If you want readers to subscribe to your RSS feed, it’s a good idea to make the subscription button (or link) prominent. It should definitely be “above the fold”, visible as soon as the page loads in the user’s browser, and visually eye-grabbing.
Taking this to an extreme, there’s a meme going around the web about the “world’s largest” or “world’s biggest” RSS button. This meme has gotten (pleasantly) silly.
I think it started when ReviewMe.com claimed to have the world’s biggest:
Not bad, right?
John Chow thought it was good, but not big enough, so he made his larger as a part of an effort to get more RSS readers:
Bill Hartzer claimed to have the world’s largest RSS button, but if you look at the source of the page, you can see it is just an orange background. Cheater!
While investigating the meme, I encountered Malaysia’s Largest (and Ugliest) RSS button. So it is good to know that national pride is getting involved, hm?
But Doug Karr made one so large (6000×6000 pixels) that IE can’t display it. (He advises you check it out in Firefox if you’re interested)
Of course, now the silliness is really getting started, and Rex Bowden claims to have the “biggest 4″ RSS buttons.
You can check out the meme yourself via Google.