Ah, subscribers. Aren’t they beautiful? Precious, even. Especially since it seems most of us bloggers are writing and posting furiously, so it’s nice to know that there are people who not only READ your content, but they SIGN UP to find out AS SOON AS POSSIBLE when you’ve posted. It’s a box full of self-satisfied squeeing in my office every time someone subscribes to my blog. What validation, what accolades! Wouldn’t you like to subscribe to my blog right now??
Ok, I’m done.
In these two videos, I describe the process for how to “burn” or send your RSS feed to Feedburner. (Like many things on the internet, this is a Google tool. Google says: “FeedBurner delivers the world’s subscriptions wherever they need to go.” So consider Feedburner like the UPS trucks taking your packages to those who have ordered your stuff.) This lets you set up a SUBSCRIBE plugin on your blog, allowing visitors to receive email updates when you have posted something new.[su_note note_color=”#e9e7e4″ radius=”6″]
RSS (Rich Site Summary); originally RDF Site Summary; often dubbed Really Simple Syndication, uses a family of standard web feed formats to publish frequently updated information: blog entries, news headlines, audio, video.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RSS
What you will need:
- A Google Account
- A Feedburner account
- A WordPress Blog
- An Internet Connection
If your blog is built on WordPress, you will not need to do anything special. All blogs built in WordPress already have the feed built into them. All that you do is type in your url.com/feed. When you go to this url it will look like a bunch of gibberish as it does in the image below. Do not freak out about this weird look, it is just fine.