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How to get more readers for your blog

Howdy, y'all.

Site traffic is way, way up, but it might not be apparent from your end, since we have a membership site (in order to comment you have to sign-in, although you can read a post without doing so) we see relatively few comments on the site itself. (The policy *does* keep out the spammers and the trolls pretty effectively.)

It's always ALWAYS important for you to a) share your post on Social Media (with a link-back to the post itself) and b) check our feed to see what happens. FB delivers a *lot* of readers, but most of them comment natively on FB, not here. So if you want to see what they are thinking, be sure to check out the W&P FB feed (or follow us on Twitter, if you prefer) to see what the throngs are thinking.

Here's a startling example: on Sunday, Feb 3, Thea Sabin wrote a post called: "Can I Be Pagan and Christian?"

That post received three (3) comments natively (on PaganSquare). Not bad, but nothing too surprising.

However, on Facebook, that post went viral. Since Facebook has a tendency to exaggerate popular posts, once it gets going, it can be hard to stop. (Most people don't want it to stop.) In this specific case, the Facebook post of this blog entry received 457 "likes" 41 "shares" and a rather amazing 318 comments. FB showed our description of this blog to 27,056 of our 122,000 FB fans, a huge (for FB) percentage.

If Thea never looked over at the FB feed, she would have missed all that feedback.

A caveat: many FB comments are a) less civilized than the ones here at PSQ and b) not terribly well-informed. It's not always obvious whether folks have actually read the entire post before they comment on it on FB. If, however, you want to take the pulse of your potential readership, there's no better way than watching that feed.

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  • Janet Boyer
    Janet Boyer Wednesday, 19 February 2014

    Thanks for the tip, Anne!

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