Saturday, March 24, 2007

Another easy feed reader and social bookmarking service

To help build traffic to your website, it is always good to let visitors have an easy way to subscribe to feeds to be kept updated on new posts in your blog. In this way, visitors using a suitable feed reader can keep an eye on your blog for new post, and visit your blog when they see something interesting or useful.

Social bookmarking now is also very important to help building traffic. The problem is there are a multitudes of social bookmarking services and feed readers. I have written a previous post on an easy way to social bookmarking for your blog at Easy social bookmarking for your Website (click "BACK" button to get back to this page. A reader of my blog alerted me to a similar service AddToAny.

I have used AddToAny to add an icon for my blog reader to easily add my blog to their feed reader at Good Health Information. You can find the icon at the top of the left sidebar. Click on it and see what happen. I have also added a "bookmark manager" to the same Page Element (to save valuable real estate above the fold. If I use a separate Page Element to add the script, there will be a large empty space between the feed icon and the bookmark icon. By adding the script in the same Page Element, using a <br /> tag to put them on separate lines, I have greatly reduced the white space between the 2 icons). If you are interested in the scripts I used for the two icons, I put them below in the scroll box:

<a href=""><img border="0" width="110" alt="Add to any service" src="" height="17" title="Add to any service"/></a>

<a href=""><img border="0" width="91" alt="Add to any service" src="" height="29" title="Add to any service"/></a>

The advantage of AddToAny is that it is very easy to use. The advantage/disadvantage (depending on how you look at ot is that you don't need to register for an account. This also means you have no way of finding out how many people are subscribed to your feed.

Acknowledgement: I was tipped off about the existence of AddToAny by BlogmasterPg


  1. what a fantastic blog. many thanks for the help!

  2. Hi Pommygranate,

    Thanks for the kind words. Encouragement for us to soldier on.

    Peter Blog*Star
    Testing Blogger Beta (now New Blog)

  3. Thank you so much for this blog. I bet many, many people used it without saying thank you. I started looking for a button immediately. So helpful, Peter. Much appreciated.

  4. Thank you Peter, this was so easy to do, I was really worried about not knowing how to add social bookmarking to my blog - solved in seconds.


  5. Thanks a lot, Peter!

  6. I'm a frequent visitor to your blog. Thanks for all the great tips. I've searched high and low for a solution to my current problem. My full feed is not publishign even though in blogger I've set it to full feed. I've changed my mx results to 3 - my feed size is well below 500 now. I don't know what else to do. SHould I just delete and start over?

  7. Hi!
    I went to Addtoany and got my html code for the feed option. I tried to subscribe myself, but than a message came, that my blog does not have a feed associated with it. Which part did I miss?
    Is this the right thing to do for me if I want to give an option for my readers to sign up for messages when I add something to my blog? I am planning to launch on wednesday...
    You have been such a great help! I will add your link to the blog, thast for sure!

  8. Hi Peter!
    I managed my problem with feedburner, and my problem with Addtoany was probably due to the fact that the blog was not made public. Or my feed problems got solved after I made it public...

  9. I created an RSS feed button at But now I don't know how to mount the thing on my blog.

  10. Thank you so so much for posting this. I've gotten sick of trying different social bookmarking tools only to find out they didn't look right/fit/or weren't browser compatible with Opera and Firefox. This was exactly what I was looking for! Thanks!

  11. For Colleen,

    I tried to go to but it says "Server not found". Let us have a look at the codes. This post Ways to display HTML tags in posts and comments or displaying HTML tags should be relevant for you.


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