Each weekday, we select about ten new blog posts for the Freshly Pressed section of the WordPress.com homepage. These posts represent how WordPress can be used to entertain, enlighten, or inspire.
Getting promoted to Freshly Pressed is a major traffic win because WordPress.com receives a high volume of page views. And, we have a feed set up so people can subscribe to Freshly Pressed. Why do we do all this? It’s our way of saying we like you. We really like you.
So, by now you might be wondering how to get featured. It’s all about the content. Here are five bits o’ advice that will increase your chances of landing on the homepage:
1. Write unique content that’s free of bad stuff.
Each post that makes it to Freshly Pressed contains original content created by the WordPress user. Bad stuff includes (but isn’t limited to) plagiarism, hate speech, fear-mongering, adult/mature content, improperly used images that belong to someone else, spam or content that is primarily advertorial.
2. Include images or other visuals.
Although not every topic can be illustrated, we believe most blog posts can and should have a visual element. We like original images (meaning, your own), but if you don’t have any of your own and decide to use someone else’s, be sure you properly credit the original source. Video rocks, too. You may get a request from us to add an image before you are promoted to Freshly Pressed — the faster you can respond, the more likely we’ll put your post on the homepage.
3. Add tags.
We find new posts by surfing the tag pages. If you don’t use tags, we can’t find you and how sad would that be? Also, don’t use tags that are too obscure (“beauty tips from the ancient world”) but rather more common tags (“beauty,” “history”).
4. Aim for typo-free content.
We know, we’re human, too — errors happen. We recommend using our Proofreading feature before you hit “publish.” If you’ve got a few typos but we really like your post, we may ask you to fix them. In most cases, we’ll put your post on Freshly Pressed after you’ve made the changes.
5. Cap off your post with a compelling headline.
Your headline needs to stand out. Avoid swear words, excessive punctuation or vague statements. We love a clever headline, and that’s often the reason we click on your article in the first place.
Good headline: I Won the Lottery and You Didn’t!
Bad headline: U Loserz, i WON!!!!!11!
Go Forth and Create
So, that’s it! Once you’ve been promoted, you’ll receive an email from us, and you also will notice your page views and comments increasing. Enjoy the ride! You deserve it!
Hello from Ukraine !
This is very wonderful of WordPress for us its users, and since I joined in March I have always dreamed of one day maybe being on “Freshly pressed.”
English is not my first language, and yesterday’s scenes in our Parliament don’t help us Ukrainians much in the English world I suppose.
Anyway, I am glad to be part of WP and Blogging world.
Sincerely to you,
Rivne – UA.
Great idea, thank you for doing this; unfortunately (for my chances at getting featured at least, not unfortunately for the Earth) my blog is politically radical in “nature.” (inside joke, view my site and you’ll get it, LOL). Hence I’m unlikely to get featured. I DO use a ton of my own original photography though…
Wow don’t get me wrong, I mean what you folks seem to be doing is great. However, as I found out, people are really looking for cutting edge material and thinking outside the box of the norm. The Douginator Online Magazine does have adult language, adult situations, strong and expressive political views for the mature audience.
As a published author of adult dark fantasy in the traditional print, I think that something should be done on WordPress to suit and promote well written and thought-provoking mature content to the masses out here. People do find this content, my blog(zine) and many other site or blog owners are certainly recommending sites like myself and the other wonderful journalists, commentators, and gifted writers such as myself, but it would be nice if WordPress had an adult mechanism like this…
Have a wonderful day!
Any chance for a blog post in Swedish to get featured?
Your inclusion of adult/mature content under the heading “bad stuff” bothers me. I read several very successful blogs that are chock full of swearing and sexual content. Obviously people are interested in those things, so why should they be excluded from the Freshly Pressed feature? I think douginator up there is a little full of himself, but he has a point. There should be some sort of mechanism whereby the viewers of the Freshly Pressed feature can opt to include or exclude mature content.
Other than that one point, I don’t really have any problem with these 5 tips. Mostly they make sense. I just have one question. Do these criteria only apply to the specific post that’s being considered for the Freshly Pressed page? Or do they apply to the blog as a whole? Because I have posts that do actually meet all of the criteria you’ve listed, but the blog as a whole does not. I’d just like to know if I have any chance at all or if I should not waste energy hoping to get on Freshly Pressed.
So just to confirm, you only get Freshly Pressed love if you are on x.wordpress.com…yes? For those of us taking the load off of WordPress’s poor, tired, huddled masses of servers yearning to breathe free (by using a different host) but using WordPress as our blog engine, our reward will be great in heaven? ;)
My blog posts are mostly like this one… and are not typically associated with an image because I want the reader to see the image that I am painting in their mind’s eye… I’d love more people to see my poems both at Kate Strophe and Tin Ear… they often include joy… might that help?
