FeedBurner Widget on a WordPress.com Blog

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  • #153371

    jimarcey
    Member

    I have seen some discussion about FeedBurner on the forums, but I am not sure what the current situation is.

    Can I put a widget on a wordpress.com like that which is in the upper right corner of the following blog:

    http://www.scotthanselman.com/

    Thanks.

    #153477

    judyb12
    Member

    you would just put the Feedburner link in a text widget.

    #153478

    jimarcey
    Member

    Thanks.

    So I would just go to FeedBurner.com, follow the steps and put that in a text widget?

    And, by the way, what is the *downside* to using FeedBurner?

    Thanks.

    #153483

    judyb12
    Member

    Yep, that’s it.

    As far as a downside, if your blog is already pretty well-established i wouldn’t ask readers to switch to a new feed. I think it’s too much trouble to ask someone to do. If you haven’t been blogging long, then i’m not sure there is a downside (except if you use a theme with a feed button hardcoded into it, such as Misty Look, i don’t think that button can be mapped to the Feedburner feed).

    You’re welcome :-)

    #154010

    gyozamonsta
    Member

    Hi There: I’m new to this whole thing. Is there anyplace to get detailed information on how to execute the above? I’ve been trying to figure out how to get feedburn on my blog…

    http://www.gyozamonsta.wordpress.com

    #154011

    gyozamonsta
    Member

    Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you!

    #154012

    @ gyozamonsta
    Follow the instructions in the posts above yours. You cannot upload the feedburner widget, but you can put the link into a text widget. That is the only way at this time.

    If you are new to writing links, these FAQ’s should help:
    http://faq.wordpress.com/2007/07/01/how-to-write-links/
    http://faq.wordpress.com/2006/10/18/put-an-image-in-your-sidebar/
    http://faq.wordpress.com/2005/10/27/how-can-i-post-buttons-and-images-links-in-my-sidebar/
    http://faq.wordpress.com/2006/12/24/using-the-text-widget/

    #154013

    gyozamonsta
    Member

    wow. that was fast. thank you so much.

    I also found this, but now need to figure out how to add a little button to it.

    http://www.google.com/support/feedburner/bin/answer.py?answer=78978&topic=13239

    Thanks again!

    #154014

    timethief
    Member

    There are illustrated instructions in the FAQs on this http://faq.wordpress.com/2006/10/11/how-can-i-offer-email-updates/

    #154015

    ellaella
    Member

    @gyozamonsta – If you go to your FeedBurner account, to the Publicize tab, you can select chiclets (little buttons) for various services. It’ll provide the code for you to use in your text widget.

    You can also use the RSS button from Add This (http//addthis.com) with your FB account, as long as you know your feed name.

    I use a few chiclets for the more popular services and use AddThis to cover the rest.

    #154016

    gyozamonsta
    Member

    Thanks so much for that thesacredpath and timethief. I actually did search the faq and support options and didn’t come up with any of this?!

    This is another (probably very basic) question–Thesacredpath provided links to badges and buttons. How can I offer subscriptions using a button? I’ve tried following the directions in the faq and can’t seem to get anything to show up…

    #154017

    gyozamonsta
    Member

    Thanks ellaella. I’ll try that again. nothing showed up the first few times I tried pasting the code into the text widget.

    #154018

    You will use what’s called an image link: <a href="http://pagelinkhere"><img src="http://imagelinkhere" alt="" title="" /> </a>

    A typical feedburner code for email update would look like this: <a href="http://www.feedburner.com/fb/a/emailverifySubmit?feedId=yourfeedidnumber;loc=en_US">Subscribe to yourblogname</a>

    You would edit that code and make it like this: href="http://www.feedburner.com/fb/a/emailverifySubmit?feedId=yourfeedidnumber;loc=en_US"><img src="http://imagelinkhere" alt="" title="" />

    Replace the image link URL with the URL of the button you want to use.

    #154019

    gyozamonsta
    Member

    Thanks thesacredpath. I used this:

    <img src=”http://gyozamonsta.wordpress.com/files/2007/12/feedburner_copy1.png” alt=”” />

    and left the result up on the pages http://www.gyozamonsta.wordpress.com. I can’t figure out what I’m doing wrong.

    thanks for your help!

    #154020

    gyozamonsta
    Member

    Sorry, the code pasted incorrectly it’s actually:

    <a
    href="http://www.feedburner.com/fb/a/emailverifySubmit?feedId=1469955&amp;loc=en_US"><img src="http://gyozamonsta.wordpress.com/files/2007/12/feedburner_copy1.png" alt="" /></a>
    #154021

    timethief
    Member

    I see double quotation marks
    alt=""

    #154022

    timethief
    Member

    I took out the extra set of quotation marks. I put this image up on my test blog and it works just fine. So, there’s your solution. :)

    #154023

    gyozamonsta
    Member

    Hi timethief just tried it (removing the extra set of “) and the image comes up but in the middle of the rest of the code. I’ll keep fiddling around with it…

    thanks!

    #154024

    timethief
    Member

    Hmmmm I don’t know why that would happen on your blog but not on my test blog.
    You’re welcome.

    #154025

    gyozamonsta
    Member

    ok…so you’re saying (without the additional quotes after alt=

    <a
    href="http://www.feedburner.com/fb/a/emailverifySubmit?feedId=1469955&amp;loc=en_US"><img src="http://gyozamonsta.wordpress.com/files/2007/12/feedburner_copy1.png" alt=" /></a>

    shows up as a clickable bage from feedburner?
    grrr…i can’t figure out what i’m doing wrong.

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