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Build a Wordpress Blog to Drive More Traffic to Your Works.

Don is a Writer and a Storyteller. He has published over 9 books on varied subjects along with many articles and commentary on his blogs.

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Blog Proliferation

I have several popular Blogs on the web where I exhibit my writings. It seems that eventually, we all end of with more than one Blog these days.

If you have been writing on the web for a while, all of your success' and failures, good ideas and bad, are out there, located in all of those strange places where you originally placed them, as you learned how to use the web.

I'm no different than the average writer as I listened to a lot of other people in the web writing world and I later realized that I was often a little too fast in taking their advice.

It turned out that some of these "knowledgeable people" were actually giving out valuable advice, while others, sad to say, were just manipulating people like me, the novice web writer, for their own gains.

I admit it, I was probably duped by some sites that were popular at that time and are now either shut down, or are just "dead sites" with no real audience any more.

Using the advice of others and often discovering the errors or my decisions were hard learned lessons for me, but, I can say that eventually, I did learn my lesson. Some of the sites and Blogs I once used, I ended up deleting and removing my works.

Other of my own Blogs had audiences, for their specialized subjects, and I still write on them regularly, even though they are for, periods of time, not the main focus of my interests.

So, as you might imagine, after years of my own evolution of interests and improvements in my writing skills I have an insane menagerie of sites for exhibiting my writings,that, quite honestly, I have been hard pressed to find a way to combine into one central resource.

So, the questions I had for myself were;

  • Do I "copy and delete" articles from older sites and eventually shut them down?
  • Do I just close the least visited and ignore what I wrote at the time?
  • Or, do I selectively rewrite some of these articles making them more vibrant and popular?

The Problems with Scattered Writings.

Eventually you, like myself, may end up being a writer who is wondering how to get more traffic to your articles.

Of course, we all attempt to write quality and entertaining articles that will, in themselves, draw readers.

We all learn, eventually, that we must become conscious of the Technology of Management of our writings on the web.

We end up using such things as keywords, diverse writing styles and formatting techniques along with other technical "devices" and work them into our writings to make the search engines rank our works as highly as possible.

The problem for us, so often, is that even after all of this, we know that we need to get more exposure to more readers.

Many of us start looking for other sites that will drive people to find us and our works. I will not even list all of the options that you could and probably have tried in your efforts to get yourself and your writings recognized.

These specialty sites are so numerous that just a search for what site might suit a writers needs can take weeks. I am just going to suggest that you consider using Wordpress as it is a free, yet professional tool you can use to improve your article visibility.

How to build a WordPress website

What is WordPress

WordPress is a very popular company that provides some quality tools for people to use and generate their own "web page or Blog".

It provides the templates and tools for a non-technical person to easily set up their own site, utilizing a set of very easy to use templates and what they call "widgets"

First of all, I should mention that there are two paths for the new user of WordPress.

Non-Commercial Site

You can take the Wordpress.com path and they automatically update your template, widgets and other of their tools automatically for you. There are no special skills required of you.

But there are certain limitations to what you are allowed to do. For example, you will only get a limited number of HTML commands that you can use in certain places, for one.

One warning though, a Wordpress.com site is not allowed to be commercial. I other words, you cannot build a store, with checkout and credit card acceptance or other such tools.

But, Wordpress does allow you to add PayPal Buttons in their sites where you can utilize Paypal to collect money from your customer.

Commercial Site

The other path is to take is the Wordpress.org one where you are allowed a great deal of freedom in how much you can modify the HTML code in their templates and widgets.

But, be aware. when they issue changes and updates, they do not accept any responsibility for code changes that you or a sub-contractor might have made to their standard tools and widgets..

So, if you get into the HTML code and make mistakes, or if you make changes that conflict with their requirements, then you had better be a good code trouble-shooter, because you will be on your own.

Even so, when it comes to building a commercial site that you can use to build a store and all of the necessary business sales tools, WordPress.org is the site for you.

WordPress does provide cheap domains and hundreds of very good templates for use, some of which are free and others that you must pay a relatively small price annually to use.

And, at any time, you can consider changing templates by using their tool that allows you to try other templates and see how you site will look, without it changing or deleting any of your data.

There are other WordPress restrictions and rules, but you can read about them if you go to their site.

Build a Single Home Site

Back to me and my personal problem.

I thought for a while, and I decided that what I really wanted was a site that allowed me to;

  1. provide links to certain of my articles on my host site.
  2. provide links to my Blogs that I still managed on Blogger.
  3. provide a link, in the future to a commercial site that I wanted to generate, and
  4. write some shorter articles, including more creative works that are no longer popular with the public.

So, after some serious study of the barely usable WordPress Help system, I was confident that I could accomplish what I wanted using Wordpress.com.

