Want 500 New RSS Subscribers Each Month? Join Our Four-Week Challenge!

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Wow! By applying the very simple and strict 5-steps below in 4-weeks times, Steven was able to go
“from 189 subscribers to 638 (peak) subscribers on May 23. It goes up and down but it is stable at about 600 just now.”

He set a modest incredible goal “to raise my subscriber numbers by 100 per week”

And, has challenged us to do the same…I just took his steps one-step further!

Join our challenge, crediting Steven here, and me here, edit the next 5 6-steps with your personal information, follow my 4-week plan so we learn together…or do it in another order and share your research. And, let’s report in one-months’ time, Okay!? Here’s hopin’….

1. Quality Content
Work on this one baby ;-)

You *must * have your own unique voice, tone, and authority or expert knowledge in something that shows your target market you’re the one to listen/read day in and day out!

Then, test and track! Watch your individual posts, see which ones *really* hit home…where you get the most comments/trackbacks…what do your readers relate most too? Like about you? Appreciate most in your posts?

2. Traffic - Taking it to the next level. I want to grow my “friends/networks” and encourage you to do the same!

So, these are the 6 top social bookmarking/network sites Steve and his colleagues recommend. I’ve listed my ‘profile’ pages, so you can join my ‘friends/networks’–I want you to do the same, and comment/trackback below so I can find you and be-friend you in return!

My Oh-so creative nickname everywhere is: ponnsabra

  • Netscape – Be My Friend! [Surprised I have 2 friends already: Week 2.]

Need a Place to Start? Check out the Popular Finds at each Top Network Sites here at PopURLs.com!

We must heed the temptations…and follow Steven’s easy yet strict guidelines.
As he says “A little credibility is better than no credibility.”

Sign up with all the sites mentioned above and start socialising in them. Take 1 week to build up your friends and submit quality articles to all of them. You can have a stumbleupon toolbar which makes it easy to stumble articles. You can also use the social bookmark icons on nearly all blog posts; again this makes it easy to submit articles to the sites. At this point do not submit any of your own articles unless you have been using the sites for a while.

It is very important to build up your friends lists and submit articles. Make a point of submitting for an hour every day for 1 week (believe me it well be well worth your time after the week).

As you continue to build up your friend lists on these sites, continue to write your articles and post them as usual and resist the temptation to submit your articles to any of these sites.

What you are doing is building credibility. Can you really do this in 1 week?


3. Great Headlines

Remember, test, and track! You never know what works til you try!


4. Enlist Friends

Undoubtedly, I learned how to build a network via friends...and as friends, we’re helping one another.

If you want to barter my attention for your posts in exchange for mine, contact, or comment below. The whole idea is to keep helping your friends, right?!

Join Heather’s challenge too. She adds her personal favorite social networking sites, and her personal twists here.

5. SEO – Search Engine Optimization

7-15 keywords: Steven, don’t you mean use your keyword 7-15 times? ;-)

Never forget this some quality SEO!

6. Subscribe To My RSS Feed Now!

Okay, now I listed my challenge…I love challenges, because it keeps me accountable to another/others. Thanks Steven!

If you want to join me, comment/trackback below, and let’s start grow our RSS feed subscribers 100/week one friend at a time!



  1. You know me Ponn, I am there. I will give it my best shot. I am already a part of MyBlogLog and StumbleUpson however, I need to increase my socializing on those sites. However, you have listed SO much that I haven’t tried so I am off to read and learn more…I will let you know what I find out!

  2. Admin says:

    Glad to have at least one Empowered Entrepreneur taking this challenge! Thanks sweetie..it’ll be a major learning curve, no doubt! ;-)
    ~ Ponn

  3. Heather says:

    Hi Ponn,

    Thanks for finding me. I’m up for that challenge, I think it’s a great idea. Let’s do what we can to help each other out. BTW – I think major learning curves are great fun! ;)

    Every Success,

  4. Admin says:

    Hi Heather!

    Please join my networks, and post your profile URLs, so whoever joins our challenge will have access to all of us in one place.

