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7 Die-Hard Ways to Get More RSS Subscribers




RSS_SubscribersA question that has consumed most, if not all new bloggers is – ‘How can I get more RSS Subscribers?’

Most of us assume that the number of RSS Subscribers is a direct reflection upon ‘success.’ This is relatively true because ultimately your blogging goal is to create a strong readership – inevitably the number of subscribers is a representation of exactly that.

However, we should not center our goals around this single task of increasing the number of subscribers. Instead we should improve other aspects such as quality content and quality exposure – then the subscribers will just snowball into the hundreds if not thousands.

Having said that though, you should keep any eye out on the number of your readers. So here are 7 simple yet die-hard ways YOU can do yourself to get more loyal readers.

1. Be Clear & Concise

Keep your “Subscribe” button accessible at all times, and make it visible. There’s no point having a RSS Subscription service if no-one can see it. Once you hit a fair amount of readers, start showing it off so other people will be convinced to follow you too. I would recommend having an iconic image of the RSS Feed somewhere near the subscription – because a visual representation does wonders.

2. Reward your Readers

Offering an incentive or reward for your readers, will entice them to be more aware of your content. It can be anything from a free-ad space to content just for your Subscribers. Over at Blogussion, we are starting to reward our readers with uncharted content, which is only accessible by them, weekly updates on Do-Follow Blogs/Forums and even free WP-Themes coded by Alex Fraiser himself.

Whatever you offer them, just keep in mind they are human just like you – how would you feel if you got a freebie? What would you want to receive?

3. Use FeedBurner

FeedBurner doesn’t need much of an introduction, but it’s shocking to see that many bloggers are unaware of it. So, I won’t neglect to mention it in this post. Last year, FeedBurner was bought by Google for more than $100 million if I remember correctly, and it has turned out to be worth every penny. FeedBurner provides an unprecedentedly useful set of services/tools to really excel in satisfying your RSS/Email/PodCast Subscribers.

There’s a lot you can do with FeedBurner, and unfortunately I won’t be able to cover it in this post – but I will recommend looking into one thing in particular. FeedBurner provides a service called “FeedFlares” and you should really look into it. It allows you to place a link that ONLY your subscribers can see. This can be used for providing that incentive I was talking about before 😉

4. Offer More than just RSS

Everyone’s different. I say this because you should not force your readers and strict them just to RSS Subscriptions. What if they prefer an email subscription or perhaps a weekly newsletter? Offer all these options and you will open options to your readers. FeedBurner provides these services for free and it’s worth spending some time looking into the tools they offer.

5. Decide Between Full/Excerpt RSS

This has been a debated topic ever since RSS Feeds came into the picture of blogging. It really depends on how you look at it. If you arer sinister enough to emulate such devious plans, you would only post an excerpt on the RSS Feed so your readers would have to visit your site to view the rest of the content. That’s great, but it really needs to be balanced out over the fact – it can be annoying.

6. Add your Feed on Forums

Suprisingly, this method has been overlooked by many bloggers. I added my RSS Feed onto my DigitalPoint profile recently and carefully reviewing our traffic logs – we saw nearly a 10% increase in traffic just through that feed. In fact it was so overwhelming, I even started renting other people’s RSS Feed bar on the DigitalPoint and we’ve seen a steady flow of traffic from them. I bought about 10 RSS Slots on DigitalPoint, for 10cents each – it returned about 200-400 loyal readers!

7. Guest Post

Guest Posting is a great way to share your thoughts with other people. In return of sharing your ideas with more people, the host of your guest post gets uniquely written free content. So, it’s a win-win situation. Aim for similar sites to your blog, so will get in touch with targeted visitors.

A simple email is all that is needed to start guest posting. For example, I contacted Kevin and asked him if I could guest post here at BloggingTips and has humble has he was, his reply was a simple – yes. It was easier than I thought, and now look at us 😉

Whoop, there we have it.

Just 7 Simple Steps that will see you to better, stronger and more loyal readership.

Perhaps I should have stated this before, but ultimately the loyalty of your readers depend on the quality of your content. If you truly aren’t passionate about what you are writing for – its highly unlikely your readers will take interest. So once you establish a honest writing regime – then apply these steps and you will almost definitely see an increase in the number of your readers. 🙂


My name is Foxy, and my job is to sniff out the good guest bloggers from the ones who aren't. This post was written by a contributing author to Blogging Tips. If you would like to learn more about becoming a writer (not one-time guest blogging) for, please contact us.

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Do You Establish Work at Home Boundaries?



Some people love attention.

