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So, You Log in to WordPress.com. Now What?

After building a blog or website, you should actively monitor its progress. This means that you need to log in to WordPress.com every day — even if you don’t have new content to post.

So, what should you do after you log in? There are particular tasks and routines that successful bloggers and site owners follow to keep up with their sites’ health and their communities. Below are three habits to get into after you log in to WordPress.com.

Catch up on the news

The first thing that many people like to do after they log in to their WordPress.com accounts is catch up on the sites they follow using the Reader. If you don’t follow any other WordPress.com sites, it’s a good idea to do so. Following websites or blogs in your niche will provide you with a good understanding of what’s trending globally. This is especially important for small businesses. It’s also a great way to catch up on industry news and events.

The WordPress.com Reader Page

To access the Reader, click the Reader tab on the top-left corner of WordPress.com. Then, search for relevant keywords. This will generate a list of all articles and sites related to those keywords. The results will also include short summaries of the articles and site content. You can click on the article or site that interests you, or click Follow to receive updates from them in the future.

View your stats

If you manage a website or blog, you probably log in to WordPress.com to monitor every aspect of its performance. As your website grows, you will want to know how popular your articles are, where people are accessing your site from, and which search terms are directing them to your site. The built-in WordPress.com Stats tool is a great way to review all this information.

The Stats Page in WordPress.com

To view your stats, click My Sites on the top-left corner of your screen. If you only have one site, its dashboard will be displayed. If you have multiple sites, select one by clicking on the Switch Site link. Either way, the site stats are loaded by default when you enter your site dashboard. You can also click on the Stats link within the site menu.

The Stats page includes a handy group of charts and graphs that depict important data, including how many people visit your site, your most popular posts and pages, how people find your site, their locations, and much more.

Read and reply to comments

People log in to their WordPress.com sites to communicate with site visitors. Receiving and replying to comments is one great way to interact with your audience, as it helps you understand their needs and wants. As WordPress.com sites already support commenting, managing comments is easy to do.

The WordPress.com comments page

Click on the Comments link on the site menu and you’ll be taken to a page that displays all of your comments. Your unread comments will be highlighted in red at the top of the list, and you can approve or reply to each comment by clicking on it. If it’s a spam comment (which rarely come through due to the spam-blocking features of WordPress.com) you can mark it as such. This in turn improves the WordPress.com spam filters. If the comment is not relevant, you can easily delete it.

Every site and site owner is different. In time, you may develop different routines that make more sense for you. But these three ideas are great starting points for new site owners wondering what to do after they log in. Checking your Reader, keeping up with your site’s stats, and reviewing your visitors’ comments are great ways to get yourself thinking about site improvements every single time that you log in to WordPress.com.