Why use FeedBurner?
Almost all major blogs use FeedBurner to burn their RSS feed as it provides super rich system for free. FeedBurner gives you feed publication option, statistics, feed optimization option etc. Feedburner is also an option you cannot be mute to because it features the following,
- It’s free and downright simple.
- Integrates Google Adsense to monetize your RSS feeds
- Limitless number of subscribers using
- You will be provided with some great email newsletter features.
- You can brand, control and track your feed and email subscriber.
Using feedburner is the next big step towards professional blogging and continue reading the article to know how to set up WordPress blog feeds with FeedBurner.
How to set up Feedburner RSS feed:
Step 1 – use your google or gmail account to open Google Feedburner page and sign in to it. The page will ask you to type in your blog URL.
Step 2 – In the following dialogue box copy paste your blog feed URL and click on next.
Be sure to replace the dummy http://domain. com / feed with the actual domain name of your website.
Step 3 – In the following page specify the feed name which is better kept as same as the domain name. You can also abbreviate your feed name if the domain name is too long (Like JBO for Just Box Out). Use your Keyword in feed title if you are planning to create a micro niche site as it will ensure the feed reaches larger audience.
Step 4 – The next window will be your confirmation screen saying your feed is ready for use.
Step 5 – After you have successfully created a Feedburner feed for your blog, you will be required to install Feedburner feedsmith plugin or FD Feedburner plugin to redirect all the default WordPress feeds to Feedburner feed. Once you have taken care of the configuration of these simple plugins, your feed will be rerouted automatically.
Once you feed is go, you can now fine tune your feed to put it to the best use. Here are the different ways to do it.
Optimize your blog Feed
Click on Feed management and select optimize tab from the new window.
In the services dropdown, activate Browser friendly, Feedflare, Smart Feed options. Browser friendly turns Subscribing a simple affair. Smartfeed makes sure all feed reader applications get maximum compatibility. Feedflare adds sharing options like Email this and thus builds interactivity. While these three are mandatory, you can also activate other services that you want.
Publicize your blog feed
Click on the Publicize tab to find a list of options like Pingshot that notifies services when you post something; Feedcount widget that educates you about the subscriber count; and many other cool options like Awareness API, Headline animator, BuzzBoost that you can activate if you require their services.
Monetize your blog feed
You can also Sign up with Google Adsense with your Google account and follow the instructions to avail the benefits of Google Adsense, thus monetizing your feed.
Analyze your blog feed
Wait for a day at the least to see the stats concerning your feed. Use the data to know what your visitors like and dislike and find a way to improve your blog using it.
There are many more options available and you can configure them according to your requirements. That’s it and you can now go ahead and setup WordPress Blog Feed Using Feedburner. Don’t forget to share your experience using the contact form below and share this tutorial on your social circle and join us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ as well.