Use FeedBurner to Add an RSS Chicklet to Your Blog - dummies

Use FeedBurner to Add an RSS Chicklet to Your Blog

By David Karlins, Doug Sahlin

After you have an RSS feed, announce it to the world. Of course, you want to let current visitors to the blog know that it’s syndicated with an RSS feed. Set up your feed through FeedBurner. Then you get to add the cute little orange RSS chicklet to a blog you created.

To add the RSS chicklet to a blog with a FeedBurner feed, follow these steps:

1Log into your FeedBurner account.

You can use FeedBurner to view detailed statistics about your feed, such as the number of subscribers for a specific day and over time.

2Select the feed for the blog to which you want to add an RSS chicklet.

That’s right, you can burn multiple feeds with a Feedburner account.

3Click the Publicize tab.

On this tab, you’ll find all manner of ways you can use to publicize your account, such as submitting the site to blog directories or creating an e-mail notification when new posts are written. Feel free to explore them all after you finish doing these steps.

4Click Chicklet Chooser.

The browser refreshes to show you the different options.

5Select the radio button to choose the desired chicklet size.

You have your big chicklet and your small chicklet. Both should fit on a blog sidebar, so the size you choose is your preference. You also have options to add an icon for popular feed aggregators, which are sites that people visit to find interesting blogs.

6Scroll down to the bottom of the web page.

You find a text box filled with code.

7Select all the code, right-click, and then choose Copy from the context menu.

The code is copied to your system Clipboard.

8Log into your WordPress blog.

To be on the safe side, you might want to do this in another browser window in case you have to go back to the FeedBurner site and copy the code again.

9In the Dashboard, click Appearance, and then click Widgets.

The browser refreshes to show you the widgets you have available for your blog.

Most themes support widgets. If the theme you pick doesn’t support widget, find one that does because this is a powerful feature. Find out by reading the description at whatever website distributes the theme.

10Select the Text widget and drag it to the desired sidebar.

In most cases, you add the RSS widget to the main sidebar where everyone can easily see it. After you drag the widget to the sidebar, a blank text box appears into which you paste the code.

11(Optional) Enter a title for the widget.

The code comes complete with a title. Unless you want to delete the title from the code, leave the title blank.

12Place your cursor in the text box below Title, right-click, and then choose Paste from the context menu.

The code appears in the text box with no fuss or muss.

13Click Save and then click Close.

The RSS chicklet code is added to the text widget, and the dialog box closes.

14View your blog.

Your RSS chicklet is added to the sidebar. If you don’t like the position of the chicklet, modify it in the Widgets section of the WordPress Dashboard. Simply select the widget and drag it to a different position on the sidebar.