Every blog about blogging blogger seem to think that RSS count is the golden ticket to blogging riches. I have around 250 subscribers. But i know for a fact that only a small percentage come to this blog via the feed. I think this is true of most make money blog. For that matter, this is probably true of all blogs.
Let’s look at how RSS subscriptions are gained. Most people hold contests or competitions to up their RSS count. I know i did and i know johnchow did. And if johnchow did it, you know that a thousand other make money blogger follow in his hallowed footsteps. So those clone blogs also bought subscribers with crappy contest prizes. I remember there was a mini outrage cause some random blogger wanted to sell RSS subscriptions. A few bloggers were in an uproar. It was pretty funny. I really enjoy when bloggers get all riled up. Relax dorks! Most of the subscribers to your blog have been bought. If a reader subscribes cause he or she want to win a prize, then that’s not a real subscribers. They won’t even check that email. They probably subscribed with a spam email.
When you do things online, you have to be careful who you give your email address out to. For example, if i was to surf on a porn site and i need to punch in an email, i use a particular email account. I use the account that i don’t care about. It’s usually a free yahoo or gmail account. It’s so easy to set up a new email account. So i register and confirm, and then i never check that email ever again. I also have a few email accounts that i use for RSS subscriptions. I enter some RSS contests and subscribe via email. It’s obvious to say that i’ll rarely check that email box. Meaning, i’ll never read that feed. What do you expect? I was bribed into subscribing, so i don’t really care for the info on your feed. If i wanted to actually read it, you wouldn’t need to bribe me would you?
What i’m trying to say is, that it really doesn’t matter how many subscribers you have. That count can be manipulated so easily. I didn’t realize it in the beginning, but i quickly got wind of it. RSS count is meaningless. It’s worth nothing. It’s there to show off your blog. It’s all for show. It shows noobies that the blog is worth reading. Hell, it has 14k subscribers so it must be right? Wrong. Johnchow has that many subscribers. I rest my case.
What will RSS count do for you and your blog? Not much. You won’t get more traffic. You won’t make more money. It’s just a label. It could trick noobies into thinking your blog is worth reading. But in the long run, you’ll see how meaningless it is. So, don’t believe the hype. Don’t get jealous of A blog’s RSS count. Don’t even waste your money on RSS contests. If you want it that badly, just game it. Do you realize how easy this is? I’ll do it right now. It’ll take a little time, but i’ll increase my RSS count by 100. Right now, my feed is showing 241. By Tuesday, you’ll see my count at around 341.