How To Be Discovered on WordPress!

Featured on Discover is the blog award given by the WordPress editors. I’ve been honored to win five of these awards. They have brought thousands of views and lots of new followers to the Wild Ride. Today, I’ll let you in a little secret how you can be Discovered on WordPress too!

Editor’s Picks, Freshly Pressed, and Discover

My first Editor’s Pick was out of 375,000 other posts blogged on a day in October of 2011. I stayed on the editors’ radar and received two more in 2012. Back then, the WordPress awards were called Freshly Pressed. Now they are called, Featured on Discover.

 

Cue the sound of crickets.

One year almost to the day after I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I won another Freshly Pressed for An Open Letter to My Boobs. That was in April of 2014.

grabbing my boobs

Since then, blogging has exploded.

Very few can hear our tiny voices when they are lost in a hurricane of people shouting to be noticed.

“Look at me! Look at me!” I screamed while drowned out by the roaring crowd. “Woohoo! Over here!” I jumped up and down and burned a few calories. Exhausted, I returned to my desk to write instead.

How to be Discovered

WordPress hosts one-third of the world’s websites.

Billions of people blog. In fact, according to WordPress Facts, 409 million people read 21 billion pages each month! 21 billion?

Assuming my voice would never be heard by the editors ever again, I focused on building my blog readership and community instead. Along with writing about my wild life in Colorado, I studied the craft of writing books. There’s a huge difference between writing essays and novels. I’m still learning!

For a couple of years, I read a lot about how to increase views. Most of the articles said the same thing:

“Write quality content. Your readers will come.”

“The more you blog, the higher your views.”

The beauty of Isolation

I have never been a prolific blogger and as far as quality content, I always think my readers will enjoy my posts. Ha! There is no way to predict the hits and the HUGE misses. I continue to write because it’s my passion and I love my blogging community.

I began to promote my blog more consistently through social media. Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Stumbleupon funneled a lot more readers to my blog. I still wasn’t on the editors’ radar. “Over here!”

Here’s the thing. WordPress Editors want to find quality content too.

Enter The Daily Post.

If you aren’t following the Daily Post, you should. Editors like Ben Huberman do a lot of work to help bloggers build community. There are Daily Prompts, the once a week Photo Challenge, First Fridays, (exclusively for new bloggers) and Community Pool on Mondays. The WordPress Editors peruse the blog posts. Sometimes one is Discovered. Imagine!

Once in a while, I responded to a Daily Post. The linkup always brought a lot of new faces to my blog. I’m all about new faces!

In 2017, I reduced blogging from two to three posts a week to once a week to concentrate on book writing. The Daily Post slid to the wayside. It was a helluva year with the death of my brother and then a demon washing machine determined my fate. I traveled for a month while the house was repaired.

When life settled down in August, I wrote my six-year blogiversary post, 18 Best Blog Tips: New Ways to Promote Your Blog and Increase Traffic. I had upgraded to a Business site in January and finally tried a plug-in after scheduling the post for the following week. What I didn’t know was that WordPress.com sites change in structure when Business plug-ins are added. As bad luck would have it, the post didn’t show up in the Reader and the views were a yawnfest. I’d spent a full week writing that article. I cried. Seriously.

Then I remembered Community Pool! I brightened a bit. Surely, I could find some new readers. I left the link to 18 Best Blog Tips in the comments explaining how I’d written the post for WordPress bloggers but very few had seen it. I made sure to comment on a few bloggers’ requests to check out their posts or blogs. That’s what puts the Community in the Pool!

I got a notification that Ben Huberman “Liked” my post. My heart skipped a beat. Maybe I had been noticed! How ironic would that be?

Yep. Two weeks later, my views rose. I checked out Discover and there it was. A Veteran Blogger’s Advice on Growing Traffic and Finding Community – 18 Best Blog Tips. I ran around my kitchen screaming. It became a Featured post at the top of the feed for a couple of weeks!

