50 Simple Ways to Gain RSS Subscribers

By Daniel Scocco

Most bloggers love their RSS readers. Not only that, but they also love to gain new RSS readers. It is such a joy when you wake up one day and see that your Feedburner count jumped by 200 or 300, right?

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Those days are quite rare though, and most people seem to have a hard time gaining even a small number of new RSS subscribers consistently.

Is there anything you can do about it? Any way to efficiently attract more RSS subscribers?

Sure there is. Many people wrote about this topic in the past, but I wanted to give my take on the issue too. I wrote those 50 ideas as they were coming to my head, as briefly as possible. Enjoy.

1. Have a big RSS icon. People are lazy. You need to keep that fact always in mind. If you use a little RSS icon, visitors might have a problem finding it. Most of those will just give up after a couple of seconds, so make sure the RSS icon is big and easily recognizable.

2. Display the RSS icon above the fold. Apart from using a big RSS icon, you must make sure that you display it above the fold. That is where most blogs have one, and that is where people are used to look for when they want to subscribe, so go with the flow.

3. Display the RSS icon on every page of your blog. When I started blogging I did this mistake. Only my homepage used to have an RSS icon…. As soon as I added it to every single page on the blog, the number of subscribers jumped.

4. Use words. Depending on your audience, just using an RSS icon might not be effective. If they aren’t tech-savvy, they might not know what that little orange thing is. In those cases, you can write a small message explaining that subscribing will allow them to keep updated with your posts and so on.

5. Write a post asking for people to subscribe. Ever heard the saying “Ask and thou shalt receive”? This principle works on most areas of our lives. Blogging is no exception. If you want people to subscribe to your feed, ask them to! Write a post about it, give them some reasons and you will see how they respond.

6. Use the FeedSmith plugin. Unless you hand code a lot of redirects on your blog, readers will still be able to subscribe to different RSS feeds provided by WordPress. This plugin will make sure that all your subscribers will be forwarded to the Feedburner feed, so that you can track them and control how your feed is formatted.

7. Offer email subscriptions. Like it or not, only a small percentage of the Internet users know about or use RSS feeds. Studies confirm that this number is below 10% around the world. Why would you want to miss the other 90% of the pie? If you use Feedburner, you just need to go on the “Publicize” tab to activate your email subscriptions.

8. Use an email subscription form. For most bloggers, an email subscription form will convert better than a simple “Subscribe via email” link. That is because Internet users are used to seeing those forms around, and typing their email address there is quite intuitive. The top of your sidebar is a good spot to place one.

9. Encourage readers to subscribe at the bottom of every post. Apart from having an RSS icon and email subscription form above the fold, it is also important to place them below each single post. Why? Because right after people finish reading your articles, they will look for something to do next, and subscribing to your blog is a good option. Additionally, if the article they just read was really good, they will be on the right mindset to subscribe and receive more of your articles in the future.

10. As few steps as possible. People are lazy (I know I mentioned it before, but it is worth re-emphasizing). The fewer the steps required for them to subscribe to your blog, the better. If you can reduce the number of clicks required, therefore, do it!

11. Use icons to offer subscription on the most popular RSS readers. One practical thing that you can do to reduce the number of steps required to subscribe to your feed is to use RSS reader specific icons (e.g., “Add to Google Reader” or “Subscribe on Bloglines”). Just analyze the most common RSS readers among your subscribers and add those icons to the sidebar.

12. Have clear focus on your blog. If you write about 10 different topics, it will be hard to convince people to subscribe to your blog. They might like your articles about technology, but they would hate to receive the house cleaning ones…. Having a clear focus is one of the most efficient ways to attract subscribers.

13. Publish new posts frequently and consistently. By frequently I mean publishing many posts per week or even per day, and by consistently I mean sticking with that frequency religiously. Those two factors will communicate to the visitors that your blog is active, and that subscribing to the RSS feed might be the best way to stay updated with it indeed.

14. Don’t exaggerate. While writing many posts per week or per day is usually a good thing, there is a limit to it. Many people mention that if a certain blog starts overwhelming them with dozens of new posts a day, they will just unsubscribe. The exceptions to this rule are the blogs on fast paced niches like gadget news.

15. Write valuable content. People will only subscribe to your RSS feed if there is some value that they can derive from it. This value might come from different different factors depending on your audience: it may come from the breaking news that you offer, from the deep analysis that you write, or from the funny things you say and so on, but it must be there.

16. Write unique content. You content might be valuable, but if people can find it elsewhere, they will have no reason to subscribe to your RSS feed. For example, suppose you copy all posts from a popular blog on your niche, say Lifehacker. You content would still be valuable, but it would not be unique, and most people would end up subscribing to the original source.

