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5 Tips to Enhance Your Blogger Blog with Feedburner

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feedburnerFeedburner is probably the most recognized and utilized feed services available to Bloggers. Alongside Blogger and other services, Feedburner is owned by Google making this (and other services) increasingly well-integrated with other services which are useful to bloggers.

Despite these close links, well-publicised documentation and ease of use, I am still surprised to see that few Blogger bloggers make full use of Feedburner’s free services. So in this post, I’ll explain 5 useful tips for Blogger users to enhance their blogs with Feedburner.

1. Redirect your blog feeds though Feedburner

All Blogger blogs produce feeds for recent posts; however in their native form these feeds are in Atom.xml format: one which is not compatible with all feed readers and which appears as raw xml unless viewed in an appropriate browser.

To ensure that anyone can view and subscribe to the feeds produced by your Blogger blog, it is advisable – and even preferable – to redirect your feeds through Feedburner.

This has many benefits to both blogger and readers:

  • Ensure complete compatibility of your blog feeds for all feed readers
  • Get statistics of your subscriber base
  • Make is easy for readers to subscribe in their feed reader or via email
  • Choose to use summaries of your posts if you prefer
  • Make use of many other free Feedburner services, including monetization,”Feedflare”, clicklets, “BuzzBoost” and more!

Redirecting your Blogger feeds though Feedburner is simple and involves only a few steps:

  1. If you haven’t already done so, register with Feedburner and add your blog’s feed.
  2. Make a note of the Feedburner URL for your newly-burned feed (eg: http://feeds.feedburner.com/your-feed-name).
  3. Go to your Blogger dashboard and click on Settings>Site Feed
  4. On this page, type your Feedburner feed into the section titled “Post Feed Redirect URL”.
  5. Save these settings.

Now when you view your Blogger feed in your browser, you will see this is automatically redirected though Feedburner to ensure compatibility for all readers and ease of use.

For more information and a detailed walkthrough of this process, take a look at this page from the official Blogger Help site.

2. Set up Email Subscriptions

As bloggers, most of us are familiar with RSS and feed subscriptions. However, as blogs become more and more popular as a means of publishing online, the difference between regular websites and blogs becomes less easy to recognize.

Many visitors to our blogs may not even realise these are blogs, let alone how to subscribe for regular updates! To make it easy for anyone to receive updates of your newest posts, it is advisable to set up email subscriptions for your site.

Feedburner’s email subscription service is highly reliable and completely free to use, no matter how many subscribers you have for your blog.

The easiest way to encourage subscribers to sign up for email updates is to provide a subscription form in your blog’s sidebar. Feedburner make this especially easy for Blogger users to achieve as we can add this as an auto-install widget though the Feedburner dashboard.

Here is the easiest way to add an email subscription form to your Blogger blog:

  1. Log in to your Feedburner account and choose the feed you want to work with.
  2. Once you have accessed the dashboard for your feed, click the Publicize tab and choose Email Subscriptions from the left-hand column.
  3. Click the button to “Activate” this service.
  4. On the refreshed page, choose the language you prefer to use for your form, then scroll down the page a little until you see the section which says: “Use as a widget in…”. From this drop-down menu, choose “Blogger” and hit “Go”.
  5. You’ll then be redirected to Blogger which enables you to choose which of your blogs you would like to add this widget to as a “Page Element”. Simply choose the blog you want to add the form to and click “Add Widget”. The Feedburner email subscription form will then be added to your blog sidebar with no manual intevention.

3. Set up Feedflare for easy bookmarking and syndication of your posts

Feedflare offers an easy way for subscribers and readers of your blog to tag, bookmark and share your blog posts using a variety of services which you can choose.

When you choose to add Feedflare interactivity, you can choose to add links to specific social bookmarking services and other useful prompts to both your blog feed items and even beneath your Blogger posts:

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In order to use Feedburner Feedflare you must first activate this service for the feed you prefer to use.

To do this, log into Feedburner and choose the feed you want to work with. Once logged into the dashboard for your feed, click on the Optimize tab, then on the Feed Flare option in the left column.

