Google feedburner allow bloggers to burn blog feeds and deliver those to the subscribers via email. It is free and easy to use service for bloggers and therefore it is becoming much popular among newbie bloggers. Feedburner allows website owners to fully customize the look of blog feeds as well as you can also optimize and publicize them. So, in order to manage your blog subscribers in a decent manner, I will recommend you to use Google Feedburner. In this tutorial I will guide you how to setup feedburner for WordPress blogs.
Why Use FeedBurner for WordPress Blogs?
There are many features that make Google feedburner better than other email marketing tools. Feedburner allows people to fetch the latest updated content from your blogs using RSS feeds. With the help of Feed burner RSS feeds, people will also be able to get latest updates from your blog on mobile devices and other applications. Some distinct features of Feedburner are mentioned below:
- Feedburner is a free service
- Feeds can be fully customized
- Complete Analytics for Feeds
- Auto Publish to Social Networks
- Offer Email Subscriptions
- Easy Feed Redirection
How to Use Feed Burner with WordPress blogs?
Now you will have to burn your feeds by providing the original URL of RSS feeds of your blog. The URL of ARWebZone RSS feed is http://arwebzone.com/feed. After filling the feed URL, click on the next button. Now enter suitable title and your custom address for feedburner feeds. That address will be used in future to fetch RSS feeds of your blog. Finally click the next button and skip directly to feed management.
Using the Feedburner Dashboard you can now optimize, analyze and publicize your RSS feeds.
Publicize Feedburner Feeds
You can enable feed burner subscriptions for your WordPress blog by clicking on Email subscriptions link under Publicize tab. Now click on the activate button and select your desired language for feed subscriptions. Copy the HTML code for feed subscription widget, create a new HTML/text widget from WordPress admin dashboard and paste the code there. Finally refresh your blog and you will see feedburner subscription widget live on your blog.
Display number of subscribers of your WordPress blog in widget form by clicking on the feed count link under publicize tab. You can customize the look of feed count widget by selecting the desired background and text colors etc. Finally copy the HTML code and paste it wherever you want to display Feed count widget.
You can automatically publish your feeds to twitter profile using Google feedburner. It is capable of adding hash tags in twitter tweets as well as you can include custom text before or after the tweet. In order to socialize feed burner feeds for WordPress, click on Socialize link under publicize tab.
Optimize FeedBurner feeds
Sometimes it is preferred only to show a summary of articles and a link to original post is added at the end. So, your readers will be able to read full article only by visiting your website. In order to activate this service you will have to activate feed summary burner under Optimize tab.
You can customize the titles and descriptions of RSS feeds by activating this service under optimize tab of Feedburner dashboard. Select your Blog/website title and add a suitable description for your feeds. If you see double(repeated) title of feeds then i will recommend you to activate this service and put your Website title in the relevant field.
Feed Image Burner
If you want to place custom image or logo at the top of Feeds then you can use Feed Image Burner. Under the optimize tab, move on to Feed image burner and specify custom image URL, image title and link.
FeedBurner Plugins for WordPress
- You can use a feedburner form plugin to add a stylish and fully customized Feedburner subscription widget to the sidebar of WordPress blog.
- If you want to redirect your WordPress blog feeds and comments (optional) feed to feedburner then install FD feedburner plugin.
- Using Feed stats plugin for WordPress, you can directly view your feedburner stats from WordPress admin dashboard. Feedburner stats include number of subscribers, Hits, Reach, Item views etc.
That’s all about basic Feedburner subscriptions setup for new WordPress bloggers. If you are using blogger then again it will be not difficult for you to use this service. Just copy-paste the same subscription code to Blogger widget and its done.
There are a lot of other modifications that can be made according to needs. If you face any problem regarding Feedburner set up for WordPress then feel free to comment below.