10 Effective Ways to Get More Blog Subscribers

The question I seem to be getting over and over is…

How did you get so many subscribers?

The answer is simple—I value subscribers more than any other measure of blog success, such as page views or raw traffic. Subscribers are the life blood of a successful blog in my opinion, and frankly, I wish I had more of them.

Okay, that may be a bit vague.

So here are 10 specific strategies you can begin to implement today and start getting more blog subscribers right away.

1. Make it easy and obvious

As I’ve said before in more detail, make your subscription options prominent, offer an email alternative to RSS, and ask for the subscription, preferably at the bottom of each post.

2. Be laser focused

Make sure you are primarily focusing on a particular topic, and the more specialized that topic is, the better you’ll do. It’s also key to step back and evaluate whether there are enough prospective readers in your chosen niche. It’s better to be brutally honest with yourself than to toil away and end up disappointed.

3. Offer a bribe

Relax, it’s nothing illegal. It’s an ethical bribe, in the form of a free ebook, report, e-course or audio series. Typically this only works with email subscriptions tied to autoresponders, because you want to condition delivery of the bonus on subscription.

But here’s a nifty way to do it with RSS:

If you have a WordPress blog, use the free Feedvertising plugin to link to the download page for your free gift. Since Feedvertising links only show up in the feed (and not in the post), only feed subscribers will see the link and have access to the bonus.

4. Use viral ebooks

This is a spin on the ethical bribe strategy, but instead you let other people give away your PDF ebook or even bundle it for sale with other products. The PDF in turn promotes your blog. Check out this post to see how I bundled my free Viral Copy report with a book that spent several days at the top of the Amazon bestseller list.

5. Dedicated subscription landing page

Create a page that is dedicated to nothing more than obtaining a subscription, and drive traffic to it from your blog, AdWords, or really any other source you want. You can even put it on a unique URL, and add in the ethical bribe strategy to increase signups. For more information on doing this with AdWords, read this article, and then this one.

6. Become a guest blogger

Contributing content to someone else’s blog may seem crazy, but it’s a solid strategy to gain exposure for your own blog and build your subscriber base. Just make it very clear to the blog owner that you require a very brief byline at the end of the post, with a link back to your site. And make sure it’s original content, not something recycled off of your blog.

7. Start a podcast

Start a related podcast on your subject matter, and get it into iTunes and listed in the various podcasting directories. Mention your blog in every episode and the benefits of subscribing, and try to land some interviews with prominent players in your niche. Not only will you be opening up a new promotional channel, you’re also creating bonus content that can be reused as part of your ethical bribe campaign for new subscribers.

8. Post in forums

A tried and true technique since the earliest days of the Internet is to be a helpful, proactive participant in forums that are important in your niche. People will notice that you are offering yourself up to others, and will be more inclined to see what else you have to offer with your blog.

9. Networking

This is perhaps the most overlooked strategy for gaining traffic and subscribers. Don’t badger other bloggers for links, because it rarely works anymore. Find a way to help them with something, and then eventually work that initial graciousness into a business relationship and even friendship. There are real people behind these blogs, and they respond to good will just like people do offline.

10. Cross-promotional deals

Here’s another cool way to make use of the Feedvertising plugin for WordPress.

Find a blogger that publishes related, but non-competitive content. Work out a deal where you both promote each other in your RSS feeds, using Feedvertising. If one blog has way more subscribers than the other, work out a ratio deal. Since Feedvertising allows you to create up to six rotating links, the smaller blog would promote the other blog continuously, while the larger blog would reserve one slot for the smaller blog, and use the other slots for other cross-promotion deals, affiliate links, or sponsor ads.

So there you have it, with one additional word of caution.

All of the above presupposes that you are producing the best content you can. If you honestly cannot say that you are doing your best work content-wise, start there. But afterward, using some or all of the above will definitely increase your subscriber count.

Oh yeah… This is the part I ask you to sign up for free Copyblogger updates via RSS or email.

About the Author: Brian Clark is founder of Copyblogger and CEO of Copyblogger Media. Get more from Brian on Twitter.

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  1. Brian. If you want to see the absolute best example of point #1, go to http://www.reviewme.com/blog/ and scroll down until you see their rss feed graphic (one of the funniest, effective ideas I’ve seen in some time)

    Regards
    Buck

  2. You can blame Chris Pearson for that. :)

  3. another great tips. thx Brian..

    comments on #1. do we need something like the world’s biggest rss button? :P

  4. Sheesh! Is Andy Hagans paying you guys to comment? :)

    No, in fact I’ve been considering scaling down the size of my own RSS button. It has to be prominent, but not obnoxious.

  5. Brian –

    Number 1 on your list should be:

    write quality posts!

    Nothing brings people back more than quality.

    Mike

  6. yeah, i wish he was..

    hey Brian, another question for #2. U see, I’ve tried to be focused on the SEO niche. and I think I’ve done quite well.

    I’ve gain good credibility, even a popular local magazine just reviewed my site. but the problem is, in my country there’s just not many people that’s interested or even know about SEO.

    any suggestions?

