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Understanding, Using, and Customizing WordPress Blog Feeds

Feeds are one of the most powerful features you can add to your blog. WordPress and WordPress.com blogs come with feeds built-in. You don’t have to do anything except control how those feeds are viewed by your readers. You have two options with outgoing feeds in WordPress: full feed and excerpt. There has been a […]

Creating Custom Feeds For Sites Without Feeds

Whiiiiiiinnnnneee! Why don’t more websites and blogs have feeds? Don’t you know what a feed is yet? Feeds are wonderful things. They allow us to keep up with the Joneses through our feed readers, bringing the latest updated information from a blog or website to our doorstep. Unfortunately, not every website or blog has a […]

WordPress 2.0.6 Released With Feedburner Fixes

WordPress 2.0.6 has been released and already there are fixes for the new version, showing how fast WordPress developers respond. Mark Jaquith, one of the lead developers in this new version, has the information on fixing the issues feedburner feeds and NeoSmart explains it a bit further. For those willing to jump on the beta […]

Feed Fatigue

Seth Godin writes about RSS Fatigue the loss of interest blog fans are suffering as their favorite blogs work overtime posting multiple posts daily, making the task of keeping up with the bloggers a full-time job. Blogs are different than most other forms of media in one key respect: they stretch. TV and radio confront […]

Drop in Feed Stats in WordPress.com Blogs

I don’t check my feed stats on my WordPress.com blog very often. In general, they aren’t very interesting. So imagine my shock when I drop in and find that the number of feeds accessing this site had dropped over 75%! Well, I’m not alone. Have you checked lately? Everyone should have gotten a hit. I […]

Idiot Alert: Don’t Share Your GMail RSS Feeds

While many of us blogging bloggers have been doing battle against splogs and content thieves, Inside Google reminds us that blog feeds aren’t the only feeds out there being used and abused: Okay, this should be a no-brainer, but just because Gmail offers RSS feeds doesn’t mean you should offer them to the public. A […]

One Year Anniversary Review: What are Feeds?

As I review this past year’s worth of articles I’ve written, I find that two topics were probably the most life changing for me and many other bloggers: social bookmarking and feeds. In Don’t You Know What a Feed Is Yet? Get To Know Your Feeds!”, I explain what feeds are: Feeds are an awesome […]

Writing With Post Excerpts and Feed Excerpts in Mind

I recently described how to change full post displays to excerpts on multi-post views of your WordPress Theme. If you use post excerpts on your WordPress or WordPress.com blog and excerpts in your feeds, you need to think about writing with excerpts in mind. An excerpt is one of two things. First, it is the […]

Do You Need Permission to Use Feeds

I recently wrote about asking permission to include a blog in your blogroll and asking permission to link to website or blog content, and now I want to know if you need permission to publish a feed on your blog. This is a complex issue. Like blogrolls, I think it is a compliment to include […]

Feeding on Lorelle on WordPress

In one of Terry Gross’s “Fresh Air” radio interview programs on NPR, she discussed all the ways people use to get her attention in order to be on her show, and how one innovative band wrote a song about her. That got her attention. I’m not asking you to write songs about me, but if […]

WordPress Category Feed Links in Your Post Meta Data Section

I’m a huge fan of all the fabulous volunteers on the WordPress Support Forum. Recently, one of them, known as Otto 42 of Ottodestruct.com, solved a huge problem I had, and I want to share his brilliance with all of you. The challenge was to create a list of feeds by categories in which that […]

TechCrunch: Review of Online, Web-based Feed Readers

Techcrunch offers “The State of Online Feed Readers”, a look and review at what is available for reading feeds, the features available, and which ones score best. Researching these nine readers further underscores the extremely competitive atmosphere surrounding this industry’s development. On a feature-set basis only, two companies stood out: Rojo and Bloglines. Google Reader […]

Using Your Feeds for Story Ideas

After a couple months of incredible productivity, I hit a dry spell. There was plenty I should be writing about, but shoulds don’t motivate very well. So I went hunting. I’ve written about the many resources available for story ideas, but here’s a trick I do to get me back on course. I call it […]

Don’t You Know What a Feed Is Yet? Get To Know Your Feeds!

Feeds, something I think are hotter than tags and other gimmicks on the web today, should be the talk of the web. They are, but not as much as you would think. In an article from E-Marketer, “RSS Advertising May Work Around Spam Issues”, they take a look at the perception and recognition of feeds: […]

Content Theft from Feeds – It’s Time To Take Action

The Blogging Herald reports that content theft is on the rise via feeds and it is time to do something about it. How timely since I recently posted What Do You Do When Someone Steals Your Content and The Growing Trend in Content Theft, which includes feed thieves. There is a reference in the post […]

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