Introduction to Feed Reading
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As the months have gone on, it’s become extremely difficult to keep updated with everyone’s blog that I read, by visiting each of them.
That’s where feed reading comes in handy.
What is a RSS feed?
To put it simply, it is the blogs content. By subscribing to each blogs feed, you can then keep track of them all at once. I use Google Reader, but there are many alternatives that act the same.
Why should I subscribe?
The main point is simple, ease. It’s easy to simply subscribe to a blog and then keep track of it on the same page all of the other blogs are. You can easily find out when its updated, and read all of the most recent entries within minutes. No need to wait for the site to load, guess when it is going to be updated, or wait for it to be delivered to your email.
The downside seems to be small. However, there is nothing small when it comes to traffic. Since Blog about your Blog has seen an increase of feed reader subscribers, we’ve seen a small decrease in regular traffic. That just means, those 40 people that used to visit the blog, now don’t really have to daily, unless to comment.
If traffic decreases, what is the benefit?
Most bloggers seem to like traffic, but more importantly, want their blog to be read. And when it’s read, they want it to be read by many. That’s always been my goal. I like knowing that 40(ish) people are going to read our content everyday. Not because they find it randomly, but because they want to. So by making your blog easy to add to feed reading, you are increasing the chance of that reader to come back and contribute.
Since the increase in subscribed readers, we have also experienced an increase in comments as well as participation in more bloggers.
How can feed reading be made easier?
If you haven’t installed the wordpress plugin for feedburner I suggest you do. Before the install, our feed count displayed under 10, now it displays 40. That is because not everyone was subscribed through feedburner. Now with the plugin, it directs all our feed readers through feedburner.
Not only does it better display the actual feedcount, but it also gives customized options to leave a comment, digg us, submit to reddit, and more.
If you are struggling to visit your favorite blogs everyday, check out their feed. If you don’t find one I suggest you simply ask. If not it is pretty easy to find out what their feed url is to subscribe to. If you haven’t made your feed available to your readers, you are already a step behind a lot of blogs.