  7. Hi Rizky.

    While I cannot comment on your content, nice template :P

    It appears that we are in the same niche. Perhaps your best bet may be to do linkbait style piece on how proper SEO can help local Indonesian businesses, leaning heavily on the local angle.

    Send it around to a few businesses, or hire friends to do the same. If that doesn’t work, make 500 photocopies and distribute them at your local equivelent of a chamber of commerce , if such exists. If you can provide good, relevant content to the right people who need it, your readership will definately grow.

    If you have good content, don’t forget about off-line measures to promote your blog!

    Good Luck!

  8. Hi, Brian – About your 6,000+ subscribers, your posts are focused but more importantly, your voice is consistent and your mission is clearly reiterated with each post which keeps people coming back. When we hear (or read in this case) what we are looking for and each post builds on the last… it’s like experiencing a living textbook. Even the handful of posts that seemed to not hit the mark you intended… you rebounded quickly.

    The focus and consistent voice with an ever present courtesy to us that read makes your blog a MUST read. The subscription rate is testiment to that. Any blogger that takes up those two keys will build a hungry audience. (I’m still working on it! :-))

    PS – Copyblogger uses all of the most effective “tools” to take advantage of the viral nature of blogging. You make it easy for us to stay on top of what’s happening here.

    Tammy

  9. Hello Brian,

    This is yet another great post. I’m one of those 6,000 subscribers who you have collected over the last 10 months and I’m very happy to be on board.

    In the meantime, I’ve added on a few other strategies that are worth trying. You can read about them here.

    Once again, thanks for the great blog and post. Keep up the good work!

    All the best,

    Moshe

  10. I knew it! I thought I recognized CP’s style. That makes it even better.

    Regards
    Buck

  11. “offer an email alternative to RSS”

    Great advice, a lot of the the people who we are trying to target at work aren’t RSS literate, yet.

    Is there an easy way to offer email subscriptions from an WordPress blog?

  12. Sure thing. I use Feedblitz on this blog, and Feedburner has an email solution built right in. These services are great because your content is pulled directly from the feed, so instead of creating a separate newsletter, your posts just get delivered to your subscribers.

  13. Dangit BC – I was trying to wean myself off of kissin’ up and commentin’ after EVERY freakin’ post you do, but this one is another classic that just freakin’ rawks .. as CP would say.

  14. Bookmarked. Or should I say, subscribed. Thanks for the insight. ;-)

  15. I just got rejected for the third time by TLA. Any idea what kind of stats they are needing in a site before they let you in?

    I did as much as I could in Feedburner, though, and have the Feedburner plugin for WP 2.x.

    Thanks for the tips, you have a great source of info here.

  16. We just created an automated system where recruiting and career bloggers can sign up to receive free blog articles, post blog articles to run on other blogs in our niche, or both. So I definitely agree with your point #6 but would take it a step further: by getting your entries on other blog or by running more content on your blog, you’re going to improve your search engine rankings as more content on your blog and more links to your blog are going to indicate to the search engines that you’re a higher quality source of information for their visitors so you’ll get a boost in your rankings.

  17. Another reason to love Copyblogger. He shares his secrets to success. BC is probably the most succinct writer of quality.
    Every word is gold Jerry, gold.

  18. Actually, I thought #3 and #10 tips with the Feedvertising plugin was quite ingenious .. although, it doesn’t work when you use Feedburner on a Summary Feed .. The blogs I have that are currently full feed do not attract any advertisers .. It might be time for another experiment

  19. Very helpful tips! Thank you…

    Tip #5 was of most immediate concern for me. How do you create a page that is dedicated to gaining subscription without being too blatant about it? Or is it okay to be blatant about it? Also, if the blog is a company blog, should this subscription gaining page be a page that’s directly off of the blog? Or could it reside in say a company promotion site?

    Any help would be appreciated?

  20. Now that you’ve joined b5media, I wonder if they’ll allow these widgets. I can’t make ANY changes to my blog template whatsoever. oh well. Nothing beats good content, however.
    thanks for the inspiration.

  21. Great post. I agree an email alternative should be made available for those who aren’t RSSers. While I don’t have near the subscription base you do, I have a few hundred. Many more if you count the feeds. People appreciate options.

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    13 ways to increase your rss subscribers

  23. Another great post Brian.

    This is the first time I’ve commented on a blog, but I couldn’t let another one go by on copyblogger without saying how much I enjoy reading what you have to say.

    Thanks for all the great advice!

  24. Great post. I’ll definitely take advantage of the feedvertising plugin.

  25. Brian,

    I could not agree more with your first strategy. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had the pleasure of searching high and low on a site to find an email alternative to the RSS feed.

    Most people don’t have enough interest to participate in the hunt for ways to subscribe. When they lose that interest you’ve probably lost them for life.

    Making things difficult for your readers is NOT the way to gain their interest. People like easy.

    Easy is what we have come to expect. We will accept nothing less.

    Thanks for the great tips once again.

  26. Love #5 I’ve implemented it over at my own blog & noticed the subscriptions increase by twofold over the past week :)

    Cheers
    Stuart
    http://www.earnersblog.com/

  27. Easy to understand yet great advice. I shall apply some of the effective ways in my blog. Thanks Brian!

  28. Thanks for the info. It’s really helped me refine my blog strategy!

  29. Can anyone recommend free software to create a downloadable PDF eBook?

    Thanks!
    -Andrew
    http://www.jobacle.com

  30. Keep up the good writing Brian.

    All the best for 2007.

