Thursday, August 16, 2007

Feed for your blog

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Feed

Feed is a way of getting updates on your website without having to visit it by subscribing to the feed either through an online feed reader or by subscribing to the feed via email. In practice, feed can be set to full or short. If set to short, the feed is supposed to display the first few lines, and if this attract the attention of the feed reader, then he/she will surf over to the actual site to read the full content. However, I have noticed that when I set my feed to short, in many cases, what is displayed is only the post title. So for it to be meaningful, you will have to use a very descriptive post title.

But here is a bit of good news. Google has bought over Feedburner and have given bloggers the option "burning" their feed at Feedburner and then redirect your Blogger feed to Feedburner feed. The methods and the advantages will be explained in the section below. However, for this, you must set your feed to full, otherwise, you cannot use this feature.

Amazon products for RSS feed

Feedburner

To "burn" a feed for your blog, go to
http://www.feedburner.com/fb/a/home
Type or copy-paste your blog URL into the field provided,

Feedburner burn feed

If you do podcast, tick the "I am a podcaster" box, otherwise just click "Next".

Feedburner will identify the feed URL's for your blog. For blogger, there will be an Atom feed and a RSS feed. I would suggest the more popular RSS feed. I would also suggest you copy the feed URL's into a Notepad file and save it into your computer so you can retrive them when you need them.
Tick this and click "Next".

If you are trying to keep track of what is going on in many sites and have no time to keep visiting them to see what is new, this is a great way to keep updated. You can read the feed online with sites like
www.google.com/reader (Google Reader)
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You can also chose to subscribe to feed by email.

Previously, Blogger only offer Atom feed. Many have been hankering for the more popular RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feed, and in New Blogger, they have added RSS feed. You probably have come across the familiar icon RSS feed subscribe button or the less common RSS feed subscription alphabet button button. Other common feed subscription button includes the "Add to Google Reader button Add to Google Reader feed subscription button, "Add to My Yahoo" button Add to My Yahoo feed subscription button, "Add to Bloglines" button Add to Bloglines feed subscription button, "Add to Newsgator" button Add to Newsgator feed subscription button, and a whole lot more.

Adding a feed subscription button to your blog

I will first deal with the popular Feedburner subscription button. You will first have to go to "burn" a feed for your blog. Go to
http://www.feedburner.com/
and type in paste your blog URL. Click "Next" and Feedburner will look for available feed for your blog. For Blogger, there will be Atom and RSS. I normally chose RSS.


Blogger and Feedburner

Recently, Google have bought over the popular Feedburner and now you can integrate your Blogger feed with Feedburner. The advantage of doing this is that you can get statistics about your blog subscribers via Feedburner.

Putting links for visitors to subscribe to your blog



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Adding a feed email subscription form to your blog



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Blogger previously only offer Atom feed

Official Google Blog: Adding more flare

11 comments:

  1. This is not related to the topic but i may need help resolving a problem that i hope isn't too bad.I have two images that i am unable to view, i keep getting an error statement that says "service unavailable error 503", is this a temporary problem that will fix itself or is it permanent.

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  2. Hi greenstamp,

    I can't tell what is the problem by what you describe above. Perhaps you will have to get into the post editor window for that problem post and display them in a comment here, or better, display it in a post (either in your blog - predate it so it don't appear in your main page, or create a special blog for that purpose). Please refer to Ways to display special HTML tags in comments and posts.

    I am afraid if you put them in a comment here, it may mess up my blog because there may be some long unbroken line. The best is to publish it in a post, preferably in a scroll box so it doesn't mess up your blog. For scroll box, refer to Scroll box for your posts

    Once you have done that, post the link here.

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

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  3. I apologize, but i forgot to mention that the problem was related to my blog page.For some reason i had two images on my blog page that i could not view, i kept getting a statement that said "service unavailable error 503".I now see that the problem has resolved itself and the images are now viewable again.I'm guessing it was a blogger maintenance thing.

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  4. How to disabling the 'Subscribe to this page' on Firefox (or others) for my blog?

    I need to protect my blog's contents. Help me, please.

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  5. Hi atma,

    Just go to SETTINGS > FEED and set it to "None".

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

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  6. Thanks for the reply. It's work. :)

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  7. Hello Peter. I just want to thank you for the information on how to make my blog a feed with FeedBurner. I've had success putting my blog on another website that I created, which was my goal. I was at a complete loss until someone suggested your blog. Your information gave me the confidence to move forward. I'm very excited to have accomplished my goal. So again, let me convey my THANKS!

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  8. Sir

    this is tricks looks very useful, i will complete the techniques mentioned by you.

    Thank you for providing this useful information.

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  9. Hi,

    I wouild like to add a RSS feed next to some labels. How do I do that?

    Thanks,

    Miguel

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  10. Goode dag Miguel,

    Ik verstaan Meneer Miguel is van Flanderland. Ik been een student gewest in Belgia, in Gent, 30 yaar "ago". Ik een bitje Flams verstaan.

    Your question will need a long time of testing to answer and currently I am overwhelmed by what I need to do, among others:

    Long March for Justice

    Yang di-Pertuan Agong: Hope for Malaysia?

    Should non-Muslim have a say about Malaysia becoming an Islamic state?

    More important, hoping readers will lend their support to the suffering Burmese (not my country, our problems are minor compared with theirs):

    Petition to help the suffering Burmese.

    Hope you will forward this to all your contacts:
    ----------------------
    Dear friends,

    Burma's generals have brought their brutal iron hand down on peaceful monks and protesters -- but in response, a massive global outcry is gathering pace. The roar of global public opinion is being heard in hundreds of protests outside Chinese and Burmese embassies, people round the world wearing the monks' color red, and on the internet-- where our petition has exploded to over 200,000 signers in just 72 hours.

    People power can win this. Burma's powerful sponsor China can halt the crackdown, if it believes that its international reputation and the 2008 Olympics in Beijing depend on it. To convince the Chinese government and other key countries, Avaaz is launching a major global and Asian ad campaign on Wednesday, including full page ads in the Financial Times and other newspapers, that will deliver our message and the number of signers. We need 1 million voices to be the global roar that will get China's attention. If every one of us forwards this email to just 20 friends, we'll reach our target in the next 72 hours. Please sign the petition at the link below -if you haven't already- and forward this email to everyone you care about:

    http://www.avaaz.org/en/stand_with_burma/t.php

    The pressure is working - already, there are signs of splits in the Burmese Army, as some soldiers refuse to attack their own people. The brutal top General, Than Shwe, has reportedly moved his family out of the country – he must fear his rule may crumble.

    The Burmese people are showing incredible courage in the face of horror. We're broadcasting updates on our effort over the radio into Burma itself – telling the people that growing numbers of us stand with them. Let's do everything we can to help them – we have hours, not days, to do it. Please sign the petition and forward this email to at least 20 friends right now. Scroll down our petition page for details of times and events to join in the massive wave of demonstrations happening around the world at Burmese and Chinese embassies.

    With hope and determination,

    Ricken, Paul, Pascal, Graziela, Galit, Ben, Milena and the whole Avaaz Team

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  11. Hi Pete! you have a wealth of information..everytime I type any kind of questions...your site seems to pop up! My question is: how do I change my rss icon that blogger alredy has? I would like to have a different icon. for example...I added the already rss button to my blog...but I want to replace it with the cup of coffee icon. Where on the site (html code) is it? Does this make sense??
    thanks!
    upallnite
    http://stampingwithanangel.blogspot.com

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