What RSS should look like

This post was going to be me sharing some of my favourite blogs of the moment, but when I realised that I hadn’t actually subscribed to some of them yet and went to subscribe I realised that something has gone horribly wrong in the world of blogging and it needs to be mentioned!

No one knows what RSS is anymore!!

I’m serious. All over the blogosphere there are bloglovin and hello cotton buttons*. Facebook boxes and twitter feeds. All displaying a bloggers content on another site all because users are demanding to access content in their own way. All of this leads to one thing, less visits to a site, and if your a blogger with ads/sponsors, then less income. I’m serious, how many of you reading this know what colour the background of my website is?

* Guilty as charged

 

I’ve digressed into other more dangerous territory, this post isn’t about cutting off a readers choice of how they want to consume content, its about giving them another subscription choice. My old pal, RSS.

For some reason everyone thinks RSS is this horrendously complicated thing. Or some dinosaur from the ye olde days of the internet. Its not, its just a link, A link that blogging dinosaurs like myself want to be able to find easily, or even better, our browser to find automatically for us. Think of it as another bloglovin link.

 

How to add RSS detection to your Site.

Don’t forget to just plain old link to your RSS feed somewhere up high or in your sites design.

Firstly I recommend burning your feed. This way if you move hosts or change blogging platforms you wont lose your subscribers.

To find your blog feed follow the instructions below.

 

blogger

Click here to read more about RSS and blogger.

Your default feed urls are:

  • Atom 1.0: http://blogname.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default
  • RSS 2.0: http://blogname.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default?alt=rss

 

wordpress (self hosted and dot com), Tumblr, Posterous

add /rss to your url. eg:/ http://www.femgeek.co.uk/rss.

note: if you visit my RSS url you get redirected to my feedburner URL. Theres an excellent wordpress plugin that does this for you.

 

 

Then, add this code to your <head> tag.

<link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="RSS 2.0 feed" href="http://myfeedurl" />

For wordpress users you can just copy and paste this code which will enable all the different RSS options.

<link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="RSS 2.0 feed" href="<?php bloginfo('rss2_url'); ?>" />
<link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="Atom feed" href="<?php bloginfo('atom_url'); ?>" />
<link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="RDF/RSS 1.0 feed" href="<?php bloginfo('rdf_url'); ?>" />
<link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="RSS 0.92 feed" href="<?php bloginfo('rss_url'); ?>" />

 

Now if you weren’t an RSS convert before this post I hope you might consider subscribing to my feed. You can use Google Reader, Mail.app, Thunderbird, Feedly and hundreds more and don’t forget that you can add your google reader to flipboard on ipad/iphone/android which means you can have your feeds beautifully presented and synced across all your devices. Nothing better than a Sunday morning reading through your feeds on the iPad.