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How to Direct Your Feed to FeedBurner

So. You finally make the big move over from MovableType to WordPress and when all is said and done you make a big happy announcement that goes largely unheard. How does this happen?

A lot of your audience now subscribes to your feed through their Feed Readers instead of obsessively clicking your bookmark a thousand times a day. Those who are subscribers won’t automatically know your new feed address so they will have to re-subscribe to you through your new feed. But all is good when you have FeedBurner. Here’s three easy steps to direct your feeds to FeedBurner.

1. If you aren’t burning already, go get yourself an account with FeedBurner. Then you can burn both of your feeds (comments and posts) as SmartFeeds (universally optimized feeds for the most common Feed Readers).

2. Replace all of the rss links in your sidebar with the new address at FeedBurner by editing your sidebar page in your theme. Please note: it won’t be exactly like the example below, only similar.

Change This:
<h2>Feeds</h2>
<img src=”http://imageURL alt=”Feed” />
<a href=”http://www.yourdomain.com/?feed=rss2“>
Posts</a><br />
<img src=”http://imageURL” alt=”Feed” />
<a href=”http://www.yourdomain.com/?feed=comments-rss2“>
Comments</a>

To This:
<h2>Feeds</h2>
<img src=”http://imageURL alt=”Feed” />
<a href=”http://feeds.feedburner.com/YourUserName“>
Posts</a><br />
<img src=”http://imageURL” alt=”Feed” />
<a href=”http://feeds.feedburner.com/YourUserNameComments“>
Comments</a>

3. Replace your Auto Discovery Meta Tags with the new address. This is the code located in your <head> tags that makes a browser or Feed Reader detect that there is a feed.

Change This:
<link rel=”alternate” type=”application/rss+xml” title=”RSS 2.0″
href=”http://www.yourdomain.com/?feed=rss2” />
<link rel=”alternate” type=”text/xml” title=”RSS .92″
href=”http://www.yourdomain.com/?feed=rss” />
<link rel=”alternate” type=”application/atom+xml” title=”Atom 0.3″
href=”http://www.yourdomain.com/?feed=atom” />

To This:
<link rel=”alternate” type=”application/rss+xml” title=”RSS 2.0″
href=”http://feeds.feedburner.com/YourUserName” />
<link rel=”alternate” type=”text/xml” title=”RSS .92″
href=”http://feeds.feedburner.com/YourUserName” />
<link rel=”alternate” type=”application/atom+xml” title=”Atom 0.3″
href=”http://feeds.feedburner.com/YourUserName” />

And that’s how it’s done.

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7 Comments

  1. Thanks! I’ll have to sit down and fix it soon. You da best!

  2. Oh smart one. I haven’t many readers yet. But the numbers are going up. When I move over to THE NEW SITE, this info will make it easier and I will be able to keep the few readers I have. You are the greatest geek girl ever.

  3. So…why do you remove all other rss links?

  4. You should remove any other rss links you have for your site because when you direct your feeds to go through Feedburner, it tracks how many subscribers you have.

  5. Ah. Thanks!

  6. Mine looks NOTHING like that. I guess people will just have to unsubscribe & re-subscribe 🙂

  7. Thank you for this! (Any word yet on how to get the FeedBurner ads to show up?)

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