The amount of comments a blog has can give you some indication to the success of the site as can the traffic the site receives but neither are completely reliable or fair ways of comparing blogs in my opinion. For example, TechCrunch currently has a mind boggling 875,000 subscribers yet some posts have received less than 10 comments. Compare that to some blogs out there with only a few hundred subscribers but manage to get 20-50 comments in each post.
RSS is King
Without doubt, the number of subscribers a blog has is the best way to gauge how successful the blog is. This is one of the reasons why there are so many guides showing you how you can increase the number of subscribers to your blog. Put simply, a blog with a high feed count is successful. Some blog genres find it easier to get subscribers than others so it’s debatable what qualifies as a ‘high feed count’ but from my experience blogs with 10 thousand subscribers or more tend to be regarded as leaders in their niche.
The RSS Roller Coaster
There are thousands of articles online which talk about how to increase your RSS feed count. These articles explain how you can encourage, persuade and sometimes even bribe your visitors into subscribing to your blog feed.
However, I have not seen too many articles which discuss the unsubscribing habits of feed readers ie. what makes someone unsubscribe from a feed?
I’m sure there are dozens of reasons why someone unsubscribes from a blog including :
- You have stopped updating the blog
- The reader does not read your blog anymore ie. change of reading habits
- The reader does not need your blog anymore (for example, a blog aimed at beginners may lose some subscribers once they learn more)
- You have offended them
The first point brings me to the question I want to ask you all :
‘How long can a blog last without posts before the number of RSS subscribers decreases?’
Gone but not forgotten
The reason I am curious about this subject is because I have witnessed many popular blogs drastically reduce their posting frequency and yet they do not appear to have lost any of their subscribers. For example, the blogging advice blog John TP has not been updated in a month and a half and yet the site retains it’s 3,100 daily subscribers. Likewise, the popular blog Pearsonified didn’t update for over 2 months and didn’t lose any of it’s 4,800 subscribers.
I have no doubt that drastically reducing the frequency of posting will lose you subscribers. Lower traffic blogs should see a reduction in subscribers after a few weeks of posting but popular blogs seem to retain the same feedcount. Why is this? Well, I have no cold hard facts however I believe that they are still losing some subscribers but that they are gaining new ones from search engine and referral traffic, despite the fact that the blog is not updated as often.
One other big factor is influence. The more popular and influential a blog is the less inclined people are to unsubscribe from them. I know this from experience, I still subscribe to a few blogs which are not updated much now because when they do post the articles are good (sometimes newsbreaking).
However, this begs the question once again, ‘how long can a blog last without posts before the number of RSS subscribers decreases?’. If John Chow, Darren Rowse, Brian Clark or Daniel Scocco decided to stop updating their blogs, how many months would pass before their RSS feed counts decreased?
It’s clear to me that many RSS readers do not check the feeds they subscribe to often enough to remove them from their reader. I’ve seen many bloggers claim to subscribe to hundreds of blogs so this is understandable ie. the more blogs you subscribe too the more time consuming it is to manage those feeds in your reader.
I also believe that there are many people who rarely remove a blog from their feed reader and that they are happy to simply move the ones which are updated less to the bottom of the pile.
What makes you unsubscribe from a blog? How long would you be willing to subscribe to a blog if they stopped updating it?
5 Proven Methods to Get More Attention and Engagement on Your Blog
Whether you’re choosing to blog for business or pleasure, your number one priority should be to attract as many people to your page as possible. If you haven’t noticed much traffic on your blog lately, there are various things that you can do to help increase your readership.
Some of the most obvious ways to improve traffic and engagement on your site, is to have better content and a custom social media sharing strategy in place. These two components alone can result in thousands of new visitors to your site daily.
With that in mind, here are 5 ways to make your blog get real attention.
Establish Your Audience
If you don’t know who your target audience are, it can be difficult to know what sort of content to publish on your blog. Understandably, you will want as many people as possible to not only check out your page, but become loyal followers, so taking the time to understand your audience is important. The last thing you want is to spend hour after hour curating content for it to not be seen.
If you’re blogging for business, a great way to find out your target audience is by setting up your own Facebook business page. Make sure to link your blog on the page so customers know where to go for more information about your company.
In fact, Famoid recommends the following ten metrics and methods to be used when trying to grow and improve engagement through a Facebook Business Page.
