Ok, there I did it, but I had a good reason. A lot of purist will think I did this just for the link and that's not entirely true. I've been subscribing to John's website for over 6 months now (maybe longer) and it is a very informative website and shows you, as a blog or website owner, how to monetize traffic.
What first attracted me to the site was his willingness to share real counts, how much money he makes from his blog, as well as strategies for increasing your traffic. Plus, in general it is a fun read and as opposed to other "experts", he really backs up his talk with facts and figures. This recent post is a prime example of why I'm a loyal reader and why I took the review offer.
In today's post called How to Increase RSS Subscriptions, he gives enormously valuable advice to bloggers and website owners on how to increase subs as well as monetizing traffic. Here's what I found so valuable about the post:
- First, I saw plenty of blogs going to partial RSS feeds to get you to read the full article on the actual website and I thought about it for myself. John writes: "Do not use RSS as a teaser in the hopes that the reader will click to the blog in order to read the full post. Unless your blog is updated 20+ times per day, reader won’t sign up to the RSS in the first place."
- Next, I don't show my RSS count because I thought it was too low ~85 but he wrote: I don’t recommend a blog shows this chicklet until the subscriber counted reaches at least 50, so now I will display my count.
- Finally, he gives great advice on which services he uses to sell ad space in his RSS feeds and how much he makes: Income from RSS accounted for only $99.80 of the blog’s $7011.05 February income. That’s really bad when you consider over 3,000 people read this blog from RSS everyday.
Did I take the link offer, you betcha. However, I wouldn't have taken it if I didn't think it was valuable and I had an example I could show you readers. John, the site is awesome and should be a must read for any blogger or wanna be blogger. Thanks for the link!!!!