We’ve made two big changes that make it easier to encourage friends, family, and colleagues to interact with your WordPress.com blog.
First, now you can invite people to follow your blog. If your blog is public, anyone can use the Follow button to sign up to receive an update each time you publish new content. But if you’d like to share your blog with specific people, we’ve made it easy to send them an invitation to check out your site.
Try it out now and invite some friends to follow your blog:
1. Head to your dashboard and click on Users → Invite New. Type the users’ email addresses or WordPress.com usernames.
2. Set the Role to Follower.
3. If you like, add your own message to personalize the invitation, then click Send Invite.
When your friend accepts the invite, they’ll start receiving email updates each time you publish a new post.
Secondly, you can also use the new invitations to add contributors to your blog. Have you ever thought that it might be fun to have a friend write a guest post? Or perhaps you want to ask a colleague to help moderate comments. Adding contributors to your blog has never been easier.
Head to Users → Invite New in the dashboard and enter the person’s WordPress.com username or email address. Then select the contributor, author, editor, or administrator role, and send the invite.
Your new user will now be able to access your blog by visiting the My Blogs section of their dashboard when they log in to WordPress.com. They’ll also receive an email notification that they’ve been added to your blog.
For more details on the new invitations, check out the Support document on Inviting Contributors, Followers, and Viewers.
Nov 15th at 4:10 pm
Very good. In fact excellent, as often friends ask “send me the link of your blog at my email.” So this can address this way better and also they can stay connected for longer. Thank you.
Nov 15th at 4:23 pm
I don’t know if this is a dumb question but what is the difference between author and contributor? Thanks
Nov 15th at 4:47 pm
Very cool! I was just thinking it would be nice to be able to invite some friends to follow my blog and this will make it really easy. Thanks!
Nov 15th at 5:11 pm
Love this!! Great addition!
Nov 15th at 5:19 pm
A suggestion. Many people do not like multiple messages about blog posts, would like a digest possibility added or an opt out of email notifications. I know people can do this on their own, but I also know I would follow more blogs if they gave me those choices. I would like to give it to my followers. Otherwise pleased with this.
Nov 15th at 5:22 pm
WordPress comes through again! I have been looking into Paid versions of this very thing. (wish you had a “tip jar” on this post Daniel) Thanks for making life easier. = )
Nov 15th at 8:08 pm
Seriously – you guys are making brilliant strides in all the right directions. Keep thinking. Keep tweaking that creativity. The things you have picked up from social media, the ways you’ve integrated your reader for other content sites sets this company on pace to do amazing things in the future. Keep carving out your place in the market and the market is bound to pay attention.
Great work & thanks for letting me be a teeny tiny part of this.
Nov 15th at 8:10 pm
WOOHOO! If only more of my friends used WordPress.com instead of Facebook….SIGH!
Nov 15th at 10:13 pm
All well and good but I’m still holding out for a way for you to let us post GFC on our sites. I could have had 200 followers by now. Most people I know don’t want to get e-mails. And not everyone belongs to Networked Blogs. So see what you can do please? Thanks.
Nov 16th at 12:25 am
This is brilliant – been waiting for something like this for a while
Nov 16th at 2:12 am
Love it! Thanks for the idea to get more readers!
Nov 16th at 4:13 am
I’ll admit it. I thought about starting another blog at Tumblr but ended up with two more on WordPress!
I love it here. Am even thinking about paying to have no ads…
Nov 16th at 5:15 am
Love this new feature!
Nov 16th at 5:27 am
I have a blog not opened to public and invited a few friends to be the author. It seems being an “author” doesn’t receive email notifications when I post something, is that true? When I tried to change their role back to a follower… there is no such option. What exactly do I do to let them receive notifications?
Nov 16th at 7:01 am
Brilliant! I was just telling my sister about WordPress and the beginnings of my blog. This makes things oh so easy!
Nov 16th at 11:16 am
Thank you so much, I was thinking..How can get more followers…I really enjoy having a blg, so I can express and motivate others….Thanks again wordpress…#Love this site..
Nov 16th at 11:58 am
It’s gonna be like Twitter, and it is really good!
Is this feature available on WordPress.org too?
I’m really proud for using WordPress.com, every time there is something new and something that makes WordPress.com more flexible, keep up the good work.
Nov 16th at 1:35 pm
This sounds like a good idea. I’ve always been reticent about sending friends or acquaintances info about my blog in an ordinary email but automating it like this makes it much easier. I’m off to try it right now!
Nov 16th at 6:56 pm
Hey, is it possible to somehow send this kind of invite to my Facebook friends? Or Google+ circle? That would be awesome!
Nov 17th at 1:03 am
How can I add this to my blog since it is self-hosted?
Nov 17th at 2:55 am
Nov 17th at 8:59 am
WordPress was extensively used by bloggers in China. But Chinese government builds a ‘green dam’ to block WP and other overseas sites. It was sometimes blocked in the past. About a month ago, the Chinese government tightened the dam, now WP users in China can’t access their own sites and all information from this site. I hope that the owner of WP can work out something.
Nov 17th at 9:16 am
Sounds good, but I keep hoping for one more thing:
A text-link sending to subscription form. This can be done with Feedburner. So come on, don’t let them beat you!
Its a need, because not everyone sees the widget. And the widget isn’t always visible anyways.
Nov 17th at 2:00 pm
I’ts a nice way to interact with others, thank you so much
Nov 18th at 1:50 pm
I really like the idea but here’s my problem with this new gadget. I speak French and so do all the people I know. When I send invitations, I can add a personal message (which is great) but the email subject and the introduction are still in English. So, the people I invite will just delete the invitations because they will think it is a junk mail (English subject, English introduction…)
Do you think you will upgrade the service so that we could be able to customized the subject email and the entire message?
Nov 19th at 1:59 am
Neat feature, thanks. Self promotion is a bit embarrassing but this feature takes out the guilt factor !!! Now let me find my contact list…….
Nov 19th at 11:42 am
Does an author or contributor have acces to other features of my blog? Can he change someting in my blog appearance, widgets etc? Can he see see my e-mail address?
Nov 20th at 1:08 am
Another cool feature. Thanks again, WordPress!
Nov 20th at 3:19 am
Everyone has been making positive comments, but I am having trouble with the feature. It is going to the Junk Mail section of friends’ email, or they are deleting it because they do not recognize the address as coming from me.
Nov 20th at 9:27 pm
I filled in email addresses for a couple of potential followers I know read my posts anyway, so those people could simply click the link to be advised of latest posts, but I didn’t want to seem like a spammer by doing that for all my email contacts – now you’ve sorted everything with the personalised invite – WordPress continues to amaze me – in the best possible way:) Follower and contributor invites – genius!
Nov 21st at 7:26 am
Wow! Its pretty Cool. I love this idea.
Nov 21st at 9:00 am
Thank you for this update. Really appreciate positive changes.
Nov 22nd at 7:10 pm
What about for Private Blogs, is our best option still to have password protected posts in order to not force our viewers to create a WordPress account?
Nov 22nd at 10:40 pm
I love it. Very easy.
Good job, WordPress. Keep the updates coming…I have yet to see one I don’t like.
Nov 23rd at 11:59 am
Love this!! Great addition!
Nov 23rd at 2:59 pm
Interesting idea! I’ll invite people to write on my blog. Great! Thank you.
Nov 24th at 7:27 am
Awesome, thanks! Keep the good ideas comin’
Nov 24th at 5:08 pm
I never noticed that option .. Thanks