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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  1. Andy Moore
    7 years ago

    Hi Chris,
    Thanks for this post. I felt it skimmed it a little and needed some more detailed explanation.
    I hope you cover the 'how to' details in the video to come.
    Step by step is always good – like your training videos.

    Thanks for your help.

    Andy Moore


    • Chris Mercer
      7 years ago

      Thanks for the feedback Andy! You pegged it… the post is meant to give a more general overview and the upcoming video will definitely fill in the blanks! Any thing in particular you had a question on?


  2. CarolineJ
    7 years ago

    Hi Chris – Ummm – I don't think I understand what Feedburner does or why I really need it.
    Why do I need to manage the subscription process?
    Why do I need to track subscribers?

    I would also like to know how RSS Feeds can aid in SEO

    See, bet you wishes you never asked now 😉
    Caroline


    • Chris Mercer
      7 years ago

      LOL! As always you give GREAT feedback Caroline! It actually gives me a great idea for the video… a "before and after" kind of idea. 🙂 For now, the more ways you have to connect with your visitors, the better. Using RSS is a great way to do this. Keeping track of your numbers is a good idea AND when you have more people subscribing to your RSS feeds, you have more people creating backlinks to your site (among other SEO tidbits). I'll have MUCH more in the video. Thanks for the questions!


  3. Jeff
    7 years ago

    hey Chris,
    Thanks for the info it's so good to see someone giving advice instead of trying to sell a product. After feedburner I also submit my feed to a yahoo pipe, I guess you will cover this technique next.

    Thanks again Jeff


    • Chris Mercer
      7 years ago

      Yahoo pipe will make a great video… thanks Jeff!


  4. Laura
    7 years ago

    Hi there Mr. Mercer!
    I was looking for this kind of information and then found your post here… So thanks! I didn't know much about RSS Feed and now I know more thanks to you.

    However, I am left still wondering about the step by step process of setting up the RSS feed. I am in process of setting it up now but I'm stuck because my SEO by Yoast asked me this ….. "Content to put before each post in the feed" and another box for "Content to put after each post in the feed". ???

    So now I'm wondering what to put in there. I guess I should definitely have my name and contact info in there someplace? I will do the best I can and check back with you later to see if you have an answer.

    I always value your input as you put out such valuable content ~ Thanks in Advance Mercer!
    Laura 🙂


    • Chris Mercer
      7 years ago

      Hey Laura – That's probably just a standard "header/footer." Is it required as a required field? For my own feeds I don't use that particular feature. Maybe I should… the more keywords the better I would imagine. 🙂

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