Ten quick tips for growing your blog's subscribers and comments

A couple of weeks ago, I asked the poll question "If a company or small business is blogging, what's the most important metric they should measure?" And according to you guys, Subscribers (36.2%) and comments (32.8%) were easily the two most important. Thanks to everyone that voted!

So since subscribers and comments seem to be the most important metrics to measure for bloggers, I'd like to share some ways that I have increased my blog's subscribers and the number of comments I get per post. Your mileage may vary, but hopefully many of you can benefit from at least some of these tips:

Subscribers





Comments


What did I miss? How are you growing your blog's subscribers and comments?

UPDATE: Gavin adds in the comments - "Finally got around to adding the specific reader buttons to my blog. Wouldn't you know it, a 10% increase in subscribers overnight."


posted by Mack Collier @ 8:57 AM,

10 Comments:

At 11:10 AM, Blogger I Can't Keep Up said...

Thanks for such a great post Mack! This is a great check list for both new and experienced bloggers. You keep us on our toes.

The idea of a "window" was new to me, so I will have to try it.

 
At 7:00 PM, Blogger Gavin Heaton said...

Thanks for the shout, Mack. If only I could think of something to clever to say about this post ;)

I have been particularly slack about serving my subscribers. For too long I put off understanding how the subscription process worked ... which is crazy. As you say, do it up-front as it saves having to go through what I have been doing -- changing my Technorati profile and consolidating my feeds. Now, at least, you have made it easy to figure out -- wish you had written this two years ago!

 
At 3:33 AM, Anonymous Philippe said...

Thanks a lot. I never created my FB account. You convinced me to do it right now :)

 
At 7:45 PM, Blogger Mack Collier said...

Feedburner is really a valuable tool that holds a lot of potential for helping you measure your blog as well as promote it.

And BTW Gavin, I did write about this, but last year:

http://moblogsmoproblems.blogspot.com/2007/08/10-ways-you-can-use-feedburner-to.html

 
At 9:05 PM, Blogger Gavin Heaton said...

Hey Mack, last time it prompted me to change the layout and bring my RSS button up to the top of the page. That was as far as I got.

This post was a reminder that there is more to do ;)

 
At 9:14 AM, Anonymous Nelly said...

I'm a new blogger and I found your tips really helpful - thanks! I'm not sure if it makes a big difference but I would like to add registering your blog with Google and Yahoo. I think it's easier for them to find you and it doesn't take as long (if I'm not mistaken?).

 
At 6:48 PM, Blogger Gavin Heaton said...

Finally got around to adding the specific reader buttons to my blog. Wouldn't you know it, a 10% increase in subscribers overnight.

 
At 1:09 PM, Blogger Jyl @ MommyGossip said...

Thanks for this post. I am blogging for fun in the mommy blogging world, but what drives me, other than the creative outlet, is figuring out the strategy behind it all--fascinates me, really. Your posts are well written and informative. Would you be at all opposed to a shout out in the mommy blogging world? I'd love to include one of you on my blog tomorrow.

 
At 3:51 AM, Anonymous b4u said...

hi mack
will you please explain about window and how to do it.

 
At 8:51 AM, Blogger Mack Collier said...

b4u, notice that I added one of Gavin's comments to the end of the post:

"UPDATE: Gavin adds in the comments - "Finally got around to adding the specific reader buttons to my blog. Wouldn't you know it, a 10% increase in subscribers overnight.""

I did that because it's a great comment that alerts the readers to there being a great discussion in the comments. When I say add a 'window' to the comments, I mean simply pull out the great comment and add it to the end of the post.

Does that make sense?

 

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