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Monday, September 19, 2005

 

Using RSS to bring visitors to your blog - create a feed

Last topic: Using RSS to bring visitors to your website or blog.
Today: Create a Feed from your Blog.

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Some people prefer to get RSS Feeds rather than revisit blogs. It is easy to accommodate them if you have a blog.

If you have a blog, I recommend you generate the feed. Most every blog service has the capability to generate feeds. It is usually just a parameter that one has to turn on to get the RSS or Atom feed. There is no reason not too, and many reasons to do it.

Some blog services give the option to create multiple feeds in different versions of RSS. That has some merit because you provide for each type of user, but now most Feed Readers read all versions. So, I recommend you create just one feed, and if you have a choice pick RSS 2.0.

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Treat your RSS Feed File with respect. It might bring you many visitors over time. Give it the same care you give to your site. Investigate the options. Keep an eye on it.

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Some blog services add the name of the feed to the blog HTML.

Do a view source of your blog and between and look for statements like the following
link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="name of feed" href="Feed-URL"
link rel="alternate" type="text/xml" title="name of feed" href="Feed-URL"
link rel="alternate" type="application/atom+xml" title="name of feed" href="Feed-URL"

Example:
- http://www.blog.website-development-training.com/
- View source and observe that WordPress has the option to generate feeds for multiple versions.
- If you are using Firefox, click the orange icon at the right of the status bar. Did that generate an "ah ha"?

Example:
- http://blogging-information.blogspot.com/
- View source for another example.
- I changed mine from the Blogger default to another option.
- If you are using Firefox, click the orange icon at the right of the status bar.

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Ok, that should have been easy. Turn on the Feed Generation from your blog.

Next Lesson: Helping people subscribe to your feed.


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