As we enter into the second week of the competition, the top spots on the RSS subscriber gain ranking are getting crowded.
Until last week we had a clear leader ahead of everyone else, but the followers are catching up (with a new leader too!). We now have 3 competitors close together with over 200 new RSS subscribers on top, and 3 runners up with over 100 new RSS subscribers.
You can check the live scoreboard here. It was updated yesterday, and today we still need to wait Feedburner to update the numbers again.
A small shout to the sponsors that made the competition possible. They all offer relevant services for bloggers and webmasters, so check them out.
Taking a look at the leading blogs, I noticed that they are using a wide range of strategies to gain news RSS subscribers. I won’t mention names or direct links because I am not sure if the competitors want to share their tricks or not, but you are welcome to investigate them yourself.
One of them is focusing on aggressively displaying a message that encourages the visitors to subscribe to his blog. Ever heard about stripe ads? He is using a clever variation of that.
Another blog is focusing on his email newsletter subscriptions, and is offering that on many different places on his site (including via pop-ups). This worked really well on the first 3 days of competition, but appears to be losing efficacy. Maybe it was too intrusive?
Another one of the leading blogs, curiously, is not trying to promote his RSS feed prominently. In fact, he just has a small “Subscribe via RSS” link on his header. The content and the overall design of the website are outstanding though, so this could be the reason.
How to Gain RSS Subscribers
Going through the list of competitors I also noticed that 80% of them (100 over 125) still need to break the 50 news subscribers mark. For this reason I am writing a post with tips and tricks that you can use to boost your RSS subscriber base. It will go live tomorrow, so stay tuned.
The Voting Session
The open voting session will start next Monday (November 17). On that day I will also publish the strategies that were sent by the competitions, and this could help you to convince the voters that your approach is the most clever, efficient or creative one.
You have until this Saturday (November 15th) to send me your strategy. It is not a requirement, but rather an optional thing. It must be between 100 and 200 words, and you just need to email it do danielATdailyblogtips.com.