17. Don’t ramble or go off topic. If your blog has a clear focus as we suggested before, readers will subscribe to it for a very specific reason. If you then start writing about off topic stuff, it will annoy a great part of them. Just consider that a bad or unrelated post is worse than no post at all, since it might make some of your readers actually unsubscribe.

18. Use your RSS feed link when commenting on other blogs. Many bloggers have the habit of commenting on other people’s blogs. Some do it simply to join the conversation. Others because they want to promote their own blogs and generate some traffic. Either way, you can leave your RSS feed link instead of the website one to encourage people to subscribe to your feed (if you use Feedburner, they will be able to see your content anyway).

19. Run a contest. Contests are very popular on the blogosphere. If you have a somewhat popular blog, in fact, it is not difficult to raise some prizes and create one. By making subscribing to your RSS feed a requirement to participate, you could quickly boost the number of subscribers that you have. If you want to control who is going to take this action, use the email subscription method.

20. Offer random prizes to your subscribers. If you are not a fan of contests and competitions, you could always entice people to subscribe to your RSS feed by giving away random prizes. For example, if some company approaches you to donate some free copies of its product, you could in turn donate it to your subscribers

21. Write guest posts. Guest posts represent a very efficient technique for generating both brand awareness and traffic. If you guest blog on a popular blog on your same niche, there is also a good chance that a good percentage of that incoming traffic will end up subscribing to your feed.

22. Welcome the new readers. Whenever you manage to land a guest post on a really popular blog, or when you get mentioned on a larger website or mainstream site, it could be a good idea to write a specific post to welcome those readers. Use that post to describe your blog briefly, to talk a bit about yourself, and to encourage them to subscribe.

23. Go popular on social bookmarking sites. Some people say that the quality of the traffic coming from social bookmarking sites (e.g., Digg and StumbleUpon) is very low. This is true to some extent, because those visitors will rarely click on anything on your page (including on the subscribe link). Because of the sheer amount of traffic that you can get on those sites, however, even a really small conversion rate could easily mean 200 or 300 new subscribers in a matter of 24 hours.

24. Explain to your readers what is RSS. As we mentioned before, it is estimated that less than 10% of the popular know about or use RSS feeds. Can you do anything about this? Sure you can! Write a post teaching your readers what RSS is, why it is good, and how they can start using it. It works particularly well on blogs that have a non tech-savvy audience.

25. Have a special “Subscribe” page with all the info and links there. Apart from writing a specific post teaching your readers about RSS, you can also create a special “Subscribe” page on your blog where you explain briefly how to use RSS feeds, and place all the subscription links, badges, and email forms. You could then link to that page from the sidebar, with a link that would say “Subscription Options” or “How to subscribe.”

26. Create a landing page on your blog to convert visitors in subscribers. If you are going to purchase some banners or other type of advertising, it is highly recommended that you create a landing page to receive those visitors on the best way possible. Use that page to describe your blog, to highlight your best content, and to ask them to subscribe. When doing guest blogging, you could use this page as the byline link as well.

27. Send traffic to that page using PPC. Pay-per-Click advertising, like Google AdWords, is one of the cheapest ways to send targeted traffic to your site. Depending on the quality score that you get (this is calculated from the AdWords side) you could start getting visitors for as low as $0.01 each. That is, with $100, you could send up to 10,000 visitors to your landing page. With a 1% conversion rate this would mean 100 new subscribers.

28. Write an ebook and ask people to subscribe in order to download it. Whether you like them or not, eBooks are a part of the Internet. Many people write them, many others download and read them. If the content and the promotion are well structured, you have thousands of people wanting to read yours. What if you then require people to subscribe first before they can download it? That would bring a heck lot of new subscribers.

29. Launch an email newsletter with Aweber. An email newsletter can be used to complement the content on most blogs. You send a weekly email to those subscribers with your insider views of your niche, with some extra tips, tools and so on. If you then choose Aweber for your newsletter, you can use the “Blog Broadcast” feature to turn those newsletter subscribers into RSS readers too (they will receive a weekly summary from your feed).

30. Offer a full feed. If your goal is to have as many subscribers as possible, then offering a full RSS feed is the only way to go. Many people get annoyed by partial feeds, and even if that does not discourage them from subscribing at first, it might make them unsubscribe shortly after.

31. Clutter your website with ads. This point is a funny/weird addition to the list, and I don’t recommend anyone doing it. I didn’t invent this though, and I saw some people in the past talking about it. The idea is simple: if you clutter your website with many flashy and intrusive ads, but offer top quality content anyway, some people might get an urge to subscribe to your RSS feed just to avoid the clutter on the website….

