The title says it all. Since the release of WWSGD (What Would Seth Godin Do) Plugin, thats what every blog says. Even if the blogs do not use that plugin, it is still usually on the front page, or after every post. My question is: “How effective is asking your visitors to subscribe to your feed, if they like the content?”
If they arrived via Stumbleupon, chances are they will read your article and “Stumble” something right after, completely ignoring your request to subscribe.
If they arrived via Digg, the visitor will read the article, perhaps subscribe for a couple days, then disappear. The main reason why they subscribed however was to see more articles like the ones they saw on the website… More times than not, the content will just thin out. The person will unsubscribe, figuring out that the story that made it on the front page of Digg was a “One Hit Wonder”.
These cruel blogging facts may astonish you, I’m just the first person to actually write a post about it. So what’s the solution?? Modify the message to reflect something on your blog to make it stand out from the average,
“Your New Here, Perhaps you should subscribe to my RSS feed”