RSS Autodiscovery

RSS AutodiscoveryYesterday I visited a blog I hadn’t noticed before. I liked it, so I clicked the Direct Subscribe Icon (provided by the Better Greader Firefox Add-On).

As a result the Google Reader opened and told me that there were no articles for this feed. Weird.

Hmm, the address Google showed was the blog’s default WordPress feed address.

RSS Autodiscovery FirefoxI really wanted to subscribe, so I tried it a second time. This time I clicked on the RSS button in the address field, which resulted in an error message.

I know, I could always just click on an RSS icon somewhere on the blog, but I tend to use the aforementioned methods. Both of them use the RSS autodiscovery feature, which requires the correct feed address in your blog’s header. In this case the blog used feedburner for the feeds, but when a new theme was installed, the default variables where not changed.

Which brings me to my question: Do you know where your RSS autodiscovery sends your visitors?

If you’re not sure, try to subscribe to your blog using one of the two methods mentioned above.


The simple way: Download the Feed Locations WordPress Plugin, and enter your feedburner address. This tells WordPress to use the feed location of your choice, everytime a variable (like rss2_url) is called.

The get your-hands-dirty way: Open your theme’s header.php in a text editor. Look for:

<link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="RSS 2.0" href="<?php bloginfo('rss2_url'); ?>" />

and replace it with:

<link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="RSS 2.0" href="" />

Save & upload it. You’re done. Keep a copy of your old header.php when you change stuff (Trust me - I have a black belt in Brea Kin Thinx ;-))

Now, when I visit you’re blog, I can subscribe to your feed the way I like it.

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Stumble into the Weekend 11/02

It’s Friday, I’m back from vacation and about to end my lazy time with this weeks installment of SitW. While I have been relaxing in Southern Germany, spending my time with all kinds of stuff that don’t include posting, I still have read a lot. So, I hope you’ll enjoy my selection. Read it, and if you like a post, give it a thumb up.

These are my recommended reads for the weekend. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.

Oh, and don’t forget - Stumbling makes your hair soft and shiny and gives your skin a healthy complexion ;-).

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Stumble into the Weekend 10/26

I’m not at home, I’m on vacation right now. But when Friday comes, I just have to post my favorite posts of the week. So, without further ado, after stumbling them, here’s a little link love for my favs of the week.

That’s it from me for this weekend. Read the posts, and if you like them, why don’t you show some StumbleLove?

Btw, I’ll be back home on Thursday. Until then the sporadic posting will continue.

Have a nice weekend :-).

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Blogging Is No One-Way Street

A big, probably the biggest, mistake new bloggers make is to believe that you just have to fill your blog with content, and the readers will come. After two weeks of writing they feel disappointed and their posting frequency goes down, along with their motivation.

What some fail to realize is that a blog is not just another way to publish content. Blogs are community hubs. If you don’t interact with other bloggers, they are probably not going to notice you.

There are lots of possibilities to get your name out.

  • Comments - Don’t just write a comment or answer one on your blog. When you leave a comment and get an answer, reply to it. Start a discussion. Comments are forgotten pretty fast, good conversations are remembered.
  • StumbleUpon - When you come across a post you like, stumble it. Use it as a bookmark tool. Mention your stumbles from time to time. If your posts are worth it, you’ll see people starting to stumble them.
  • Advertisement - You made a bit of money selling ads? Why not reinvest some of it? You want people to know you, and bloggers tend to be very thankful to their advertisers.
  • Your favorite blog has a post including a question you’d like to answer or comment on? Think it through and make a post on your blog. Mention the other blog and start a blog conversation.

These are just a few examples for blog interactions. Whenever you see an opportunity for blog dialogue, take it. You will instantly realize the benefits.

I’ve become acquainted with really great, interesting people since I started to blog. Don’t miss out on that.

If you don’t have a big advertisement budget, a lot of content for search engine traffic, or influential friends, you need to interact with other bloggers.

The exchange of opinions & ideas is the essence of blogging.

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Stumble into the Weekend 10/19

Friday night is stumble night, at least at BloggersJourney. As I do every other Friday, I will list some of my favorite blog posts of the ending week. I read, liked and stumbled them, and I hope you’ll do the same.

These are my picks for today. Have a look at them, enjoy your read - and don’t forget to show your appreciation by stumbling your favorites.

Have a nice weekend :-)

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