Then I noticed a bump in views at the end of December. First, I checked social media since I spend a lot of time marketing old and new posts. Then I clicked to Discover. Ben Huberman had written a post about the most popular Featured Blog Posts of 2017 – 365 Days of Inspiration: Our Readers’ Favorite Stories About Writing and Building Community.

18 Best Blog Tips was #3. I couldn’t believe it! It still hasn’t sunk in.

One of the most interesting takeaways from the ten posts is that writing, blogging, and inspiration are what resonates with readers.

Should you start responding to every Daily Post to get noticed?

I didn’t. Instead, participate in Photo Challenges and Daily Prompts when it excites you. It’s when we are the most passionate, that the words flow and we inspire others. Check out the Community Pool to see how others use it. Drop a link once in a while. These three avenues might help you get noticed by a WordPress editor!

Here’s the thing. Standing out also means, standing out from yourself. This totally runs counter to the prolific writer opinion.

What?

If you write seven days a week, your super stellar post may not stand out. In fact, your readers may have stopped by the day before and the day after, missing your amazing essay. That would suck. Keep in mind if you start posting constantly on the Daily Post with average work, you risk being passed over for the same reason.

That said, there’s a lot of luck involved in all of this. And there are some amazing bloggers out there who never suck no matter how prolific.

A more direct way to be Discovered.

The other way to be Discovered is to nominate your very best post or another blogger on Discover’s About Page. Scroll down to the bottom to fill out the form.

Use your indoor voice.

Following the crowd by writing about the most popular subjects can also place you in an arena filled with louder voices. I hesitated when titling my 18 Best Blog Tips post for that reason. Luckily, Ben read it. He found my perspective after six years of blogging and building community unique in some way. Thank you, Ben!

I hope this gives you some clarity and lots of hope. In the meantime, keep doing what you love: writing and blogging. You’ll attract more readers, which is the ultimate goal. Perhaps an editor will find you too!

Do you read Discovered posts? Have you participated in The Daily Post? Have you ever been Discovered?

How to be Discovered on WordPress

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Related Posts:

18 Best Blog Tips: New Ways to Promote Your Blog, Increase Traffic, and More!

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An Open Letter to New WordPress Bloggers

365 Days of Inspiration: Our Readers’ Favorite Stories About Writing and Building Community. – The Top Ten List!

111 thoughts on “How To Be Discovered on WordPress!

  1. Thanks for the useful blogging tips. I read Discovered posts as it’s a great way to find new, interesting bloggers to follow. I haven’t yet familiarized myself with the Daily Post – not sure how to go about that one. As you say it’s about quality of content so I’m trying to write about what appeals to me.

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  2. Susie, sometimes I check ‘Discover’ and find a good post there. Sometimes, the posts just don’t ruffle the wind chime of my heart. I have always believed in quality, and if you could forgive me, writing daily is a scam, unless the blogger is Charles Lamb. But I appreciate and cherish the WordPress community, I am grateful that it exists.

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  3. I continue to waffle between “I’m just writing for me, but if someone else likes it, that pretty cool,” and “Those crickets are becoming deafening.” I appreciate your sharing of tips and the “parties” you host. Your generosity no doubt attracts readers as well. And your great content keeps us coming back. 🙂 Maybe some day I’ll get serious about blogging, but in the meantime it’s mostly to keep my creative streak limbered up. Probably not the best way to get discovered.

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    • You might be surprised someday, Maggie! I always write about subjects that excite me even though they may not excite others. I never know until I post!
      I’m overdue for a party. Thanks for the reminder. 🙂
      I waffle too and have a broad range of subjects. Today it’s all about blogging, but my next post is about ice skating in my backyard. Ha!
      Remember, you can always nominate yourself. And don’t forget to respond to the Daily Post once in a while.
      Nice to “see” you!