  31. Hi Brian,

    You seem to have comprehensively addressed the topic. However, #8 seemingly does not work too much these days. Now, we all know that leaving our URL on forum posts is pretty harmless, but it is taken a bit harshly these days. Also, fewer people seem to be visiting your blog with a URL left in signatures. Hence, I personally feel that it is not amongst the most effective strategies to get people to visit your blog. Although it is a very accessible one for beginners like me.

    Cheers!

  32. Brian, great post & great site, thanks.

    Lots of useful info here.

  33. Hi Brian

    I think this is one of the most constructive blog sites I have visited.

    the Brit

  34. wow, this tips are very useful man. I gonna try some of the points you mentioned above, and will post here again how is the result. thx for such a good tips.

  35. hi
    this guy has copied your whole article exactly as it is and posted it on his blog..
    have a look .

    http://digitalworld4u.blogspot.com/2007/01/10-effective-ways-to-get-more-blog.html

  36. ^^^^ It is sourced, even if the linkback doesn’t work and it’s in tiny text.

    Unfortunately this happens all the time. You just have to look at the amount of Adsense that’s plastered everywhere to know the site isn’t worth a lot.

  37. I like the idea with feed i looked at the text link ad but not used it yet i think i will put it on my site soon.

    Andre

    http:/www.googleandme.com

  38. These tips are very useful! Much appreciated.

  39. Interesting….

    About #6, would the reverse also work? By inviting others to be contributors to your blog, wouldn’t that have more or less the same effect of exposure? I’m sure guest bloggers would want to highlight their guest blogging activities on their own blog. And their contributions will add to the diversity (in voice or content) of your own.

  40. Hey Found your blog though those carnivals and gotta say you produce some excellent articles. Really liked this one for its list of activities to further promote a blog…some of these are repeats but a number of them are new. I am interested in understanding why subscribers are so important…I’m sure you posted a article on it, I just have to find it.

    Dave
    http://www.BusinessAdviceDaily.com/

  41. Great tips!! I normally subscribe to blogs that offer good advice.

  42. Hi Brian
    Thanks for the cool article …it really provide some great info..

  43. Wow great post! Thanks for the tips, I will be putting them to good use.

  44. Very informative post! I will implement some of the things you mentioned and hopefully I will see an increase in subscribers.

  45. Where do you come up with these ideas? You are pretty awesome to share them with us. I have learned a lot from reading your post and I will continue to read them. Keep up the good work.

  46. Making it “easy and obvious” helped me land more RSS subscribers. I increased the size of my RSS button by about 500% and placed it above the fold – the results were instant.

    Great blog post, thank you!

  47. I’d like to add to the above a strategy that’s been working really well for me: use paid ads (such as Google AdWords) strictly to advertise your newsletter.

    Doing this on my blog I’ve managed to keep the click-through-rate low (under 1%) which reflects the fact that few people are interested specifically in signing up for a newsletter on my topic and in turn saves me money.

    Once these people make it on my site, however, they convert at what is, to me, an excellent rate of around 30% (with an overwhelming preference for e-mail over RSS subscription – presumably reflecting a non-blog-savvy audience) using a specialized landing-page.

    So this seems to me like a cost-effective way of obtaining subscriptions early on in the life-cycle of a blog, before it becomes established. Presumably such subscribers are very well-targeted, and what remains is to live up to subscribers’ expectation with quality content, so that they eventually become regular readers.

  48. very interesting, thanx!

  49. Thanks for the great tips! I will begin using them today. You should post a feedback section so that you can hear back from all of us about what happened after we used the advice :)

  50. Do some blogging applications allow you to view your subscriber list? I’m planning to send out a newsletter that covers many of the same topics as my blog, but I don’t want to hit the same people twice.

  51. I agree with some of the others here, writing quality content should be the number one concern! Nice tips, thanks.

  52. Where do you come up with these ideas? I have learned a lot from reading your post and I will continue to read them.
    Thanks!

  53. Great article. More subscribers… all bloggers want and need them. Great tips. I will definately practice the ones I have not done at this point. I will definately be returning to see what else is coming up on your site

    http://www.PassportMentors.com

  54. Great post thanks! Im sure there are many bloggers out there scratching there heads this very minute…. “why is no coming to my blog!” It would be worth there while to read this.

  55. This is something I’m really focusing on right now. I just started my blog. I’ve been posting in forums and just plain trying to promote it everywhere I can. But I’ve been stuck at 15 subscribers for 4 days in a row now. Well I just subscribed to yours, hopefully implementing your suggestions will improve my posts as well!

  56. Great tips. I will try the “landing page” idea sometime this week on my blog.

  57. i hope i can reach that number of subscribers :)

  58. Great tips! I’m going to put them into place now.

  59. This is a very interesting post i am going to implement it on my blog.

    I just hope it works as well as it did for you.

  60. Your blog is very good. Many information that useful to me. I hope you can give more focus of getting traffic to website. Thanks.

