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Better Blogging: Making the most of your RSS feed

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This post is for everyone who blogs.

First, let me put up a great little video that explains what an rss feed that was made by Common Craft. This is particularly helpful for those who don’t already know and those who might still understand it vaguely.

RSS IconJohn P. recommends that you make the link to your rss feed very easy to find and he has this ENORMOUS button for feeds.

Lorelle Van Fossen recommends an entire page dedicated to specialized feeds, like feeds for different categories, so if someone only wanted to subscribe to tech stuff or Phriday fotos, then they could pick that one. Or, you could even combine a feed with related categories, like tech stuff and blogging or a combo of link loads and the run down. I’m working this out, but I’ve promised David Phillips, my tech support, that I wouldn’t tinker until later this week, when he has more time to help.

The main thing I want to pass on is that you should send YOUR FULL FEED to the feed readers. I thought, at one time, that I would not get people to my site if I gave them the full article in the feed reader, so I would give them a taste and hope they would crave more and come to the site. I don’t know whether that worked for me, but I can guarantee that it doesn’t work on me.

I almost never click on the website if the feed is truncated, so it is counterproductive to those who use that technique, since I neither follow the feed to their site and I also do not read what they have to say.

The point for most people is that they have the their thoughts read. If you are worried about counting readers, insert the Feed Statistics plugin and you can see almost all the same information that you would as if they hit your site, including the links they hit from your feed.

If you don’t know where this setting is, go to the “Settings” link and then the “reading” link in WordPress 2.5. After that, you will find, almost at the bottom of the page, a box that looks like this:

Feed Settings

Click the Full Text option, and you’re set.

Hope that helps you.

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2 Responses to “Better Blogging: Making the most of your RSS feed”

  1. Bob Cleveland
    on Apr 21st, 2008
    @ 8:38 am

    I don’t think I ever did say thanks for your first post about RSS feed readers. I set up Google Reader here, and am eternally grateful for the suggestion.

    As a reward, I’m sending you a 3-week subscription to the “Book of the Month” Club.

  2. art rogers
    on Apr 21st, 2008
    @ 9:02 am


    That’s funny.

    And you are welcome. Glad to help you.

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