Whenever I come across a blog that DOESN’T have a “Subscribe via Email” option for following, I’m floored. Why don’t they? They’re cutting off a huge chunk of would-be followers!
If someone doesn’t have their RSS feed link in their sidebar or a Bloglovin’ link or a Feedly link, that can be annoying but it’s ultimately not a problem. You can just manually put their blog URL into Feedly and follow that way. Or, you can figure out what platform they’re on and get their RSS feed that way because the URLs are always the same:
- Blogger: http://YOURBLOG.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default?alt=rss
- WordPress: http://YOURWEBSITE.com/feed
So my point is: If the RSS/Bloglovin/Feedly links aren’t included, it doesn’t stop you from following the person that way because you can find or add them yourself.
But, if the blogger doesn’t have a subscribe via email option (set up via Feedburner, Mailchimp, or another method) then there’s nothing you can really do about it to get email notifications. And if email is the main method you use for subscribing to a blog and they don’t offer it, well you basically can’t follow the blog.
Sadly, this is the problem I’ve run into a few times now.
I always sit there and wonder: why don’t they have this option in their sidebar? Feedburner may suck a bit, but it’s completely free and not much effort to set up. By adding an option to subscribe via email, you open up the door to potentially hundreds of new followers! Don’t push them away. 🙂