    Heather’s MyBlogLog:

    Teresa Ditto to you, too!

    Teresa’s MyBlogLog:

    Teresa’s StumbleUpon:

    Peace ladies, Ponn

  5. AgentSully says:

    will subscribe and “friend” you on the above sites. (except netscape. I don’t use that one)Thanks for contacting me. Everyone, please feel free to also contact me for becoming “social network buddies!” Thanks!

    Here are my contacts:
    Digg – http://www.digg.com/invitefrom/agentsully
    StumbleUpon – http://agentsully.stumbleupon.com/
    MyBlogLog – http://www.mybloglog.com/buzz/members/AgentSully/
    Delicious – AgentSully

    I’ll reciprocate with folks who friend me too. Thanks!

  6. Admin says:


    Thanks for returning my “find”, its my pleasure to be ‘social network buddies’ with ya :-D

    ~ P

  7. Great initiative Ponn as people very rarely work on their networking on the various Social news and bookmarking sites as I wrote about on my recent Digg article (which was sadly buried) but has been a source of steady traffic from Stumbleupon for weeks.

    My Stumbleupon article was buried on Stumbleupon, but was fairly popular on Digg and didn’t get buried.

    Hmm my network links – I will reciprocate where I can with everyone, but I am almost maxed out on Stumbleupon – I need to start deleting people who are not friendly.


    I am going to start working my way down the list

  8. Hey Ponn,

    Excellent challenge – you’re on. Let’s do it!

    Great Top-5 list of “how to” do it, too. :-)

    Have an awesome day!

  9. Admin says:

    Thanks for joining in! After all, you and Jennifer got me all started with this whole social bookmarking craze…addiction :-D
    BTW, if you want to follow-suit, please share your profile URLs with everyone else too!
    ~ P

  10. I’m going to link to you…can I get some reciprocal loving?

  11. Leigh Ingram says:

    Thanks for flagging me done Ponn :) This is a creat initiative, and something I have been really wanting to work on.

    I had you already added on everything, but had added everyone else above too :)


    I don’t really use the others, have trouble keeping up as it is LOL

  12. Heather says:

    This is so cool! My traffic has increased huge already as too.

    I think I’m up to date adding everyone here. You can check my links at my blog post.

    I look forward to networking with you all.

  13. Admin says:

    The Junky’s Wife
    Just share your profile links, and those willing/able to reciprocate will! You know I have ;-)

    You, too, were integral in getting me all wild about SU; so “tracking you down” wasn’t hard at all! It was my pleasure. I got you covered girl-friend!

    This is WAY cool, I agree!

    - All my networks have multiplied in really cool friends,

    - My traffic more than doubled yesterday (my goal is to maintain…not just accept the ‘spike’…I want the ‘spike’ to be my new minimum–fresh, unique data here it comes ;-)

    - Subscriptions (our main purpose) increased,

    - Comments/Trackbacks were the most I ever woke up too (and very complementary *blush*)

    - etc…but, I’m having a TON of fun Networking!

    ~ P

  14. AgentSully says:

    Andy – Stumble only allows you a finite amount of “friends?”

  15. Admin says:

    Sully & Andy
    200 “Mutual” Friends.
    ~ P

  16. Alex says:
  17. Larry Scott says:

    This is a great idea and a really fun way to build relationships.
    I will give it a try. Like they say.
    “You cant win, if you dont play”

    I will be posting link backs, cause this is fun.

  18. Heather says:

    I’ve added you Alex and Larry.

  19. Admin says:

    Alex & Larry
    Welcome aboard! I know I found you first…So, I’m really glad you’re reciprocating.

    Peace all!

    Glad you’re on top of everyone :-D

  20. Andy Beard says:

    It is actually 200 friends you can add, you can have an unlimited number of friends who add you.

    I am bouncing on the 200 friends limit all the time and just delete those who

    1. haven’t reciprocated
    2. are interested in different things
    3. Only stumble their own sites or write reviews about their own sites

    I am selective about what I Digg and Stumble, it has to be useful and preferably unique information.

