Why To Add Feed?
In short, feed makes users easy to get information or know about latest updates made to blog(the blog which you selected) without opening the blog or website. Almost all browsers give an option for the users to add RSS (Real Simple Syndication) feed of their favorite blogs.
Few bloggers don`t add RSS feed to their site as the user will not open their blog and they will loose traffic! This is wrong decision! Helping user to read your latest blog post without visiting your blog can increase your relation with the user. If you are not among these, then continue reading…
Which RSS Feed Reader Should I need To Place?
It all depends on the user to select which aggregator they want to use. Those who are new to RSS feed don`t know about Google, yahoo feed readers I suggest place Email subscription box for them so that they get blog updates to their inbox and place Google and Yahoo feed burners button.
Why Only FeedBurner?
- It is free!
- It is from Google(trusted), you can use your google account to use Feedburner
- Track your subscribers easily
- Tweet! automatically when new post added
- Feed stats! track your feeds traffic
- Option to monetize feeds
Feedburner provides different options for your blog users to select within, have cute feed button to place on your blog.
Now Lets Start Burn Your Feed
Requirements: Google account, Blog feed (URL) Mostly WordPress blog feed will be http://blogdominname.com/feed
Step 1: Sign into Feedburner account with Google account logins
Stpe 2: Claim your blog feed y giving your blog feed in the space provided
Step 3: Feed Title And Feed Address
Congrats! Feed is Live Now
Step 4: Skip directly to feed management
Under Publicize activate email subscription, PingShot, Feed count, socialize and Awareness Api (if needed). To activate these click on the left side services options then on the right side of these options you will find Activate (at the bottom of the message) click it.
Step 5: Monetize Feeds (optional)
After Publicize you will find monetize in menu bar click on it and signin with your adsense logins.
Try with all services provided by Feedburner like socialize(twitter), poingshot, ckicklet chooser etc.
At last Redirect your users to your blog feedburner, when some one types http://domainname.com/feed it need to redirected to your feeds on feedburner. To this you can simple use 301 redirect or if don`t know about 301 redirect just install Feed burner plugin for wordpress any it depends on you to do it or not. But don`t for get to add Email subscription to your blog.
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