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  4. Maybe if I didn’t write cripplingly long, multi-page posts!

    Sometimes I hope that my more academic posts (like on the ignorance of mental health, or my long-delayed school disaster project) will get their attention, but it hasn’t happened yet.

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  5. Thank you for your insights! They are very helpful and I think it’s so clever how you describe low traffic as “cue the crickets” and a “yawnfest.” yep, I totally have those days. I did my first daily post on “brilliant” the other day and the response was incredible. I was so happy to see new people visiting.
    Anyways, appreciate your insights and your humor!

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    • That is so great to hear about the Daily Post. The editor’s do an amazing job to help build community. It was completely different when I first started. You could only be seen for a short time on a new blog posts page. Ha!
      I just write the way I talk. Thanks for stopping by to help prevent the pervasive inundation of cricket chirping. 🙂

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  6. It only makes sense that your open letter to your boobs made the cut, but thank you for sharing some of your tactics for getting noticed. I’ve participated in a few of the daily prompts, but unfortunately, I’m always a day or two late. Maybe one of these days…

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  7. Love this.
    I remember when I first entered the blogging world and the big thing was to be Freshly Pressed. I worked my tail off to put out fun informative pieces hoping one day I’d be noticed amongst the masses of bloggers until on Day I saw the post that intrigued and won over the Freshly Pressed committee, it was on …… toilet paper. Yep good old Charmin took the pie and I said, well I won’t tell you what I exactly said but I was pretty peeved. Hahaha
    I stopped stressing out over the prestigious award and just cheered those that did receive it.

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    • Thank you!
      I know! A lot of editors have come and gone and their tastes change. For a while a few years back, photographers ruled! Then LGBT, then a lot of curse word posts, then all of a sudden it became a lot more diverse. I found it interesting that the most popular posts helped people. That’s the trend in blogging in general across the web. Everyone needs help! That said, I have an ice skating post to write which probably won’t help anyone. Ha!
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. Thanks for the advice! Newish blogs like mine need all the help they can get. I do tend to adhere to the advice of attempting to write everyday, but I do not publish everyday. That seems like it would be way too much pressure. Thanks again!

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  9. Hi Susie, This was a hugely helpful post. I had always wanted to be a writer but was constantly stuck in analysis paralysis; which genre, what subjects, etc. and then I finally just jumped in and started my blog! But writing quality content has always been my first priority and this post validates that. I’ve only been blogging since August but I can see how important inspiration is to readers as you mentioned. Thanks for your inspiration! Lisa

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    • Thanks so much, Lisa!
      I’ve been kidding about how one of my next posts is about ice skating and will help no one. Ha! That’s not true. I always add something inspirational to them.

      Unlike book writing, blogging provides instant feedback, but then POOF! it’s off everyone’s radar. Enter, social media. Because posts have their temporary aspects, it’s a great way to experiment. It sounds like you’re having fun with it. Blogging is my upper. I get a rush from posting and I’m on my 603rd post! It’s a way for me to connect since book writing is pretty isolating.

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  10. A generous and useful blog once again Susie. I get all inspired whenever I go through any of your posts and dash off to write and publish a post at once!! But I pipe down again when the doorbell doesn’t ring much and visitors don’t come by! 🙂 🙂
    Thank you Susie for another lovely post.

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    • I totally agree! The Daily Post Photo Challenge always brought more views and even a few new followers. It has changed a ton since I started blogging. Remember the New Post page through tags? It was the only way to be seen!

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  11. I am not worried about joining The Daily Post. I just want to encourage more people to go find true love overseas. I am happier with that result than I am with getting more traffic to my blog.

    Good and enjoyable blog post to read by the way

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  12. Thank you for putting together this post. I am sticking my toe back into the blogging world and I know I will be using this post as a reference.
    Wishing you a happy and productive writing day!

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  13. Another excellent post to help other bloggers. You’re a good blogging friend to have.

