Dec 10 2007

Boost Your RSS Feed Subscribers: Give Something Away

Many new bloggers just don’t know how to increase their rss subscribers. It’s not that the content isn’t good, there just isn’t an audience yet. Blogs take a little bit of marketing regardless of who you are. We took a while to get rolling, but that was just due to inexperience. One tool that was vital to our success thus far, has been the power of giveaways.

Free Stuff Draws RSS Subscribers

When you subscribe to a blogs RSS feed, you do so because you don’t want to miss anything from the blog. Whether it be for the content or some sort of giveaway. Once you get a RSS subscriber chances are you should be able to keep them for a while. Sometimes I stay subscribed to a blog just because I’m too lazy to unsubscribe.

Our latest RSS boost came from just offering a few prizes for subscribing to our feed via email. The number went from 14 to 74 within about 2 weeks. Even with the contest over, our email subscribers remain at 74. I plan to have other smaller giveaways like our TNX points giveaway as well. Make sure you don’t miss them.

CyberStreet Proof

I have been subscribed to Cyber Street Report for a long time, when they had a completely different theme. When I subscribed their RSS feed numbers stayed at about 10-15. I hadn’t visited them in months, until the posts surrounded blogging reviews and entrecard.

With the entrecard craze surrounding the blogosphere, Cyberstreet jumped on board and promoted the hell out of it. They have even decided to giveaway entrecard points. Give the people what they want right?

In a few short days of offering free entrecard points, it has seemed that their rss feed count has doubled or tripled to 36 readers. While this isn’t that much yet, the growth is great. I’d imagine as the prizes continue so will the feed subscribers increase.

The great thing with this is that it didn’t cost them anything to give these points away. There isn’t any excuse not to reward and attract readers with the tons of opportunities out there. Pick a service and promote it!

There is Always Help

If you still haven’t been inspired as to what you can do, make sure to contact us with any idea you might have. We might be able to throw in a prize to make your giveaway that much better. To follow with Cyberstreet, I also plan on giving away some entrecard points. Give the people what they want… right?


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  1. Reno said:

    Wow! Thank you for the post. More good things will be coming your way soon.

    December 10th, 2007 at 2:32 pm
  2. Matthew Henrickson said:

    thanks reno, congrats on the recent success of cyberstreet. Glad you found a way to make it work.

    cant wait for more good things! :)

    December 10th, 2007 at 3:53 pm
  3. RT Cunningham said:

    I know the giveaways help to gain subscribers, but what if you don’t have anything to give away?

    December 11th, 2007 at 1:58 am
  4. Ruchir said:

    That’s a great contest idea: to give away entrecard points…I’ll be doing it in the near future…

    December 11th, 2007 at 7:55 am
  5. Matthew Henrickson said:

    RT – The thing with entrecard is you can give them away and its free. There are tons of stuff you can offer. For example, we gained the 70 email subscribers for just giving away advertising on BAYB. Blogroll link, free review etc.

    You can also offer stumbles, points, accounts, invitations, domain, blog etc

    December 11th, 2007 at 11:32 am
  6. LM said:

    Matthew,
    Good question from RT, how about if you have nothing to give away, link from your blog is effective only if you have a good subscribers list already and high PR do-follow blog, that means we will only rely on our content

    December 11th, 2007 at 8:16 pm
  7. Matthew Henrickson said:

    Yes LM it is a good question, you just have to be creative. If your link isn’t a good enough prize, ask someone to donate a link. Blog about your Blog is always looking for contests to sponsor, offering a mere blogroll spot for some free advertising and publicity is a great offer.

    I don’t have money, but yet I have found ways to offer several 100$ contests. All I did was ask other companies who want the same thing we do, to expand. With a good marketing plan, their money is spent wisely just by sponsoring us.

    If you don’t have anything, ask someone who does.

    Don’t forget the obvious as well, giving away entrecard points has been great for those doing so.

    December 11th, 2007 at 9:27 pm
  8. LM said:

    Matthew,
    great suggestions for sponsors, creativity to bait sponsors plays a big role.

    Goodluck by the way to you

    December 11th, 2007 at 9:36 pm
  9. simon said:

    i feel any contest can increase your statistics in general but you have focused on a key indicator, my next contest will be done on RSS feeds

    December 12th, 2007 at 7:06 am
  10. Roadmap to Riches said:

    Great suggestions. I give away free ebooks and it boosts my opt ins. I teach my top performers to do the same.

    December 12th, 2007 at 5:24 pm
  11. Tish said:

    Entrecard is hot right now, and giving away credits can definitely increase your readership. In fact, we just launched a new contest on BlogsWeLuv yesterday. We are giving away 100 Entrecard credits.

    We also give away a blog review each month. RT, there’s another idea for you. There are lots of free and inexpensive prizes you can award.

    December 15th, 2007 at 7:02 pm
  12. Tish said:

    Oops. Sorry I messed up the link.

    BlogsWeLuv

    December 15th, 2007 at 7:04 pm
  13. Sly from SlyVisions dot Com said:

    Great post. I’m going to have to start implementing all of these tips if I want to reach my 1,000 subscriber mark. The only thing I haven’t really tried is giving away something for free. That should be my next project. :)

    Sly from SlyVisions dot Coms last blog post..Link Building Wiki: Link Building Tools and Resources

    September 1st, 2008 at 8:59 pm

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