How to make your WordPress blog posts visible to Search Engines

Wondering why your WordPress blog isn’t getting any traffic? This is a really simple and effective way of boosting your blog traffic.

To get your blog posts indexed and showing up in search engines like Google go to your Web Dashboard: Settings > Reading and you will see your privacy settings. You can choose from:

  • Allow search engines to index this site.
  • Ask search engines not to index this site.
  • I would like my site to be private, visible only to users I choose

WordPress: How to make your blog posts visible to Search Engines

To get your posts indexed select ‘Allow search engines to index this site’ and get posting!

Remember it’s also really important to write original content and use tags wisely – tags are a great way of boosting traffic too!

How to find which version of WordPress you’re using

It’s really simple to find which version of WordPress.org you’re using for your blog when you’re blogging using BlogPad Pro for iPad.

Go to Manage Blogs > Edit Blog Settings

Scroll to the bottom of the page and you will see your WordPress software version:

find your WordPress version

You can also find your WordPress version by looking in your blog file system.

There is a file in your blog directory wp-includes/version.php. If you open this in a text editor you can see the version number.

This is only for WordPress.org (self-hosted) blogs, if you are using WordPress.com you don’t need to worry about which version as this changes automatically.

How to turn falling snow on (or off) your WordPress blog

It’s that time of year once again, where we’re all starting to feel some festive cheer, and you might have noticed falling snow appearing on some of your favourite WordPress.com blogs

Are you wondering how to turn this option on?

Go to your online dashboard > Settings > General

Scroll to the bottom of the page and you’ll see “Show falling snow on my blog until January 4th” – simply check the box to turn on some festive falling snow.

Falling snow on WordPress

If you’ve suddenly discovered falling snow on your blog (maybe you turned this option on last year), simply uncheck the button to turn off.

WordPress: What are tags?

Tags are the lifeblood of your blog, they help other people to find your posts and provide a useful way of grouping your posts by topic.

Do I have to use tags

No, you don’t have to use tags. However, they can be very useful so I would recommend using them. You can use as few or as many tags as you like on each post.

What are tags?

Tags are words, rather like keywords, which help describe what your post is about.

What is the difference between tags and categories?

There are no hard and fast rules about this but basically categories are for a broad grouping and tags are more specific. For example if your blog is about food and your post is about lasagna, you would perhaps use the categoriesRecipes, Pasta, Dinners and the tags: lasagna, tomato, beef, cheese.

I use categories for organising my blog and tags for telling people what a post is about.

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WordPress: What is Publicize?

One way of boosting your blog traffic is by connecting your blog to social media accounts so that WordPress automatically tells your followers and friends as soon as you publish a new post.

You can do with using the Publicize option within WordPress.

To enable publicize go to  Settings > Sharing >  and you should see a screen like this:

Publicize on WordPress

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WordPress: What are widgets?

Do  you keep hearing people mentioning widgets, but have no idea what they are? Basically widgets are little tools which you can add into your blog, and are generally seen on the right sidebar or footer.  On this blog the widgets I’m using include text widgets (in the right sidebar) for social media links, plus the Follow Blog widget to make it easy for readers to subscribe to blog posts.

Widgets can do all sorts of things: from integrating with your social media accounts (Facebook, twitter, Meebo, Flickr etc) to showing site stats, recent comments and followers and lots more – we’ll get into that later on.

Your blog has set areas where you can drag and drop widgets – usually in the right sidebar or footer areas, although this depends on the theme you have chosen.

To get to widgets click on appearance in your left menu, then select widgets from the sub-menu underneath.

WordPress widgets

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WordPress: What are plugins?

Do you keep hearing bloggers talk about great plugins they’re using? Do you have no idea what they’re talking about? That’s probably because you’re using a WordPress-hosted blog rather than a self-hosted blog (if you don’t know the difference between the two, read this article on WordPress.com vs WordPress.org).

So, what is a plugin?

Plugins are a little apps which you can download and install to extend the functionality of your blog, but only on self-hosted blogs. If you’re using a WordPress hosted blog you just have to make-do with widgets.

You can get plugins which do pretty-much anything, from SEO, to creating a site map,  to helping you to integrate with social media platforms including YouTube, Flickr, Facebook etc.

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WordPress: 5 easy ways to increase your blog traffic

WordPress: 5 easy ways to increase your blog traffic

There are lots of ways of getting more hits on your blog, but here are my favourite 5 fast and simple ways of getting traffic:

  1. Publicize
    Most people use social networking sites, so use the WordPress publicize option to let all those friends on Facebook, Twitter etc know whenever you publish a blog post. There is a tutorial telling you how to use publicize here.
  2. Get your blog showing up on Google
    If you don’t let the search engines index your blog posts, people will have a much harder time finding your fascinating blog articles: How to get your blog indexed by search engines.
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