How to Become a Blogger
Part 2: Setting Up Feed & Email!

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I got a good response to the last article I did on “How to Become a Blogger” so I thought I would continue the series.  Setting up an RSS Feed is one of the most valuable things you can do for your site. It allows your readers to sign up for email updates and well as view your posts through an RSS Feed reader. This way they can keep up to date with all your latest and greatest posts.

Setting it up is relatively easy. First you need to click HERE to sign up with Feedburner. If you already have a Google account you can link it directly to your account. Once you have signed up/logged in, you enter your website address….

Once you do that if you have posts on your blog a valid feed should show up and it will walk you through the rest of the steps to set it up. At the end it will give you your feed link. You can publish this on your blog so others can sign up to view it. If you don’t see it, click on “Edit Feed Details” and then look for your link. It should appear as “http://feeds.feedburner.com/YOURWEBSITE”.

Once you have your feed set up you need to set up your email subscriptions. To do that, click on “Publish” at the top…..

Then click on “Email Subscriptions” to the left. Click on that and you will see a box full of code. You need to copy that code and paste it on your site. This creates a email subscription box where your readers can sign up. The box should fit on your sidebar.

You then need to click on “Communication Preferences” and edit the email that is sent to new subscribers. Make sure to enter all the relative information that is pertinent to your site. Next click on “Email Branding” , create a subject line and you can upload an image that will be posted at the top of your emails. You can also set up specific coloring (text, font, etc) that will brand the email to coordinate with your site.

After that click on “Delivery Options”, here you can set up the time that your emails will be sent out. These are pretty accurate, I used to have mine sent at 5:00pm and they are usually sent by 5:05.

After you have completed that step you are done! Although I would suggest testing the email subscriptions before posting on your site. Set it up and sign your self up. Set the delivery time to a few hours from when you create it and the emails should go out!

I used Feedburner for many years but switched about a year ago to a paid service because I was getting complaints about people not receiving their emails.  The problem with Feedburner is there is ZERO support.  In this case you really get what you pay for.  They are great for RSS Feeds but emails can be a little trickier.

If you have any questions or tips, post a comment!

8 Comments

  1. Melissa on May 2, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    thanks for all the information. I am learning alot.



  2. Nadia B on May 2, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Thanks so much for all the information that you are providing. I have been wanting to start a blog for the last year and have been following you and others for a little longer than that. I have asked some others how they start blogs & make money & never get responses. In the last month I have again played with the idea of starting a blog and am grateful that you are more than willing to openly share your wisdom thus far and it is greatly appreciated. In saying all this I have so many questions that I will keep to a minimum of 2 for right now: If my blog will predominately have coupons and deals do I have to have a saving coupon name? There are so many people within my church and friends that are wanting to know how I coupon and it seems like it will take me longer to meet with all of them or do classes instead of just having a blog; especially when I have a 1 month & 18 month old. Yet, I want to be able to share woman’s Bible studies, Weekly Scriptures, Food Recipes, Free Biblical Counseling (I am about to complete my Master’s in Biblical Counseling & in the process of becoming NANC certified) questions people may have, etc. I guess you can sum it all up in how woman specifically can live day by day in the midst of everyday trials. Second question do you think I am headed in the right direction with the information I would like on my blog?



    • SwagGrabber Sheri on May 3, 2011 at 7:46 am

      You can name it anything you want, just keep it simple. Honestly the coupon/saving name thing is overrun but it might be a good idea to start one with your city in it or your specific reason. I think a target market is a good idea but you are limiting yourself. If you plan to do only that then thats fine but if you plan to branch out make sure to keep the name broad. HTH



      • Nadia B on May 3, 2011 at 12:57 pm

        Thanks for the tip. I’ll have more questions soon and am excited about learning more on your next post on how to become a blogger.



  3. Sherrie on May 3, 2011 at 1:25 am

    THANKS AGAIN!



  4. Julianne on May 3, 2011 at 1:42 am

    @Nadia B: check out my website…sounds like you have the same idea i had….share the best deals and share the Gospel while ur at it! http://www.juliesdiary(dot)com.

    @Sherri, yes thanks so much for all the information! keep it coming! ;-P



    • Nadia B on May 3, 2011 at 1:03 pm

      Julie, thanks so much I just checked out your blog & it is awesome. I hope it is okay to contact you if I have any questions. For instance, how do you keep your blog geared to unbelievers as well as believers?



  5. Garry Lachman on January 30, 2013 at 7:18 am

    There is great Chrome Extension for E-Mail Grabbing while Browsing…
    https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/email-grabber/fonocbnoaimnddelolieamcggchcpcng



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