And, after investing less than $20 with WordPress for my own domain and finding a great free template, I went to work.

Presently, I have written dozens of unique posts and the same number of what they call "Pages"

I have pop-down pages at the top of my site that allow me to list links to categories of my writings.

I have also written quite a few posts that describe certain of my articles, what they are about and a link for others to follow to my actual article.

Freedom and Flexibility for the Writer

Has my traffic increased significantly, yet?

Well, I am seeing new traffic to my articles that wasn't there before. You see, just like my home hosting site has a large and faithful audience of readers, so does a WordPress managed site.

So if I use the appropriate keywords and tags I get some, at times, significant interest in my referenced Hub.

I am tapping into this new audience, slowly, with new WordPress Followers and Readers.

If you remember, when you started out with your home hosting site this is a long-term process of 50% Action and 50% Learning.

I think the greatest thing, to me, about my new WordPress site is that I now have a path for managing my future writings and evolving my older works over to the appropriate site in the future.

And, I get to have fun just writing about anything I want at times. I get to write nice, short and (i hope) interesting and creative works, without it having a major effect on my overall Hub score or Googles attitude about my works.

And, as I evolve my writings, I have a place that leads to everything of mine, on the web; in fact, check out my main Wordpress site.

How to use WordPress, for Beginners

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Comments

Vegas Elias from Mumbai on June 25, 2015:

Well written and informative hub.

However, the Word Press blog will also have to be promoted.

Paul Richard Kuehn from Udorn City, Thailand on June 23, 2015:

This is a very interesting and useful hub which I am bookmarking for future reference. What you say makes a lot of sense, and it is about time for me to get my own blog going. Voting up and sharing with Hubpage Followers.

Kelly Kline Burnett from Madison, Wisconsin on March 30, 2015:

For years, I have wanted to open a Wordpress site. Recently I just started. From what I am reading the traffic from HP is stellar (no surprise as HP does a fantastic job) but the point of reference for a central reference is the benefit I could foresee.

I am in the process of developing affiliate relationship for the site so now

I know I really need to kick that plan into place.

Very helpful hub, voted up!

(BTW I believe the self-hosted website now will accept commercial plug-ins, but that is simply a guess from my memory, so you may wish to research that and update as necessary)

Mark Tulin from Palm Springs, California on October 23, 2014:

Thanks Don for this information

Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on October 23, 2014:

Mark Tulin- My Wordpress sites (I have 2) are not commercialized, but I do get a small but nice number of readers who click over to my Hub and read the article.

And, I have the freedom of not be required to write some of my "stuff" within the constraints of HP.

I can write; short articles, short poetry, photo journals, and other just silly things sometimes.

Thanks for the read and coment.

DON

Mark Tulin from Palm Springs, California on October 22, 2014:

Don, very helpful to me. I got my Wordpress started and now I'm going to tinker with it a little more. Thanks

Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on August 03, 2014:

nanderson500- I think you will like the site and the high quality templates they have for the user.

Good Luck!

DON

nanderson500 from Seattle, WA on August 03, 2014:

I had never hear of Wordpress before reading this, but I will definitely plan on checking it out now! It seems like a useful tool. Thanks for the great info!

Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on January 07, 2014:

cclitgirl- i understand your results after using Wordpress. It is not as powerful for you as HP as far as views.

But, I took a different perspective. Because of the evolution of HP restrictions and rankings for "personal articles, I have split my works into two categories. I only put what they call "GREEN" works on HP.I moved my more "PERSONAL" works to a Blogspot Blog where I was able to also include my own selected ADs.

Once I had moved my works to this Blog, I set up a Wordpress Blog where I can use the IMPORT TOOL to keep copies of all of my Blogspot blogs as posts on Wordpress.

Now my personal stuff, that HP would have ultimately not "Featured", are alive on my Google Blog with ADs and on my Wordpress site.

I get more than enough views and reads and even comments to justify my decision.

Good Luck to you.

DON

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on January 06, 2014:

I've had an interesting journey with regard to WordPress.org. I started writing here at HP a couple years ago, and then about a year ago I created a paid WordPress site. The thing is, it was a personal website and yes, it helped point articles back here, but I'm thinking about deleting it. I have over 300 posts, but a fraction of the traffic. :\ Less than a year after joining HP, I had 100,000 views. A year after creating my blog? 20,000 views. HP just works better for me, I guess. Not sure. Granted, I didn't have a "commercial" site: it was more personal in nature and didn't have much focus - which is bad when it comes to KW. I think I just do better with the informational articles, haha. I hope you're staying warm on this very cold morning. :)

Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on November 04, 2013:

Suzanne Day- I understand your decision. Iam also leaving "certain" articles on HP. In my opinion, and the opinion of some of our peers, HP is slowly narrowing their focus onto only certain article subjects and presentation methods. Those of mine that fit with HP, I am also leaving and maintaining. But others, the more creative works, I am now placing onto WP because WP allows true freedom to the writer.

