Before I started blogging, I read a handful of blogs. I subscribed to a few, meaning that every time a blogger wrote a new post, I received it in my inbox. Sometimes I followed a blogger’s Facebook page and would see if they had a new post and would access it that way. It was pretty hit or miss.
Since I have started blogging, I’ve learned a LOT MORE about the blogging world and how things work. So in this series “Love a Blog? Do This!” I will do a weekly post where I share a tip for all you blog lovers that will help you keep up with blogs you love and help support the bloggers who write them.
There are two types of bloggers. The first blogs as a hobby and labor of love. The second blogs to produce income. Both types work diligently to provide great content that informs, entertains and inspires.
Tip #1 – SUBSCRIBE
If you follow a blog(s) that you love, my first tip is to SUBSCRIBE to it. Essentially this means that when a blogger writes a new post, you will get the post or a link to it in your e-mail. In addition, some bloggers write a newsletter periodically with news and special offers for subscribers only.If you follow a blog that you love, SUBSCRIBE! Click To Tweet
This is what it might look like on different sites:
Sometimes the subscription/sign-up box is static on a site like these:
Some blogs have boxes that pop-up while you are reading a post like this:
Why Subscribing is Good for You
You never miss a post from blogs you love. Now you may be saying, “ My inbox is already too full. I don’t want any more e-mails. I’ll just wait until it’s posted on her Facebook page.” Here’s the problem with that – Facebook and most other social media channels have algorithms that control what you see in your newsfeed. Just because you follow someone or like their page does not mean you will ALWAYS see what they post. So if you rely solely on Social Media to follow a blog, you may miss something.
Full disclosure: I feel the same way. I follow and subscribe to a lot of blogs, but there are only a few that I subscribe to where I read every post. (If you are one of my blogger friends, assume that yours is the one I read every time). I think of blogs like magazines. I pick them up when I can, read what I want and set them aside.
If I get too many in my inbox and just get overwhelmed, I trash them all and start over – there’s always another post coming!
And since I DO subscribe to a lot of blogs (that’s just part of the blogging business), I have set up a separate e-mail box that I use just for subscribing to blogs.
Why Subscribing is Good for the Blogger
- It helps us know if we are producing content that is of interest to anyone. If no one ever subscribes to our blog, then it’s time to re-evaluate.
- Businesses who may want to compensate us for advertising or doing promotional posts on our site will use the number or subscribers we have as one way to judge how big our reach is.
So, if you love a blog, SUBSCRIBE! You can subscribe to MySideof50 here.
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