One simple trick that helped me improve my CTR – Click Through Rate

This, one simple change, to the way I used to link to other authority sites from my posts, helped me improve the CTR of my AdSense and other publisher networks.

Habitually, I link to other – related sites, quotes, or referral sites and such. Earlier, while linking to external sites, I just linked and did nothing else. But its not the same anymore. I add ‘ target=”_blank” ‘, to all my external links i.e. for example if I’m linking to wordpress, my link structure will look like :

<a href=”http://wordpress.org/” target=”_blank”>wordpress</a>

If you use wordpress as the blogging software then, you get an exclusive option which adds ‘ target=”_blank” ‘ to the links.

One simple trick that helped me improve my CTR - Click Through Rate

So what happens with this ?

This little change to the way the external links are opened, will force open the ‘pointing URL’ in a new window or tab. So, once the readers are done with reading through the content on the other site and upon closing that site, will return back to your site.

Hence, this helps you retain your visitors and increases the chances of showing your profit element to your visitors, which inturn results in higher CTR.

Why is Feedburner Subscriber Count Important ? How Can I Increase My Feedburner Subscriber Count? Does Blog Design Play An Important Role In Subscriber Count ?

Why does anyone care about Feedburner Subscriber Count ?
For some bloggers, it is a way to ‘show off’ their authority and let others (competitors mostly 😉 ) in the blogosphere know how many readers like/liked their blog. For some, it’s another way of generating traffic, repeat visitors are very valuable!

How Long Does It Take For Me To Get 50 – 100 subscribers to my Feedburner ?
Frankly, this depends on your capabilities and how dedicatedly you blog. If you write great content and if you do it often, readers will be interested to read more articles from you and will subscribe, done by habit.
It also widely depends on your target audience and niche you deal in. If the niche you are dealing in has a lot of audience, then expect more subscribers.

I’ve seen a lot of feedburner subscriber count contest ? How do bloggers manage to get so many subscribers so quick ! ?
There are a few bloggers who have built their reputation in the industry over a period of time and it is easy for such bloggers to win such contests as they have hoards of traffic coming in.

Some bloggers take time and request fellow bloggers and friends to spread the word, use different marketing tactics like giving away a surprise gift to new subscribers during the contest period and such, and try and win the contests.

But there are a few smart souls who know how to fake their feedburner subscriber count.

For those who believe in hard work and taking the real route, read this article to learn how to attract more rss subscribers for real.

Does A Blogs’ Design Really Play An Important Role In Getting Me More Subscribers ?

One important aspect what bloggers seldom forget is that their blogs’ design plays an important role in getting them more subscribers. You need to strategically place your RSS subscription form/Feed button in the right place where it gets maximum exposure, ‘the profitable triangle’ in marketing terms. When they don’t find ‘IT’ how do you expect them to subscribe? Now this doesn’t mean that throw it right at your readers face, that’s the reason I mentioned Strategically Placed !

Most new bloggers want to make money right from the word go. But season bloggers first build a strong base of readers and then monetize their blogs. And building RSS readership should be high on ‘The must do’ list of any blogger who dreams to grow big.

If you are a new blogger and do not have a professional design for your blog yet, Mayank of Blog Design Studio is running a blog design contest, where you have a chance to win yourself a custom design by Mayank and team. Earlier I mentioned how bloggers try to spread the word across, and you can see Mayank has organized for some amazing prizes by Daily Blog Tips and Blogging Tips as well.

PS : I hope to win this contest, my blog badly needs a makeover 😀 … (Mayank if you are reading 😉 .. )