I actually ran the numbers for 2017. Claudia, my German reader, by posting 9 times in a German language fan forum, gained me 506 new readers. Not all of them stayed, but 506 separate people clicked through from her comments to my blog.
Someone else who I don’t know posted twice in the comments on a Bhawadraj Rangan review and gained me 177 click throughs. In contrast, I wrote a guest post for srkuniverse, a massive fan community, and that post with their official stamp of approval got me only 66 views.
So when I say to you that the best way to gain me new views is to put a link in the comments of another site, or in another forum, I’m not kidding! It’s practically the only way. And it isn’t something I can do for myself, no one clicks through links posted by the author.
So, here’s your monthly request to please help by posting links to my related content on other sites.
Oh, and also, COMMENT!!!! My view count goes up with each comment, and down with each non-comment. That is, during times when people have been busy elsewhere, not commenting here, my view count takes a drastic hit. Which means I drop lower in search engines, lower in the WordPress priorities, lower in all kinds of ways besides just the 0.000000000000000000001 of a cent I get per view.