Click the “Activate” button to activate this service, and when the page refreshes you will see the many different “flares” which you can add to both your feed items and your blog posts:

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Choose the options you would like to include by checking the boxes to the left of each Feed Flare item for inclusion in feed items or your site (which will display beneath Blogger posts).

Once you save these settings (by clicking the button near the bottom of the page) these new Feed Flares will appear automatically beneath each entry in your Feedburner-burned feed, making it easy for subscribers to bookmark, email and share your blog posts.

Site-enabled Feed Flares do not appear automatically. Instead you will need to edit your Blogger template to add the required code which will make these flares appear. Feedburner offer a very useful tutorial for this, complete with screenshots to direct you through every step of the process.

4. Monetize your Feeds with Google Adsense

Being part of Google’s family of services ensures that both Feedburner and Blogger can now be integrated with monetization options from Google Adsense.

As an extra income stream for your Blogger blog, you may want to consider adding Google Adsense units to you Feedburner feeds.

This process is mostly automated, meaning that you need not manually edit or add code to your Feedburner feeds.

To set up Adsense monetization for your Feedburner feeds, you need to first log into your Google Adsense account using the Google account as you do for both Blogger and Feedburner.

Once you have logged in to Google Adsense, choose Adsense Setup from the tabbed options near the top of the screen, then click on the Adsense for Feeds option on the refreshed page.

On this page, you can choose from many options for displaying your ads; manage channels to track the performance of your ad-units and choose which Feedburner feeds in your account will be monetized using these options:

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When you have chosen all options and saved these settings, your ads will begin to display from the next update of your Feedburner burned feed (up to 4 hours later).

5. Publicize your blog anywhere with a Headline Animator widget

If you own more than one blog, another website, or are able to add a customized footer to your outgoing emails, you can publicize your blog posts using Feedburner’s Headline Animator.

This animated widget offers a stylish way to promote your blog and publicize recent posts anywhere that you can paste a few lines of HTML code:

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To set up a Headline Animator for your Blogger blog, log in to your Feedburner dashboard and click on the Publicize tab. From here choose the Headline Animator option in the left hand column which will lead you to this page:

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You can change options to make your headline animation blend well with your chosen medium and see a live preview near the bottom of the page.

Once you have made all changes, click the “Activate” button. The page will refresh and you will be able to choose which service you would like to add this widget to using options in the drop-down menu:

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Your headline animation will appear as soon as it is installed in the medium of your choice, offering a new and useful method of promoting your recent blog posts when burned through your Feedburner feeds.

Which are your favourite Feedburner services?

Feedburner offers many free services for bloggers in addition to those I have listed above. Which are your favourite services, and how can they help enhance your Blogger powered blogs? Please feel free to leave your comments and your own suggestions below.

Amanda is a freelance blogger and web/blog designer. She writes about Blogger at www.BloggerBuster.com and maintains several other blogs on various subjects.

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Why Trying to Learn Blogging through a Free Website Is a Massive Mistake

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Go ahead. Try it. Try to learn blogging through Blogger. Give it a shot. Have you mastered Blogger after a few months? Maybe after a year? Good. Now that you are ready to be a serious blogger you can buy your domain and hosting and begin blogging on a WordPress dot org blog. Ouch! You are in trouble. Some basic blogging principles apply but blogging on wp dot org is a full 180 from blogging on a free platform like Blogger. The set up is light years different on dot org. Monetizing and branding potential? Limitless. Complete game changer, which rocks, but you realize you made a massive mistake learning blogging on Blogger.

Why?

Blogging on a free platform ain’t blogging!

Learning how to blog on a free blogging platform is like learning how to ride a Ducati by riding a kid’s bike with training wheels. Please re-read that statement. Totally different experience. WordPress dot org has so many more moving parts to learn and master that you see the skills you learned, honed and developed over your year on Blogger go into the cyber trash – largely – the moment you begin blogging on WordPress dot org. Sure the basics remain constant. Make friends. Create value. But all the sweet details, the difference makers, differ dramatically between both platforms.

