My last post onÂ RSS Explained received some nice feedback from bloggers around the blogosphere. Some of my readers have asked me to write about how to set up their RSS feeds. This is the purpose of this post and will hopefully help you to get exactly this done in no time.
So lets look at what we need to do in order to get this done. For starters, there are quite a few products that offer us to burn our own feeds. But for now I really only want to focus on Feedburner which is by far the most popular feed burning service in the market. It is free to use and can be utilized by anybody with a blog or website. When you first visit Feedburner, you will see below screen.
To start burning your Feed you will need to type your website URL into the empty box in the middle of the page. if you are a podcaster don’t forget to tick the little box to the right of your URL input field. It will help you to also burn a podcast feed. To demonstrate I’m burning a feed for my self branded website.
As you can see on the next image, I typed the full URL of my blogsite into the space.
After you click next you will be lead to another screen. As you can see below, there is a little welcome message that allows you to check whether the feed URL is to your satisfaction.
Now you will be asked to fill in a username and a password, plus your email address to create a new account. To do this you need to click on activate at the bottom of the page. If you are already a member, you can simply click on the sign in link.
That’s it, your new feed has just been successfully created. See the image below on how it looks like.
From there you will have a couple of options, such as adding Feedburner Pro stats to your tracking which is a neat little feature that used to be only available for paid options. These days however it is free for users. Tick what applies to you and click next.
That’s it, your done! At least with burning a successful feed. The next step is to insert your feed into your blog and Feedburner has some good information on their site to help you with this.
As you can see on this following screen shot you can create feeds for any blog and even for Facebook.
For WordPress users I would recommend to download and install the Feedburner Feedsmith Plugin as it will help you to track all your subscribers within Feedburner.
From here you will need to choose an Icon for your feed to display on your blogsite. You can use the standard feed icons available from Feedburner, or else you can make you own or go to FeedIcons to get your free Web 2.0 style icons.
It really depends on what you personally like and I recommend to learn your way around in the admin section of Feedburner to get more familiar with the subject.
With a bit of elbow grease it really isn’t hard to publish your very own shiny Feed button so your readers can keep updated with your content.
Hopefully this mini tutorial will help you to get going.
Good luck and let me know, once you managed! I might stop over and subscribe to you too.