Unless you’ve deliberately made your blog unsearchable, it’s probably kind of nice when new people drop by and follow your blog. And by follow, I mean actually follow, not spam follow in the hopes you’ll follow back. But is it easy for people to find and follow your blog? You might be making it harder without even realizing it.
Have you ever noticed in your WordPress Reader notifications that a new blog has followed you, but when you click on their Gravatar, it takes you to a page that says the blog no longer exists?
That’s usually because someone has changed their blog’s domain name but their Gravatar is still linking to their old domain name. People are likely blissfully unaware that there’s a problem, although they may wonder why the people they follow don’t seem to follow them back.
To check if this is an issue for your blog, find your Gravatar in your Reader notifications, click it, and see if it takes you to your website. if it does, you’re gold.
If it doesn’t, in the WordPress Reader, click your Gravatar image at the top right of the screen. Then click on “Account Settings.” Then under “Web address”, update it to your current URL.
In the WordPress app, go to My Site. Tap on your Gravatar at the top right. Then, as described above, go to “Account Settings” and update your “Web address.”
I’ve noticed that some blogs have a follow by email widget on their site, but not a WordPress follow button (that narrow blue button). On most WordPress.com sites, you can add this button as a widget.
The WordPress.com business plan takes away the option to insert a follow widget. I have no idea why, but it does. Business plan blogs or self-hosted blogs need to use html code to add a follow button. WordPress has a button creation page that allows to generate code for your site.
The follow doo-dah in the bottom right corner of the page
Usually, WordPress.com blogs (with the exception of blogs on the business plan) will show a little box showing if you’re following someone, as well as 3 horizontal dots. If you click the 3 dots you can, among other things, view the post in the WP Reader.
I don’t know why this disappears on business plan blogs. It seems to be available on most other WordPress.com blogs, but I’ve noticed over the last while that it sometimes doesn’t show up when you first load a page, but it will appear if you refresh the page. This is another way to follow someone in WordPress if they don’t have a WordPress follow button on their site.
How does your site look?
I used to rarely look at my actual site, because I was always looking within the WordPress editor. Then I realize that things didn’t always look the way I thought they did. It’s probably a good idea to have a look at your actual site every so often, and consider things like whether or not your site makes it easy for people to follow you.
Do you ever have problems finding blogs via people’s Gravatars or, once you’ve found a blog, figuring out how to follow it? Do you think your own site is easily followable?