Ihope we are both right and HP will continue to stick with us.

Thanks for the Comment,

DON

Suzanne Day from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on November 01, 2013:

Wordpress is great to use for building your own blog. I've done it a few times, made some minor revenue etc. But in the end, because it is best to stick to one subject for a blog website, I prefer Hubpages because you can post on anything without having to be stuck with one topic per blog and the costs which also attach to that. You'll see me slowly moving my articles back onto Hubpages, which I originally removed. Also some of my older articles which I left on here are doing really well due to age, I think, so I won't be leaving Hubpages after all!

Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on August 10, 2013:

DDE- Thanks for the read and your kind words. I hope it is a useful reference for others.

DON

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on August 09, 2013:

Great hub and certainly is most informative on the this topic a useful and worth reading hub

Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on August 01, 2013:

tillsontitan-I am having a pretty good time workong on my two WP sites.

Although the ones I have at the moment are non-commercial, I am working on one that is commercial.

Have a great day!

DON

Mary Craig from New York on August 01, 2013:

Useful and thought provoking. I am still researching and trying to figure out what to do about WordPress and what cost is involved. This was definitely helpful.

Voted up, useful, and interesting.

Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on July 12, 2013:

tebo- I still love HP, even of they are going insanely towards forcing we writers to generate their version of "Quality Hubs".

Other than that, I do have a lot of my more "commercially popular" works on HP. But, I desire more exposure for my works so I have started up a couple of sites on WP just to drive their followers to my works on HP.

Thanks for the Read and Comment,

DON

tebo from New Zealand on July 12, 2013:

Interesting information Don Bobbitt. I did read about WordPress when I first looked into writing on the web, but then came across Hubpages and thought I would try it out here for a while. Thanks for explaining how it operates.

Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on July 09, 2013:

Gail Meyers- I guess that is the point for us Hubbers. We need more exposure for our articles and nobody else is going to do it for us. So we need tools like WordPress.

DON

Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on July 09, 2013:

younghopes- Good to hear that you are also using WP to drive traffic to your HubPages.

As to going to WP.org and getting a new commercial domain, WP actually has a HELP page where they recommend what they call their top 4 companies for this.

Gail Meyers from Johnson County, Kansas on July 08, 2013:

I started out with on WordPress, but ended up dropping it after I got involved in other things. However, I like your idea of pulling it all together in one place. Maybe I should reconsider WordPress. Thanks for the info!

Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on July 08, 2013:

heidithorne- Thanks You for the read and the Comment on my Hub.

I see that you have your own custom system to get your Hubs more exposure, and I hope my Hub provides you with a few more good tips.

DON

Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on July 08, 2013:

grayghost- God to hear that you are already on your own path with WoredPress. I hope it works out for you, and I suspect that it will.

The more I get into the capabilities of the tools and templates, the more impressed I become. Also, just a tip, WP has a very active and helpful group of fellow users who can be invaluable for making your site a truly unique one.

Good Luck,

DON

Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on July 08, 2013:

phdast7- I understand. Often just getting a few minutes to be creative and write something good can be so rewarding while at the same time it can be very hard to get those minutes.

I appreciate your read and comment on my Hub and I really appreciate that you shared it.

Have a great day,

DON

Shadaan Alam from India on July 08, 2013:

Useful information Don, i have a wordpress.com blog which i am using to promote my HP and blogger blog on beauty care.I want to start a blog on wordpress.org but i am unsure about hosting and domain, how can i do that, any idea please help

POSH by tori boutique from 1545 Union Lake Road, Commerce, MI, 48382 on July 08, 2013:

Great article. A tip for everyone; I use ifttt(dot)com - it's a totally free site that lets you link together almost any site (except HubPages), but, for example, when I make a WordPress post I have ifttt set up to repost it onto:

Twitter

Facebook

Instagram (if applicable)

Pinterest (if applicable)

Blogger

My mailing list

Immediately index links with bookmarking sites

- THEN -

I also have it set up to back up all of my images to an online data base

So while you cannot use ifttt with HP, you can set up all of the other sites to promote your HP if you wanted to or whatever venture you would like).

NOTE: I have no affiliation with ifttt, I just use it. Hopefully this comment will not be removed.

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on July 08, 2013:

I just call it the great circle of web writing life. :) I use HP to promote my books and blogs. And I use my blogs and e-newsletters to promote my stuff on HP. You are very right in that traffic building is a multifaceted affair. Thanks for sharing your tips!

Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on July 08, 2013:

janetwrites- Thanks for the read and the comment.

