Friday, July 20, 2007

Feed Success in 5 Easy Steps


Several days ago I told you how to achieve Feed Failure in 5 Easy Steps . I wrote that article after experiencing issues with a few feeds I had subscribed to as well as a few small glitches with my own. Well today folks it is a more positive note - Feed Success.

Step 1
Post original relevent content. If you are only posting content the readers are getting elsewhere you will lose them. Readers typically subscribe to a fairly large number of feeds and trust me they will notice if you are simply redressing the content of others. Take some time on your articles and put some thought into what you want to say and how you want to say it. DON'T be afraid of saving drafts of articles and returning to them later. I know for me personally I usually am working on several posts at any given time. Original and relevant content will help avoid commoditization of your articles and go a long way to building a better relationship with your subscribers.

Step 2
Make it easy to subscribe to your feed. Obviously before you can even worry about keeping or losing subscribers you need to have them. People need have subscription options readily visible and available. Head over to feedburner and burn your feed and start using their free feed optimization tools.

Step 3
Publish a full feed. Readers are subscribing to your content - Give it to them. Don't give them the trailer to your content, buy them a ticket to the movie. This is may be a step 2a, but this is why internal linking is so important in your articles. Folks reading your blog through a reader will clickthrough to your site. Don't go overboard with the links though.

Step 4
Don't post too often or too infrequently. It is imporant to keep the feed fresh yet not flood it with content. If you post a great article and the shovel a bunch of useless posts on top of it people won't read it. Kevin of Blogging tips recently wrote a very article on The importance of spacing your posts out talking about how and why he spaces his posting out. Darren over at ProBlogger did a survey of his readers and came up with 34 Reasons Why Readers Unsubscribe from Your Blog. The top two reasons given - Too many posts and not enough. Frequent properly spaced posting of quality content is key in building a large subscriber base.

Step 5
Feed Your Feed!

Thanks to the folks over at John Cow dot Com for this one! Okay so maybe this is really a few steps rolled into one.

The idea is simple: You want readers and you want link backs too because that’s all us bloggers want, it’s more precious than milk for some.

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So how does it work?

Simple! You just copy the list down below on your blog, hence creating link backs for your blogging friends and then click the RSS feed link to subscribe to all of them. Then you add yourself and up to 5 other bloggers and their feeds to the end of the list before you publish it on your own blog. Show your friends some link love Just imagine if just 10 people would do this and then 10 more after them. That would get your blog 100 extra link backs and 100 extra feed subscribers!

The List:
Subscribe to Profitable Productive Blogging
Subscribe to A Cowboy's Wife
Subscribe to Make Money Online
Subscribe to JohnCowdotCom
Subscribe to BobmeetsWorld
Subscribe to LifeisRisky
Subscribe to TheKingKongBlog
Subscribe to My New Hustle
Subscribe to GadgetTastic
Subscribe to Life of Browie
Subscribe to Disregard Me
Subscribe to Everybody Go To
Subscribe to Brian Vaughan
Subscribe to Fuery
Subscribe to Sam Breadstone

Extended list:
Subscribe to 40Hourstogo
Subscribe to A Nice Place in the Sun
Subscribe to Abundance Highway
Subscribe to Weighwewere
Subscribe to DietivitySubscribe to Emoms
Subscribe to OnePennyProject
Subscribe to TotalWellnessTips

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Not in the list? Don’t worry, you can grab it, publish it and if I get a pingback, we’ll add you to this list too! I will do my best to check who joined and add you here. Leave a comment to let me know you are participating.



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4 comments:

EJ Cooksey said...

Thanks for adding my link...looks like this is going to be a great meme!

Cmanlong said...

no problem. thanks for stopping by and checking out the site. it is much appreciated.

Kent AKA Tharsos said...

Hi! I made a similar post:
http://earn-money-on-the-web.blogspot.com/2007/07/blog-advice-link-feed-exchange-program.html
and linked to you in it and joined your rss feed.
Hope you have time to add me to the list:)

Anonymous said...

cman,

There is a bigger pagerank meme going on at the moment:

Feel free to hop onboard the link train ;-)

http://deanhunt.com/say-no-to-pagerank-yes-to-life/