Recently there have been a lot of subscriber count inflating scams going around. It seems people are so desperate to boost their perceived value they are willing to display artificial numbers to get it.
Yes, subscriber counts do offer social proof and provide a perception of quality, but they are not a replacement for real authority and valuable content! Certainly not worth paying a dollar per fake subscriber like some services are charging.
If you are considering any of these shady count boosting scams, consider:
- What will the brand new subscriber, taken in by the fake social proof think when they read your content?
- Inflating your subscriber count to get a better sale price? What will the buyer say when they find none of the subscribers are active?
- Don’t you think that people look for other signs of proof? A high subscriber count on a lousy blog is like a hobo wearing a Rolex
The value comes from the number of people who are ready and willing to read your content every day. If you are just showing a false number, why pay for it? Just create your own feedburner graphic.
Believe me, 100 loyal subscribers is far more worthwhile than 10k fake subscribers, even taking into account social proof.
Keep adding valuable content and promote it ethically. Network your niche and ensure your theme is setup to promote your subscription options. Let the subscribers come naturally because you provide value and they will stick around and bring friends 🙂