Ten Percent Challenge?

 “I believe the term “blog” means more than an online journal. I believe a blog is a conversation. People go to blogs to read AND write, not just consume.” (Michael Arrington)

I have been observing other blogs, their likes and the comment section. The one thing that puzzles me is very seldom do I see in either place a number that is equal or greater than ten percent.

I Googled the term about, “what is a good percentage of likes” for a blog post. I came across a conversation on the forum section in WordPress. Here it is:

What is a Good Percentage

Question: I am pretty new to wordpress and blogging full stop, I am wondering what people think healthy daily/weekly stats are say if you are posting a couple of times a week.

And what do people find the best free way to up stats.

The blog I need help with is glutenfreeadventuresandme.co.uk.

Response, Staff Member:

This one’s tough to answer. I’ve been blogging for about a year and a half now and post three times a week. I have three hundred followers (most of whom only followed me so I would follow them – I didn’t) and get about 30-40 views a day. Other people have been blogging for a month and post once a week and get thousands of views per day. It all depends on what you’re blogging about (your niche), who your target audience is, how good your content is, etc.

The best way to attract others to your site is to leave meaningful comments on theirs and to link to their posts when appropriate. At the same time, make sure your content stands out so people will visit your site and will want to share your articles. Set your reading settings to only show a summary in feeds so people have to actually visit your blog to read posts – if you don’t they can read the entire thing in their feed reader and you’ll never get the page view. And of course promote your blog on social media.

I realize that there may be some bloggers around that do reach the ten percent challenge. Their thoughts on the matter would probably go over my head.

Then there are those who have a better understanding than this writer of “Search Engine Optimization(SEO)”.

Maybe, I wonder if having a paid site is the secret ingredient for reaching this ten percent challenge.

I have experimented with different styles of writing and content. Things such as, Guest Post, Re-blog, Mixture of personal and Research, Personal stand alone, Research alone, writing in a style that draws the reader in, causing the reader to interact via the comment section. But that nasty little voice echoes throughout the chambers of my mind, constantly wondering what can be done to see the achievement of reaching that ten percent challenge.

So dear reader, maybe I am chasing a pot of gold over the rainbow, the elusive ten percent challenge!

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  1. ashleyleia

    I think any goal to achieve likes/comments/etc. as a percentage of followers will be inherently flawed, because number of followers isn’t a very meaningful number. Only a small proportion of the new follows my blog gets are actually readers; most of them are spammy. A large chunk of my followers are people who are no longer active in the blogging world. So sure, I’ve got a high follower number, but a large chunk of them aren’t a potential audience, and there’s nothing I could do on my end to change that.

    As for SEO, visitors that find a blog post via a search engine tend to behave quite differently than WordPress readers. They’ll most likely read what they came for and then leave, without liking, commenting, or following, but they show up in the stats as views. Similarly, any traffic that comes from promoting posts on social media is less likely to like/comment/follow.

    There are strategies you can use, like SEO and social mediation promotion, to increase views, but likes as a percentage of followers is something you don’t have much control over.

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    1. rts – Facing the Challenges of Mental Health

      Ashley you are correct! It was just something I was musing about in my head, so I thought I would write about it.

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  2. Biggeneralblog

    This is an intresting subject I enjoyed the blog post.

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    1. rts – Facing the Challenges of Mental Health

      Thank you for your input Big General! Happy New Year 2021!

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