UPDATE: TheseReads is No More! Click HERE to learn why.
TheseReads is a wonderful new community that bloggers can use to grow their following & readership.
I am super excited about today’s post & I know many of you are too! I have been using & enjoying TheseReads since last fall & I can’t begin to express to you how much I love TheseReads! ps. do you see that this post already had 58 likes in 22 minutes?
I first shared my love for TheseReads with you a few months back in my post about How My Blog’s Page Views Grew Over 500% in One Month. I was surprised by the number of questions & feedback I received about this new community & soon after promised a post dedicated to the topic.
But as you know things got busy with the holidays, so I held off on writing & sharing this post until I knew we would all have time for it. Not that you need a lot of time or expertise to use TheseReads, which is one of the best parts!
TheseReads is simple & easy to use for anyone!
Over the last few months the developers have been fine tuning their new app & have even created a website! Which, BTW, you can get immediate access to through a special link that allows you to bypass the whole invitation process so that you can sign up & access the website immediately! How cool is that! (ps. You can find that link at the bottom of this page)
For months I have been emailing back & forth with one of the developers of TheseReads & I got the inside scoop, just for you! Well, & me too! Because truth be told I can’t get enough of TheseReads! Not only has it brought in a consistent number of views to my blog, but it’s a great way for me to keep up with some of my favorite websites & blogs!
Last fall, when my blog’s growth spirt began, I immediately started keeping a close eye on my Google Analytics to see where the views were coming from in order to help continue the growth. One of the patterns I saw was that I was getting a consistent number of views from TheseReads. I had no idea what it was, but I was intrigued.
I immediately started doing research, but the only thing I found was a website (that directed me to the app) & the app itself. I then started getting emails from JQ & discovered that TheseReads was (& is) a relatively new community that was still being developed & fine tuned. And I must admit, I really enjoyed using TheseReads when it first started off because I have had the opportunity to see it develop & grow over the last several months into what it is today!
So if you are new to TheseReads here are some fast FAQs (although you can find the official FAQs here) that I have learned over the last few months that can help bloggers who are new to TheseReads.
- TheseReads is a community where you can read, save, & share articles that you find on websites & blogs.
- It is an iPhone app & they are currently developing an Android version.
- TheseReads also has a website (for those without smartphones or iPhones) with all of the same great features!
- Anyone, blogger or non-blogger, can create a TheseReads account.
- If you are a blogger you can have your blog added to TheseReads by contacting them on their contact page. And if you want to know why it is important to have a personal account & a blog account, TheseReads has the perfect answer found here.
- Just like on any social media account it is important not to spam.
- Here is a direct link to their online Bookmarking Tool so you can save any article you like or want to read later directly from the web.
I highly recommend you check out the TheseReads FAQ’s page, they have lots of great tips & information.
One of the things that I really like about TheseReads is that it is an easy community to join, interact on, & it’s simple to gain followers. What’s even better is that it is a community that won’t let you get sucked into the whole Follow for Follow trap. And as you know well, I can’t stand when people message me “F4F” or “S4S.”
So if you want interactive followers who are actually interested in your content & what you are clipping than TheseReads is the perfect community for you!
My personal profile on TheseReads website.
So how do you get popular on TheseReads & get lot’s of new followers? I got the inside scoop from JQ:
Clip something interesting. You will end up in the trending section.
That is the main section where everyone discovers others to follow.
If others like what they see and give you likes and follows and clips your content, you will stay in the trending section for a while longer. If you are exhibiting spamming characteristics, you will disappear from the trending section.
If your content doesn’t interest other users and you don’t get likes or follows, you will disappear from the trending section.
The most popular users of TheseReads will clip content from others that they find interesting.
Think about it this way, if all you are doing is clipping content from your website, everyone can tell you are a spammer and no one is going to follow you or trust you.
However, if you are constantly clipping interesting content, users will follow you because they want to continue to see & read great content.
Pretty basic & completely logical (Spock would approve), but the results can be astounding! Since joining the community this fall my personal account has grown to 35,500 followers!
Now of course not everything I clip is seen by all 35,500 people, but it is a great platform for getting my content out there & easily accessible online!
Over the last month or two I have started to use TheseReads a lot more. I try to clip between 5-10 posts a day, from a variety of sites, before clipping one of my own. I clip throughout the day, every couple of hours, & in the evening I clip a post from my blog. I also share everything I clip on Twitter!
You can read articles in TheseReads using the Pretty or Web format.
I also got some great tips from JQ specifically for bloggers that I have already started implementing!
- If you are a publisher (bloggers, magazine editor, ect.), register an account on TheseReads and fill in your profile information in the settings section of the desktop website.
- Embed the TheseReads follow badge. That will allow us to verify the authenticity of your website. Being a TheseReads publisher has many benefits. We allocate certain slots in our newsletter, iOS app and website to TheseReads publishers and that is really one of the best ways you can gain exposure.
- Connect your Twitter account. When you connect your Twitter account, and one of your Twitter followers join TheseReads, they will automatically be able to find you.
- Clip frequently and clip stuff which you find interesting. Don’t just clip your own content. I cannot emphasize this enough. Basically we have a spam filter that detects the percentage of content that comes from a website. You will be automatically penalized if you just clip from your own website.
Speaking of which, I would love to have more resources to clip from through the TheseReads app! So if you have an account, or create an account after reading this post, please comment below with a link to your page so I can follow you & clip your posts!
And finally, I thought I would leave you with some hidden features JQ shared with me that many people don’t know about:
- Long press on the clip button in the iOS app. You will be able to privately save content.
- Use the add feature in the iOS app to upload images. We have done experiments and uploaded images have the best engagement & the most likes.
- The send feature. The single-handledly coolest feature in the app, in my opinion. With just a few taps, you can send an article to Twitter, Facebook, your friends and your email contacts at one go.
I whole heartedly agree with JQ about the send feature. I use it a lot throughout the day to share what I find on my Twitter page & I am finally beginning to see growth on Twitter because of TheseReads!
Don’t forget, you can find my blog’s TheseReads account by searching “Domestically Blissful” on TheseReads or clicking here! And you can follow my personal account by searching “Giustina” on TheseReads or clicking here!
With love, G
In God we make our boast all day long,
& we will praise your name forever.
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