Wait a miniute I thought I already read this, but now it is different. Have you ever watched a movie over and found out they changed the ending on you since you last saw it. Well I’m changing this entire post.
If RSS Feeds are a mystery to you then welcome to the party. It seems there are certain badges of honor that are worn in the blogging community, like merit badges for scouts. You have to go through a certain amount of initiation and then you can join in the next level of fun.
For myself and probably many others, one of the badges to earn is RSS Feeds. While doing research for this post I learned more about them, but I’m not going to share it. That might be taken as cheating.
I first read about RSS feeds from the Tomato: What is RSS? What is Feedburner? I didn’t understand it, I still go back and read it from time to time. But I did learn about Feedburner.
It isn’t the purpose of this post to explain RSS Feeds or Marketing.
You don’t have to understand something to realize:
- it has value
- you need it.
Here are the steps to implament getting RSS Feed going on your blog.
- Download and activate the Feedburner plug-in
- Go to the options menu and set up a Feedburner account
- Copy the code they provide for you in the option screen and save
Good so far, now we get to the chicklets.
I now understand that those small icons, are called chicklets, which when I was growing up was gum.
Now there is also a literary grouping of books called chicklit, but that’s not the same things. I know chicklets make it easy for your readers to subscribe to your blog by clicking on a chicklet and then adding your blog to that particular RSS reader.
Lets go get just one chicklet, that is really all we need to get the job done.
I like what Mary McKnights said on RSS Pieces about not cluttering up your blog with with too much eye candy. You don’t need a big long list of chicklets to choose from.
Here is why. Set up your Feedburner account with the “Smart Feed” option. When someone clicks on your RSS Feed clicklet they will get an option to select where they want the feed to go. You can try it using this chicklet or the one at the top of the left sidebar.
Setting up the Smart Feed
- log into your feedburner account.
- click on my feeds in the upper right hand corner.
- select the feed you want to work on.
- click on the Publicize tab and select Smart Feed and activate.
Next lets go get that chicklet.
- Click on the Publicize tab again.
- Select the Chicklet Chooser in the options down the left side.
- It default to the chicklet we want.
- Scoll down to the code window and copy the code.
You can see all the other chicklets that are there. We don’t need them. Since we set up smartfeed we only need this one chicklet to choose from.
If you are using the Sidebar widget, and I recommend you do if you are using WordPress, copy the code into a text box.
Here are the steps.
- Click on Presentation
- Select the Sidebar widget
- Drag a text box to the menu (if you don’t have one available add one at the bottom)
- Click on the edit box and set your title and paste the code into the text box.
- Remember if you are using MyBlogLog to re-paste the code into the MyBlogLog box
- Save the sidebar.
Whew, I know those of you that already have your RSS Badge of Honor will think this is pretty basic stuff, but for those that don’t, this will let those who visit your blog and want to set up an RSS Feed to their reader do just that with the click of a chick-let.
Oh Yeah, more chicklets