This RSS Tutorial is to help you make better use of your RSS Feed.
Why I made this RSS tutorial: For some time now I have struggled to get my readers to subscribe to my RSS Feed. I thought about it for a short while before the logical solution became apparent. I needed to separate my Feed so my readers could decide what content they wanted to subscribe to. I think this will boost my subscription and I think it will work for you too.
Up and until today my blog only had one Feed going to one group of subscribers. Those poor subscribers have been getting updates to every post I made on my blog. If a reader comes to my blog to enter giveaways I’m somewhat convinced they dont want to read this post you are reading now. I’ll show you how I changed that with this RSS tutorial using FeedBurner.
My RSS Tutorial
This is a very simple tutorial. I’m going to show you how to use categories to make different RSS fees for you blog.
First thing you need to know is how to find the URL that points to a category.
Let’s say you want to make a Feed for your Blogger Events. You should have a category named “my blogger events” or “Blogger events” and you should have this category on your relevant post.
Here you can see the category marked with a green circle on my post.
If you hover over the category with your cursor you will see the URL to this category in the bottom left of your screen. To copy the URL for this category simply right-click on it and select copy link location.
Now that you know how to get the URL of a category think for a second what categories you would like to use in separate RSS Feeds.
If you look at my blog you will notice that I post on a verity of subjects but the over all goal is to have my readers come to my blog to enter giveaways. My blog is called Giveaway Gator after all. I would like my readers to subscribe to my Giveaway Feed and I would like bloggers to subscribe to my Blogger events so I made a Feed for each.
You might want your readers to subscribe to your Hot Coupon posts, Recipe posts or your Review posts. What ever category you have you can make a Feed for it.
Here is where the RSS tutorial gets fun.
You need to go to FeedBurner and look for the following.
Burn A Feed
This is where you paste the category’s URL. and you click Next
When the page loads look for your Feed and select it.
Because I already made my Blogger event Feed I’m making one just for this tutorial. Category = Thoughts and ramblings.
URL = http://giveawaygator.com/category/thoughts-and-ramblings/
I selected Giveaway Gator > Thought and ramblings Category Feed
Now click Next again.
When the next page loads check your Feed Title and Feed address and click Next again and your Feed is live.
Now you have a few things to choose from like Clickthroughs and Stats. I like stats so the more stats the better.
Click Next one more time and when the page opens I need you to click Publicize and Email Subscription
Activate Email subscription.
You will be given two codes. The first code is for the email subscription box you see below.
Delivered by FeedBurner
The smaller code is for a subscription link. like the one below.
Subscribe to Giveaway Gator» Thoughts and ramblings by Email
FeedBurner has a lot of features and they are easy to understand all you have to do is read more about them. You can even monetize your Feeds and have your Feed sent to your Twitter account. Snoop around for more features to add to your feed and when you are done you can go about trying to get people to sign up for your Feed.
That’s all there is to it.
I hope my RSS tutorial helps you gain more email subscribers.
Now you go make a Feed and report back here when you get subscribers. I’m thinking the idea of splitting our blog Feeds into categories is going to help us all gain more subscribers.