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5 Ways to Increase Your RSS Feed Subscribers

Written by Trent Brownrigg  · November 8, 2010

Most bloggers want to have a lot of subscribers to their RSS feed. It’s a status symbol that shows the popularity of your blog but also very useful because you have people who come back again and again to read your new posts. Obviously the more subscribers you have the better it is for your blogging efforts.

It’s not very easy to build up a lot of subscribers unless you know how. So, in this post I have given you five solid ways to increase your RSS feed subscribers.

1) Excellent Content

Without a doubt the most important part of building your subscribers is by providing superior content on your blog. This should go without saying but for some reason a lot of bloggers continue to overlook it. Nobody has any reason to be subscribed to your feed if the content isn’t quality enough for them to come back and read it on a regular basis. The better your content is the more subscribers you will get and keep.

2) Get Social

Networking with other bloggers and marketers is a very effective way to increase your RSS feed subscribers. They will tend to send their readers to your blog as they get to know you more and vice versa. The more social you are in your niche the more relationships you are building. These new friends will link to you and tell their own subscribers about you, which builds your readers. You can do this by being a regular commentator on popular blogs in your niche as well as by utilizing social networking websites like Facebook and Twitter.

3) Guest Blogging

This is great for several reasons. One of them is that you get strong backlinks from blogs in the same niche as yours to help with your search engine rankings. Another is that you are building relationships with other bloggers and readers of their blogs. You are also getting a sort of seal of approval from the blog owners, which helps their readers trust you from the start. All of these things are very good for increasing your subscribers.

4) Exclusive Subscriber Content

Offering valuable content that only your RSS feed subscribers get access to is an incredibly effective way to get many more people to subscribe. You are essentially bribing them to become a subscriber and it works very well if you give them something of high value. Plus, they will probably remember you over most other blogs they are subscribed to because you gave them something useful from the start.

5) Contests

You can very quickly build up your RSS subscribers by running a contest on your blog. This is a very popular method that has proven to be quite successful over and over again. You can offer cash and prizes to contest winners but in order to enter they must subscribe to your feed.

Do the five things above on a regular basis and you should be able to get thousands of RSS feed subscribers relatively quickly. The more you get the easier it becomes to get even more. People tend to follow blogs when they see lots of other people also following them.

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5 Responses to “5 Ways to Increase Your RSS Feed Subscribers”

  1. Dennis J Smith on November 10th, 2010 12:51 pm

    Do you know of an good RSS plugins for WordPress? How about more info on guest blogging? Which blogs accept a guest blogger?

    DJ Smith

  2. Mac Martine on November 21st, 2010 9:46 pm

    I’m researching ideas for increasing blog traffic for a blog post I’m writing, myself. I like the ‘exclusive subscriber content’ idea. I hadn’t thought of that one. Though, I’m not totally sure how you do that, via email?

  3. Samuel on February 24th, 2011 4:28 pm

    I like the guest blogging idea. It doesn’t just increase your rss feed but you also get to build a relationship with other blogs. This is very friendly way to promote a site. ūüôā

  4. Tenley on June 18th, 2011 6:51 pm

    Thanks for the post. Just learning about RSS feeds. very helpful article.

  5. Anuj on June 29th, 2011 8:42 am

    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.