There are soooo many terms to learn when you get into blogging that you need to keep a dictionary next to your computer.
One of them is RSS feed. Wikipedia defines RSS as:
That’s clear, right? NOT
Today we’ll explore: what, exactly, is an RSS feed? why you need one? how to find yours?
Basically RSS is a format for delivering content on an automatic basis. So you create a button or subscribe box on your site and people put their email address in and when you put up a new post, it will automatically send it to their email box or RSS reader…sounds awesome, right?
It is! If you like a site and want to know all they do, then this is the fastest way – so you don’t have to check it 10 times a day to know when they post new content.
There are sites called RSS readers that allow you to subscribe to different feeds and read them all in one place…so you don’t get all those emails (a much better option in my opinion as a reader – I use Feedly.com).
As a blogger, you want to provide this option for your followers so they have yet another way to follow you, but there are a few options for doing this.
HOW DO I SET ONE UP?
If you’re using WordPress, the feed should already be set up. Type in: http://yoursite.com/?feed=rss2 and see what comes up. (If you’re using Blogger, check this tutorial.)
You can add an icon to your sidebar by going into your widgets and moving the RSS widget over into your sidebar.
If that doesn’t work, my suggestion is to use feedburner.google.com and burn your own feed. You just sign in to google and then type in the url of your site. You can then choose the feed url that you want to use.
I have my feed on my mommy blog set to go out through MailChimp because I want to have control of the email addresses (in case Feedburner goes down). This also enables me to send out emails to them anytime I want because they’re on my list.
I hope this made things a little less muddy.
The gist is: you have an RSS feed and you need to know how to use it! You want to control those emails.
What are you using on your site to collect emails?