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Last week we talked about how you can exchange links with partner websites to create a small network and share traffic among its members. Apart from your website, however, you can also use your RSS feed for this purpose, and we will cover this tactic below.

cross feed promotion

The concept: Just like you can exchange links on your website, you can do the same on your RSS feed. Suppose there are three bloggers (A, B and C) that want to use the cross feed promotion to gain some traffic.

Blogger A would place a message like “Visit our partner site Blog-B.com” on its RSS feed footer. Blogger B would do the same but with a link to Blog C on its footer, and Blogger C would finally complete the loop linking to Blog A.

The readers of each of those blogs would probably notice those footer links, and some would end up clicking to check what that “partner” blog is all about.

Notice that you could also use different link exchange structures, like all bloggers would place a footer link to all other bloggers on their RSS feeds.

Does it work?: Yes, although just link with website link exchanges, it depends on the size of the RSS readership of the involved blogs, and on the relevancy of the topics.

The higher the RSS reader base and the relevancy, the more clicks each of the partners will get out of the deal.

I used this strategy myself on different blogs and on different stages of their development, and it was beneficial most of the times. If the topics are related, there are good chances that the incoming traffic will stick around and perhaps even subscribe to your Feed.

How to get started: Identify some blogs that have a similar RSS readership and a related or complementary topic, and approach the blogger to see if he or she is interested on this kind of promotion strategy.

You could start with a period of one month to test drive, and after that you could decide if it is worth to leave the RSS feed links there or not.

On the technical side, I recommend this RSS Footer plugin for handling the links. It is very easy to install and to use.

Over to the readers: Have you ever engaged in a cross feed promotion deal? How did it work? Do you plan to try it in the future?

Website Traffic Series


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Website Traffic Series Part 19: Using Cross Feed Promotion

Pop-up Mania! Will They Come Back To Vogue?

A couple of weeks ago Darren Rowse posted an article where he shared a technique that increased his newsletter subscription rate by over 700%, from an average of 40 news subscribers per day to 350!

He probably could not have foreseen the mass effect that the post would trigger!

After that post, in fact, dozens of bloggers started using pop-ups to promote their newsletters, from John Chow to Shoemoney and many smaller bloggers, too.

The trend is so noticeable that I often find those pop-ups coming up on random sites that I am visiting over the day.

So what happened to the “pop-ups are the ultimate evil” motto that we had going on around the Internet?

I think it is starting to get questioned (which is not necessarily a bad thing, mind you).

Basically Darren found out by testing that the increase in the conversion rate of his newsletter was huge, while the drawbacks of adding the pop-ups were not so big. A couple of people emailed him complaining about the intrusiveness, but that was pretty much it.

Of course we need to take into consideration the people that got annoyed with the pop-ups and quit the site to never come back again, without letting Darren know about it. But will this effect be eve noticeable on his traffic trends?

Pop-ups remain one of the most intrusive and annoying promotion forms, but are they capable of hurting your traffic tangibly if you provide quality content?

Here is a question for our poll: would one pop-up offering you a newsletter subscription be enough to make you stop visiting a website? Assume you would see the pop-up only once, and not on every visit at that site. (RSS and email subscribers might need to visit the site to see the poll)

Would one pop-up offering you a newsletter subscription be enough to make you stop visiting a website?
( surveys)


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Pop-up Mania! Will They Come Back To Vogue?

Subscribe To My Internet Marketing Newsletter

I have been planning to launch my email newsletter for a while, but wasn’t able to due to lack of time. This week I finally found some time to create an account on Aweber, and I will be launching the list officially today.

So what will it be about? Internet marketing and online business. Sure, I will often talk about blogs, blogging tips and tricks, but it will have much more than that. I have been making a living online for the past two years, and I plan to keep expanding the breadth of my online activities, and that is what I want to share with you guys. Here is some of the things I will try to cover on the emails:

  • blogs and blogging tips
  • making money online
  • Internet marketing
  • the evolution of the web
  • entrepreneurship
  • my strategies and opinions about what works online
  • web publishing

It will be a weekly or biweekly newsletter, so I will only write when I have something useful to say. Apart from my emails, the newsletter will also send a weekly wrap-up with the most popular posts on Daily Blog Tips. It is therefore another way of keeping updated with the blog if you don’t want to receive the daily emails or visit the blog everyday.

So there you go, just type your name and email address below, and stay tuned for the first email which will be going out soon!



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Blogging Idol 2 Scoreboard Is Live Again

Sorry for the trouble yesterday guys, looks like Feedburner had blocked my IP on their API. I can’t blame them either, I was sending around 125,000 requests per day….

Anyway now I am hosting the script on a separate page, and pasting the results on the scoreboard. Now it is basically a normal HTML page, so it should load pretty fast, and work 100% of the times.

The comments are working fine on that page also.

Click here to see the live scoreboard. There are some nice changes in the numbers today, including a new second position with 197 new RSS subscribers.

Thanks for Muhammad Syiab for helping me out on the issue.


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Blogging Idol 2 Scoreboard Is Live Again

Personal Branding is its own reward

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Each year, Dan Schawbel’s organization recognizes some of the standout brands with Personal Brand Awards. Last year, Rohit Bhargava won the gold award, and this year Jeremiah Owyang was presented the 2008 gold award. An esteemed panel of judges made the selection and people were graded based on a few factors, such as value proposition, differentiation, and marketability.

I’m humbled to tell you that I was one of the 6 people honored with recognition.  It’s quite an honor and even more so, when you see the other recipients.  I’d like to take a minute and introduce you to each of the honorees (well, except me…you know me!)

Gold Award:  Jeremiah Owyang

Jeremiah is probably one of the most trusted and sought after experts in the social media space.  As a researcher for Forrester following media trends is his day job.  He’s very generous with his time and knowledge and the judges wisely selected him unanimously.

Silver Awards:  Daniel Scocco and Laura Fitton

Daniel is certainly a go-to-guy for blogging, people trust him and he constantly rewards his community.  He offers up tips and strategies on blogging and currently holds the #29 spot in terms of popular blogs (according to Technorati).

Laura’s focus is on social media consulting, specifically "microsharing" which is all about harnessing the power of tools like Twitter, Pownce, Plurk and Jaiku.  She’s often quoted on and offline about where the world of social media is headed.

Bronze Awards:  Jim Kukral, Wendy Piersall, and little old me

Jim’s thing is all things affiliate marketing,
social media and internet marketing each and every day. He communicates
his brand through both video and written entries and is a common face
at industry events.

Wendy introduced herself to us as eMoms at Home which has now evolved into SparkPlugCEO.  Wendy’s message is about the power and possibilities of working for yourself and from home.  Her personal story inspires many to take the leap.

Me.  Enough said.  If you want to read what Dan and the judges said…(this link is for you, Mom and Dad!)

Congrats to all the recipients.  As you can imagine, it’s heady stuff to be among them.

If you’re wondering who made the call, the judges were:

 

Read more about the award in the most recent edition of Personal Branding Magazine.

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