Each time you publish new content on your blog, your followers receive an update, either on their Read Blogs page or via email (or both, depending on their settings). There are several different ways that readers can start following your blog.
Note: Followers do not need to be registered with WordPress.com. Anyone following your blog with an email address that’s not associated with a WordPress.com account will be sent details of how to confirm and manage the sites they’re following without needing to register at WordPress.com.
Your site stats page displays how many followers you have, who your followers are, as well as how many people are subscribed to post comments on your site.
To view your followers, go to WordPress.com while logged in, and click on Stats. If you have more than one blog, select the correct blog from the dropdown menu in the upper-righthand corner above your stats graph.
Then, scroll down to the bottom of your stats page until you see the module titled “Totals, Followers, and Shares”:
There, you’ll see the total number of your blog followers, as well as the total number of comment followers (anyone who has subscribed to a comment thread on your blog).
If you have connected any of your social networking services (such as Facebook or Twitter) through our Publicize feature, counts for your followers on those services will also be shown.
To see your individual followers, click on the small “Blog” link next to your Follower count (see arrow in above screenshot).
This will take you to a screen that lists each of your followers:
Note that at the top of that list, there are links for “WordPress.com Followers” and for “Email Followers.” You can click between these two links to see lists of each kind of follower.
WordPress.com followers are readers who follow you while logged into their own WordPress.com account. Email Followers are logged-out readers who enter their email address to follow you.
After leaving a comment on one of your posts, readers have the option to follow the comments on that post. To learn more about your following comments settings, visit the Follow Comments support page.
If you or your reader is having trouble signing up to follow a blog, or isn’t receiving email updates, you can try these to fix the problem.
- Check your spam/junk email box. If you have an option to unblock specific email addresses, try allowing
*@wordpress.com(all emails from the domain) and/or
- Make sure you to uncheck the box next to “Block all email updates from WordPress.com blogs you follow” on your Email Delivery Settings page.
- Double-check that you have confirmed your request to follow. You can view all of the blogs and comment threads you’re following on your Read Blogs page (if you have a WordPress.com account), or at subscribe.wordpress.com (if you don’t have any account but are following WordPress.com blogs).
Managing Blogs You Follow
Full details of managing blogs and comment threads you’re following can be found on the Managing Blogs I Follow page.