32. Don’t clutter your RSS feed with ads. Just as too many ads on your site can scare visitors away, too many ads or badges or links on your RSS feed can make people unsubscribe. Keep the RSS feed as clean as possible. That is what people expect to have when they subscribe to an XML file, after all.

33. Use social proof. Ever entered into a restaurant because the place was packed with people, or didn’t enter one because it was empty? That is social proof in action. If you have a good number of RSS subscribers already (I would say over 500), you could display it on your site using the Feedburner feed count widget. This might motivate people to give your RSS feed a shot.

34. Offer breaking news. RSS feeds are one of the most efficient ways to keep up with sites that are frequently updated with information that you care about. If you manage to break some news, or to offer frequent updates on popular topics (like stock market alerts), people would have a stronger motivation to subscribe.

35. Mention that subscribing to your blog is free. It might sound strange, but many people actually get confused with the “Subscribe” terminology. I received dozens of emails over the past year from people that wanted to know if there was any cost associated with subscribing to my RSS feeds! To avoid any confusion, it could be worth mentioning that subscribing to your blog is free, so instead of “Subscribe to my RSS feed” you could use “Receive our updates for free.”

36. Use pop-ups to encourage subscription to your newsletter. Darren managed to increase his conversion rate by more than 700% using pop-ups. Sure, they are intrusive, but they work like nothing else. If you already have an established and loyal following, perhaps using this technique wouldn’t hurt your traffic. We also did a recent poll on the topic.

37. Use an animated RSS feed icon to draw attention. Animated ads get a much higher click-through rate, exactly because they move around and draw people’s attention. You can use the same technique with your RSS feed icon, and make it an animated GIF to call the attention of the visitors.

38. Use feed directories. Don’t expect to receive hundreds of new subscribers by using this technique, but every small bit helps right? Some people use feed directories to find new RSS feeds and content to subscribe to, so if you have some free time you could submit yours on those sites. Here is a list with almost 20 feed directories.

39. Email first time commentators encouraging them to subscribe. Sending a personal email to your first time commentators is a kind gesture, and many will thank you for that. You could use this opportunity to remind them that they can stay updated with your blog via the RSS feed. There is also plugin called Comment Relish that can automate this process, although it becomes less personal.

40. Make sure the feed auto-discovery feature is working. Most modern browsers have an auto-discovery feature that tried to identify if the website you are visiting has a valid RSS feed. If they do, the browser will present a small RSS icon on the right side of the address bar. So make sure that your can see that icon while visiting your blog, and click on it to see if the right RSS feed will pop. On WordPress you can edit this part on the header.php file.

41. Offer a comments feed. If you have an active community of readers who often engage in discussions on the comments section of your blog, you could consider offering a comments RSS feed.

42. Offer category feeds. If you have many categories on your blog, you could offer an RSS feed for each of them individually. This would enable visitors that are interested only in specific topics to subscribe to them and not to the whole blog. At the same time this granularity could increase the overall number of RSS subscribers you have.

43. Run periodic checks on your feeds. It is not rare to find blogs around the web with a broken RSS feed. Click on your own feed once in a while to make sure that the link is working, that the feed is working, and that it is a valid XML document.

44. Recover unverified email subscribers. You will notice that good percentage of your email subscribers will never confirm their subscription. Some are lazy, some just don’t understand the process. This percentage can go as high as 30%, so you could end up losing many would-be subscribers there. Fortunately you can email those unverified subscribers and remind them about the problem. It works for some.

45. Leverage an existing blog or audience. If you already have a popular blog, newsletter, forum, twitter account and so on, you could leverage that presence to get new subscribers. People that already follow you in some place will have a higher chance of subscribing to you new blog, especially if they like your work or person.

46. Use cross feed promotion. Find some related blogs that have a similar RSS subscriber base, and propose to the blogger to use a cross feed promotion deal. That is, you promote his blog on your feed footer, and he promotes your blog on his feed footer.

47. Use testimonials on your “Subscribe” page. You probably have seen how most product sales pages on the web use testimonials, right? That is because a personal recommendation from a third party goes a long way into convincing a prospect. If that is the case, why not use testimonials to convince people to subscribe to your RSS feed?

48. Get friends to recommend your site and RSS feed on their blog. Even stronger than having a testimonial on your “Subscribe” page is to have someone recommend you on his own blog or website. Many of his readers will pay attention to the message and head over to your blog to check what the fuzz is about.

49. Do something funny or weird while asking for people to subscribe. People love blogs with a sense of humor. If you can make them laugh, you have took them half way into subscribing. Some months ago I published the Huge RSS Icon Experiment, and gained 300 new subscribers in 3 days.

