In this edition of the Super Quick Tutorials I show you how to set up an RSS feed for your wordpress blog. I’m also going to show you how to create a subscription box for your rss feed so your visitors and readers can subscribe to your rss feed.
Now you may be asking yourself, “why in the hell do I need this?”. Well getting subscribers to your rss feed is just like building a list. The only difference is that you can’t email them personally. You can’t send any promos or anything like that.
An RSS feed subscription is simply just to send your readers an update of your published content. Every time you publish content to your blog, they will receive an email from google letting them know that you just published new stuff.
This may seem like a downfall, but it’s actually not. In my experience, these subscribers are the most active and responsive than any other form of list building.
Just think about it for a sec …
They’re not getting:
- hammered with bullshit promos
- bombarded with launches
- updates on the latest webinar
- simply put, they are not getting spammed.
All they want is to go to your blog and consume your content. If you know how to monetize your blog, you’ll make money. But we’ll talk about that in another post ;-)
Here’s a few things you need first:
Before you set up your rss feed, you need to have a Feed Burner account. If you have a gmail account already, then it’ll automatically set it up when you log in. (you can get feedburner here)
If you don’t have gmail, get it. Trust me, it’ll make life a hell of a lot easier.
Next you need your feed url. This is simple to get. Just follow the directions below.
The default feed for all WP blogs are: (make sure replace “yourdomain” with your actual domain name)
RSS Feeds come in two different ways, RSS and Atom. If your doing any type of podcasting, use the RSS one, just incase your podcast takes off, it will be able to handle the massive amount of traffic that may come in. I would just stick to RSS anyway because you just never know if and when you get into podcasting.
Here’s the tutorial on how to make an rss feed. Enjoy ;-)
There you have it. That’s how you make an rss feed for you blog, how you create a widget for your rss subscription box, and I even threw in a quick tutorial on how to do it with a Genesis theme from StudioPress. The blog you’re on now is using a theme from Studio Press.
Now before I go I wanna give you one more thing. I get this questioned asked all the time…
What if I don’t use WordPress?
Well I’ve always used the wordpress platform for all my blogs so it’s pretty much all I know. But I do know there are other platforms for blogging. So I did a quick search and found out how to get the rss feed for the following blog platforms.
The default feed for every Blogger.com blogs are:
The default feed for Typepad blogs are:
That’s it for this Super Quick Tutorial. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed making it for you, and I hope you find it very useful.
What else you got?
There are so many ways to utilize the rss feed. If you got any questions or have any tips on how to use the RSS Feed more effectively, then please share them right down below. I know I could use all the help I can get with it ;-)