-I Want You-
I want the unconscious expectation of joy
A nebulous sense of hunger
That no food can cure
I want to hold it
Cry over it
Release the tears
As if wishing an acquaintance
My friends kept telling me how much they liked my Facebook blogs, so I signed up. I’m brand new to WordPress (just signed up this last Saturday). No pictures in my blog (yet), but I think it’s fresh and interesting. Scripture-based, but not really a Christian blog. Hopefully one day, someone will think it’s interesting enough to feature :)
Now I know why I’m never, or rarely, on Freshly Pressed: it’s the mature content and/or other people’s images. I’ll work on the image thing. But hey, it’s just that there are such great pictures available all over the place, and I’m not making money off them, so why would people mind? Also, I wonder if you include stuff like pictures from Major League Baseball and sites like that?
I once made it into the fastest-growing blogs top 10, and it made my whole week a bit sweeter. Now I want want want to be picked for Freshly Pressed, so I will behave myself, control my punctuation and try and think up some snappy headlines. Not my strong point…
It’s like waiting for Santa, but more exciting because Freshly Pressed exists and it comes round every day.
[Disclaimer: I know that Santa exists. In our hearts.]
Another reason why I love WordPress! Thank you for sharing the tips and for taking the time to answer the other questions. I do have a question concerning tags. Can one over tag? I tend to include numerous tags, especially when a post fits into multiple genres or topics, so it would be nice to know if this may affect being featured. Again, thanks!
I generally use categories first, then (if I don’t have an apt category), I use a tag. In other words, I create categories for my oft-used, well, categories… and I use tags if I need a more-specific description.
So, is this limiting my chances? I think my blog fits your criteria very well ;-)
I write unique content that’s opinionated but fair.
I use images to illustrate each post.
I am anal about perfect grammar (you should see my crazy number of saved drafts because I edit multiple times!)
And I think hard to create catchy titles.
(I don’t usually “sell” myself like this but… )
Please tell all re categories versus tags.
Thanks for sharing. I can’t help but notice that those are all the elements of good blogging, and when we employ them consistently we attract readers who form a blog centered community that makes our commitment to blogging so very worthwhile. Numbers aren’t everything yet the traffic flow created by good blogging must be a factor in the selection for being featured on Freshly Pressed. Isn’t that the case? Don’t the number of page views count?
I would love for my photo blog, Centuries Since the Day, to be featured on Freshly Pressed. There’s almost no text, because the images speak for themselves, and sometimes the tags offer clues for context. And it’s all rated G or maybe an occasional PG, but never any “adult” or nude material — primarily nature and architecture shots.
These are great tips which I mostly try to follow anyway as they are pretty “common-sensical”. :-) My problem is with tip #5 as I find that most of the so-called “compelling titles” are actually quite deceiving (not cool in my books!) all because the person is trying too hard to be witty and cool.
I often wonder if wordpress focuses on North American blogs. Are we blogs overseas excluded?!
Great post “Joy Victory”! Keep up the great work, WordPress!
Well, it is my second day here, and once again learning something new. Thank you for the tips, they were inspiring to me. With any luck I will make it on there more than once, would love to see the day, when I learn enough about blogging to be noticed. Have a great day, and thank you again.
This is fantastic! Everything about WordPress has made this an easy experience for me, and I will be forever grateful. I’m really new to the world of blogs. I post twice a week… is this a good average, or is more or less better? (and yes, I also want to say “PICK ME, PICK ME!”)
Thanks for the great work and wonderful ideas!
When you say “tags,” are you including or excluding “categories”? The “Tags” shown on the tab/page next to Freshly Pressed are what I understood to be “categories.” (e.g., “Music” is a category; “American Idol” is a tag within that category) Not that I’m in any danger of getting on Freshly Pressed, but I’d like to know where to enter that catchy label (tag or category?) I think of for my next post.
I’m so internetically impaired that I have no idea how to get more blog love. I have a great idea (or so I think), but short of “Hey, look at me,” I don’t really know how to spread it. Do you specifically search for some tags, or do you just surf at random? I never tag anything, so maybe I’ll start…
Its these tips that will make my work on WordPress better. The ultimate goal is to achieve a writing style that appeals to people in more ways than one. I want to be on Freshly pressed. I am still pretty new at this so, as I am learning these tips are golden! Thank you for the insight, I will do my best to eventually make it on your Freshly Pressed homepage. Keep an eye out for me, I will take your advice to heart.
I blog as a personal journal so some of my stuff would be considered adult/mature (in fact one is down right graphic)….. But most of it is editorials of my life, poems, etc. I hope you will disregard the rare adult material and check out my other pieces. Thanks for the info though.