This post was a bit late getting up, as I actually broke the 1,400 mark on February 23rd, 2008. My RSS dipped just under the 1,400 mark since hitting it about 10-days ago, but has been staying close to it in the 1,375-1,395 range and should build back up in the 1,400’s again soon. Update: Yesterday I was at 1,419 🙂
According to the past two months, I appear to be gaining 200 new RSS subscribers each month. It was only been one month prior that I hit 1,200 RSS, which was a month after I hit the the huge milestone of 1,000 RSS subscribers. If my RSS continues to grow at this rate of incline I will have over 3,000 subscribers by the end of the year, which was one of my goals for 2008.
While it’s always great to see higher RSS numbers, I’d much rather see higher website traffic numbers right now. The reason is simple: advertising exposure. Right now, the only ads that appear to my RSS readers are Paid Reviews and the Embedded 300×250 Banner. Compare this to the ads that appear on TylerCruz.com the website, such as the 125×125 and 728×90 banner ads, Kontera, AdToll, etc. and you can see why I want to raise my website traffic.
Higher website traffic will allow me to raise my ad prices, whereas the only prices I can legitimately raise right now are Paid Reviews and the Embedded ad since they are shown to RSS readers.
Some readers have complained about these RSS milestone posts. I’m sorry that some people don’t like them, but I sure do. I love to show my accomplishments, and think it serves as motivation food as well.
In any case, I only make these RSS milestone posts whenever I… well… reach a new milestone or goal, and since my next target is set at 1,700, you guys won’t have to worry about another one of these posts for a while. After all, I’ll probably be 40 before I gain another 300 RSS subscribers, right? 🙂
The dips in the graph below are from days when Feedburner hiccupped. It usually happens when it cannot read Google Reader. I’m very close to having 1,500 appear on the left Y-Axis!
As is always the tradition when I post a new RSS record, I set a new RSS goal and see if the prediction I made on my last one was correct. My goal when I hit the 1,200 milestone was to hit 1,400 RSS subscribers and average 1,200, and I predicted that I’d do so around early mid-March to early April. Fortunately, I was wrong and managed to make it 1-2 months earlier.
My new goal is to hit 1,700 RSS subscribers. My prediction is that I’ll make this goal by July.
Some of you may be wondering what the first photo is all about. Well, when I hit my 1,200 record, my girlfriend and I made Rice Krispie treats to celebrate, and so now I plan to make something new every time I make my new goal.
This time we made gingerbread cookies!
I already have something planned for when I make my next goal 🙂