How to Reach 10,000 Blog Subscribers by Steven Aitchison - HTML preview

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00001.jpg00002.jpgThe no-nonsense guide to dramatically increasing your blog subscriber count. There are no affiliate links, no fluff, no sales messages so buckle up and enjoy the ride. © Steven Aitchison 2010. All rights reserved.



Put the kettle on and get yourself a cup of coffee, you'll want to read this guide in one sitting, and it helps to have a little caffeine in the system to keep you focused :)

This guide is a no nonsense, no fluff, no 'here's my struggle' life story, it's just some great information to help you get a lot more subscribers to your blog than you are currently getting. There are no affiliate links whatsoever in this guide so all links are affiliate free.

Even if you have no subscribers yet or have 7,000 subscribers this guide will show you no nonsense ways to get your subscriber numbers up.

I am a blogger and getting readers eyeballs to my blog has been my goal for the last year, although I've been blogging for 4 years now, it's only in the last year where I really concentrated on my blog as a business and have managed to grow my subscriber list from 3,000 to 10,000.

Buckle your seatbelt Dorothy, 'cause Kansas is going bye-bye.




Simply put, Social Proof.

Social Proof is what it's all about. Would you rather visit a blog on personal development with a subscriber count of 35 or would you rather visit a blog with 10,000 subscribers?

It may seem a little shallow at first, but in this day and age when you've got a few seconds to grab a new readers attention, social proof will be one of the first things a new reader to your blog will look for.

When you build up your reputation as a great writer and blogger you will automatically get more subscribers and your focus will be more on networking to build your blog rather than the logistics of setting up and starting your blog.

if you don't think you're a great writer, that's because you are probably not a great writer. However, blog readers are looking for real people who write in a language they can understand, you don't have to be great you just need to be authentic. The more you write the better you will become at writing, so don't ever use 'I'm not a great writer' as an excuse to give up blogging, keep going and you will reap the rewards eventually.



I am assuming here you are using Google's Feedburner to count your blog subscribers, so here is how they are made up.


Snapshot of Feedburner stats for Change Your Thoughts



You will notice from the above that the Google feedfetcher makes up 3,212 of the 9,793 I currently have (for some reason the subscriber count dips at the weekend). You'll also notice that Aweber has the largest percentage of subscribers. I'll talk about Aweber later on. I have around 4,100 subscribers from Aweber and it's the area I have concentrated on most when trying to gather new subscribers for a number of reasons.
The other stat that is interesting is the FriendFeed stats, you'll see there are 402 subscribers from FriendFeed. I will be starting to focus on FriendFeed a lot more in the future as they can be a great source for getting more subscribers and interacting with your readers.


I have been using Aweber for a number of years for my other online money making ventures, but it's only been in the last year that I focused on Aweber to grow my subscriber list. Here is another snapshot showing Change Your Thoughts subscriber number, month by month:


You'll notice it's only from September 2009 that I really started to grow the number of subscribers in Aweber, I'll speak a little about using Aweber as a fantastic tool for growing your subscriber list a little later.

Notice also that in June 2010 the subscriber figures really started to rise by around 300%, this was done using 1 tactic that I hadn't really thought of before.

Okay, now you know a little more about how subscriber counts are made up, we are going to speak about the number of different ways to grow your subscriber list.