You are right about the other ways of driving traffic to your Hubs, but I also find that using WP is working very well for me and at the same time, I have more freedom in the structure of my more specialized articles that HP doen't like anymore.

Have a great day,

DON

Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on July 07, 2013:

CyberShelly- With your background using WordPress, you can obviously testify to the ease of building a professional site using their tools.

I amglad that you liked the Hub,

thanks for the read,

DON

Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on July 07, 2013:

Internpete- I appreciate your read and your Comment. And, I hope others will read my article and find out how to use this simple way to drive more readers to their writings.

Have a great day,

DON

Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on July 07, 2013:

kashmir56- Thanks for the Read and the Comment. I am glad that you enjoyed the article.

Have a Great Day,

DON

Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on July 07, 2013:

ossmedia- Everything that you say in your comment is true and recognized as good practices for building traffic in Blogs. No question about it.

My Hub, on the other hand is intended to show my fellow Hub writers a good too for them to use for broadening their exposure to a new and very large audience, that of the WP world.

Thanks for the comment,

DON

Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on July 07, 2013:

wheelinallover- As a business person who desires more profits, you obviously want more exposure for your site and your related Hubs.

Good Luck to you.

DON

Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on July 07, 2013:

torrilynn- I apprceiate the read and the comment. I am gald you now see ow to drive more people to your Hubs.

Godd Luck.

DON

grayghost on July 06, 2013:

Great information. I just secured my web domain name and have settled on WordPress to host my site, more from comparing than any technical knowledge. It was good to get this kind of affirmation from someone who has your level of expertise and experience. I'm not doing as much general writing and I plan to be using my WP website for some other endeavors I've gotten off to (Genealogy fee Research, Antique and Historic ephemera marketing, Wild West history, and pickin' tales and great finds). A lot of that may spin it's way back to more involvement with HP, depending on what they're offering. You need to write one of your great Hubs on "how to find time to do all this stuff", and keep people like me from getting lost in the underbrush!

Enjoyed the Hub.

Theresa Ast from Atlanta, Georgia on July 06, 2013:

Informative and fascinating. Managing to write a few hubs for HP (in addition to full-time teaching) is all I can manage to do, but I can see where this information could be very helpful to a lot of people on HP. Good work. Sharing.

Janet Giessl from Georgia country on July 06, 2013:

Very interesting and informative hub on how to use Wordpress for driving traffic to HubPages. There are many ways to drive traffic to HubPages. Creating a blog on Wordpress is definite a good way. Thank you for sharing this.

Shelley Watson on July 06, 2013:

I enjoyed this article Don, I have started a few websites using Wordpress and Genesis platform, with not too much success, however two people have asked me locally to write for them, so thought I'd start another website now re writing and editing services. Got to keep busy... Voted up, interesting, useful and shared.

Peter V from At the Beach in Florida on July 06, 2013:

Great info here. Free blogs are a fantastic way to promote stuff, get links and just have freedom to write whatever you want.

I started out here on hubpages, but then moved to blogger where I get significantly more earnings, so I use hubpages more for links back to my blogs now. Either way, it is important to branch out and capitalize on the resources available!

Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on July 06, 2013:

Hi Don great useful information and advice within this well written article, well done !

Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on July 06, 2013:

Billybuc- I understand. I just happened to start out on HP and as you know, you end up with a lot of time and sweat invested in a site once you have a high volume of works on there.

In fact, I had 30% more Hubs a year ago than I do now, and most of the ones I removed were essentially "pushed" off of HP due to their growing restrictions, especially their restrictions on Poetry, word count, and structure.

So, who knows, as I learn more and more about WP, I may end up like yourself.

Have a great day, my friend,

DON

Dennis Thorgesen from Beatrice, Nebraska U.S. on July 05, 2013:

As a business; just like you we have articles all over the place. We do what cross linking we can. One of the platforms I write on for months I linked to the articles of other hubbers as well as my own.

There are two platforms I will never write for again. Hub pages is one of five which let me edit after something has been published. Neither of the two I won't write for again will. At the moment my list of things to accomplish before posting another hub is about a mile long.

Although many of my hubs are business related I have only found a way to link one to a website blog. What I find is social media sharing works too. For a while I was seeing over 300 visits a month through my Hub pages link tracker. It is taking time to optimize all revenue sources. This has been constantly updating since April 2011.

torrilynn on July 05, 2013:

Ive used wordpress before at my old job. I never knew that it could be so essential for blogs as wells. Thanks for the great information. Voted up.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 05, 2013:

Naturally I do just the opposite, Don. LOL....I use HP to promote my blogs on WordPress. I don't care about the HP platform other than a holding place for my articles that are submitted to magazines....my blog is where I do most of my promotion for things I care about in the writing business.

Having said all that, you gave some good, valuable information for those just starting out in this internet business.

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