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Feedburner -- mechanism and alternates?

  1. I've finally got my domain name connected as needed (assiduum.com), and last task is to get feed management going. In the past (on typepad) I've used Feedburner, so that has been my first port of call. I've already got a feed working after a fashion, but I've a couple of questions:

    First, many blog readers allow the user to simply enter the main blog name and the reader will try to figure out where the feed is. If I do that with my wp.com blog, the reader finds the original feed, *not* the feedburner feed. Is there a way to make that not so?

    Second, is Feedburner even The Way to do things in wordpress.com land? Am I missing out on some funky new approach to feed management that's particularly suited to a wp.com blog. (Note, I have a couple of other non-wp blogs, so an ideal feed management solution would be platform-independent).

    thanks!

    The blog I need help with is assiduum.com.

  2. If I do that with my wp.com blog, the reader finds the original feed, *not* the feedburner feed. Is there a way to make that not so?

    No

    Second, is Feedburner even The Way to do things in wordpress.com land?

    WordPress.com developer a subscriber systems and regulated all documentation re: feedburner to the legacy designation.

  3. You can set up email subscriptions by using this guide > http://en.support.wordpress.com/widgets/follow-blog-widget/

    If you would like a follow button to appear on the bottom right hand corner of your site for those who do not have WordPress.com accounts see here >
    http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2011/09/21/more-traffic-for-your-blog-with-the-follow-button/

    Find Friends Who Use WordPress > http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2012/05/01/find-friends/

    You can customize the contact form with multiple fields, change the email address where you'll be notified, and mark feedbacks as spam from your dashboard. http://en.support.wordpress.com/contact-form/

    See also Inviting Contributors, Followers, and Viewers http://en.support.wordpress.com/adding-users/
    Note: There is no maximum number of official users of blogs, however, as a spammer prevention you are limited to sending out 10 invitations at one point in time. Send out 10 - wait - send out 10.

  4. @timethief, those are email-based approaches, for non wordpress.com users, right?

    If so, back to my original question. Is there any *new* approach (email subscriptions as a methodology are not new, nor are they desirable in many cases) to feed management with wordpress.com?

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  6. Hi @tommykelly0,

    We do not have any approach which re-invents the wheel, no. We provide you an RSS feed at [yourblogname].wordpress.com/feed which works great and can be entered in to the reader of your choice. In addition, we also have opened up our (previously WordPress.com only) Reader at: http://wordpress.com/#!/read/

    To work as a fully functional "stream style" feed reader wherein you can enter external RSS feeds as well.

    But to answer what I think your question is, no we do not currently have any alternative to RSS through which to syndicate your blog.

  7. Thanks. I'm happy to use pre-existing wheels :-)

    My main aim was simply to avoid having subscribers take the primary (non managed) RSS feed, and have them instead use my managed (by Feedburner at the moment) feed. I could help that process by giving them a subscribe widget pointing to my Feedburner feed, but that doesn't work if they're using a reader (e.g. Google Reader, while it lasts!) that allows the user to subscribe by simply providing the blog URL itself.

    A blogging friend pointed me at http://www.feedblitz.com/ as a possible new alternative to Feedburner, but I haven't looked yet. Is wp.com being used much with that system yet?

    But I feel as if I must be missing something. If the preferred approach (if that's not too strong a term) at wp.com is to use an email approach, how do wp.com bloggers get the kind of tracking info, when it comes to non-wp.com readers, that a feed manager takes for granted -- stuff like item use, geographical distribution of subscribers?

  8. Still on the feed management theme, suppose I want a feed button for my users, so I can point them away from the primary feed and onto my managed (currently via Feedburner) feed.

    What's the best way to do that? With a text widget? (In which case, can anyone explain how I insert the RSS button?) Or what?

    I tried using the actual RSS widget, but it's hard-coded to point to the primary feed and I didn't see a way to override that.

