One of the great features of a blog is it’s “RSS Feed.” That stands for “real simple syndication” – but it can be a little confusing and not feel so simple if you’re new to blogging. It allows your fans to get notified when you post a new blog, if they choose to subscribe in an RSS reader. Awesome, right? Here’s how it works for your fans:
But what if your fans don’t use an RSS Reader? What if you move your website to a new URL? How can you tell who’s following your RSS feed?
Five Reasons I’m a Feedburner Fan
1. It simplifies promoting my feed. Through Feedburner I get all sorts of options that are easy to setup and use.
2. It allows me to offer my readers a “subscribe by email” option in addition to the usual option to subscribe with an rss reader. You can see it in action near the top right of this page, under my welcome video.
3. It’s easy to embed other places. With a snippet of code from Feedburner, called the Headline Animator, I can take my blog posts and promote them on other sites. Here’s what it looks like:
4. It’s gives me cool statistics info. I can login to my Feedburner account and see how many people have subscribed, what they’re reading, and more.
5. It gives me control in case I change domain names, blog software, or otherwise need to update my feed URL. I won’t lose any subscribers, I just update the address in Feedburner and it will keep all the subscribers up to date.