What Is “Like Farming” And Should I Be Worried? Getting 100s Of “Post Likes” But No Actual “Post Views”
Why Are People Liking My Blog Posts Without Opening 1 Single Post?
People may be liking your blog posts without opening the page for several reasons. One possible reason is that they may have seen your post title or featured image on their WordPress Reader feed or on social media and found it interesting or relevant, so they liked it without actually reading the full post.
Another reason could be that they may have liked your post based on the excerpt that appears on your blog’s homepage or category pages without actually clicking through to the full post.
It’s also possible that some people are using automated tools or bots to like posts based on certain criteria, such as keywords or tags, without actually opening the post.
Regardless of the reason, it’s important to keep in mind that likes are just one metric of engagement on your blog and don’t necessarily indicate the quality or impact of your content. While likes can be a useful indicator of engagement, it’s also important to focus on creating high-quality content that resonates with your target audience and provides value to them. By creating valuable content and building a genuine following, you can increase engagement and build a loyal audience over time.
Wouldn’t this be considered Like Farming?
The term used for when people like a WordPress blog post without ever reading it at all is also “like farming“. This term is used to describe the practice of generating likes, comments, or shares on a post or page through various manipulative techniques, such as using clickbait headlines or posting low-quality content. “Like farming” can also involve the use of automated tools that like or follow WordPress blogs based on certain criteria, such as specific keywords or tags.
“Like farming” is generally viewed as a dishonest practice and can be harmful to the overall quality of WordPress as a blogging platform. It can also undermine the authenticity and credibility of bloggers who engage in it. It’s important to focus on creating high-quality content that provides value to your readers, rather than using manipulative tactics to generate likes or followers. By creating content that resonates with your target audience, you can build a genuine following and increase engagement on your WordPress blog over time.
What can I do to avoid “like farming” on my blog?
There are several things you can do to avoid “like farming” on your blog and build a genuine following:
- Create high-quality content: Focus on creating content that provides value to your readers and addresses their needs and interests. This can help build a loyal following of engaged readers who are interested in what you have to say.
- Use honest and accurate headlines: Avoid using clickbait headlines or misleading titles that overpromise or misrepresent the content of your post. Instead, use accurate and descriptive headlines that accurately reflect the content of your post.
- Engage with your audience: Encourage your readers to leave comments, ask questions, and engage in discussions on your blog. This can help build a sense of community and foster genuine engagement with your readers.
- Avoid using automated tools: Avoid using automated tools or bots to generate likes or followers, as these can be seen as manipulative tactics and can harm your credibility and reputation as a blogger.
- Monitor your analytics: Regularly monitor your blog’s analytics to understand your audience and their engagement with your content. This can help you identify patterns and trends in your readership and make informed decisions about how to improve your blog.
By focusing on creating high-quality content, engaging with your audience, and avoiding manipulative tactics, you can build a genuine following of engaged readers on your blog.
We make an effort to think of the best possible post title that actually relates to the post’s subject matter. It’s great that people like the title, but it would be even better if they opened the page and read the content. If they’re not loaded or clicked, AdSense is useless to us. If no one visits the site, what’s the point of making it financially viable?
It would be ideal if you liked a post that you opened it and read at least some of it since we can’t (yet) monetize post titles. We are not “Like Farming,” and the traffic is necessary to help pay the workers. Please at least read the post if you’re going to like it.
I agree wholeheartedly with what you say about what I call ‘serial likers.’ I’ve had some bloggers click the ‘like’ button on over 20 of my posts within a few minutes. Likewise, there are some bloggers that press ‘like’ on all my comments, not just on my blog, but the blogs where I leave comments.
Some bloggers tell me that pressing ‘like’ is a way to support fellow bloggers, even if they do not read the post. Seriously?
Unfortunately, the ‘like’ button is now not used for the purposes it was created. Fortunately, those that misuse it, seldom last long in the blogging world.
I also notice the “Fake” likes are from sites that fall under the niche that my blog post is about.
I see a lot of likes on posts involving making money blogging by marketing sites that claim to be experts in making money blogging and so on.
Hopefully their time is brief and I can see the actual Liked posts by genuine people who like my post and not get buried by the fake ones.
I take little notice of who has pressed the ‘like’ button on my blog and those of other bloggers. For me, it’s all about the comments. They’re far more important.
I agree completely!