Trying to keep track of who is subscribing to your blog?
Feedburner gives you the perfect tool you need to manage your feed or feeds, and gives you stats on how many subscribers you have, among many other things.
This post isn’t about all the bells and whistles that Feedburner has to offer, but there are a lot. I’ll go in to that at another time.
This is about getting up to speed, and quickly, with Feedburner and getting your first feed set up. Ready?
Feedburner has belonged to Feedburner for a long time now, so you can sign in to Feedburner using your Google account.
As soon as you log in, one of the things you’ll be presented with is “Burn a feed right this instant.” I’m assuming that you don’t have old feeds that you need to claim, otherwise you probably wouldn’t need this tutorial, so the first thing you need to do is to add your RSS feed link to that field in Feedburner.
For WordPress sites you can usually find your feed here: http://yoursite.com/feed/
For Drupal sites it can be any number of places, but I’ve created mine using Views and have two different feeds – one for media, one for my blog.
Add your RSS feed to the field in Feedburner and hit next.
The next step is where they’re going to tell you they’re going to apply some basic default services, and that you’re at step 1 of 2 all of which at this point is fine. Not much more to do here, so time to move on to the next step.
In the next step you will get a chance to activate some stats through Feedburner, which you will most likely want to activate, so make sure you have the things checked that you want to have checked, and click on next to move forward.
Next, they’re also going to ask you for a title and a feed address. Go ahead and set your Feed Title to be whatever you want it to be so that it’s recongizeable to you when you log in to your account. Also, you can change the default feed address that Feedburner will set up for you to something a little more memorable than what they automatically add.
You are almost done! The basics for your feed are set up, so all you need to do at this point is hit next to get things completed and you’re done!
That’s it! “Your feed is now ready for the world!”
Make note of your feed’s address as this will be the address you use for Mailchimp, or other services like iTunes for podcasters.
Not too hard, right?