How To Increase Your Feed Readers

The other day, blogging idol went live and competition is going on strong. Though I was not a part of this competition, I was looking for ways to increase my own feed reader base. Since feed counts are what new advertisers and people use to judge your reach in the whole of blogosphere. Here are two tips I used in the past week to increase my feed count from 160 to the current count. And for the lazy bloggers out there, this is easy 😉

Email Feed readers constitute almost 40% of my current feed count as most people in India(which is about 70%) of my traffic do not use RSS readers to manage their feed. I used the following two methods to get 65 new readers in less than 2 weeks.

Email readers are the best readers you can get for your blog as they usually do not unsubscribe from your feeds very fast. and no, that does not give you the permission to bomb them with all your affliate links either 😉

  1. I took a list of my unverified email readers from my feedburner account and email them to ask if they forgot the verify my feed subscriptions. This was done on a personal informal note so that people acctually come back to my blog and verify their email again 😉
  2. I took out my most popular posts on this blog and added up a email subscription form saying “Get the latest on this topic as soon as its out, subscribe by email to my feeds”. It acctually worked.

These simple steps got me 65 readers in less than 2 week!!! Not much, but it sure helps bit by bit. I can do this every quarter and get those people who I might have otherwise missed. Do try it out and let me know!

While you are busy trying to increase your feedcount, subscribe to my friend Jason’s TheUniversityKid blog cuz the bloke is trying to make his mark with the blogging idol contest. He is definitely the best blogger out there who wants to help people make money online, though he hates to be called a MMO Blogger. If his post quality does not incite you to subscribe, he has a Nintendo Wii on bribe contest. 😉

  1. If you are using feedburner email subscriptions, goto Publicize > Email Subscriptions > See Subscriber Details (bottom) and click on Status to sort it by verified and unverified subscribers.

    Unverified subscribers are those who have not clicked on the confirmation link after entering their email on your feed subscription form.

    Hope this helps.

  2. Wow!!
    The second tip is simply gr8.
    I could’nt think that just changing the cation of “subscribe by email” button would help so much.

    One more tip that I can can think of is :
    Have attractive ‘SUBSCRIBE’ icons so that reader pays attention to it and there are chances that he will subscribe to your blog.
    Just by changing the subscribe icon , I incresed my subscriptions from 23 to around 45 just in 2 days.

  3. One more thing that I have noted, Most of the unverified subscribers are Indian. I think we need to educate visitors more about what is rss and subscribing and it is free . clicking on activation link won’t take you to 18 + website.

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