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  1. After read through other's posts,I added RSS feed and feed readers on my sidebar. But I'm not quite sure whether they are working because I got some error.
    1. Problem about RSS feed:
    When I click the RSS button, I can see the code for my blog. however, if I click the words next to the button, it takes me to the home page. Is that normal.
    and also you will see the posts list under the button. How can I get rid of them?
    (I used the RSS1 widget, and put my feed URL in: http://dmguru.wordpress.com/feed, http://dmguru.wordpress.com/comments/feed)

    2. Problem about RSS reader:
    I add some RSS reader button, however, when I click them, I got Error 404 - Page Not Found. I have no idea what happened.
    ( I read one of member's post where he recommended a 'Feed Buttons Creater' website
    http://www.toprankblog.com/tools/rss-buttons/, I went to this website and selected the readers and got the HTML Code and then posted the code on Text Widget. By the way, I'm the person who have no idea about code. )

    My code is like this:

    <a href="”http://dmguru.wordpress.com/feed”">
    <img src="http://www.google.com/webmasters/add-to-google-plus.gif" alt="Google Reader or Homepage" border="0"></a>
    
    <a href="”http://dmguru.wordpress.com/feed”">
    <img src="http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/us/my/addtomyyahoo4.gif" border="0" alt="Add to My Yahoo!"></a>
    
    <a href="”http://dmguru.wordpress.com/feed”">
    <img src="http://www.bloglines.com/images/sub_modern9.gif" alt="Subscribe with Bloglines" border="0" /></a>
    
    <a href="”http://dmguru.wordpress.com/feed”">
    <img src="http://www.newsgator.com/images/ngsub1.gif" alt="Subscribe in NewsGator Online" border="0"></a> 
    
    <a href="”http://dmguru.wordpress.com/feed”">
    <img src="http://sc.msn.com/44/G,UCH%7BZBSS3%7BOS%7BSE469LG.gif" border="0"></a>
    
    <a href="”http://dmguru.wordpress.com/feed”">
    <img src="http://myfeeds.aolcdn.com/vis/myaol_cta1.gif" alt="Add to My AOL"></a>
    
    <a href="”http://dmguru.wordpress.com/feed”">
     <img src="http://www.rojo.com/corporate/images/rojowidered.gif" alt="Subscribe in Rojo" style="border:0;"></a>
    
    <a href="”http://dmguru.wordpress.com/feed”">
    <img src="http://static.technorati.com/pix/fave/tech-fav-5.gif" alt="Add to Technorati Favorites!"></a>
    
    <a href="”http://dmguru.wordpress.com/feed”">
    <img src="http://news.com.com/i/newsbursts/btn/newsburst3.gif" border="0"></a>

    Help me out! Have no idea what should I do!

    Thanks!

  2. Sorry, my blog is
    http://dmguru.wordpress.com/

    Thanks!

  3. 1) Um, why are you putting your own feed within your sidebar? That's like walking around with a tshirt labeled "My favorite person" with your picture on the front of it.

    The RSS feed widgets are normally for feeds from other sites.

    2) It looks like you've copied and pasted the code into something inbetween that site and your wordpress blog as I see formatting within those quotes. (Hold your mouse over the buttons. You'll see it)

    Here's the code that you need without the formatting:

