I’ve received many requests on how to set up RSS Feedburner feeds. Many people prefer to subscribe to RSS feeds, so that they are informed when their favorite sites add new content. You’ll find out how to do just that in this article.
What is RSS?
RSS stands for Real Simple Syndication. It is a web standardized feed format. It provides a list of article’s, a brief description, author information, etc. To see mine, go to this site http://www.newthinktank.com/feed. This is normally the location of all feed’s.
WordPress & RSS Feed’s
To set up a feed in WordPress:
Setup Feedburner Google Feed
The next page provides the html, plugins and widgets needed to direct people to your feeds using Blogger, TypePad, WordPress and MySpace. Descriptions on how to use these tool’s is provided there, so I won’t put the same information here.
Publicizing Your Feed
If you want people to be able to subscribe to your feed and receive email updates, click on the publicize tab. Then click on Email Subscriptions. Now click Activate.
This is what the FeedBurner subscription code will look like when you copy and paste it’s code.
Here is what the Preview Subscription Code will generate Subscribe to New Think Tank by Email
Also there are widget’s specific to TypePad and Blogger available here. If you want to see what a FeedBurner Widget for WordPress looks like see my feed area in the upper right hand corner of my site. Where is says Subscribe to RSS.
Special Note: If you don’t publicize your feed with FeedBurner, if someone tries to subscribe they will receive an error: The feed does not have subscriptions by email enabled. So make sure you do this!
Feedburner Google Headline Animator
If you click on Headline Animator and choose the platform your site runs on ie. Blogger, WordPress, etc. it will provide the code needed to create a RSS Feed Headline Animator that looks like this:
Numerous Options with Feedburner
You can also have FeedBurner automatically ping search engine’s when you make changes to your site. A ping is an invitation that says to search engine’s that they should come look at your new content. I instead use WordPress’s built in ping system.
You can also include images, ads, and numerous other things in your feeds. I leave it to you to decide if that is something your viewers may be interested in? I choose to keep the feed as simple as possible, but everyone is different.
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