I know a few who do their best to grab my attention. Phone calls, emails, cryptic Facebook Messages.

I ignore everything and every one outside of what I do in the moment since I set up work at home boundaries. I close the door and go into my office. No way I stop working for anything or anyone who starves for my attention. The house could burn down and I would scoot out at the last minute because work time is work time and I do nothing else save work during work time.

If you do not respect your time, people will not respect your time. If you give people your time whenever they want your time, for:

  • favors
  • gossip
  • small talk
  • chats
  • general BS

people will gladly ask for favors, engage in gossip, engage in small talk, chat you up and BS for hours, because you chose not to establish work at home boundaries.

100% of the time, if people appear to be using you or eating up your precious time, it is your fault. People treat you how you choose to treat yourself.

How a Happy and Successful Blogger Sets Up Work at Home Boundaries

Easy; I close the door, walk into the office and get to work. I do not leave the office until I complete my work. My phone? I turn it off. I check email rarely. I only check Messenger 2-3 times daily for 5 minutes at a clip.

I set up definite, clear, work at home boundaries to respect my time. People reflect my time-respecting back to me. Easy peasy.

If someone tries to grab my attention through Messenger, or the land line, or through email, or at the door, I completely ignore attempts made to grab my attention and time. Boundaries folks; you need to be clear and firm on your work at home boundaries to ensure everybody else respects your boundaries.

You Are Walking into a Word Office

Would a friend, family member or casual neighbor barge into your 9-5 job office asking for a favor? Would said folks barge into your 9-5 job office to spread the latest gossip? Nope. Then why allow said folks to barge into your work at home office to do similar things? Nope. Put up boundaries. Door closes. Enter office. You are busy. You are working. Even my 3 year old niece understands when Uncle Ryan goes to work in the home office. Everybody else can easily grasp this concept.

What About Impatient or Desperate Online Folks?

I completely ignore impatient, fear-filled, desperate folks who demand I answer Messenger or email requests in 1 minute, 5 minutes, 10 minutes, or in 24 hours. I respect my time and completely ignore people who do not respect my time.

I built my blogging business almost completely on a passive income model so nothing I do online is time sensitive. I have answered most questions 1,000 to 10,000 times through my courses, eBooks, blog posts and videos. It is up to these awesome but unclear folks to find and use the answers I created, to improve their lives.

I am generous daily, publishing a blog post and/or video. Plus I published about 800 posts on Blogging Tips, and over 2,000 posts on Blogging From Paradise. It is on the impatient folks screaming for my attention to follow my blog posts, guest posts, videos, eBooks and courses because I answered their questions many times.

People treat you exactly how you teach them to treat you. I have posture so I set up work at home boundaries for offline and online folks.

Respect your time and work schedule and other folks will do the same.

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Who Do You Surround Yourself with in Your Blogger Network?



Some bloggers cannot see the forest for the trees, like the beautiful, lush, thriving national park I visited in New Jersey recently.

The masses tend to be caught up in fear, pain and struggle because they cannot see the big picture.

Birds of a feather flock together.

You have heard that one, right?

I circle the globe and change time zones like most folks breathe. Would I be wise to surround myself with people who tremble at leaving their home town or home neighborhood? Nope. Such people would teach me the world makes for a scary, dangerous place. I would get advice like play it safe, be comfortable, get a job, buy a home and take it easy, from such folks. Such folks also live a bland life because if you rarely or never leave your comfort zone, you cannot:

  • grow
  • thrive
  • face your fears
  • serve humanity
  • be a bright light for people to follow
  • live your deepest, wildest dreams

Obviously, I chose to surround myself with bloggers who happily circled the globe as successful bloggers. I also surrounded myself with happy, successful, home body bloggers too; to learn the basics of building a rocking blog effectively. I learned how to succeed from my blogger friend network, sponging up their knowledge, inspiration and insight.

Meanwhile, if you surround yourself with new, struggling or failing bloggers you will get advice on how to struggle, fail, or flounder through your blogging day.

Do bloggers around you complain about losing $50 on blogging? Lose these zero’s immediately and surround yourself with bloggers who invest thousands of dollars on their blogs. High rollers teach you to succeed. Broke jokes teach you how to fail.

Do bloggers around you see making $25 as being a huge amount of money? You better lose the low-aiming crowd to surround yourself with bloggers who see $1000 and $10,000 and more as making coin.

Do bloggers around you circle the globe as swash buckling travelers? Check out this photo from my trip to Vietnam. Kong: Skull Island was filmed here.

Time to ditch the comfort zone crowd to hang with adventurous types.