  61. great tips,i wish i could get a review on my little bitty blog from such a great person..

    clint
    http://www.promomaker.blogspot.com

  62. Applying these.After 15 days i will post on my remarks on what it did for me.

  63. I’ve learned a lot from your site. Thanks. I want to try “bribing” folks to subscribe to my site by offering a free gift in exchange for their e-mail address. But what do I do if my current subscribers “sign up” in order to get the gift? I don’t mind giving it to them, but I don’t want a lot of duplicate e-mail addresses. (Almost all my readers are RSS illiterate.)

  64. Thanks for this awesome tips :)

  65. I am amazed at what is available to bloggers.
    Thanks for the info. It is most helpful.

  66. Awesome suggestions. Thank you!

  67. WOW! Thanks for that very wonderful insight!

  68. All great tips, all no-brainers, and just about all things I’m not doing but easily could do. I’ve been disappointed with a lack of subscribers. I’m hoping this helps. Thanks.

  69. Those are great tips – I want to see about using the WP plugin – thanks for the tip

  70. I should really become a more proactive blogger. I have been meaning to delve in the world of Podcasting, Guest Blogging and Cross Promotion. It has reminded me that I need to give more to the community. Thank your for posting.

    Fabien

  71. Great list! Thanks for sharing this with us!

  72. OMG!

    You have 34000+ subscribers! Nice job.

  73. You blog is a perfect example of great content brings loyal readers – I enjoy everything you share!

  74. Very interesting post i just launched my website and i found you via google :) I want to increase my subscriber list and i found your article very usefull, Thanks!

  75. Offer as much content as possible is vital for attracting visitors. Great post!

    Thank you

  76. As my blog has only 7 subscriber and i have tried a lots of methods to increase the no. of subscribers. Your tips seem to be effective, will give it a try.
    Thanks for sharing these great tips.

  77. Its a nice tips. I’ll try it. You’re the man.

  78. Those are great tips – I want to see about using the WP plugin – thanks for the tip

  79. a lot of people are really looking for these tips in the world wide web :)

  80. great article post. I will use some of these steps in my blog practice. Thanks

  81. Great points and you’re right – CONTENT rules. Content is what gets forwarded and subscribed to. As far as other tips for gaining subscribers (on top of lights out posts), I love Feedburner and some of the other easy buttons out there (My Yahoo, Newsgator, My AOL, etc.). I set them up prominently in the upper left in the subscription section. As soon as they went up, I noticed new subs. I’ve tried to limit the number of buttons to the ones that seem the most prevalent. I love the idea of the eBook – need to get off my butt and write one. Thanks for sharing the thoughts – clearly they work with 36,000 subscribers. I can’t wait to see what happens when the Forbes business blog network launches in July – hopefully that’ll drive a ton of targeted eyeballs to my blog as well. Thanks for sharing – so many people act like these are secrets that no one else should know. You demonstrate the power of community and sharing best practices. I’m happy to do the same.

  82. Started mine 2 days BAck..Thanks For the tips..was Needing them Desperatley..I have 7 already Without Promoting..Have To see whether the Tips Work :P

  83. I kept spinning my wheels, thinking I had to link to 1000 directories before anyone would read my post and although directories are great, i really did find that posting early and often drove in a decent amount of traffice almost on its own. I couldnt be living off my blog by any means but my goal is to drive in traffic to my t shirt site so it is working out. Content is key, that is my favorite tip from you post. thanks

  84. Nice Informations.
    I am surely gonna follow those steps.

  85. Have any of you used problogger.net to get ideas about how to increase subscribers, etc? I like the resources there as well.

    Great post! Thanks!

    Justin

  86. Some great tips there another long term tip would be to submit your rss feed to RSS directories, i am not sure whether this works however it only takes a minute on each directory and you will surely get at least one or two subscribers

  87. Hi,

    Thank you very much for the article. I reecently started my blog and this article had helped me a lot to learn a lot. I’ll try to follow your guidelines. I’ll come here and read your Blog daily to get more inspiration. Thanks again.

  88. The Feedvertising plugin is an excellent tip

  89. Interesting, but it was lacking the one reason I clicked over here from Google; HOW to implement the subscription link at the bottom of your blog posts. Thanks anyway.

  90. Awesome post. I didn’t know feedvertising. Shall check it out.

  91. I think its also an issue of where one strategically places the subscription box as well on the blog

  92. I could definitely use more subscribers for the blogs I flip. How about an update to this post? Or are you still using these methods?

  93. Hey! Let me borrow some subscribers. =)

  94. I wonder whether it is valuable to explain to the non-RSS user what RSS is, (like a link that says “What is this” next to the RSS sign) so that they are more compelled to click to subscribe. It’s still a “buzzword” in some circles and not well known in the casual net user.

  95. just very interesting and liked it, and will try it in my own blog. Thanks.

  96. quite helpful and interesting suggestions..

  97. I just saw this article on hubpages – strikes me that it’s not your profile over there so I thought I’d let you know: http://hubpages.com/hub/10-Effective-Ways-to-Get-More-Blog-Subscribers

  98. Great tips. I like the forum one, as that is oe way I try to get out there.

    Thanks for the article.

