WordPress.com bloggers have always had a strong sense of community and many tools for social networking both within the WordPress.com community and with other bloggers have been introduced for our use. Not to be outdone by those other sites that have click and follow buttons WordPress.com has introduced incremental changes to the former “subscribe” function. The first change occurred when “subscribe” link on the Admin bar visible to all logged in WordPress.com users changed to “follow”.
Provided we are logged into WordPress.com we can follow (subscribe to) a blog and receive other blogger’s posts in our Readomatic reader by visiting their blog and clicking the “follow” button on the Admin bar. For everything you need to know about:
- Following a Blog
- Unfollowing a Blog
- Managing Delivery Methods
- Managing Delivery Settings
visit the support documentation and read Managing Blogs I Follow.
Direct Link for WordPress.com Blog Subscriptions
If you have enabled email subscriptionson your WordPress.com blog then you have a WordPress.com blog subscriptions widget in your sidebar. But how do you get a direct link to subscribe that you can include in a copy and paste and place it at the end of your posts? This brief illustrated tutorial provides the answer.
From Subscribe to Follow
Time passed and on August 30th other changes were made. For one, the email subscription button in the WordPress.com blog subscription widget changed to a small blue “follow” button, and gave rise to 3 days and 4 pages of reader feedback in the support forum.
Thanks for all the feedback folks. You should see the old subscription widget back in place with the new follow terminology (which you can edit if you wish).
We’ll continue to look into ways to display the follow button, but with better display and management options for you as a user.
Follow button in footer
After weeks of experimentation with different designs, locations and names, we’ve determined the addition of a small, cute, little button at the bottom of your blog will dramatically help pageviews and retention.
Note: 2. I don’t like it. How can I turn it off on my blog?
To find the answer and much more information read the full announcement, More traffic for your blog with the follow button.
What is your response to these changes?