Last Updated on May 29, 2021 by scottkandh
I’m getting traffic to my blog; however, I’m not getting subscribers on my blog and noticed an article written by Pamela Vaughan.
As Pamela points out sometimes a blogger can get so caught up in trying to ensure that the blog has quality content that they lose sight of focusing on the subscribers. By expanding your subscribers, you also expand the top of the funnel and you’ll end up with more people visiting your website. So, it behooves you to focus on your subscriber base. Up until I read this, I wasn’t clear about the terminology of the funnel analogy but this description of the funnel puts website traffic into proper perspective – Grow your subscribers!
On subsequent posts focus will take place on one aspect of these 20 suggestions.
However, in this particular post – Day 1 – there’ll be all 20 suggestions and an embellishment in future posts moving from one subject to the next on a daily basis. In using this particular format it forces you to make looking to see if you need to make at least one change a day (if necessary) on your blog to get those desired new subscribers for a true “successful” blog.
It’s my sincere hope that after reading this post, you’ll please subscribe to my blog.
As I pointed out in my latest self-reflection, my blog’s #1 Goal has changed from putting an emphasis on Pinterest Followers and increasing the number of pageviews to acquiring subscribers.
As I go through the 20 simple ways to generate more blog subscribers’ suggestions, I’m going to daily implement on one of the suggestions on my website. So that by the end of the month, all of these 20 suggestions to generate more blog subscribers will be in place on my website.
20 Simple Ways to Generate More Blog Subscribers
1) Clearly Display the Subscription Button/Email Opt-In Form
First of all, don’t make it difficult for visitors to your blog to figure out how to opt-in to your blog. Display a clear call-to-action module to subscribe to your blog, along with an RSS subscription button and a simple, one-field email opt-in form near the top of your blog — above the fold. Don’t make your visitors search through all the bells and whistles in your blog’s sidebar to subscribe. Put it right in their face, and make it stand out.
Note: To be truthful I’ve seen this terminology about above the fold once before, but I don’t know what it means, so that’s something I’m going to look into (for my own use). I’m glad now that I know where to look to find something more about that meaning.
At the present time, my opt-in form is located in a variety of places: on the front page (at the bottom), in the sidebar, and in some of the posts. I’m going to try that from now on, every post will have an opt-in form at the bottom of the post or a Call to Action to ask people to subscribe to my blog.
I looked and the opt-in wasn’t located right at the top. It was located in the fourth widget position. Personally, the search bar is just as important as the subscribers. I’ve put the opt-in at the 2nd available widget position and it’ predominately located at the top of the website and easy to find.
I’m tempted not to put in another RSS Feed since there’s already an existing opt-in form. However, by adding a 2nd RSS feed it would be abundantly serve two purposes 1) Demonstrating the value to subscribe (see below) and 2) a 2nd feature to encourage subscribing. I think that by having two items in the sidebar to solicit subscribers might be too much. The RSS feed should go into the sidebar, so it might be necessary to move one of my opt-ins to the top of the page (instead of the bottom).
2) Demonstrate the Value of Subscribing
If a visitor is new to your blog, they’re likely going to need some convincing that it’s worth coming back to time and time again. Just as with any effective call-to-action, you need to clearly demonstrate that value of subscribing to your blog. Explain what the visitor will get from the blog when subscribing. In the HubSpot blog’s subscriber call-to-action, for example, they explain what the HubSpot blog covers — “all of inbound marketing – SEO, blogging, social media, lead generation, email marketing, lead nurturing & management, and analytics” — so visitors have a clear understanding of what they’ll get from subscribing.
I’m fairly sure that I have this explanation on my Front page as well as the About Me page. But it bears a 2nd self-review just to give it a 2nd look. By adding an RSS feed and an opt-in form
3) Create a Dedicated Subscription Landing Page
In addition to the subscribe module right there on your blog, create a dedicated landing page that you can direct people to via other channels such as social media, other pages on your website, PPC, or email. This way, rather than saying, “Visit myblog.com, then look for the subscriber option at the top right. You know — right below the banner CTA,” you can say “Visit myblog.com/subscribe to be the first to receive our latest blog content!” You can also use the extra real estate on this page to better demonstrate your blog’s value, as we did with HubSpot’s blog subscription landing page.
4) Offer an Incentive for Subscribing
Do a push to boost subscribers, such as a dedicated email send or a social media campaign, and offer an incentive for subscribing, such as an exclusive ebook, download, or coupon. Set up a dedicated landing page, and reward anyone who subscribes via that landing page with the exclusive offer.
5) Promote on Your ‘About Us’ Page and Press Room Pages
Include a link to subscribe to your blog on other high-trafficked pages of your website such as your ‘About Us’ page and Press Room. These pages are likely to attract a lot of new visitors to your website, so use the opportunity to funnel them into your blog so they can learn more about you and read all of the awesome blog content you offer.
6) Add a Footer to Each Blog Article
To each of your blog articles, add a simple, text-based footer that acts as a call-to-action to subscribe to your blog — like we’ve done to the bottom of this very post! If a visitor finishes reading an article on your blog and has found the content they read valuable, you’ll capture them at the height of their interest.