  21. AgentSully says:

    thanks for responding!

  22. I’m slowly going through adding people ;)
    though in a similar situation to Andy I have about 10 friends left on stumbleupon


    The list goes on of course, just look for tnash or ventureskills

  23. Ponn says:

    You’re always so helpful! Thanks.

    Glad you’re stickin’ with the conversation ;-)

    SO glad you decided to join us! You have some great stumbles, and I related to your ‘scratch-my-back-and-you-scratch-mine’ theory that you live by…I knew this challenge would be right up your alley :-D
    Enjoy our budding communities!
    ~ P
    Take your time…its quite an undertaking…

  24. Ponn says:

    Wendy at eMoms, publicly shared all her usernames here and people are sharing their usernames who are interesting in ‘connecting/networking’.

    *Please* do *not* spam these people! Politely be-friend, or ask kindly…better yet, stumble and/or bookmark their sites (of course if you like them) and follow Networking Netiquette! If you don’t know them, ask for an introduction.

    P.S. Again, we were focusing on 4 of Steven’s Top 6 recommended sites, for all my listings, I placed them here.

    BTW (by the way), have I said I wuv’ y’all, lately!?

    ~ P

  25. AgentSully says:

    How have your RSS subscriber stats been doing out of curiosity?

  26. Ponn says:

    Great questions Sully! I increased by 5…but, I just changed my RSS icon to a much bigger with a color that meshes better with my theme, so here’s hopin’
    I’m not the least disappointed though…I was able to get tons of offline work done, not posting for 5 days was not my intention, BUT, I’ve seen to increase my traffic every day! Affiliate income is increasing–sweet ;-)

    And, most importantly–my network of “quality” friends is growing dramatically each day, so in time, I have no doubts I’ll increase my RSS numbers.

    I got some big-hitters, A-list bloggers, and potential advertisers approaching me every single day since this challenge began…so I’m laying the foundation nicely.

    And, you and your #s? Experience?

  27. Hi Ponn

    I see your challenge is going well. what I would do is show what your subscriber numbers are and people can see how your challenege is getting on. A lot of people are jumping on this one and I will metion it in my Saturday roundup if that’s okay.

    Good luck

  28. Ponn says:

    Thanks for stopping in! As recommended, my RSS feed subscriber numbers clickets are up. I’m trying different things with the RSS icon button size and colors, trying to better match my theme. But, I’ll stick some ‘orange’ back up til I figure another way to change colors.

    And, by all means please help spread the news…I’m trying hard on my end :-D

  29. Loren says:

    Hello Ponn, You are my new friend… :)

    Also, I hope this doesn’t matter, but i’m a guy (the name can be deceiving….) don’t get me wrong, you girls ROCK! I love this place.

    Consider adding me as a friend via

  30. Ponn says:

    Rock on “Friend”. Actually my most active social networking/bookmarking buddies…are that: buddies: males.

    Glad you’re sticking around!

  31. paintchip says:

    Sharing some love with you and linking from me back to you here my friend!

    Thanks for the challenge. I’ve passed it on to our readers and will starting the challenge myself here in just a few days! :D

  32. Ponn says:

    Sweet! Always great to add new networking-buddies!

    Did you be-’friend’ me everywhere? If you did, I’ll get responses to reciprocate. Otherwise, it’ll take a moment to catch up to you ;-)

    Hugz…my newest BMM-network-buddy :-D

    HA! I beat ya! I got you everywhere except Reddit and StumbleUpon, please share your usernames or ‘friend’ me and I’ll accept.
    ~ P

  33. V. Neely says:

    Found you on the Blog Mastermind forums. Phew, there’s a lot to take in! But I’ve added you to my networks. :) I’m both confido1205 and dragonwhimsy. Don’t have reddit or MyBlogLog yet, though… prob’ly better fix that.

  34. Admin says:


    Thanks for following me ov’r here from BMM. Totally love it ov’r there, huh!? :-D

    Glad you’re joining in here too!

    I’ll add you wherever I see u :)


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