How to Setup a RSS Feed for Your WordPress Site

How to Setup RSS on a WordPress Site

Wondering how to setup RSS on your WordPress site?  Then you’ve come to right place!
Before we get into the details… let’s make sure we know the basics.

How does RSS work?

Nowadays, RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication.  In order for RSS to work, you need three things:

  • The Feed – Formats your updates (blog posts) so that they can be read using a RSS Reader.
  • The Reader – Takes the feed and displays it so that your updates can be easily read by your subscribers.  If you need a good reader your can use Google Reader.
  • The Subscriber – Someone who has subscribed to your feed.  They’ll use their RSS reader to “read the feed.”  Most sites will have some sort of “Subscribe to RSS” option displayed on their site.  All you need to do is click on this button to start the process.

It’s as simple as this:

How Does RSS Work?

How to Setup Your Own RSS Feed

I’ve got good news for you.  It’s incredibly easy to setup an RSS feed on your WordPress site.  Chances are you already have one!  Just type in “/feed” after your domain name to check.  For example: http://www.mydomain.com/feed

BUT… if you already have a feed setup…

How do you get someone to subscribe to a RSS feed?  

How do you track RSS subscribers?

How do you manage all the aspect of a RSS feed?

Use Feedburner.

Feedburner is a free service (provided by Google) that can manage all your RSS feeds from one place.  It’s a simple step-by-step setup. Just create your account and claim your feed!  Remember, your feed is probably something like: http://www.mydomain.com/feed

You’ll also want to install the Feedburner Plugin.  This plugin will manage the subscription process and will make it easier for people to subscribe to your RSS feed.

With Feedburner setup, you need to give people a link to your feed.  Clicking on that link will trigger the subscription process and with Feedburners’ help you’ll be able to track and grow your subscriber base.  You can use RSS widgets, or simply hyperlink to your RSS feed like this: Subscribe to our RSS Feed!

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