Don't Obsess Over Subscriber Numbers

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Welcome to the weekly blogging tip and Saturday Sharefest comment game! This week I’m talking about measuring your blog’s success.

Do you obsessively check your Feedburner subscribers? Your Sitemeter stats? Your Google Analytics? Well here’s your tip for today…

Stop checking your stats. (Or at least stop checking them so often.)

What exactly is the number of subscribers that makes a blog successful? There’s no answer because it depends on your blog’s topic or niche. It also depends on your goal. If your goal is to sell a product, then subscribers might not even be that important to you. The most important things to focus on when measuring the success of your blog is your goal. Do you want to get tons of page views and sell ad space? Do you want to promote your product or business? Do you want people to share with a build a community with?

Produce quality content. Engage your readers. Have a goal. Here’s a great post that puts it all in perspective: Who Cares How Many Subscribers You’ve Got?

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* Leave a comment here with a link to one of your best blog posts (or just your main URL if you prefer).
* After you leave your comment, visit the link of the person who commented BEFORE you.
* Comment on their post and be sure to say “Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest” in your comment.

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  1. Ok I know I am way behind here, but here’s a link to a post I wrote about obsessively checking blog stats… a parody of course… hope you find it funny though!

    http://brownroadchronicles.wordpress.com/2011/01/21/boobs/

  2. Thank you for this blog, I really needed a virtal slap in the face due to obsessive stats and blogging that wore me down quickly.

    http://hollywoodglamorous.blogspot.com/2010/07/personal-learning-how-to-dance-in-rain.html

    (My recent blog updating about my terminal illness and clinical trial).

    Thank you for this Happy SITS Saturday.

  3. This is really good info. I’m a new blogger and have become obsessed with the numbers. My blog is RosMar Couture http://www.rosmarcouture.com A blog about being fun, frugal, and fabulous!

  4. Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest! Going to share some comment love now …
    .-= More Than A Mom´s last post: How To Organize Your Kids Without Organizing Them =-.

  5. MarieSam Sanchez says:

    Happy SITS (although not) Saturday Sharefest!!!

    I am one of those who gets caught up in the numbers and sometimes get sad about lack of subscribers. But nevertheless, I write to my heart’s content and I do it relentlessly :)

    Here’s my latest blog post: http://www.mariesamsanchezblog.com/?p=365

  6. I know I do get hung up on stats and I just need to be myself and be happy with who comes to visit my blog.

  7. Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!
    I’ve been focusing more on content lately. I’m also trying to write ebooks, publish a book, produce a product to sell, or create an online or learning game to download geared toward beginning readers. Obsessing about subscribers has gotten in the way of these goals. Here’s an organized list of my favorite blog posts on a page of a google group I created. http://groups.google.com/group/beginning-reading/web/my-favorite-blog-posts
    Hopefully you find one worth a comment. This is a great way to connect with other bloggers.

  8. When I first start blogging I found myself getting in a tissy about the traffic but this almost drove me crazy so I re focused my attention to just writing and being honest with myself and finding other bloggers who are authentic. I love the sense of community and I want to thank you for providing a platform of such a great community.

    I get pretty personal… Here is an example: http://lifeafter35.wordpress.com/2010/04/25/family-2/

  9. I’m a completely STATS Obsessed. I wish I could say that it doesn’t concern me, but it clearly does. The funny thing is, I’m not in it to sell ad space or sell product; I’m in it for the community. The one thing I think is interesting is that many of your average readers don’t actually comment. I have maybe a 100 readers out there, maybe more, but only about a quarter are subscribers and almost none of them comment on my writing formally. Most often, they will post a comment on facebook before they will comment on my actual post. I guess I shouldn’t fuss so much over the numbers :) Thanks SISTS!

  10. I’m always obsessing over something. Blog traffic is always fun to get myself tied up in knots over. I agree with your point about writing quality content. Write it and they will come! It’s one of the few things we have complete control over :D
    .-= Cheryl from thatgirlisfunny´s last post: 15 Blogging Tips From Expert Bloggers – Relevant, Useful and Effective Tools =-.

  11. Love the idea of this.

  12. Happy Belated SITS Saturday … rather late than never. Phew!
    .-= ElizOF´s last post: Leadership: On Matters of Trust and Authenticity =-.

  13. I’m new to this… didn’t add my blog !! on the link… not clever!!! LOL

  14. I used to obsess over stats… now I just enjoy blogging and reading the comments… it’s so more relaxing!

  15. I LOVE this idea!

  16. I’m late! Sorry! Great article, thanks for sharing =)
    .-= Denice C.´s last post: Hair Do or Don’t? =-.

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