Don’t get me wrong; I celebrate every cent I make online. But if you think I’m placing a sponsored post for less than $1000, you are insane. Like a famous super model who said she didn’t get out of bed for anything less than $10,000 a day, you need to develop a prosperity consciousness that demands big money and ignores appearance of poverty, lack, limitation and fear.

Who Do You Hang With?

Who do you count as blogging buddies? Happy, highly successful, prospering bloggers? You better, to increase your success.

For example, observe my blogging paperback on profiting. The aftermarket price is $45 USD. If most or all bloggers in your network would feel uncomfortable receiving $45 in royalties for a paperback, you better lose that network and surround yourself with bloggers who believe in abundance. I know John Chow feels comfortable receiving $45 for anything he offers online. Who cares? It is just money. It is only money.

Surround yourself only with bloggers who:

  • have posture
  • have authority
  • charge top dollar
  • profit freely
  • prosper freely
  • exude confidence
  • have a highly developed prosperity consciousness

You learn from the best, gain inspiration from the best and become the best by surrounding yourself with the best bloggers on earth.

But you need to be honest in who you choose to hang with in your blogging circles. Be clear. Be truthful with yourself. Maybe you feel comfortable trading comments with struggling bloggers you befriended 10 years ago but nothing spectacular happens for you if you surround yourself with struggling bloggers, being firmly fixed in your comfort zone.

Release all bloggers who are not happy and prospering.

Fill your blogger friend network with empowered, inspired, happy, successful, prospering bloggers.

Nothing personal.

Just your blogging success at stake.



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Are You Chasing the Flavor of the Month?



My first fundamental of successful blogging focuses you on being present.

All of our power resides in the moment.

None of our power resides in the future or past because neither exists.

Time is illusion.

Only Now is real.

Look at that brilliant featured image. I snapped it from the front porch during our trip to Fiji. Sweet things happen when you are in the moment, focusing all power on the present.

This marks my 796th blog post on Blogging Tips. I feel grateful to Zac for the opportunity to serve you. Plus I feel grateful for all success that flowed to me through these guest posts.

How in the heck did I write and publish nearly 800 guest posts on one blog?

I am in the moment, mostly. I am present. Plus I never, never, ever chase the flavor of the month.

Bruce Lee and Blogging

Alonzo Pichardo and I often chatted about being patient, persistent and present during the Online Success Chats Podcast.

Being patient, persistent and present helps you tap into immense powers, including the power of being creative *and* prolific. See my 800 blog posts on Blogging Tips as evidence of such power. Toss in my 2,008 articles (between posts and pages) on Blogging From Paradise and you understand: focusing on one core task, or core purpose, in the present, leads to amazing things.

Bruce Lee spoke of fearing not the man who practiced 10,000 kicks once, but he did fear the man who practiced one kick 10,000 times. He embodied this mindset in his genius, Renaissance Man type ways.

Lee’s wisdom and physical prowess are both timeless because he understood and lived this great truth: do 1 thing so frequently, with a focused energy, being in the moment, that you do it incredibly well. He understood the truth of how I live my life: where your attention and energy goes, grows.

The Flavor of the Month

Most bloggers struggle because they practice 10,000 kicks once, chasing hot niches, running after trends, and choosing to blog today, and podcast tomorrow, because everybody runs a podcast these days. Wait a second; live video reigns supreme? Time to become a live video expert. Meanwhile, as you jump from niche to niche, and from blogging to podcasting to live videos, I just wrote and published 800 posts on Blogging Tips alone. Plus I wrote and published 1,000 more guest posts on other blogs.

While most bloggers chase hot trends, profitable niches and the latest game changing opportunity, guys like Alonzo and I thrive by doing one thing alone so we do it incredibly well.

Success is yours, but success is not an overnight or week-long endeavor.

Stop chasing hot niches. Visualize your dreams in detail. Focus on your blogging wins. Invest in coaching and courses from top bloggers. Surround yourself with positive vibes and positive people.

Write, publish and connect with top bloggers by helping top bloggers.

Success Finds Specialists

I took a nap this afternoon. A calm, peaceful breeze kisses my face right now as I write and enjoy the day.

Imagine if you could work from home every day? Visualize that fun and freedom.

Sweet, right?

Specialists are the only folks who work from home full time. People who do 1 thing persistently, practicing this skill, so they become super skilled in a single, specialized niche.

I gave all of my professional energy to being a blogger for the past 10 years. I became really skilled at blogging because I never chased the flavor of the month.

Avoid program hopping, niche hopping and all forms of flavor-chasing.

Do one thing. Do it well.


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