The Huge RSS Icon Experiment: Subscribe Today!

By Daniel Scocco

I always preach that blogging and online marketing is about experimentation, so here we go with another experiment. That big arse RSS icon (I know it hurts the eyes, sorry about that!) is to remind you visitor, you that have not subscribed to Daily Blog Tips yet, that you should! Else you risk losing the simple yet valuable tips that we publish every day.

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Considering that it is 7 pm of Wednesday here, I will track the results on Friday and see how many visitors we encouraged to become RSS subscribers.



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54 Responses to “The Huge RSS Icon Experiment: Subscribe Today!”

  • Daniel Scocco

    Sumesh, from yesterday to today I gained 300 RSS subscribers or so :).

    You forget that the majority of the Internet users do not RSS consistently. Other times visitors will just check your site without subscribing.

    For those, a small (or big) reminder can help.

    The idea of moving the subscription forms to the top of the left sidebar is one that we have considered in the past already.

    When we have some time we will play with it, thanks for the input.

  • Sumesh

    That is huuuuuggggggeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!

    But honestly, icons and other intrusive reminders don’t save much purpose. The majority of your visitors will already have subscribed, and those that do not, need only the small icon on the header region.

    Like Darren Rowse says, this post is actually preaching the wrong sheep (or was it people? 😉 )

    PS: There is one thing you could do, though. Buzz up Brian Gardner to move the RSS subscription icons to the left sidebar, above category lists. This is because the header area tends to be ignored by visitors (I do so too), and is not as effective. We read (English) from left to right, so placing RSS subs options/form on the left sidebar provides maximum exposure.
    See Copyblogger’s design for an excellent example.

  • Daniel Scocco

    @Armen, yes I do think you might be losing some subscribers if you don’t display an RSS icon.

    It shouldn’t be a big number, but some people will definitely just scan your whole page looking for the orange icon, if they don’t find it they might just forget about it.

  • La Blogueria

    No way to get around this. I’ve subscribed.

  • Daniel Scocco

    Sorry for all the people that were already subscribed!

    I know I blinded you in vain :).

  • nefesco

    OK i’ll try this out… if my readership explodes, it’s gonna be *your* fault lol 😛

  • XIII

    Ok ok, I’ll subscribe. I like a blog with a sense of humor.

  • David Airey

    Armen asks an interesting question, whether he’d be losing readers by not having an icon. This relates to my own blog, as I did away with the RSS button some time ago. I did, however, keep the orange colour for the feedcount, so there’s a (oh, the word’s on the tip of my tongue, but I’ve forgotten). Hmmm.

  • Eli

    I have subscribed though … so why is this huge button in my face? You said it’s to remind me I haven’t subscribed 🙂

    Or maybe I misread … then I didn’t bother re-reading and editing my comment 😀

  • pablopabla

    I had difficulty fitting in that big orange into my computer monitor! LOL!

    I am already a subscriber at my office and home computers. Now, I need a notebook to subscribe as a mobile user. Bwahahahaha!

  • Tay – Super Blogging

    Good one! Except I arrived here from an RSS reader already. 😉

    I look forward to seeing the results, good luck!

  • kashif

    LOL…This is big . I always thought you already have a big RSS icon but I was wrong 😀

    I am keen to find out the result of this experiment .

  • Bill Stevens

    Ouch. You write the most painful posts. 😉 If you look at it long enough there’s a hidden message. Kind of like playing music backwards. 🙂

  • holli jo

    Thanks for making me laugh today. Seriously. And I’m already a subscriber, but let us know how the experiment goes.

  • Jacob Cass

    Wow that is an awesome idea. It would be a great idea if you went away on holiday or something.

  • Dr. R MyMedJokes

    Yours is bigger than mine! My site only has a tiny RSS kitten.

  • Armen

    On the topic, do you think I’m losing subscribers by not having a button, Daniel?

  • OldSailor

    Is there any software which can make the icon appear smaller for those who have already subscribed ?

  • Martin

    Nice try. 😉

    I actually just found this web site, and have no idea how I hadn’t already! I’m not so keen on RSS myself, I like to visit web sites the old fashioned way.

  • Llama Money

    Damn, if I wasn’t already subscribed, I sure would be signing up right now. That icon is really huge…. and really, really orange.

  • Daniel Scocco

    Jcyreus, it is an experiment, if it works I can always recommend it to the readers.

    Plus it sounded like a cool idea. You got think outside of the box :).

  • Jcyreus

    C’mon Daniel…with over 10K subscribers, don’t you think you’ve already captured our syndicated attention? 🙂

    Having slightly fewer subscribers than you do, I’ll increase the size of my [rss] unit this week and let you know how it works out for me over at jcyreus.com

    Good luck with growing your already respectable subscriber count (not that you need it).

  • jodith

    *laughs uproarously*

    *struggles to control herself*

    I’d try to subscribe, but alas, I subscribed the first time I read your blog. So sorry I cannot help.

  • Daniel Scocco

    @Suzy, you can grab a 2000×2000 RSS icon here:
    http://www.havelaptopwilltravel.com/biggestRSS.html

  • Daniel Scocco

    @executivehacks, I think the RSS icon works better than a big black box :).

  • TheOddsTrader

    Lol! I need to try this one out too! But i’m already a subscriper to your blog, so i can’t say if this worked on me.

  • executivehacks

    follow-up experiment: put a giant blank space the same size…so that any accidental click on the middle of the page makes you sign up…or is it the sudden shock of the glaring orange that makes your index finger contract reflexively, thus signing you up for RSS?

    Signed,

    A satisfied RSS subscriber.

  • Suzy

    Where does one get a RSS icon of that ginormous size? I’m also already subscribed, by the way 🙂

  • Otto – American Interests

    You are keen, that’s good…

  • Stephanie

    My eyes! My eyes! LOL.

    Looking forward to the results of your experiment. I’ve been subscribed a while, so I’ve been blinded in vain. Hope you get good results.

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