
However this growth in readers has resulted in a view growth that far exceeds the views of only my photos. I have gained over 2000 individual page views, and if I subtract the page views of my photos, I have a net gain of over 1225 of other pages. Also some of my most engaged readers, who comment and click like are ones who first discovered my blog from the Weekly Photo Challenge. As I write this one of my newest followers arrived at my blog from today’s Photo for silhouette, and has clicked like on my earlier post today.
Also the benefit has been to find some blogs that I enjoy following every day. Some of these are not ones I would have looked for, however I am glad I found. I wouldn’t have thought the writings of a twenty something would appeal to me, as to borrow a saying been there, done that, and it was a few decades ago. Yet I have a few I follow that have shown me, they have the same concerns about the world as someone my age, and perhaps a few newer ideas to solve them. Another benefit is I have found a few great food blogs, some about foods I enjoy, some for ones I never really looked at before. I may have to add exercise to blogs I look for though.
So as only 19 writers will be Freshly Pressed this week, the weekly challenges are something we can all do to bring potential followers to our blogs. So as of next week I will be adding the post-a-day challenge to my list of things to do, and invite all of you to join me, and all the others already doing these.