50. Start a long series so people subscribe to keep update with it. Long and structured series of posts are not only traffic magnets, but also RSS readers magnets. If a casual visitor discovers that you are publishing a long series about a topic he is interested on, he will think about subscribing in order to not miss the future posts of the series.

So, if you came this far reading the post, you should already be convinced that you need to grab my RSS feed, right?!


145 Responses to “50 Simple Ways to Gain RSS Subscribers”

  • AroJoy

    Great Post..

    Would be helpful for blogging idol…


  • Valeria | TimelessLessons

    Wow, Daniel. Incredible list here. I already have some of these ideas up and running, but I realize I never post links to my feed, definitely something I should try.

  • Scott Fillmer

    great tips on adding to your rss feed, I have found over the years that you can stay in the same area for quite a while and then something clicks with another blog or readers you didn’t know you had and it takes off for a while…

    staying on topic is hard sometimes when you have multiple subjects to cover… I tried a few different blogs to split out my photography and personal stuff but in the end went back to one single blog, it confused my readers to have more than one… go figure. Great stuff, thanks.

  • Young

    Excellent! But have you used all of them?

  • Maxime Guernion

    Wow ! Amazing list of great tips, thanks Daniel. Can I translate it for the french’s blogosphere ? I am sure it will interest my readers.

  • Adam Singer

    What a fantastic resource Daniel — you nailed alot of obvious and not-so-obvious tips in this.

    Great list!

  • Daniel Scocco

    @Young, I tried most yeah.

    @Maxime, sure thing.

    @Arojoy, Valeria, Adam, thanks!

  • HowToMakeMyBlog.com

    Wow this is a fantastic list! Great work!

    About emailing first time commentators, there is another plugin that lets you redirect the first time commentator to a post of your choice, so you can redirect them to a page where you thank them and ask to subscribe. Plugin is called “Comments Redirect”.

    Another useful plugin for gaining RSS subscribers is “What Would Seth Godin Do” which places a message of your choice on top of your blog posts to all the new blog users only.

    Recently I wrote a post about these plugins, if anybody is interested it can be found at: http://www.howtomakemyblog.com/how-to-set-up-a-blog/how-to-promote-rss-news-feed-to-your-blog-visitors/


  • SATISH — Technotip.org

    Most valuable article Daniel..

    And I am afraid to do these things “Email first time commentators encouraging them to subscribe.”, “Recover unverified email subscribers and email them”…. Anyway, I will give it a try.
    Thanks for those 50 tips.

  • Umit Namli

    A lot of information to hopefully increase my subscribers amount.

    Quite some obvious tips most people tend to forget, just because they’re…”too obvious”

    Thanks for the great list Daniel.

  • Rajaie AlKorani

    I will be checking this list every once in a while to try out a few of the mentioned ways.

    Great list, Daniel.

  • Vincent

    Great tips for increasing RSS feed subscribers. I need to work on it now.

    Personal Development Blogger

  • Solo Business Marketing

    These ideas and reminders of methods that I’ve considered but not tried are beneficial.

    I appreciate the list and appreciate the nudge. A combination of Nos. 19 and 20 are planned for this weekend.

  • Clare

    Thanks Daniel – I need all the help I can get for blogging idol so I’ve just spent an hour putting some of this stuff into practice. Some I do anyway so we’ll have to wait and see what happens…

  • Blazing Minds

    That’s a great amount of advice, I think I’m doing quite a bit of it, not everything, but your advice has certainly made me think more about my RSS subscribers, thanks 😉

  • SEO Genius

    Excellent ideas Daniel, and I love the icon its really cool 😀

  • SEO Genius

    @Daniel how do you email unverfied readers? Is this just talking about through using Aweber or can you do it with Feedburner, if so how?


  • Sohail

    Some very good tips there. I am going to use most of them Thanks Daniel 🙂

  • Vijay

    Excellent ideas. You have covered almost all aspects of RSS subscription.

  • Rarst has cool feed

    In my opinion gaining subscribers is not science. There is no guaranteed “do this and get 50, do that and gain 100”.

    It’s more like hunting with trap. You do your best to set up excellent trap… But after that you can only wait and hope someone gets in it. 🙂

  • Yield to Pedestrian

    Daniel –
    a great post! One thought – you put your most original and unique ideas at the end (perhaps on purpose?). I had heard everything up to about item 35, though I really did appreciate hearing it again and with your endorsement. After that, you presented some stuff that is totally new. Thank you and kudos! This took a lot of work to write.

  • Edge Girl

    I found that most of my readers of my main blog are not tech savvy–so I have a lot of email subscribers but very few RSS subscribers.

    On the blog are links and a tutorial on how to subscribe via RSS along with a link to a good tutorial video.

    In the end, they are responsive to my emails so I think I won’t sweat it!