    Actually, I don’t want to be discovered., I purposely write the drivel I post as a condition of my witness protection program agreement.

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  14. Great post, Susie, and congratulations on all of your success! I’m going to check out a few of the links you provided (The Daily Post, Community Pool, and Discover). As a new blogger, they are all still foreign to me. The Daily Post is most interesting to me. I’d love some new writing challenges. Thank you for the insider tips. 🙂

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    • I’m so glad to hear that I helped you! That’s exactly why I wrote the article. There isn’t a “package” of information for new bloggers. It’s out there, but hard to find. Discover is listed in your Reader on the black bar.
      You never know where a new idea might come from. The Daily Post is a great source!
      Thanks so much!

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  15. Reblogged this on #RubyWriter and commented:
    One of the most asked questions about blogging is “how can I drive more traffic to my posts?” There are a lot of answers, but they usually fall into one of two camps: 1) answers that promote a specific content promotion strategy; 2) answers that talk about quality content and SEO.

    These are good things, don’t get me wrong! But if you’re already doing them and you aren’t getting noticed, it’s probably because thousands of others are doing the exact same thing. There are just so many bloggers out there. And readers only have so much time to devote to reading blogs in a given day. Doing all the right things is pretty much the bare minimum now. It’s going to take something more to get noticed and build a following.

    Enter this post from Susie Lindau, which gives advice about how to get just one specific audience to notice you: the WordPress editors. Being featured on WordPress has helped Susie grow her blog following, and it can help you too! Find out more by clicking through to her original post.

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  16. What helpful advice! I reblogged your post and am sharing it on social media. I think more of us need to think about getting noticed on WordPress, instead of just following all the standard SEO and blog promotion strategies that everyone else is doing.

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  17. A lot of people don’t know that they can nominate their own work to the Discover page. I’m glad you mentioned it. That’s how I was Discovered. I was Freshly Pressed once (on another blog eons ago) and I was under the impression that someone had to pick you out of obscurity. When I started this one I was surprised they didn’t FP anymore, so I did some research and found the Discover page. I submitted something and was pleased to find out they chose it. The funny thing about both those posts, they were each written and published hastily with little though into how good they were. You never know what will resonate with people.

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  18. I’m so happy for you! And I love that you share this success, the stuff that works and doesn’t, with others. I believe wholeheartedly that it’s about the writing and the journey. BUT, being heard by good luck is akin to playing the lottery: can’t win if you don’t buy a ticket. Doing little things to bring good content to great people can mean not only that I’m heard but that I make a connection with another human. And that’s really what it’s all about. Your blog always inspires. Thank you!

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  19. Thank you! As a new blogger on WordPress I didn’t even really know about this. Thank you for the tips and inspiration. I can see why you were “discovered” you put yourself out there for people to get a glimpse of who you are. Keep rockin girl! 🙂

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    • Thank you so much, Karen! I knew there was a risk in blogging this but if it helped a few bloggers to get noticed then it was worth the eye rolls. Ha!
      Write what you are most passionate about and have fun with it!

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  20. I feel clueless. Thanks for these tips, Susie. What if we have a self-hosted blog? Do those posts count for being Discovered or The Daily Posts? I appreciate you sharing this info with us.

    How fun that you can ice skate in your back yard!

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  21. Thank you Susie for the tips and congrats on getting featured on WordPress 5 times. That is amazing! I started blogging last year and I really wasn’t bothered about getting featured it was more of a process for me to be open and share my thoughts. This year I want to build up my followers, get featured and make something of blogging. I’m going to be upgrading my account and will take your tips into account and set aside time to network with other bloggers. Thanks again 🙂

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    • Welcome to the blogosphere! Networking is key. 🙂

      There are a lot of “snake oil” posts out there promising tons of success in a short time. They are either super lucky or full of baloney. I’ve been doing this for six years and have been through all kinds of ups and downs.
      Keep in mind that getting Featured is out of your control. Many bloggers start out with unrealistic goals and quit. It may take a while. Focus on building an active community instead. You’ll see a steady climb over time!!

