How to Install an RSS Feed in WordPress

Obtaining and adding fresh new content to your website or blog is one of the most valuable tasks every webmaster must complete on a regular basis or at the very least, see to it that it is added one way or another. RSS feeds can be a great way to get a steady stream of fresh valuable content added to your site regularly. This is not to say that you shouldn’t also publish your own unique content, you should do that on a regular basis as well. You can turn your visitors into returning customers by making sure that there is always fresh, relative content available for them to enjoy.

There are many different add-ons, widgets, and plugins available free across the internet that make installing an RSS feed into your website or blog extremely simple. If you are using a WordPress blog as your CMS then adding a RSS plugin to automate the process of importing feeds to your blog is a snap. There are several available, free of charge right from the WordPress Plugin Directory.

Your first step to getting your plugin is to login to your WordPress admin panel and click on Plugins and then Add New. To find a plugin simply search RSS and a whole list of them will appear. I have tried a couple different ones and prefer the KB Advanced RSS Widget. Although I have in the past and do currently still use others. When making your selection, keep your site in mind and try to choose one that will fully meet your needs. Most are the same as far as operation, but there are variances in appearance.

Once you have chosen a plugin to install simply click on Install to the left of its description and then Install again on the page that pops up. Next you will need to click to Activate the plugin.

From here you will need to go to your Widgets that you can find under Appearance. All you have to do from here is place your new RSS widget where you would like it in your sidebar and enter your RSS feed URL and any other options that your specific version offers. Viola, Your plugin is installed and showing a new RSS feed working on your blog.

As wonderfully easy as it is to ensure your website or blog is continually being updated you should never rely on this, or any other source, as your sole source of providing updates to your site. Remember that the content from these feeds are used by many, many people deeming it not original. It is very important that you understand that every site needs unique, original content added regularly. Without your own unique content, your site is not truly yours and the traffic that may across your path most likely will not return.

How to Set Up an RSS Feed in WordPress

An RSS feed is a good way of marketing your latest content to your readers. When you write your latest informative article your audience are immediately informed of this and are able to read it. In this article I will show you how to set up an RSS feed in WordPress.

RSS or real simple syndication as it is better known is a way of getting your latest articles, posts, ideas around the web to your target audience 365 days a year. Imagine all the effort you put in and how much time is spent researching and writing your article. Doesn’t it make sense to propel that content to people interested in listening to what you have to say? RSS makes this easy.

Many websites already have their own RSS facility in motion. Take for example the article sites. When you sign up to receive the service, the content will be delivered to you by way of a feed. Essentially this is what is known as an XML file containing the content such as headlines, posts, news etc. When content is delivered like this via the feed, it is known as syndication.

You can subscribe to the feed and you will receive the latest content from these sites without you having to do anything more. You can set up many feeds from many different sites and the beauty of this is that you never have to visit each site individually to receive their content again. I’m sure you are already beginning to appreciate the benefits of this.

If you have your own website you too can send your latest posts across the web. In order to do this you first need to set up your own RSS feed.

How to set up an RSS Feed

Now let’s talk about how we can create a feed for our site. Do a search in Google for Feedburner and go over to the site. This site is owned by Google so if you have a Gmail account you can just log right in. If not then you can create a new Gmail account and sign in with the details.

You will see a box with some text: ‘Burn a feed right this instant. Type your blog or feed address here:’

Go ahead and type in your blog address and click the ‘Next’ button

If Feedburner has found more than one feed at your blog then it asks you which one you would like to use. Personally I like to take the one that looks the simplest. When you have selected one click the ‘Next’ button.

You are now shown the title of your new feed. You may change this if you so wish.

Now click the ‘Next’ button.

You will now see the link for your feed at the top. It will be of the format:

<a target=_new rel=nofollow href=https://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?depth=1&amp;hl=en&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;prev=_t&amp;pto=aue&amp;rurl=translate.google.com&amp;sl=ar&amp;sp=nmt4&amp;tl=en&amp;u=http://feeds.feedburner.com/&amp;usg=ALkJrhjOILkQmx5i-6M6h4TeeFaPdYgN6Q>http://feeds.feedburner.com/</a> YourWebSiteName

Highlight and copy this link.

That’s really all you need. You can keep clicking the ‘Next’ button all the way to the end.

Go back to your WordPress blog and log in.

You now need to add the orange RSS symbol on your site.

In the WordPress dashboard, go to Appearance > Widgets

In there, you need to locate the RSS (Entries from any RSS or Atom feed) widget.

If it’s not under “Available Widgets”, drag it from “Inactive Widgets, and drop it into “Available Widgets”

Then drop the RSS widget into the Primary, or one of the Footer choices on the far right.

Enter the Feedburner URL, choose 1 item to display then click Save.

The RSS widget should appear wherever you’ve put it on the site.

And that’s all there is to it. Now the world can see your latest content whenever you release it. This should bring you good traffic as more people sign up to your RSS feed.