Once you’ve established the fact that an RSS feed would be a smart investment for our website, the next step is obviously to create one. For the non-tech savvy, creating a feed from scratch can be daunting. Service providers such as Extralabs.net create feeds for you. There is also software like Jitbit available for purchase. A few of the providers even claim to create feeds for free (ex. Feed43). Alternatively, for those that have the know-how, it can be quite simple to create the feed yourself.
Perambur Kumar explains how to utilize Google Reader (you will have to create an account if you don’t already have one) and Feedburner in order to create your website feed on your own and at no charge. He advises that Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are the best browsers when using this RSS feed creation method.
How to Add an RSS Feed to your Website – Step by Step Tutorial
- Login to your Google Reader account. To the left of the Google Reader Navigation bar, click the Notes link. Now, to the right of the screen, you should see the Note in Reader – Drag Me button. Drag this from the Google Reader web page into the bookmarks toolbar of your web browser.
- In your browser, open the pages of your web that you would like to be included in your RSS feed file. Do not open pages that are not updated on a continuous basis or pages that you are not looking to have other follow (i.e. About Us, Contact Us, or Disclaimer pages).
- On each page, select relevant content with headings that will be posted on the RSS feed file. Once selected, click the Note in Reader button on your browser.
- A pop-up dialog box will open in your web browser. Click “add tags” and assign a tag to this page. Close the browser tab and repeat the same process for all other pages you have opened. Be sure to assign the same tag to each page correctly.
- Now go to Google Reader Settings/Folders and Tags and click the gray RSS icon next to the tag you created to make it public. You should see a new link that says View Public Page. Copy this URL to your clipboard.
- At this point, you will need to go to Feedburner and paste the URL into the feed box. Click Next and assign a title and address to your RSS feed.
- You may subscribe your feed address in Blog Lines, Google Reader, and Yahoo to make sure it is working properly.
- As you add new pages or content, you can distribute them seamlessly through the feed by repeating steps three and four.
This is just one of a variety of different ways to create a feed on your site. If you are unable to create one manually, services are available for minimal fees and possibly free. If you are frustrated and wondering why you are trying to create a feed in the first place, see why RSS feeds offer a high return on investment.
Traci K. is an HR Professional and freelance writer based in the Midwest, specializing in recruitment and immigration. When she’s not improving unemployment, she keeps busy with her husband and four children.