  99. Offer as much content as possible is vital for attracting visitors.

    Great post! Thank you!

  100. I love the podcast idea! And I can’t say enough how much networking helped me…it’s wonderful!!

  101. These are some great tips. I have been meaning to put an ebook together for some time now, thanks for the reminder, I really need to start working on that.

  102. You cannot succeed in internet business without NETWORKING. Well, The wp plugin seems to ne new one. I will surely try this.

  103. That subscription request at the bottom of each post is a cracking idea.

  104. Thanks for the wonderful tips. This will sure increase my subscribers. :)

  105. Am relatively new to blogging, so it’s articles like this that contain practical tips that I really like and can use.

  106. I’ve just started to get serious with my blog, so this article was really helpful. Thanks so much, Mike Geffner

  107. Getting subscriber is a challenge for me. This post gave me ideas though. Thanks!

  108. # 9 works best for me. Aside from getting to know more people, it is also an effective way to get more blog subscriber.

  109. Great Post.

  110. Finally I’ve found in you a source of excellent, practical, easy-to-understand insights. Thanks a lot!
    Gail Diggs

  111. These are great tips indeed but these types of posts always miss one other point: patience. These things will work for you eventually, but you must have patience because they won’t come to you right away.

  112. The highest number of subscribers i ever made was two. I came across this post and i made lots of mistakes. The points really open my eyes. Bookmarked!

  113. Thanks for the advice. I’ll give it a try.

  114. Very good advice. I like the Networking, and free eBook advice you gave.

    Good luck on your blog.

  115. I’m currently working on writing an ebook as part of the move to increase visitors and subscribers to my blog. Let’s see how that works out :D Thanks for the feedvertising plugin link too – it will come in helpful!

  116. Hey, thanks for the post copyblogger. It’s definitely going to help. I keep coming back to this site and I learn something new every time! If you guys liked this, check out my site
    http://e-zonlinemoney.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

  117. You seem to have comprehensively addressed the topic. However, #8 seemingly does not work too much these days. Now, we all know that leaving our URL on forum posts is pretty harmless, but it is taken a bit harshly these days. Also, fewer people seem to be visiting your blog with a URL left in signatures. Hence, I personally feel that it is not amongst the most effective strategies to get people to visit your blog. Although it is a very accessible one for beginners like me.

  118. Thanks Brian ,I’ll try work on the 10 points …keep going man!

  119. These are great tips indeed but these types of posts always miss one other point: patience. These things will work for you eventually, but you must have patience because they won’t come to you right away.

  120. Do some blogging applications allow you to view your subscriber list? I’m planning to send out a newsletter that covers many of the same topics as my blog, but I don’t want to hit the same people twice.

  121. Thank you, this helped. All this Feeds stuff is crazy though. It’s hard to understand. How did everyone learn it? Is there a site to help?
    Thanks :)

  122. Thanks for tips 5 through 7. I’ll put them into play.

  123. Thank you, this helped. All this Feeds stuff is crazy though. It’s hard to understand. How did everyone learn it? Is there a site to help?
    Thanks

  124. Your site has been helpfull as I have just started my blogging journey, I will look forward to hearing from you again.

  125. Thank you, this helped. All this Feeds stuff is crazy though. It’s hard to understand. How did everyone learn it? Is there a site to help?

  126. This was a r-e-a-l-l-y informative article. I hadn’t considered creating a subscription landing page. But that’s really a great idea. Once the search engine picks up the URL people can just click and be done with it. Thanks CopyBlogger!

  127. These are great tips. Thanks for this. Very much appreciated.

  128. Thanks Brian ,Great post.

  129. Thank you, this helped. All this Feeds stuff is crazy though. It’s hard to understand. How did everyone learn it? Is there a site to help?

  130. Truly helpful! Thanks a lot.

  131. Great post. I’ll definitely take advantage of the feedvertising plugin.

  132. I find that writing about breaking news is a great way to get traffic to your blog. Writing as an expert about “How to” type topics is a great way to sustain some decent traffic.

  133. Great post.

    Asking readers and having a big subscribe icon also increases chances.

    Networking is also very importent.
    Start up blogs especially have problems gaining subscribers, but if followed these great tips you’ll maybe gain a few.

  134. Great Post – Very useful and informative! I have created business and attend a networking function every week trying to grow my subscriptions with in the business community. I have also found that doing this creates better subscribers as they always open quickly and are amongst the first to read the posts. AWESOME.

    Cameron

  135. Thank you for the great info – will start to apply some of these tips!

  136. Yes this is very important. But i see that rss feed subscribers tend to unfollow fridays and return on mondays and i dont know why i see it on problogger and my blog often.

  137. Agree with Joshua
    Thaks for the information

  138. I think the bribe may prove to be very beneficial. We’ll have to try that. Thank you!

  139. The time it takes is less important. It’s the ability to stay COMMITTED to your work which is.

    We’ll all get there one day.

    Best,

    Sam-urai

  140. Really like this post. It show me how to increase our readers in few months. I think the bribe will more help full and making the readers special.