  • Audrey

    Wow, this is an awesome list. There are so many things I’m not yet doing that I could be doing. Thanks for sharing!!

  • Shafar

    Great post! 🙂

  • jackie sheeler

    this is a fantastic post. i have read about all of these techniques at different times, but i have never seen them enumerated so clearly all in one place. this is definitely going to be my go-to post when i really get serious about growing my subscriber base.

    i feel like my blog needs a redesign before i go all-out for traffic (it’s got a lovely quirky little design now, lots of personality, but the features are limited so i’m upgrading to thesis).

    thanks again for all the tips!

  • jackie sheeler

    ps — i LOVE the giant heart icon!

  • Codrut Turcanu / Blog for Profit

    do you really recommend we start a long series so people subscribe to keep update with it?

    I can’t argue with that. I’ve tried this myself and wondered why I got a flood in RSS sign-ups… now I know why.

  • Melissa Donovan

    This is the second post in as many days that I’ve read, which focused on how to grow a subscriber base. What I find interesting is that neither post mentions what is perhaps the number one way of gaining subscribers – reciprocate comments by visiting the blogs of commentators. This post touches on that in number 18, but I think that especially for new bloggers, that’s the number one way to gain readers.

  • Melissa

    Awesome list!!! I had been told a few times to use a larger RSS icon but never got around to it. Two weeks ago I finally put one up and made my right side bar a “subscription area” and my RSS subscribers doubled!

    I used my Photoshop skills to add “subscribe now” to the animation on my RSS button. Feel free to hop over to my blog and grab the animation if you like it 🙂

  • Kids Soccer

    OMG. I’ve just found your blog Daniel and it is amazing. WTF. I’ve learnt more reading this blog than any other product i’ve bought. Keep up the good work. Your new loyal reader and fan.

  • Money Bush

    I think the most important one is having a button on each page and below each post.

  • Cheryl Smith

    What a fabulously useful post! Some of the tips weren’t new to me but many were. My personal challenge is to implement one new tip each week.

    A question regarding giveaway – I’m using feedburner. How do I track individual RSS subscribers to see who is eligible to win?

  • daniy

    The 10 list is nice. The 25 list is awesome. But this 50 list is incredible! I cannot imagine how could you extract those 50 points out of your head. Great, Daniel!

  • Deb Kolaras

    what a comprehensive post. I feel like throwing rocks at my blog right now, but instead, maybe I’ll just get busy with some of these tips.

  • Kimberly Alderman

    Thank you thank you thank you. I think I did something like 32 of the 50 suggestions today. I appreciate the list!

  • Andy

    I think this is the best article I have read in a long time! Thanks for all the tips. I will try to use as many as I can.

  • tweakwindows

    Yes..The best article on RSS..Thanks a lot.

  • Hussein

    Hey man. I like the heart shape rss image. I have heard so much about that feedsmith but I am not still using it. Maybe this now the right time to use it. 🙂

  • all top blogs

    excellent post. will use the tip right away.

    thanks Dan

  • Jonathan Drain, Dungeons & Dragons blogger

    Three hundred subscribers right now would increase my readership by 50%! I suppose it’s because I’ve picked such a specific topic.

  • Daniel Scocco

    @Yield, that was casual, I wrote the ideas down as they came into my head. I guess I started with the basic stuff you need to have in place, and moved to more advanced/optional stuff later on.

    @Cheryl Smith, you got use the email subscribers for that purpose, or you can also put a code on your feed footer, and tell your subscribers that the first one to email you that code wins the prize.

  • Rajat

    wow, great list to help newbies like me!

  • Dee Yan

    50 ways, to much for me, i need more simple ways.

  • Dee Yan

    50 ways, looks long way for me, i need more simple ways

  • Tschai

    Some remarks:
    Run a contest, Offer random prizes to your subscribers, Go popular on social bookmarking site, write an eBook…etc

    These things are not simple at all.

    PS: I followed your tip and left my feed URL instead of my homepage 😉

  • Rajeev Edmonds

    Very long series. Almost a mini tutorial for novice bloggers.

    #49 way is quite unique 😀

  • Ryan McLean

    Great tips….too many tips though I couldn’t be bothered reading the whole thing. You should put this into an ebook format (pdf) and give it away for free.
    Maybe expand on your points a little first

  • Ar

    I’ve just start blogging for a week and this is a great help!

  • IhateDesign

    thanks for the tips, ii appreciate that!

  • Jonathan Thomas

    Some excellent tips, I’ve been looking for ways to increase subscriber numbers on all my blogs and there were some things on this list I didn’t think of.

  • Hediye

    Good job what i need, thanks!

  • Norm Brooks

    Wow! A lot of good ideas. I obviously have some work to do on my blog implementing some of these.