      I’m not sure if you read my 18 Best Blog Tips. https://susielindau.com/2018/01/11/how-to-be-discovered-on-wordpress/

      Upgrades are great, but be careful of upgrading to Business. If you use plugins, you won’t have the “floating Follow” button on your blog anymore and that has been key for building my following. I know this because when my 18 Best Blog Posts didn’t show up in the Reader after adding the plugin, I also didn’t get any new followers for a week. That’s when I reverted to not using plugins with lots of help from the Happiness Engineers. Talk about stressful!

      Good luck and have fun with it.
      It’s so nice to meet you!!

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  23. Thank you for the kind words to the editors, Susie, and — most of all — for being such a force for good in this blogging community.

    I’m also grateful that you mentioned how there are tens of thousands of accomplished, successful bloggers out there who we — WordPress.com editors — might never see. Some of it is luck; some of it is about the types of writing and topics that appeal to the person who happened to stumble on a given post. Mostly, though, it’s just the sheer amount of stuff out there — and the very finite amount of time we have to explore it. I sometimes see a great post from, say, 2014, and wonder: “how could I have missed it?!” (before reminding myself of the millions of posts that have been published in the meantime.)

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    • Aww! Thank you, Ben!

      When I found that nomination page, I had to share it along with the importance of the Daily Post. After reading the comments, it looks like most of my blogging friends weren’t aware of either of them. Since then, I’ve seen a few new familiar faces who are participating!

      Like you said, there are so many amazing writers out there. The job of straining to hear that one particular voice who speaks to you from the massive crowd must be incredibly difficult. Thank you for all your hard work!

      I am so honored and grateful to you and the other editors for the recognition. Sharing what I’ve learned is the least I can do!

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    • I didn’t see that you were commenting from this post! They haven’t melted yet…
      Courtney took that shot while I wore my “Heck yeah, they’re fake. My real ones tried to kill me!” T-shirt. Ha!

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  24. Hi there dear Susie.
    Congrats for all the times you were featured… That´s an incredible achievement given the amount of bloggers out there.
    I liked those two mottos you have highlighted above: write quality content. And the more you blog, the higher the views. Interestingly, they seem to be opposite dictums… I tend to think that the first one would prevail. And the second one if more for celebrities.. or maybe, back to platforms, to Youtube?… (I am just guesing).
    I have bought the domain for my site many years ago… and never upgraded it… Cause I didn´t want to migrate the whole blog, lose views and exposure on Google, and cause I didn´t feel the eventual earning it was worth it. But I think eventually I´ll create a new blog with that domain and I´ll blog at least once a week… but with a different approach, not much like my current blog. We´ll see if I manage to do it… Love & best wishes 😀

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    • Hey Aquileana! Thank you so much. It has always been a huge surprise!

      Writing quality content is obvious, but like you said, I could never write with any kind of consistent quality if I posted every day! I like a day or two to look it over before publishing.

      You must be talking about self-hosting. I have susielindau.com but it’s still a WP.com site and there were no changes. Business plugins with this .com site were a nightmare! The follow button disappeared which is how most of my followers subscribe. I am happy in my own little world, at least for now!

      We would follow you anywhere you go, Aquileana! it would be fun to see what you blogged about. Your life in Buenos Ares, perhaps?
      Love and best wishes to you too!

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  25. The one and only time I was “Freshly Pressed” was for a piece I wrote as a guest blogger. At the time I had no idea what that even was. When I reblogged it on my own blog the results were less than stellar. If it weren’t for you, Susie, I wouldn’t even know that “Freshly Pressed” is now “Discovered”. I understand my lack of quantity in the past year is directly related to lack of interest in my posts. But, as your skating blog says, I will keep getting up and trying again.

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