How can I design my WordPress blog to attract the most readers?
I am a WordPress blogger and I'm facing the issue of how to improve my blog design. Is there any way to design a blog easily to help attract more readers?
Hello Mary, I found some points which might help you to boost the traffic on your site. Hope these will help you.
1) Polls and Quizzes
Everyone loves a good quiz! You will see Facebook coming up with innumerable quizzes and polls that keeps the audience thoroughly engaged at all levels.
Similarly while creating your website in WordPress, create polls and quizzes that will get your audience attracted to visit your site and also share with others. There are many WordPress plug-ins that you can use to create the type of quiz and poll that is suitable for your organization such as Riddle, SurveyFunnel, Dilemma, Interactive Content, etc. You can also create games to attract the audience.
2) Feedback and Rating
It is always a good idea to see how the audience feels about your website or your products. Feedback and rating come very handily here because they reach out to all the people at the same time and help them rate your brand, website or product directly. It helps in self-improvement and maintaining consistency in your work.
Every individual is interested in visiting sites that have some sort of reward or a gift attached to it. Like when you visit gaming zones, it ensures that you do not go back empty handed! For the number of tickets earned, you get addicted to playing more as you have higher rewards attached to it.
4) Post User-Generated Content
We all love attention. And in this day of social media where content is being created at a faster rate than ever, what better way to patronize someone than to let them share their content on your site?
5) Private Chat and Messaging
Chatting encourages users to interact with each other, review each others’ work, give feedback and mostly get to know each other too.
Tell people in your social networks about your new post.
Promote your posts across your social networks with WordPress.com’s Publicize feature, which will automatically tell your Twitter followers, Facebook friends, LinkedIn connections, and more as soon as you publish a new post. You can find more ideas in our social tools support pages.
1. Make your content visible to search engines.
If you want your post to be indexed by search engines such as Google and Bing, set your blog privacy settings to make your blog visible to all search engines. The internet is full of theories as to how you can raise your post’s visibility in search rankings: none will contest that original, high-quality content with a few well-chosen tags is the best way to get started.
2. Bug your real-life friends.
Encourage friends and family to read your blog: send them reminder emails when you update and talk to them about it when you meet in person. Better still, encourage them to sign up for updates using the Follow Blog Widget. Having a small audience of people you care about is better than having a million visitors and not knowing any of them.
3. Use appropriate tags.
Attach appropriate categories and tags to your posts so people can find them in the WordPress.com Reader. But be careful not to use too many tags — less than 15 tags (or categories or both) is a good number. The more tags you use, the less likely your post will be featured in the Reader. Read more on tagging.
4. Read and comment on other blogs.
Check out Discover to find great blogs and websites on your interests. Then, subscribe to these sites and get to know them a bit. When you read a post that moves you in some way, leave a comment. Read more on comments and creating online conversations.
5. Link to other blogs.
Blogging is all about engaging with others and interacting in online discussions. When you link to a blog post, the blogger will likely find your blog through their stats, Technorati, or a pingback, and come to see what you had to say. They may even subscribe to your site and leave a comment, as we suggested you do above!
6. Let people know about your posts.
If you’ve written a post with someone in mind, drop them a short email with a link to it.
NOTE: This approach works if used very sparingly, maybe once a month per blogger. You don’t want to annoy anyone or seem like a spammer.
7. Blog regularly.
Blogs that have more frequent and regular posting schedules tend to develop an audience quicker. If you need inspiration, check out resources like these how-tos on editorial calendars or serial posts.
8. Pay for traffic to your site.
Web applications like StumbleUpon can bring visitors to your posts with rates starting at $.10 per visit. If you’ve published a great post and you want some feedback from visitors, this can be a good way to get the ball rolling. Companies looking for broader distribution of their posts, including getting their content in front of journalists, may want to try services from companies such as PR Newswire. Read more on paying for traffic.
9. Relax! It takes time.
Even if you do all of the above, you won’t develop a huge following overnight. Building a sizable audience of engaged and loyal readers takes time. Many of the bloggers you admire have likely been at it for years. Stick with it, and don’t get discouraged by a slow start.
I have a great solution for you. Yes, I agree with you, attractiveness is the key to greet regular traffic. So, I'd like to suggest you an amazing WordPress plugin which is known as Blog Designer Pro. This is an excellent plugin to help you design and modify your blog post as per your need in a very dynamic and eye-catch way.
This plugin comes with more than 200 possible ways to help you turn your blog page more beautiful and awesome. It offers multiple blog layout options to present your blog as per your desire. Try it here: https://wpblogdesigner.net/
You need to buy the best and beautiful paid theme. With this, you will get support for customizations on your theme. Moreover, these themes are also SEO friendly.
Most of the suitable points for this question is covered by fellow members. But I'd like to add content creation and promotion strategy in place to get the most readers. Before you draft an article, you can use the buzzsumo and ahrefs to get relevant keyword and title, a craft of your article to get the organic traffic for your article.
I have my own web and mobile app development firm, where I had zero traffic 6 months ago, but now I have 4,000 visitors/month due to the right strategy.
Hey Mary, you are not the only one facing this problem, this is a regular problem of every blogger. If you want to attract more readers then:
First, thinks what is your passion or point of interest (topic).
Second, research it more than your capabilities (Google it).
Third, make a write up before writing a blog i.e. how you start and what will you say.
Fourth, bring quality to your work as well blog.
Fifth, it doesn't matter about words of the blog (make it qualitative, not quantitative).
Sixth, use digital marketing for this blog by SEO, social media, and one secret: build a relationship in Quora.
Thank you, Mary.
This issue I already state in some answers because WordPress is maybe free but to get good and quality product you will need to hire at some point a designer and developer to get your own copy and stamp to your website.
The design itself is another story.
If you want something good and quality you need to pay and believe even you have money to get the wanted quality is not an easy task.
Blazho from Exai