Blog Traffic Experiment, Day 23. RSS Readers Rock!

Day 23/30 of Experiment:  views 4
Main Referring Sites: 1 StumbleUpon, 1, 1 WordPress/LinkedIn

Today’s Activities:

  1. Tip 2, 7, 8, 13: Surfed the web for some more blogs to add to my RSS reader. Found a whole host of new sites for added resources and inspirations. See Links below for my favorite subscriptions.

Thoughts out Loud

I’ve been asked a number of times this week why I use an RSS reader, and if I really get any value from it. The answer is, ABSOLUTELY YES!

For anyone new to blogging or following blogs, a RSS (Really Simple Syndication) reader is a handy free software (shareware) you can install on your computer that allows you to read all the blogs you subscribe to in one simple place. By simply adding a chosen blog to your list, you will be alerted to any new posts they publish. It saves an incredible amount of time. I call it my personalized electronic newspaper.

RSS reader

I organize my blog subscriptions into category folders. Branding, marketing, design, web, social media, and even inspiration. I continually add new ones so my list over the last few months has really grown. On any given day I can have 50-70 articles posted to my reader, so I always have resources at my disposal.

As a blogger, I’m always looking for new links to provide as resources in my articles. I skim through headlines to see what’s new in my industry and I often get inspiration from popular topics posted. It’s constant brain food and inspiration. As a freelancer, it’s vital to staying connected. I’d be lost without my reader.

Below is a list of some of my favorites, feel free to check them out and recommend some of your own in the comments section. I’m always looking. Enjoy!

  • Branding: Brand Freeze, Design & Branding Delight
  • Copywriting: CopyBlogger, Copywriting tips for online marketing success
  • Graphic Design: The Design Cubicle, graphic designer Brian Hoff shares design tips, tutorials, and links. Viget Inspire, a design house who’s whole team contributes. Great variety. Blog.SpoonGraphics, Chris Spooner is a designer who often posts techniques and a number of good creativity links.
  • Freelancing: Freelance Folder: Community for all types of freelancers
  • Illustration: VetorTuts+, Everything vector, great tutorials
  • Inspiration: Inspiredlog: the official tumblelog of Inspired Magazine. Design Finds Me, a mish mash of good random stuff.
  • Marketing: Online Marketing Connect, Social Media Marketing. Duct Tape Marketing, small business marketing
  • Social Media: E-Commerce Experiment, a work in progress much like this experiment, they keep posting all their resources. Great link source and relevent information to a new growing media.
  • Web Design: TripWire Magazine, goodies for web developers and designers. Webitect, resource for webmasters

2 responses to “Blog Traffic Experiment, Day 23. RSS Readers Rock!

  1. If you’re in SEO/SEM or any form if IA/M for that matter, is good.

    The problem with most internet marketing and advertising blogs is they all re-hash the same stuff 100 different times before moving on to something new. I also keep my eye on the various Google-run blogs.

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