I put my feedburner counter up a couple of weeks ago. Before that, i didn’t even have 100 subscribers so i didn’t want to display it on my front page. I put the counter up after i reached 100. It was a mini accomplishment but i know deep down inside, these counters mean nothing.
Most ranking stats are used to prove to your readers how popular you are. One of the first things a visitor looks for on a blog is the RSS count. It gives them a quick judgment of the blog the moment then click thru. People usually want to to go where other people go. People are like cows, they just follow the herd. They only want to go where other people go.
RSS subscriber count can be useful when accessing a blog only if it’s used in combination with other ranking systems. Of course content is king, but people won’t read your blog unless you can show them some flash. It’s sad but true. You probably want to look at technorati, alexa, google PR, and search engine index to get a better picture. Make sure you have a toolbar that shows all relevant stats for every blog you visit. This will give you more of a complete picture. Don’t just base the blog on how many RSS subscribers it has cause the counter usually tells lies. It’s very inaccurate and can be hacked fairly easily. There are sites where you can pay for subscribers. You can pay people on Digitalpoint to mass subscribe to your feed. Most bloggers hold contests to lure people into subscribing. These subscribers were bribed into subscribing so the feed count was compromised. All of this contributes to the inflation of value placed on the RSS count. If you’re having trouble with your RSS subscriptions, don’t fret, it’s not the most important thing. RSS feeds are like a girls with fake boobs, you know it’s not real, but you can’t help but look.
Bloggernoob likes to be honest, but i know some of you don’t mind bending the rules. Here are some dirty tricks to increase the size of your penis(RSS count). Use at your own discretion.
1. Subscribe to your own feed. Duh! Everybody has done this. It’s probably as common as stumbling yourself. If you want, you can do this on multiple browsers/readers/emails. If you spend time on it, you could probably increase your feed count to the 4 digit mark.
2. Trade feeds. It’s like link trading but with feeds. Hence the feed part. You’ll be surprised how popular this activity is.
3. Syndicate your feed to every possible site.
4. Comment and leave your feed url. I’ve seen a lot of noobs doing this. It’s kinda annoying but i guess it works. It worked for Garyconn.
5. Good old fashioned prostitution. Buy feeds. Pay for it. If you can’t get it for free, pay for it. A lot of idiots pay so called A-list bloggers temporary traffic, why not feeds?
These blackhat tactics are frowned upon but it’s out there and you’d be surprised at how many high profile bloggers implement these strategies.