  141. That subscription request at the bottom of each post is a cracking idea.

  142. Thanks for the post! Just getting myself organised to start a business blog in the new year and found this really, really useful. Creating and writing my blog is half the job, the tough part is getting subscribers and readers! Thanks for the handy push in the right direction. Merry Christmas

  143. I think the bribe is the way to go also!

  144. I think the bribe may prove to be very beneficial. We’ll have to try that. Thank you!..

  145. Great tips, especially the part where you offer a bribe..lol.

  146. I never heard of the feedvertising plugin yet. Thank you so much for introducing it to me. I’m going to implement it right away.

  147. Omigosh, what a great help. The few people that know my blog say they love it but I just want the bigger picture!! :)

  148. Hi, these are great ideas. Could you expand just a bit on this one? “Create a Dedicated subscription landing page.”
    I have a blogger blog attached to my URL. My email subscriptions are handled by FeedBlitz. My readers who want so subscribe simply fill in their address and hit SUBSCRIBE. So how would I do this? Thanks!

  149. You seem to have comprehensively addressed the topic. However, #8 seemingly does not work too much these days. Now, we all know that leaving our URL on forum posts is pretty harmless, but it is taken a bit harshly these days. Also, fewer people seem to be visiting your blog with a URL left in signatures. Hence, I personally feel that it is not amongst the most effective strategies to get people to visit your blog. Although it is a very accessible one for beginners like me.

  150. Another great post delivering a string of tips to chew over – agree on all points to varying degrees by the way. Bottom-line is you really can’t underestimate the power of blogging as a marketing tool in the virtual age; it’s priceless.

  151. Thanks for the great advice Brian! I am going to implement the tools and strategies that you’ve outlined here. I am actually devising a strategy to place a form into my blog where I can offer a “bribe” or incentive to my subscribers. You just reassured me the importance of doing that. Thanks again!

  152. Finally I’ve found in you a source of excellent, practical, easy-to-understand insights. Thanks a lot!

  153. I think the bribe may prove to be very beneficial. We’ll have to try that. Thank you!..

  154. This page is so good that I have bookmarked it to remind myself time and again of what I need to do. I will go on reading it until I have made this my habitual behaviour.

  155. This is really nice post i am using some way to set rss readers . i am also will follow your points.
    Thanks you copyblogger

  156. I’m lovin’ the bribe idea!

  157. Great blog! I found this article by following a re-tweet on Twitter! My twitter is cwebba1.

  158. Thank you for your sharing. I just try the ” Offer a bribe”. I write some articles about zen-cart tutorials. Maybe I can make them to an E-book. Thank you again.

  159. I have created a blog on internet marketing and SEO basics, and have been posting content regularly. I am quite satisfied with the work, as I think my posts are written in quite simple language and will be useful for novice people who need to understand basics of seo. I am sure that readers would definitely find my posts useful. However, in the very first place I am not able to understand how to get started, that is how to get the first genuine reader to comment on my posts or atleast offer them the subscriptions etc. as you have mentioned. It would be highly helpful if you can put some basic points that can help to promote new blogs in the very first place.

  160. Right now I still only have 32 subs. It is a roller coaster pattern and I can’t think of something to do to improve the subscribers.

  161. Great post. Thanks for your tips.

  162. Great info as always

  163. INFO is so cool, who subscribe to my blog is still very little, perhaps by applying the above tips will reproduce that subscribe to my blog .. Thanks

  164. Good stuff! You reveal a lot of useful information..keep sharing..

  165. This is very informative thanks for sharing i will work on it

  166. great tips, will try to follow them and see if I’ll able to increase my blog subscribers

  167. Thank you Brian for a great post as always. I have liked the idea of putting subscribe link at the end of every post. Although I have email subscription form at a prominent place on my site but never thought of putting a link at the end of every post. If a reader has reached the end of your post and has really liked the content, he is almost mentally prepared and there is great chance he will subscribe if you remind him to do so.

  168. great tips, will try to follow them and see if I’ll able to increase my blog subscribers

  169. hmmm, I think I will need to work on developing an ethical bribe for my blog. I hope that would help me in increasing my subscriber count.

    Thanks for such an informative article.

  170. I’ve been learning about the laser-focused aspect. I have a tendency to ramble on aimlessly.

    Your Scribe tool has been extremely helpful in regards to keeping me on topic. Better to include the SEO aspects in the design framework rather then trying to retrofit them into a rambling blog post after it’s been written.

  171. You are blessed with subscribers. I will practice your strategies and see if they will help me too.

  172. very useful tips.. thank you for sharing it ^^

  173. I have created a blog on internet marketing and SEO basics, and have been posting content regularly. I am quite satisfied with the work, as I think my posts are written in quite simple language and will be useful for novice people who need to understand basics of seo. I am sure that readers would definitely find my posts useful. However, in the very first place I am not able to understand how to get started, that is how to get the first genuine reader to comment on my posts or atleast offer them the subscriptions etc. as you have mentioned. It would be highly helpful if you can put some basic points that can help to promote new blogs in the very first place

  174. Jody Wilber :

    Ok, so first I start with asking them to subscribe. That takes a lot of self confidence. I don’t want to hear the negative comments. Do you ever get negative comments? Or do you just erase those and keep the positive ones. I know they are just words, but still. Please subscribe?I am going to try it.

