*Warning – Instances of F-Bomb dropping.*
Show of hands: who wants to have the best blog on WordPress? Who among you desires the numbers, the “likes”, the views, to be able to safely say that they are popular?
What if I told you there was a way to achieve this? What if I told there was a way that, with the minimal amount of effort, you could grow your blog to as big as you wanted it to be? Would you want to hear about it?
Fine. I’m going to tell you. But, be warned, this approach may very well get you:
tarred and feathered
ostracized by a few of your fellow bloggers
a shallow following of people that only follow you and “like” your posts for your
beautysecret to success
and blog posts dedicated to you
For some of you, these may be beneficial.
First, you’ll need a few things:
A banal blog (by which I mean, a blog devoid of any content that can be said to be meaningful in any sense of the word)
A happy trigger finger and access to the WordPress Reader
A couple of hours to waste every day
So what now? You’re aware of what could happen to you, and you have made all your preparations. How do you build your blog?
Fake Liking. That’s how.
I know, right? Listen, though; if it’s too difficult to post great content, comment on the blogs that you like, network, share the works of others, show that you actually give a damn about people other than yourself, and actually read people’s blog posts, the alternative is to just go through the WordPress Reader and “like” posts. Why not? There are several other blogs on WordPress that employ this method to great effect. Why not emulate them?
Because you don’t want to lose your soul, that’s why not.
I’ve been blogging on WordPress since March 2012. I only have 28,811 views. That’s a little under 2000 views per month, on average. Most of those views have come in the last couple of months.
In general and depending on your goals, views are far more important than “likes”. “Likes” don’t actually count for anything where sponsors are concerned. For my part, though, I want to increase my “likes” because this is something of a measure of how many people are “vibing” with anything that I’m saying. How many people are actually feeling it? In my piece, “A Child Asked, ‘What is Life’?” I received confirmation of what people thought, in droves. This is one of two posts on my blog that did well as far as “likes” (by doing well, I mean over 50 “likes”).
The problem with “Fake Liking” is that, while it may increase your following, views, and “likes”, a lot of those may be from people that want to know how you’ve increased your following, views, and “likes”. You also set yourself up when you post about your stats too often.