Converting Visitors Into Subscribers

Initial Subscription Options

Are you blogging purely to make a quick buck, or do you have long-term goals? If you have long-term goals then one of the most important aspects of your blog design isn’t advertising placement, but how you encourage people to subscribe to your blog, or sign up to your mailing list.

Custom CSS

Chris Pearson has just written a dynamite post on how to use custom CSS with a WordPress theme.
It is especially important if you tweak your themes a lot, and the theme designer is highly active in upgrading themes with new features, and also helps if you tend to switch themes for various custom elements. A lot of plugins for instance ask you to add some CSS to your main CSS file, because they don’t inject it into your header automatically.

Feed Styling Alternative and some Traffic Analysis

Recently I wrote about how you can customise some of the elements in your RSS feed for correct display.

Feed Styler
I just found out about another alternative for those comfortable with CSS called Feed Styler. It allows you to apply CSS to various page elements automatically, effectively using 2 style sheets, one for your blog pages, and another for your feeds.
It achieves this by automatically adding inline CSS styling to various page elements.

Feedburner Email Formatting

Feedburner Email Bug

I subscribe to my own feeds in various RSS readers and also by email to help me find bugs in my blog posts and various CSS formatting.

Here is a little bug I picked up today that I found interesting.

How To Optimize Your Blog For Syndication | Meme Trackers

Search Engine Twins

With the growing adoption of RSS readers, Meme Trackers and content being syndicated on 3rd party sites, how your content is ultimately presented becomes increasingly important.
What follows are some basic steps to optimize your content for syndication, as well as some more advanced techniques.

Adsense Guidelines – Contextual Ads – Adsense Backgrounds

Google Adsense
Google Adsense

You might well have read on Jensense about the changes in the contextual advertising policy that confirmed my understanding of the policy that I wrote about 2 days ago.

As I stated in the comments in that post, I also contacted Google directly but I asked multiple questions. I had to use the email route not having a direct line to decision makers at Google, but Google have been fairly prompt in replying to my questions.

MyBlogLog Tricks

I noticed a useful trick to show more of the people who have visited your blog recently over on Digital Inspiration.
This is extremely useful to help you spot contact whores who are just sending you contact requests without ever visiting your blog. There are scripts out there to do this now, so be on the lookout.