  175. I kept spinning my wheels, thinking I had to link to 1000 directories before anyone would read my post and although directories are great, i really did find that posting early and often drove in a decent amount of traffice almost on its own. I couldnt be living off my blog by any means but my goal is to drive in traffic to my t shirt site so it is working out. Content is key, that is my favorite tip from you post. thanks
    MEDYUM Niyazi

  176. This is great! :) Really good advice! I’ll start implementing it soon!

  177. These are great tips – thanks! I’ll be sure to get to it! :)

  178. I find checking out and commenting on other blogs works well. I know if someone leaves a comment on my blog or signs up as a follower that I always feel the need to check out their blog. Great advice.

    Ian

  179. Thanks for your “10 Effective Ways to Get More Blog Subscribers” post which increase our knowledge. These 10 tips very effective strategies very important everyone. I have a blog site here I always try to update every day mainly I consistent new information. My all visitor help me there comments. I try to follow his instruction. You post also help me in future. Hope more and more new information.

  180. Thanks for the tips. I’ve just started a blog, and it’s difficult to attract new readers.

  181. Hi:)

    It is an old post I see but still helpful. I liked the suggestion number 10 – Cross-promotional deals. It is interesting.

    and I would add the essential stuff- write individually- so people will treat you as an authority and come back to learn from you, and leave their comments for you to read and teach them something.

    thanks a lot
    and bye
    Martyna

  182. Hi Brian,

    Feedvertising plugin is an excellent thing to have:) Thanks for that tip.
    I’ve been using also What Would Seth Godin Do Plugin and it works nicely to increase subscriptions:)

  183. Thanks for the tips. I have a personal blog, and I post about all things that I find interesting to try and build my brand (which is myself! hehe).

    Have a great weekend.

    Regards,

    Jesse Montalto

  184. This is awesome post.Great points

    Thanks For Sharing
    Abhishek

  185. Excellent pointers. I think quality also helps and shared “knowledge” if in a field of expertise. People are online for various reasons, knowledge is one, entertainment another. If you can combine the two! Voila!

  186. Hi Brian. I am on of your thousands of followers who are benefiting greatly from your posts. Getting ideas and inspiration from your post, I put up my own blog Online Writing Niche last August 2010 and now, I am learning my way around how I may be able to attain a good following. As of now, I have yet to see somebody subscribing to my blog. Sure enough the ’10 Effective Ways to get more Blog Subscribers’ is a very crucial help for me. Thank you very much. Blessings and more power to your blog!

  187. thank you for the tips. great post. we have 100 subscribers, trying to get it to 1000 :)

  188. Asking readers and having a big subscribe icon also increases chances.

  189. I kept spinning my wheels, thinking I had to link to 1000 directories before anyone would read my post and although directories are great, i really did find that posting early and often drove in a decent amount of traffice almost on its own.

  190. But i see that rss feed subscribers tend to unfollow fridays and return on mondays and i dont know why i see it on problogger and my blog often.

  191. I can’t decide which of your posts that I have read in a matter of 48 hours (it’s been a lot!) to leave my comment on, but seeing as it’s getting late and I should get to bed, I chose this one! I know that sentence has more than 20 words. I will practice my new skills next time.

    Thank you so much for sharing your amazing knowledge and experience. I am just starting out with blogging but freel I have truly found my passion. Finding a site like this with information like this is invaluable.

    I have much to learn and much more to read but I wanted to pause for a moment to thank you sincerely!

    City Mom (Kelly)

  192. Great tips! Can’t wait to start implementing.

  193. Brilliant set of tips thanks very much.

  194. Have had enormous trouble getting subscribers, so these tips should be helpful. Thanks so much for being a great blogger.

  195. Brian –

    Completely new to the blogging world this article couldn’t have been found at a better time.

    Love the write and looking forward to reading your archive.

    All my best,

    James Hernandez

  196. What a great list, Brian!

    While I do many of the items mentioned here, I don’t have my own podcast. That’s definitely something I’m going to think about doing in the months to come.

    Christina

  197. This is a great list. I’m interested in getting into viral e books especially-I’ve read to you can get a ton of subscribers that way. Just a lot of great information here.

  198. Some advertising strategies listed on this same blog would help get more subscribers

    You should also add: Create Interesting Content ! or all the effors would be vain !

    Thanks

  199. I am using your tips from the list in everyone of my blogs and it sure does work:) I have been focusing a lot on viral strategies and if you make a freebie(like a free plugin or e-book) and it hits, you can get fantastic effect!

  200. This was insanely helpful thank you!

    Jennifer

  201. Yeah, freebies and contests due the trick

  202. I loved the article! I just started blogging a month ago and I have gotten close to 1,000 pageviews. Right now, I am working on converting some of my viewers into clients. Thank you for the insightful article.

  203. Brian, no doubt this is an amazing article. This can be almost converted into a 5-10 page white paper!! Although I have to admit I knew all this already and have learned the same techniques from other blogs over the past few months, but your this blog pretty much consolidates everything at one place!

    Thanks for spending time on such a great effort!