- Use Multiple Forms of Media in Your Posts
- Don’t Over-Plug Your Product and Services
- Get People Involved
- Give People a Reason to Follow you
- Branding is Everything
- Thoroughly Fill Out the “About Us” Section
- Upload All of Your Videos and Photos to Your Page
- Make Sure It’s a Business Profile
- Be Responsive
- Be Consistently Active
Just like a blog, you need to make sure your social media profiles and fan pages are working for you, but also providing value to your audience. If not, users will quickly unfollow and unlike your content, while also being likely never to come back.
Post Relevant Content
Once you’ve identified your target demographic, the next step to take is to focus on what sort of content you’re posting. With so many blogs available on the internet, consumers can simply go elsewhere if they lose interest in your page, therefore, creating content that’s relevant, fresh, and eye-catching is key. Try and post images and videos on your page, rather than dominating the screen with large blocks of text. Many consumers don’t have the time or patience to sift through sentence after sentence, so you may want to consider using bullet points too.
At the end of the day, content is everything… but it’s the beginning and end all to everything. If you are creating content just for the sake of putting something out there, it’s not going to work. With more than a billion websites and blogs on the internet today, everyone needs to focus on creating the highest quality of content possible in order to not waste time and resources on just filling the internet with more clutter.
If you haven’t heard about SEO before, the chances are your blog isn’t gaining as much traffic as it could be. Search engine optimization is used to rank your blog higher in search engine results like Bing and Google. The higher your page is, the more chance you have of consumers checking out your blog. If you are a business that has multiple locations, you may want to consider using multi location SEO which can keep track of mentions of your company across the web, as well as on-page optimization.
This is especially true for local businesses or ad campaigns that are targeted to a select location or demographic audience. The better content and targeting you have in place, the more likely you can rank higher in the search results for localized terms or through social media with social sharing from locals.
Try Guest Posting
Helping other bloggers out with posts can be another great way to increase traffic to your page. Putting your knowledge and expertise to good use can not only help you build contacts through the blogging world, but it can also help draw readers in. We could all do with a helping hand, especially when starting out as a blogger, so posting links and recommendations to other bloggers can see your traffic increase.
Guest posting is still one of the best ways to get content placed on high-quality web sites and blogs, but it’s also getting quite saturated as well. For this method to work efficiently, you will need to build relationships with different websites and blogs across the internet, while also offering high-quality content in the process.
It goes without saying, if you aren’t motivated and consistent with your blog, you can’t expect consumers to stay interested. Blogging takes time and commitment, so if you aren’t passionate about your page, you won’t get very far. Major success rarely happens overnight, so being driven and staying focused with your blog is important.
Your first port of call should be to establish who your target demographic is. If you’re in business, posting content that’s relevant and informative is crucial, allowing customers to get more of an insight into what your company is all about. Using SEO to rank your page higher, staying consistent with your content, as well as trying out guest posting are just a few things you can do to make your blog get real attention.
Conquering Blogging Fears Sometimes Involves Shedding Blogging Tears
Build a list. Publish posts frequently. Guest post. Work harder.
I did all that stuff. I still struggled. You did all of it, too. Some of you at least.
But I bet you we were in the same boat years ago. Perhaps you sit in the boat of blogging despair now. You did it all. NOTHING seems to be working. Create value. Make connections. No traffic. No money. I can advise good things take time. Or I can say to be positive and be strong. In truth, being positive, patient and strong all are effective means to conquering your blogging fears.
Shedding tears is the quickest, most direct, simplest way to conquer blogging fears. Every fear is scary because fear frightens you. Crying out fears literally dissolves the fear-fuel; as tears shed, so do fears. Chip away; be present, relax, and allow fears and tears to flow in a quiet room.
Guys; until you face, feel and release fears, you cannot be generous, abundant, patient, persistent and prolific. Why? Fear is an anchor leading to:
- writer’s block
- general apathy
I can advise you to generously help people but if you feel bogged down by fear, you will ignore me because you just want to help yourself. See how far you get blogging-wise helping yourself. Expect to publish a cyber diary. Nobody reads self-centered bloggers but the blogger themselves.