    Blog in question is still: http://assiduum.com

  9. Heya,

    To answer your questions, I do not know if feedblitz.com is being used by our customers as an alternative to our own RSS feeds. There really wouldn't be a way for me to tell. In regard to tracking information, the only statistics which we have available is what is provided in your stats dashboard, which you can provide additional information on right here:

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/stats/

    In regards to your next set of questions, if you are looking to set up a button to direct your viewers to an external RSS feed, then you will need to get the relevant link as well as a button image which you would like to be displayed (there are a variety of freeware sources out there which you can google for). I would recommend saving the button to your media library so that it can't go away should the original site go down. Then in the Text Widget, you can create an image link using the information provided right here:

    http://www.tizag.com/htmlT/htmlimagelinks.php

  10. Thanks! Almost there:

    I've uploaded a (copylefted) button image -- http://assiduum.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/feed-icon-28x28.png -- and followed the instructions in the link you provided. So my text widget is in place with the following:

    <br /> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/Assiduum"><br /> <img src="feed-icon-28x28.png" /> Subscribe by RSS<br /> </a><br />

    For the image source file I've tried:
    feed-icon-28x28.png
    2013/06/feed-icon-28x28.png
    and
    <br /> assiduum.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/feed-icon-28x28.png<br />

    But none of those work -- I'm getting my link text, but not the icon. What is the correct file path?

  11. Oops. Those
    tags were inserted by the forum machinery as I submitted the above post. They're not in my actual text widget, so ignore them. The widget's text is:

    <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/Assiduum"></a>
    <img src="feed-icon-28x28.png" /> Subscribe by RSS

  12. Sigh. It's not that either. Clearly I can't make the "code" tag work :-(

  13. Trying again (although presumably you get what I'm on about):

    <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/Assiduum" target="_blank">; <img src="feed-icon-28x28.png" /> Subscribe by RSS </a&gt

  14. You were so close!

    What you needed was to put the full URL of your image rather than the relative path. You can get that from within your Media Library. You also don't need the "Subscribe by RSS" in there, unless you want it to show up below the icon, in which case you can put it after the closing a tag.

    I went ahead and updated it for you (and also put in a "border="0"" tag so that there wouldn't be a link border around it. You should be good to go! :)

  15. Oh someone just kill me now. Obviously at the end I missed a semi-colon in my post's source.

    If it's not clear by now, forget it. I', not *that* desperate for people to read my blog :-(

    :-)

    P.S. Is there no "preview" mechanism when posting to the forum?

  16. I went ahead and updated it for you ...

    Thank you! You may have avoided me chucking my Mac out the nearest window.

  17. I'm sorry you were so frustrated! I just hadn't gotten to responding to you yet or I would have spared you all of that! :(

    And no, sadly there isn't a way to preview. I only wish! It's on our wishlist though.

    Hope that this works out for you and if you need anything else let me know!

  18. @amightywp,

    Just to be clear, I was frustrated not at your response speed or even my text widget issue, but at my apparent brain-deadedness when it came to even posting to the forum correctly *about* my issue! :-)

    My "Oh someone just kill me now" was in response not to your "You were so close!" post, where you'd fixed my problem, but to *my* own "Trying again..." post, where I'd made my third error in a row in trying to display my code fragment correctly. You just managed to get your solution posted a few seconds faster than I did with the next installment of my self-accusatory rant.

    So, thanks again for your help!

    (All that said, if you put "Threading in the forum" onto your wish list along with "Preview", we'll be golden ;-) )

  19. Just when you thought he was done ...

    Just for grins, I inserted the default "Follow Blog" widget, and it says I have 144 followers. That's weird because I've only just started the blog, and I'm not that popular!

    But in fact it looks like those are simply my Twitter followers -- my posting activity is being pinged to Twitter via Publicize. In other words, they're not necessarily "followers" at all, in the sense that they haven't done anything to explicitly express an interest in receiving blog post updates (and they've been my Twitter followers for way longer than I've had this blog).

    Am I understanding that correctly?

  20. Yep, you're understanding that correctly. If you have connected any other social media via Publicize (Twitter, Facebook, etc), then they will show as followers of your blog.

    It shows that way because whenever you make a post you will be broadcasting to all of them, so they do count as an audience if you look at it that way . . .

  21. OK, thx. I'm going to close this thread off as resolved. Thanks @timethief and @amightywp.

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