    -GT

  204. I have tried to download your e-Books, but I got error notifications…

  205. That subscription request at the bottom of each post is a cracking idea.

  206. Thanks for the useful tips! Appreciate the rich content…

  207. I really appreciate the help that you have given me about promoting my blog. But I am not as computer savvy as most. I do not know HOW to put on my blog “If you enjoyed this post, get free updates by email or RSS”. I don’t even know what RSS means or what it is. I don’t know HOW to put my blog address in somewhere, to where it will be a link to my blog. I wish I could find the answers to those questions. My blog is for helping people look at what they have and learn to be creative and be thrifty. I’m also a bit of a story teller and I love to tell stories with a bit of humor and sometimes they may even be serious. I don’t know if my blog falls in the category of some that you have named. I enjoy making people laugh and to help them save money in decorating, food and anything else. Anyway, thank you for your time in explaining so much. You are very intelligent. You may check my blog out if you feel like having a laugh and save money. polly-paulashillbillysavingsguide.blogspot.com

  208. Hey Brian,

    Thanks for the great tips. I’ve been thinking about starting a podcast to support my blog. So I was gad to see it on the list. Nice to know I’m on the right track.

    Thanks for sharing,

    Tony Milano

  209. I have enjoyed posting in forums because i have met people who are learning the ropes of IM, just like myself.
    From the learner to the experience.

    Becoming a guest blogger is my next strategy. Original content is king.

  210. I agree with you. I have a hard time getting others to respond to my posts. Ultimately, user activity is the essential item that will enhance the presence of your blog.

    Thanks for sharing

  211. What a great list, Brian!

    While I do many of the items mentioned here, I don’t have my own podcast. That’s definitely something I’m going to think about doing in the months to come. thanks

  212. When I’ve started to blog I wasnt thinkin about the RSS feed and the subscribers. I was concentrating more on the content and the backlinks and overall traffic. After a while I’ve understand that the subscribers list is one of the most crucial things that the blog owner should think about. After all subscribers are the people that will often come back to your blog and read the news on it. A lot of new bloggers should read and ingest all the tips that you have placed in the article.

  213. Well Brian, you’ve certainly provided some solid information here. The post could have been called “10 Effective Ways To Literally Explode Your Business”. LOL

    I really like your idea on offering bribes which I’m testing out now. Also, I know what you mean about guest posting. I was really hesitant to guest post on other people’s blogs. It seemed utterely crazy a few months ago. Now I’ve realized it’s one of the best ways, if not the best to promote your blog.

    If you just spend 1 hour a week guest posting on 1 authority blog like this one right here, it can mean a page rank 3-5 backlink and a few hundred extra repeat visitors. Plus branding!

    Thanks man!

  214. Great post – thank you…

  215. Nice post. I learn something on completely different blogs everyday. It should all the time be stimulating to read content from other writers and apply a bit of something from their blog.

  216. Nice article on ways to increase your blog membership or following. Using Youtube can also be an effective method of getting attention to your site.

  217. Great list! I see that a ton of people also thought so haha.

    I have never actually tried guest blogging, but I hear it is useful and gives you a lot of exposure. My question is, though, do people actually bother checking out the author of a guest post? I have seen them and have never clicked on the guest poster’s name. Just curious if it is actually worth my time. Thanks!

  218. Thanks for the advice will try it out on my blog!

  219. No matter what I seem to do I cannot seem to get more traffic to my sites. Just seems like an impossible challenge that is never ending and only leads to defeat…But, then again I keep trying and trying and maybe someday – Will be able to help others in their search for ultimate Top 10 in the Big G. Thanks for giving me a few more tips that I can add into my seeming endless quest for traffic.

    Thanks,

    Pat P.
    Pennsylvania “Coal Country”

  220. Excellent post! LOVE the Feedvertising plugin idea – never thought of that one before.

  221. Hello Brian,

    Really very good suggestion to gain more Feed Subscriber. That i would like to follow. My actual number of subscriber are still not huge, but after reading this post and applying your tips i think i’m able to take the my subscriber number on the new high…….

  222. This article is really helpful for a new blogger like me who wants to gain more followers. Thanks!

  223. We never stop learning if we want to grow,Thats an important fact we should always remeber and its amazing the things we learn via these posts each day.

  224. We never stop learning if we want to grow,Thats an important fact we should always remeber and its amazing the things we learn via these posts each day

  225. If you want to make money with a blog, you need traffic. Traffic is the lifeblood of any online business – no matter if you own a site or a blog. If your blog fails to bring in new traffic on a daily basis, you stand in hot water because your blog won’t succeed amongst others in your niche.

  226. I am new in Blogging arena, just go through your post. I don’t have any subscriber in my blog. So i am going to try your methods. I agree with you, guest post is effective to become popular and get subscribers.

  227. It’s always come to my mind about guess blogging. I’ve heard so many times that guess blogging is such a great way to gain visitors back to the site, but I am never be ready to do it. I think that my level is not fit to that skills because I find hard to write good content, even for my own blog…:-((

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  229. Another useful post ! By the way, the Feedvertising plugin for WordPress link is not working anymore.

  230. It looks like I’m doing something right with my blog. I’m already doing numbers 1 and 5.