There’s a couple of posts over at cre8d which caught my attention today. Firstly Rachel writes about Subscriber count buttons and ask if they are the ‘new hit counter?’ She writes:
“On the other hand, some may find that displaying subscriber counts may come across as an ego badge, just as hit counters or other stats bothered some people.
Do you find subscriber counts useful in determining the value of blogs, do you like seeing them as a matter or interest or are they unnecessary?”
I’m interested to hear the discussion on this. Head over to Rachel’s post to have your say. I commented:
“I’ve actually found that quite a few of my readers seem to like watching the feed counter on my blog. I can’t quite work out why this is.
Perhaps people like to feel that they belong to something that is bigger than themselves – perhaps it taps into the voyeuristic nature in us – or perhaps people just like statistics….”
Rachel also points out a helpful WordPress Plugin – Auto links which will automatically link to URLs when you mention certain keywords. This is especially handy if you find yourself mentioning site’s regularly. It also has the ability to turn keywords into Amazon searches (with your associate/affiliate ID) which some will find handy.