7) Search Engine Optimize Your Content
An indirect way to boost subscribers is to drive more traffic to your blog. The more traffic you drive to your blog — assuming you’ve also optimized your blog to convert visitors into subscribers — the more subscribers you’ll gain. Don’t overlook the importance of search engine optimizing each blog article you publish. Brush up on your blog SEO, and target the keywords you want to rank for in search.
8) Leverage Social Proof
‘Social proof‘ is the concept that people will conform to the actions of others under the assumption that those actions are reflective of the correct behavior. This third-party validation can be a very powerful motivator for your site visitors’ and prospects’ actions. You can leverage social proof on your blog to boost subscribers by highlighting the number of subscribers your blog has already accumulated, as we’ve done on this very blog. This makes blog visitors think, “Well, if so many other have already subscribed to this blog, maybe I should, too!”
9) Include a Subscription CTA in the Footer of Marketing Emails
Use your email marketing real estate — whether it’s within dedicated email sends or lead nurturing emails — to encourage blog subscriptions by adding a simple, text-based footer CTA to the bottom of your emails.
10) Leverage Your Social Presence
Incorporate blog subscriber promo into your social media updates. Promote the dedicated subscription landing page you set up in tip number 3, and share it in updates for your various social media accounts such as Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, and Facebook. You could even create a dedicated tab on your Facebook page and collect subscriptions right within Facebook!
11) Make Blog Content Easy to Share
Let your readers do some of the work for you! Another indirect way to boost subscribers is to make the social sharing of your blog content as simple as possible. Add social sharing buttons to every blog post you publish so your readers can easily promote your blog content to their networks and expand your blog’s reach beyond your current fans, followers, and subscribers.
12) Guest Blog, and Include a Link in the Author Byline
Guest blogging can be a powerful link-building tool. But you can milk guest blogging opportunities for more than just the inbound links. Because other blogs can be a great source of readers who don’t know about your own blog, you can use your author byline as a way to generate new subscribers. Here’s an example of how I might use a guest blogging author byline to drive subscribers for the HubSpot blog:
Pamela Vaughan is the blog manager for the HubSpot Inbound Marketing Blog, which has more than 57K subscribers. You can read more of Pamela’s content on inbound marketing by subscribing to the HubSpot blog here.
13) Promote on Thank-You Pages
Thank-you pages are the pages your visitors get redirected to after they’ve completed a form on a landing page. As a result, these pages are prime real estate to encourage reconversions — especially blog subscriptions! Add CTAs that compel your newly converted leads to also subscribe to your blog content. It’s a great way to boost blog subscribers while also continuing to nurture leads.
14) Promote Within Other Content
Include blog subscription CTAs within some of your other content such as your ebooks, webinars, or other downloads. Just as with the footer at the end of your blog posts, this will enable you to capitalize on the people who are already interested in your content. If leads think the content they’re already consuming is valuable, they’ll be more inclined to subscribe to the other content you offer on your blog.
15) Hold a Contest
Do a push for blog subscribers using your other promotional channels, and treat it like a contest. Offer an enticing prize to a randomly selected subscriber who subscribes between the launch of your promotion and a designated date.
16) Commit to Content Quality
Face it: You’re never going to convince readers to become a ‘regular’ if they’re unimpressed by the quality of the content on your blog in the first place. Make a commitment to increase the quality of the content on your blog. As TopRank Online Marketing’s Lee Odden says, you need to publish a “quantity of quality” in order to get a leg up on all the other blogs that are also vying for your audience’s attention. Not convinced that quality content is that important? Read this post.
17) Be Consistent
The fastest way to churn your subscriber base is by failing to consistently publish content. Subscribers have an expectation of regularity, so if potential new subscribers don’t see that you’re regularly publishing blog content, they’re not going to see much value in subscribing, and you’ll lose some of the subscribers you’ve already worked so hard to attract. And publishing frequently can reward you with a lot more than just subscribers — HubSpot’s 2012 State of Inbound Marketing Report shows that the more frequently you publish to your blog, the more likely you’ll generate customers from it.
18) Promote Blog Subscription in Your Personal Email Signature
Add a CTA and link to subscribe to your blog in your personal email signature, and encourage the rest of your company to do so as well — particularly your sales team. Using HubSpot’s free email signature generator, you can create a custom email signature that includes a link to your blog subscription page or latest blog post.
19) Do a Paid Push
Put some paid marketing muscle behind your subscriber push. Use PPC to direct traffic to your dedicated blog subscriber landing page, or leverage Facebook Sponsored Stories to drive traffic to the subscriber tab you created for your Facebook business page in number 10.
20) Use Full Feeds
To provide a full RSS feed, or not to provide a full RSS feed — that is the much-debated question. If you’re not hip to the difference, a partial RSS feed delivers just a snippet of the blog post with a link to read more on the blog, whereas a full RSS feed provides the entire post within the reader’s feed aggregator. The full feed provides a more user-friendly experience, whereas the partial feed is beneficial in driving traffic to your blog itself. The problem is, many readers won’t subscribe to your blog if you’re only offering a partial feed, so while partial feeds save you some blog traffic, you end up losing subscribers and hurting user experience. While there are definitely opposing points of view, we recommend providing subscribers with the full feed.
What other things can you do to increase your blog’s subscriber base? And … ahem … have you subscribed to this blog yet?