By now you have create a floor layout of your blog with the FREE BLOG Planning Form. You choose a host, have painted the walls by choosing a theme, and you hung up a sign letting folks know that an exciting thing is going to happen in this new home. You also called the Security Company and installed an alarm. The alarm for our WordPress.org Blog is Askismet.
Now it is time to call the Phone Company
The phone company I called was Feedburner. I created an RSS feed there and also a way for folks to subscribe to my blog. All they have to do is key in their email address and a call is placed to their email letting them know I just posted something new on my blog. How cool is that!
I have located a easy to understand video on how to do the subscription. Once again, I could have done it but she did such a great job! Plus, now I have time to go out and hula hoop.
Email subscription using feedburner
Oh, I know I can also call other venders and if you know of any please share. But for now Feedburner, which is owned by Google should do just fine. While you are there browse and look at the other features because it is simply powerful.
Talk with you later
CDC has done an awesome job explaining the concept of RSS while sharing cutting edge information on health. This is a post that shares the link to the RSS feeds for Women and Kids health. But included is one of the very best explanations of RSS feeds I have ever read.
PS note that there are also some cool podcasts on the site.
Are you using Feedburner for your RSS email opt in form? I have it on several sites but tonight realized I did not have that opt-in on all my sites. So I am in process.
I like Feedburner because it provides an easy email optin form that helps folks get your feeds when they are not sure how to do it with a reader.
Feedburner is powerful and I encourage you to spend time looking at all the cool features. Now, if you set up a Feedburner account a while ago and have not returned you need to go back. Feedburner was purchased by Google and you MUST have a Google account.
Ok, I am off to place a feed on at least one site before I go to bed.
PS, if you are reading this and plan to come back, pop that email into the sidebar. You will be asked to fill out that hard to read complex code to insure that you are not a robot.
My dear hubby set me up on Netvibes. Ok, allow me to stop right now and tell you that this is a wonderful tool for organizing your EVERYTHING (except passwords) online via RSS feeds. That means you can work your Twitter, Facebook, Digg, etc all from one interface. Thanks Ray Horner!
But that made me go deep into the archives of this site and start pulling out posts on RSS.
Now please know that I already knew about Netvibes but had not taken the time to reduce my time by setting it up. Has that ever happened to you?
So allow me to go down memory lane and share with you an interview with one of the most dynamic Blogging Divas I know, Cathy Perkins.
Sprout is a brand new site for RSS feeds. It seems that they will be intuitive based on your needs. At any rate here is the white paper that tells you all about it.
Note that it is a pdf document.
Also, they have a blog so keep your eyes on the posts to learn more. If you are still wondering about RSS feeds click on the RSS category on this site. It includes an audio post with Cathy Perkins. If you would like me to interview you about RSS and add to this content let me know. Or you can post your own audio without an interview at your leisure. I can give you the phone number and you can talk away.