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The Benefits of Developing a WP Template

Kyle over at Warpspire has an interesting post reflecting upon the impact that releasing a WP blog template (which got picked up as one of the templates offered on WordPress.com) has had upon his blog’s success of late.

The results include increased traffic, loads of inbound links (which helps with SE traffic, ranking on Technorati and increased participation on his blog via comments).

This shows the power of developing a useful tool that is useful for others but that will also promote you.

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Comments

  1. It’s all part of the “giving something away” idea. I give something away myself, and it’s helped dramatically.

  2. Eric says:

    It’s true… I see a big wave of traffic come in every time I release a theme.

  3. Khurrum says:

    Totally. I developed a teeeny little wordpress plugin and I’m still getting lots of traffic because of it.

  4. Template Is Look Very Simple But I Seen It Before Somewhere I Think Rachel Blog

  5. Yeah my stats shot through the ceiling last March when I released a public template. It was really incredible.

  6. mark says:

    yup, who doesn’t like a nice template? Other than content, this is the 2nd thing I find attractive in a site.

  7. Kates says:

    So true. My relatively simple plugins are the ones driving traffic to my blog. More than half of traffic to my blog came from wordpress.org plugin repositories. For a day’s work of hacking those plugin, I get a pretty decent PageRank. I love WordPress.

  8. Can you use these templates on blogger blogs. Please tell us how to use templates not suppllied by blogger. Thanks.

  9. Darren Rowse says:

    No Satish – these templates are for WordPress blogs.

    To be honest I’m not familiar with Blogger.com blogs these days and am not sure how their template system works.

  10. butlimous says:

    If I’m not a web designer, what how can I create a WP template?!

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