Crying Leads to Shining
Last night I worked through the evening. Sickness mixed with energy surges inspired me to work then to meditate at 3 AM. Fatigue and allowing unearthed sadness in me; I cried uncontrollably for 10 minutes. Guess what? I immediately felt better, peaceful, poised, calm, grateful and generous. Perfect energy for accelerating my blogging success. But not crying out those energies creates a fear-burden sapping my generosity and abundance.
Do Not Be Tough Because Repressed Fear Leads to Endless Struggle
I have seen many struggling bloggers work 18 hour days doing smart stuff but injecting work with fear-strain-force. Guess what? Struggles ensue because you cannot get over what’s still in you. Do not be tough. Do not repress fear because fear will destroy your blogging campaign. Every struggle is fear. Every failure is fear. Feel fear – however unpleasant – to move along the struggle, to be generous, to trust and to succeed.
In my eBook: Creating the Mindset of a Successful Blogger
I explain thinking, feeling and acting like a pro leads to professional results. How can you think, feel and act like a pro blogger if you fear running out of money? How can you succeed if you deeply fear failure? How can you be a generous, trusting person if you feel terrified to spend time building bonds and creating content?
Fear makes you a blogging fool. Blogging fools spam people, publish thin content and fail forever until they face, embrace and release fears.
Cry it out. Seriously. I felt such a purge last night. I continue to predominantly feel amazing, light and relaxed by feeling whatever emotions arise in my being. Nobody enjoys feeling sad, but in the same vein, you will be completely blind to and fabulously ignorant of good, successful blogging advice if you feel burdened by sadness. Nobody succeeds in a happy, abundant way being saddled by fear and sadness. Let it go. Process your emotions not from logic, but from raw energy.
Once the tears go, then fears go. From that energy you are free to become a highly successful, prospering blogger because you act from an abundant, generous vibe.
Why Do You Resist Writing eBooks?
Writing and self-publishing eBooks scares bloggers.
I piddled in my eBook writing pants until 2012. People told me I should write ’em. I looked for every reason in the eBook NOT to write eBooks. Nobody would listen. Nobody would buy. Nobody would care.
Turns out, people listen, buy and care enough to publish 5 star reviews for my eBooks. Look at the featured image for this blog post describing this eBook:
I locked down five, 5 star reviews because I taught my readers how to write successful eBooks fast. But years prior, fear clouded my mind concerning writing eBooks to the point of me refusing to write one. You may be in the same cyber boat; but you better not miss the eBook writing boat. Lucrative profits serve as one part of the picture. Digging deeper, writing eBooks brands you, distancing you from the herd. Plus you feel good writing short reads and gain trust and extra credibility in the eyes of readers.
Why Do You Resist Writing eBooks?
Fear is the core reason. Fear of failure, criticism or wasting time sit near the top of eBook-related fears. I did not know how to sit down and write the darn things. Fear arose in my mind; how would I do it? Who would teach me? Could I find the process? Would I need special editors? How could I learn the technical steps for conceiving an idea to shipping the eBook on Amazon? Tech stuff really scared me; I had no idea how to save Word files with different, web-based extensions, let alone creating covers with proper dimensions via Canva to meet Amazon’s diligent standards.
Rather than learn how to do these things I allowed fear to get the better of me, refusing to write eBooks. But during a trip to India I met a reader and friend who begged me to write eBooks for a while. He had been on me for a minute. Meeting in person, he finally convinced me to write and self-publish an eBook on a lesser known digital platform. Later, I went with Amazon, and never looked back.
I had to dive into and nudge through deep fears related to failing and being criticized because I believed nobody would buy what I offered in eBook form. As my friend convinced me, I waded through ideas like wasting my time, getting terrible reviews and promoting my eBook to the tune of zero sales. Did it feel good to embrace these fears? Heck no. But the benefits of self-publishing far outweighed a few unpleasant emotions experienced during these fear-feeling sessions.
Nothing to Lose Everything to Gain
Gain by writing eBooks; if you take experience with you, loss is impossible. Even if you sold not a copy you take valuable writing, marketing and selling experience with you any time you write and launch an eBook. But if you generously help people and make friends, you will sell eBooks and help more people, reflecting gain back to you in physical form.
Digging even deeper, facing and releasing fears associated with criticism and failure benefit you across the board with your blogging campaign. Apply that same fearless nature to other aspects of your blog to boost your blog traffic and profits.
Write and ship.
You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
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