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The Blog Subscriptions Jetpack Widget is easy to use and can easily bring you leads.
A popular method for gathering leads is encouraging visitors to subscribe to your site. This way, they’ll receive notifications whenever you post new content. Users can subscribe through the Subscriptions Widget.
This ensures that your site visitors won’t miss your latest posts. When they receive notifications that you’ve published new content, they’ll be more likely to keep you top-of-mind when they’re ready to make purchases.
How to go about it?
Go to your Admin Area > Appearance > Widgets
scroll down the widgets list to the ‘Blog Subscriptions Jetpack Widget
Drag the ‘Blog Subscriptions Jetpack’ Widget to the right hand side (and drop this widget in the correct sidebar). Fill in details.
It’s often the little things that count — especially when it comes to your stats and writing. Based on valuable feedback from the community, Jetpack has just launched a few improvements that they think you’ll really love.
Today First: Now when you visit a site’s stats, you’ll see the Days view first, with data displayed for the last 30 days. A quick click on the arrow will take you to yesterday’s stats, or you can click on any bar to view full stats for a specific day.
See More Information at Once: To better work with wider displays, we’ve extended the display area and have included three columns of statistics. The Weeks and Months views now also display up to 30 periods (if that data is available).
More Insights: Click the arrow next to a stat’s title for summaries of various periods, including a new All Time tab, list of Likes, and device previews. Clicking the Insights tab will show you detailed historical data for the entire site.
Other improvements include an Average per Day view, Follower Totals, and the option to Download a CSV of your stats data.
We’re proud to unveil some design changes to the WordPress.com editor that are available to all Jetpack users. It has the same great features you’ve come to expect, but with a cleaner, more refined experience — and a few new improvements, like a distraction-free writing mode.
For those interested in the behind-the-scenes work that went into these improvements, you can read the full interview with Matías and Joen, the two designers who helped build this new experience.
We really hope you enjoy these new features. Feel free to contact us with any feedback or questions.
Google’s Mobile-Friendly Update: Is your Website Mobile-Friendly?
On the 21st April 2015, Google rolled-out its ‘mobile-friendly’ update. This was a global roll-out. How does this update impact on a Google search for your website? Simple answer: it boosts mobile search rankings for pages that are legible and usable on mobile devices.
How does the Update Work?
Affects only search rankings on mobile devices
Affects search results in all languages globally
Applies to individual pages, not entire websites
Google states: “If your site’s pages aren’t mobile-friendly, there may be a significant decrease in mobile traffic from Google Search”.
Is your Website Mobile-Friendly?
To check if your site is mobile-friendly, you can:
LatestWP ran a small test on WordPress-based websites to establish which sites were mobile friendly. They examined 25 WordPress websites including some of the largest brands in the world. The following websites not only are created on WordPress but also featured at WordPress.org Showcase section. The result was surprising!
How to Set your Website to be Mobile-Friendly using Jetpack?
Jetpack extends the functionality of WordPress websites by adding powerful features previously only available to WordPress.com users. Features include customization, traffic, mobile, content, and performance tools.
To download Jetpack:
Hover over ‘plugins’ in your site’s admin area > click ‘Add New’ > search for ‘Jetpack’ > click ‘Install’ > click ‘Activate’.
Once the plugin is activated hover over ‘Jetpack’ (towards the top of your left sidebar in your admin area) > on the drop-down menu click ‘Jetpack Settings’ > scroll down the page and activate ‘Mobile Theme’. Once the mobile theme has been activated scroll down the page to ‘Mobile Theme’ once again and click ‘Configure’.
Wishing you success with your mobile-friendly website!