  • Easton Ellsworth, TechStartups.com

    Wish I’d written this, Daniel! It’s so simple … not necessarily easy, but definitely simple.

    It boils down to presenting your RSS feed to people, telling them why they should grab it and then inviting them to subscribe (and to share it with their friends). Over and over and over. 🙂

    Awesome job here, thanks man.

  • The Hermit


    Excellent! Awesome stuff. You missed one thing though. You said use a big catchy RSS icon.

    But you forgot to link in the biggest one of all! The Heart!

    Link that thing in man. Peace.

  • Roberto @ Psychbits.com

    Great article. I will, for sure, implement some of these suggestions. BTW, I get excited when I see 1 new subscriber in my feedburner counter. I can’t imagine 200 or 300, lol.

  • Michael Aulia

    I find that I’m losing subscribers due to a mixed bag blog that I have 🙁 I think some people subscribed for the jokes that I posted, but since I only post a joke once every 1-2 weeks, I’m losing them

  • Angel Cuala

    This is another power list, Daniel. How about bribing them? lol! Kidding aside, I see not problem in giving away for free in exchange of a subscription. However, we must not forget to produce quality content such as this one. In general, we must think of ways on how to avoid them to unsubscribe.


  • JeGX

    Great tips and advices. Thanks for sharing them.

  • L-Jay

    I think the best one is:

    Mention that subscribing to your blog is free!

    I know that most RSS is free – but when I see the word ‘free’ I think – ooooooo! lol.

  • dev

    Good 50 ways but too many, need few day to test all, anyway thank man

  • Rahul

    These are great tips. Thanks mate. Still since like most users also have focused this that, 50 is a bit to much.

    Anyways, cheers mate.

  • Pablo

    great tips, I cant imagine really being too many more! Good stuff.

  • @melaclaro

    Good stuff, Daniel. You just found a new subscriber. 🙂

  • F

    Wohooa.. finally i found the tips! this is what i looking for!

    Anyway, i’m indonesian and my blog are using bahasa. May i translate this post into my native languaga and post it at my blog? with a link linking to this site as it’s source offcourse.

    Once again, thanks Daniel! This is really usefull. 😀

  • Dainis Graveris

    Soo detailed list, thanks for share..nice idea – but need to be really special article so people would want to exchange their rss feed against article download :))

    I am adding RSS readers quickly – i think You just need to be very active – adding commentars and new articles.

  • Mr.Nan

    Wow! oh my God. I think the most important one is having a button on each page and below each post.

  • Colorburned

    I posted this list of 127 RSS Feeds That All Designers Should Subscribe To http://colorburned.com/2008/11/110-rss-feeds-that-all-designe.html on my website and have seen a 700 subscriber jump in the last week. Others on the list have reported similar experiences.

  • Duong Beauty Secrets

    I am redoing my blogs/website. I have started in wrong and have learned alot in past few months. My website is full of great resources with no RSS anywhere. How do I get a large one. The feed burner in google that I used for a personal blog only has one size. I see others w/various size RSS buttons and as well as cool visable shapes. Thank you for the great post, am learning more today!

    If you have a moment, please reply to beautysecrets 1 at gmail dat com. Thank you!

  • Elzu Beth

    I think it is the greatest post on the RSS subscription feeds. I most liked in the post “FeedSmith plugin” It will really increase feed subscriber.

  • Hajib

    i learn a lot today…. thank you…

  • Donna | The Healthy Eating Site

    Excellent article! Thanks for some really good suggestions. My blog is still relatively new but I’m looking at ways to attract more RSS readers now, so finding your article was quite timely. I’ve taken notes on the things I want to implement… thanks for putting together such a great resource.

  • mattress

    very interesting page, thanks for sharing.

  • Freelance Jobs

    Thanks a lot for so many valuable tips. We have implemnted some of the tips and we can see significant gain in subscriber base. We have been using feedburner and it is very usefyl to manage everything with the subscription.

  • Viv Singh

    Fantastic article, you just got a new subscriber 😀

  • Hariesh

    Excellent post as usual Daniel.. One of the best that i have read.. will surely try some of these out on my blog..

    as you rightly mentioned people are lazy.. in the shipping industry, as far as i have checked, mine is the only blog so far and i am providing some good and unique content..

    i have sent emails to almost all of my clients about my site, YET so far not a single subscriber, but am not giving up.. there have been visitors and they have commented but not subscribed..

    and as mentioned since i could not find any other similar or related blogs i cant even go and write a guest blog somewhere..

    i am going to do my best to get people to view my unique content..

