How To Enhance Your Blog

Why should you publish a blog?

Blogs are a great, easy way to publish information in a timely manner. As a result, their popularity has skyrocketed.

However, to make blogs a really useful tool, you have to get people to come back and read regularly.

It’s just as true for your blog as it is your website that someone may take a look at what you’ve published and say to themselves, “This is interesting,” only to disappear, never to visit again.

Prevent this from happening to your blog by letting people know when you’ve published something new.

Blog definition

Keep Your Blog Readers Coming Back

RSS is offered by many blogging services as a way to syndicate information, but currently RSS is still a little too advanced for most web users.

RSS definition

We offer our RSS Feed Broadcaster to help our customers to syndicate their blog articles to nearly anyone interested. This feature converts your articles from a standard RSS feed into an e-mail template to send to your subscribers as your blog is updated.

All your subscribers need is an e-mail address. You just need to add a standard AWeber sign up form to your blog and set up your feed broadcaster.

How to set up this feature:

First, you can review the video tutorial we offer.

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If you have any questions, you can refer to the FAQ article we’ve published, and feel free to contact our customer support team. As with any aspect of our service, our team is fully competent with this feature and is here to support the set up of your feed broadcaster.

You’ll notice that we use this feed broadcaster feature for our own blog, with a sign up form on the right side of this page. Please feel free to try it out and subscribe for regular updates on this blog, including useful tips and suggestions for optimizing your e-mail campaigns.

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22 Comments

  1. Hi Marc,

    Great post, we use Aweber in conjunctino with our blog and it really helps to keep the readers coming back – you can literally see the traffic spikes after an update is sent.

    11/15/2006 6:19 pm
  2. Nana

    I went thru’ your rss broadcaster video tutorials and it’s really fantastic. seems I will soon start to use it. wait I will soon really sign up for aweber.It’s such intuitive. keep up with it.

    11/20/2006 1:14 pm
  3. What a great service to offer to your subscribers. Keeping my customers informed about blog updates is another great way to get them back to my site.

    Thanks again…

    11/21/2006 12:39 am
  4. I have tried this RSS broadcast. Need to post really high quality content to blog. People will unsubscribe if we post low quality ones.

    I prefer to manually broadcast whenever there is a very important/interesting posts and can also combine few post in one broadcast msg

    11/21/2006 1:39 pm
  5. Wow! I didn’t even know you had this kind of service :-)

    I better spend more time getting around the interface
    to see what else I am missing out on.

    Phil

    11/24/2006 9:02 am
  6. Does Aweber have any plans to offer a WordPress plug-in for Aweber subscriber opt-in boxes? I think it would be an awesome feature and a huge time-saver as a blog owner.

    Thanks

    11/25/2006 3:29 pm
  7. Mike,

    We already include a web form generator which makes it point and click simple to insert a form to any website, including a WordPress blog.

    Video Tutorial:
    http://www.aweber.com/camtasia/webformgenerator/webform_ad.htm

    There is a 3rd party WordPress plug-in that I’m aware of which adds an AWeber form to a blog, but I can’t speak specifically to how it functions as we haven’t tested it ourselves. Use at your own risk.

    http://www.karlwarren.com/blog/2006/11/07/free-wordpress-plugin/

    11/27/2006 11:32 am | Follow me on Twitter
  8. Everyone – I followed the simple to understand tutorial and had a web form set up on my blog in no time flat – plus I also put a "fade in" form as well, so if people miss the in-line webform, they can’t miss the fade in subscription form.

    Keep those Aweber blog posts coming on your terrific service features!

    PS: you all in tech support are great! thanks for the great support!

    11/27/2006 8:26 pm
  9. Love the video explanations, and today, after signing up for aweber a day ago, I get an actual phone call from the company!! I’m already impressed, and have set up an auto sign in form on my site. I’m already seeing that I’ll love awebber.

    Thanks!

    11/29/2006 2:51 am
  10. Is there any way to combine this blog broadcast with another list? I already have people subscribing to my website (and newsletter). Since I’d like to use my blog posts as my newsletter, it’d be great if I could direct the blog broadcast to use that list rather than creating yet another list. Any way to do that?

    C.J.

    3/19/2007 10:17 pm
  11. C.J.,

    If you add a ‘Blog Broadcast’ to any of your lists, it will create broadcast messages for you that can be sent just like any other broadcasts you create in the list.

    That said, you can certainly add one to any of your existing campaigns.

    3/20/2007 8:32 am
  12. Hi

    I need to make a Blog Broadcast and do not know the RSS address for WordPress. Can anyone help here?

    5/16/2007 4:29 am
  13. Julie,

    If you scroll all the way down to the bottom of your blog, you’ll find an "Entries (RSS)" link. The URL that link points to is the RSS feed address for your blog.

    If you have any further issues or questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our support team.

    5/16/2007 9:11 am
  14. CodeBanter.com has a WordPress plugin that works with Aweber and can be used with or without widgets.

    12/31/2007 3:08 pm
  15. Update: we have published a WordPress plugin for Aweber that allows you to add a signup to your sidebar. It also integrates Aweber email analytics.
    http://om4.com.au/wordpress-plugins/wordpress-aweber-plugin/

    1/19/2009 7:50 am
  16. Love the web form setup – but two suggestions:

    1. The width can be adjusted in many of these, but what about the height?

    2. How about some web forms for putting a small footer size line at the bottom of a blog post? This could either be done on a selective basis by the post author, or automatically by using the wp plug in Post Footer. A form that has horizontal header then inputs, instead of vertical.

    (the latter would be especially helpful since having an invitation to join an email list at the end of the post is VERY effective, but difficult for people who can’t code – like me!)

    12/22/2009 9:18 pm
  17. Hi,

    The video on this page has a broken link. Also, how would one go about creating a fade-in email form that shows on the site after a pre-arranged amount of time. Ex 30 seconds?

    Thanks

    1/23/2010 5:16 pm
  18. Ted,

    Thanks much for pointing that out. You can watch an up-to-date version of that video here.

    As for the popover form, you can do that using the Web Form Generator. The delay is one of the advanced settings available while editing the form design.

    1/25/2010 9:33 am | Follow me on Twitter

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