Wilkie Martin - Surviving Publication

Author of the unhuman series of addictive comedy cozy mysteries set in the Cotswolds. This documents my encounters with publishing and includes things I hope will be useful later. It also covers some local writing competitions and reviews some writing events.

Thursday, 7 January 2010

Adding free blog subscription options

To increase blog readership we've added some options on the left hand panel to allow readers the option of free automatic updates when the blog is changed and to make getting blog updates as easy as possible. We also added these options onto my website.

The following is how we set this up.

Subscriptions by Blog Readers and RSS/Atom

  • Go to http://www.feedburner.com/ and login.

  • Select Publicize ->Chicklet chooser

  • Select the icon wanted

  • Copy the html that is given
    (NB. we also included this process in a comment on my blog entry 'Create a blog', which also has details of other settings we've used for this blog)

  • Go to http://www.blogger.com/ and login.

  • Select layout

  • Select to add a new gadget and select the one for html

  • Enter the code saved from the 'chicklet chooser' above

  • Amend the text that appears. We changed 'Subscribe' to 'Free link to my blog in your blog reader'.

Subscriptions by Email

First create an email account that will be used as the address te email comes from when the email is sent.

  • Go to http://www.feedburner.com/ and login

  • Select Publicize->email subscriptions

  • Select activate

  • And save

  • For 'communication management' , create the email line

  • Copy the code that is given for the email link (or email form)

  • Save

  • For 'communication preferences', change the settings

  • Amend the text of the message that is sent to subscribers when they click on the link and amend email address.

  • And Save

  • For 'email branding', change the settings

  • Amend the title etc, and fonts

  • And Save

  • For 'Delivery options ', change the settings

  • Set the timezone and time for updates to be sent

  • And Save

  • Go to http://www.blogger.com/ and login

  • Select 'layout'

  • Select to add a new gadget and select the one for html (or open the gadget created for the subscription above and amend that)

  • Enter the code from 'Communication management' above

  • Amend the text that appears. We changed 'Subscribe' to 'Receive my blog by email for free using my email forwarder from feedburner'.

Specify the format for the blog feed

  • Go to http://www.feedburner.com/ and login

  • Select 'Optimize'

  • For 'Browser friendly', set the options

  • Set Theme - clearfeed english

  • Untick 'landing page renders as a web page in all browsers'

  • Tick all subscription options

  • 'Feed Content' - list feed item titles and content

  • 'Personal message' - enabled, and enter a thank you message

  • then Activate.

1 comment:

Wilkie Martin said...

To help make it clear that a blog subscription does not involve any charge we've added this text to the bottom of this blog where the Comments policy is also given.

Blog Subscriptions / Free Blog Updates
Blog subscriptions are free. They can be made by registering for updates in a blog reader or by registering for email updates, either using the options in the panel on the left above or from my website. Both are managed by the feedburner system and we have no details of who subscribes. You can unsubscribe at any time as an option to unsubscribe is given in each update.

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