  • Aizeen Gruren

    I’ve implemented No.4, 24 and 25 in one of my blog. They did help. Some visitors emailed me to ask more about RSS and how they could benefit from it. Actually, I’m using a wordpress plugin (What would seth goldin do) to invite visitors to subscribe to my feeds on every single post. I wwish that would help. Thanks for sharing!

  • Hariesh

    Thanks for the comment Aizeen, will surely try it out..

  • amalroy

    Please delete my comment as i accidentally entered mt email in the name place.

  • amalroy

    Nice post man that was really informative.

  • DIY

    Do people really subscribe though. I use the internet a lot but I never subscribe. Maybe I need to be open towards it. I do like the BBC one.

  • Gerald

    Most of these I am already doing but there are a few listed here that I am not that I can add to my list. Thanks for the great list. 😉

  • story between us

    whoa.. i never really think of that especially the last 20’s .. 😮

  • Giorgio

    these are very good tips, i really liked your post and i’m working for making my site more RSS proof! 🙂 keep up the good work.

  • VishalHD

    Dude, that was an awesome posts! I loved it! Man you make some serious, and awesome tips and tidbits thanks a lot!

  • Bang Kritikus

    I added rss feed on my blog, but I think put each posting is better. How to do it. Thanks

  • HollywoodDream

    Great tips! Thanks 🙂

  • diabetes man

    thanks for great learning…..all above is very useful listing…I love this blog

  • Lars

    Just what I needed thx!

  • Nigel

    Great I never thought it like that. Thanks for the share

  • seth

    great ideas i am going make sure i am using all the tips that apply! Thanks!

  • Sean

    This was a great posts. You gave me a lot of things I have never thought of before.

  • teknoloji bilgisayar

    What a great post that inform me with big valuable info.
    Sincerely, thanks.

  • SEO Melbourne

    I read this article with great interest and I am sure it will enable me to take my blogging to the next level. My 2 cents on this is, take time to prepare your post (like u did with this one).

  • Mark Thomas

    It must have taken you ages to write all that. Excellent post though. I’m going to bookmark it and use it as a reference. Many thanks.

  • Naldz Graphics

    Interesting article.nice one=)

  • Cristhian Bedon

    Great information here.

  • Training Articles

    very nice and usefull article full of experianced populer techniques. thanks for sharing.

  • Australia SEO

    Excellent detail & overview, lots of good ideas… just need to find the time to implement

  • John

    Great tips. I really learned a good little bit about the placement issues I’ve been having. I’ll definitely have to try a few of these techniques.

  • mat

    I kind of newbie in blogging..this is my e-text book…haha..

  • Coupons

    very good article! it almost cover everything which can gain RSS subscribers. I will some of tips for my website to try to get more users.


  • BlogMoneyMania

    That is a great heart RSS icon! Great info as usual!

  • 8bitmag

    Very helpful article. I will use this strategy for my blog

  • Fefos

    Wow, there are so many things I’m not yet doing that I could be doing.

  • Fefos

    Dude, that was an great posts! Thanks

  • SEO Australia

    Great post. Definitely agree with all the above points especially creating landing pages to convert subscribers. Also alot of people forget the importance of search engine optimisation when it comes to blogs which is generally a big mistake.

  • SEO Quotes

    These ideas and reminders of methods that I’ve considered but not tried are beneficial.I appreciate the list and appreciate the nudge.

  • Val

    Great tips! In addition, If you are adding RSS to your website for search engine optimisation, there is one important rule that must be followed: DON’T USE JAVASCRIPT! Javascript solutions are common and easy to implement. However, the javascript content won’t be indexed by the search engines and your page will not get SEO benefits from the feeds. ASP, PHP, and HTML alternatives for RSS are readily available.

  • Bruce Clay SEO

    RSS should be viewed as an SEO Best Practice for any website that will remain very static and should be strongly considered as a part of all SEO projects.

  • Chris Lammert

    Great information. I like how you have subscription options from multiple parts of the page – great idea!

  • said026

    Thanks a lot ^^

  • Daily Good Tips

    Feedburners subscribers are very important for our blog, because we can promote anything in our feed

  • David

    Great post, i think the feed directories is the one element that im not looking at besides emailing. Just a matter of having enough time to do everything I guess.

    Thank You

  • Dicky

    Great tutorials of gaining more rss subscribers! Thanks!

  • medyum

    I think the most important one is having a button on each page and below each post.

    Thank you nice article…

    Medyum Oguz

  • Alex Dedul

    Thank you, nice RSS Love picture :).

  • Diggy – Upgradereality.com


    I’m Diggy from Upgradereality.com!

    My blog is all about personal development, dating, fitness, health, productivity, business and all things related to this.

    I’m fairly new to the scene and looking to grow my audience:)

    Another great article!