    <a href="http://fusion.google.com/add?feedurl=http://dmguru.wordpress.com/feed/"><img src="http://www.google.com/webmasters/add-to-google-plus.gif" alt="Google Reader or Homepage" border="0"></a>
    <br><a href="http://add.my.yahoo.com/rss?url=http://dmguru.wordpress.com/feed/"><img src="http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/us/my/addtomyyahoo4.gif" border="0" alt="Add to My Yahoo!"></a>
    <br><a href="http://www.bloglines.com/sub/http://dmguru.wordpress.com/feed/"><img src="http://www.bloglines.com/images/sub_modern9.gif" alt="Subscribe with Bloglines" border="0" /></a>
    <br><a href="http://www.newsgator.com/ngs/subscriber/subext.aspx?url=http://dmguru.wordpress.com/feed/"><img src="http://www.newsgator.com/images/ngsub1.gif" alt="Subscribe in NewsGator Online" border="0"></a>
    <br><a href="http://my.msn.com/addtomymsn.armx?id=rss&ut=http://dmguru.wordpress.com/feed/&ru=http://dmguru.wordpress.com/"><img src="http://sc.msn.com/44/G,UCH%7BZBSS3%7BOS%7BSE469LG.gif" border="0"></a>
    <br><a href="http://feeds.my.aol.com/add.jsp?url=http://dmguru.wordpress.com/feed/"><img src="http://myfeeds.aolcdn.com/vis/myaol_cta1.gif" alt="Add to My AOL" border="0"/></a>
    <br><a href="http://technorati.com/faves?add=http://dmguru.wordpress.com/"><img src="http://static.technorati.com/pix/fave/tech-fav-5.gif" alt="Add to Technorati Favorites!" border="0"/></a>
    <br><a href="http://www.newsburst.com/Source/?add=http://dmguru.wordpress.com/feed/"><img src="http://news.com.com/i/newsbursts/btn/newsburst3.gif" border="0"></a>
    <br><div style="font:9px Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; width:100px;"><a href="http://www.toprankblog.com/tools/rss-buttons/" >Get RSS Buttons</a></div>

    Hope this helps,
    -drmike

    (edit: Just for reference, please place your code within backtickets here in the forum. That's the key above the tab key on a standard pc keyboard.)
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  4. I think I got all of the sites you wanted in there. :)

    edit: You can also see the double double quotes along with the formatting up in your post as well.

  5. dartmouthpubliclibraries
    Member

    I am brand new to wordpress.com and cannot find in FAQ etc. how I create and display the button for other people to add my blog to their RSS reader. The whole reason I am creating it is to then display it as a feed for a latest news section within a Dreamweaver website for my work - a library.

    When I choose widgets and put them in the sidebar and save it they are not displaying - except tags and latest posts. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Sharani

  6. A link to your blog would be helpful as you probably already have the rss links on your blog. That and we need to see what is occuring with your other issue.

    Here's the FAQ although about putting the link into a text widget.

  7. Sorry, drmike, I will place mine code within backtickets next time.

    I copied your code and reader button works. However, it seems something happens, there should be two sidebar on my page, but I can't see the middle sidebar, it disappeared.

    What's the problem?

    Thanks

  8. Got any widgets in the other sidebar column? You may have it empty.

  9. Yes, I have 4 widgets in the middle sidebar column. It's really odd!

  10. dartmouthpubliclibraries
    Member

    Thanks for replying so quickly Dr. Mike about how I add text to a widget. My site is http://southworth732.wordpress.com. I will pursue the FAQ you suggested and apologize if I chose the wrong place to ask my question since I see I'm in the middle of a conversation between you and dmguru. Ah to be a newbie!
    Sharani

  11. To drmike
    It's really odd, if I move botton widget out of sidebar, the middle sidebar show up again. However , if I put this widget on, the middle sidebar disappear.

    Why?

  12. To drmike
    I delete the </div> which is at the end of the code. It works. Two sidebars show up;
    thanks a lot!

  13. dartmouthpubliclibraries
    Member

    Dr Mike
    If you are still available, I believe I have created the text widget information but don't understand what to use in the part that says img src="image-location". Am I supposed to somehow upload one of those orange or other colored buttons underneath the instructions for what text to put in?
    thanks
    Sharani

  14. dartmouthpubliclibraries
    Member

    dr Mike
    I finally figured out that I was pasting in the quote marks around the url and the image location and then when I saved it there were double quote marks. When I removed the quote marks it worked fine. How I was supposed to know not to paste in the quote marks when it said type this in the text box and quote marks were included is beyond me. Or maybe not since I finally noticed the double quote marks and got rid of them and now it works. Thanks for pointing me to that FAQ. It really showed me what to do except for me not knowing that the quote marks were supposed to be not used when typing it in.
    Gratefully,
    Sharani
    Sharani

  15. Not a problem. Sorry for the delay in getting back to both of you.

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