    Oh, congrats on your 26k subscribed readers:) I look up to you:)

    Have a rockin’ day

  • gögüs estetigi

    RSS should be viewed as an SEO Best Practice for any website that will remain very static and should be strongly considered as a part of all SEO projects.

  • Paul Whaley

    Nice post!

    You can add “have a socking great RSS heart which just sings out of a search for an RSS image on google images”. Er, except better-written.

    Is that heart CC-licensed?

  • ravi

    Excellent! But have you used all of them?

  • Gary

    Great tips and great list. Rss subscribers are so importent for blogs nowdays.

  • How to WordPress

    This is the mother-list of gaining subscribers. Great list of things and I hope to start implementing some of them for a few of my blogs.

  • sbunting108

    Thanks great post bookmarked it to refer to later at another time!

  • lalacan

    Thanks, a great set of resources for bloggers

  • Lion El Aton

    This is one of the best posts I’ve read in a while. I love numbered lists!

  • araç sorgulama

    this is a fantastic post. i have read about all of these techniques at different times, but i have never seen them enumerated so clearly all in one place. this is definitely going to be my go-to post when i really get serious about growing my subscriber base.

    i feel like my blog needs a redesign before i go all-out for traffic (it’s got a lovely quirky little design now, lots of personality, but the features are limited so i’m upgrading to thesis).

    thanks again for all the tips!

  • Pregnancy Tips

    Wow, I’m ashamed to say that I don’t haven’t done too much than the first 2 points, that is to have a relatively big RSS symbol and to have it above the fold.

    In other words, I could do like 48 times better in getting new subscribers! Wow, I really like the ‘Run a Contest’ and ‘Do something funny below the RSS symbol’

    Thanks a bunch!

  • Daniel

    Best tips ever seen! Congrats… 😉 Some of tips i will definitely implement.

    • Sam

      Excellent post. Have to state the “valuable” and “unique” strategies get mentioned all the time and rightly so, however it the extra strategies suggested here that makes this blog stand out. Well done.

  • Joe

    Great tips! I love the list of 50! Wonderful Resource. I heard that placing a testimonial under the subscribe area will increase conversion by 15%!

  • Francine

    Just started this website…seems like a long hill to climb…started too late in the game perhaps?? I’m doing it for myself mostly…but I wouldn’t mind having a couple of readers lol
    This was good info for me.

  • James

    The biggest issue for us, that majority of our users dont know how to use RSS feeds, they dont know what rss feeds are, why they should use them, benefits etc.

  • Julie

    I learned a lot of things from this post. I never imagined there can be 50 ways to gain RSS subscribers. Every suggestions were praiseworthy. Thanks for sharing.

  • Matt Smithson

    This post was very informative. All 50 tips were very helpful. Keep up the good work.

  • katie

    I’m new in blogging thanks for your informative tips. I really liked your idea of Write an ebook and ask people to subscribe in order to download it. Thanks

  • Monica

    I’m currently Working on Ebook which will help me to Boost my feed readers 2X

  • Eryaman hali yikama

    Good info thanks for sharing with us.Nice information, valuable and excellent, as share good stuff with good ideas and concepts, lots of great information and inspiration, both of which we all need, thanks for all the enthusiasm to offer such helpful information here…

  • MiniCab London

    Excellent! But have you used most of them?

  • Molly

    Write compelling content so people will want to subscribe. This article is interesting and compelling, so he finishes it off with a pitch to subscribe. You shouldn’t do this every time or else it will get old, but an occasional reminder like this is quite effective, particularly if the post has the potential of doing well on digg etc.

  • medyum


    Excellent! Awesome stuff. You missed one thing though. You said use a big catchy RSS icon.

    But you forgot to link in the biggest one of all! The Heart!

    Link that thing in man. Peace.

    Medyum Niyazi Hoca

  • jennifer duncan

    Comprehensive information on RSS seen first time ever. Well i will implement this for my blog too. also will be adding soon in my world’s best information blog whereas already stumbled. Cool to find such huge stuff for other topics too. 🙂

  • Steve Robbins

    Complete! No other information needed. All info are here.

    Thanks for the great post. Best wishes…

  • Brett

    Thanks so much for this! I’ve heard the big G is also making RSS opt-in’s more important in terms of ranking!

    Definitely going to try that FeedSmith plug in.

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Arpan Kar @ Business Fundas

    This is a great post and you have given me some really unique ideas to increase my subscribers.

  • Moyo

    Certainly these are great tips, however I see fluctuations in my RSS subscribers, almost always goes down to 0 after a spike. I post regularly, so I don’t really understand what I may be doing wrong, or am I really doing anything wrong?

    Anyway, i’m always welcoming tips. I’ll appreciate any tips on creating exposure for my site.

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