Imagine if you learned how to blog on Blogger. After buying my course and listening to my advice, you quickly learn any serious, legitimate blogging course is fully designed to speak to WordPress dot org bloggers, not free platform bloggers. Blogging on free platforms is not even blogging because you do not own the domain and hosting. You are just a user on Blogger, not an actual blogger. But if you own your domain and hosting you can call yourself a blogger. Huge difference.

Can you see why learning on Blogger or other platforms is a major league error when it comes to blogging successfully? Virtually every serious blogger owns their domain and hosting and tailors their teaching to a self-hosted crowd. Back in the day, high school students actually spent time and energy learning Latin. Maybe this skill could have been beneficial hundreds of years ago, but 30 40 years ago, this was a foolish exploit, learning an outdated language, developing a skill no longer in demand, or useful. Learning on Blogger is similar because all ins and outs become useless and you need to learn about a whole new, robust, valued, professional platform in WordPress dot org.

Do not even bother guys. Learn blogging by buying your domain and hosting. Get on WordPress dot org immediately. Learn how to blog the right way. This way, you won’t waste precious minutes, hours, days, weeks and months learning how to blog on a platform that will take you nowhere of note. Even if you buy your domain, you give up so much branding, monetizing and pro blogging potential the moment you forego WordPress dot org and choose instead to blog on Blogger. People need to learn blogging on the proper platform. Why? Why not? Why would you avoid positioning yourself for future success? If you want to learn blogging, learn blogging on the proper platform. Go with a self-hosted, WordPress dot org blog or do not even bother.

 

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3 Ways the Sony Xperia 1 Mobile Device Can Make You a Better Blogger

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How many times have you already looked at your mobile device or cell phone today? It’s probably already been close to 50+ if it’s early in the day. By the end of the day you will likely have already picked it up and looked at it more than a hundred times!

With all of this in mind, it’s crazy how much we are all using mobile devices to do more than just make phone calls and access emails.

For site owners and bloggers, cell phones can make a huge difference in the type of content we create, and may even allow us to run our businesses from anywhere.

As new technology and devices are coming out all the time, today seemed like a great opportunity to take a look at the Sony Xperia 1, which is loaded with all of the latest technology, tools, features, and security settings to make running your business and brand from anywhere easy.

1 – Access Everything From Anywhere

No matter if you are running a website, a blog or even an online business, you need to make sure your mobile device is not only fast running and loaded with all of the latest tech trends and features — but also so it’s running on a super fast wireless platform and operating system as well.

This is all possible through the use of a Sony Xperia 1, as it has one of the most powerful processors and operating systems out there, while also being associated with all of the top brand name mobile carriers and also having 4G LTE speed.

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor
    The octa-core processor and 6GB of RAM deliver outstanding overall performance for opening and running applications, flipping through menus and more.
  • Android 9.0 Pie OS
    Adapts to you and the way you use your phone, learning your preferences as you go. Your experience gets better over time, and it keeps things running smoother and longer.
  • Compatible with GSM carriers, including AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon
    It also works with GSM SIM kits, including Cricket Wireless, Tracfone, Net10, H2O, AT&T Prepaid, and Simple Mobile.*
  • 4G LTE speed
    This Sony Xperia cell phone provides fast web connection for downloading apps, streaming content, and staying connected on social media.

2 – Take Better Photos and Videos

If you want to be a successful blogger or someone worth following on social media, you are going to need some great visuals, photos and videos to grab the attention of others. In today’s day and age, there is no excuse for not having the highest of quality images or content. With the Sony Xperia 1, creating such type of high quality content has never been easier.

Take a look at the following benefits and features of the device when it comes to video and images.

  • 6.5″ 4K HDR OLED touch screen with 3840 x 1644 resolution
    The extra-large screen is matched with a slim body to comfortably fit in your hand. The 21:9 extended display ensures easier multitasking and immersive viewing. Gorilla Glass 6 resists shocks and scratches.
  • 12.0MP triple-lens camera system
    Offers 21:9 cinema ratio, 4K HDR movie recording, and 2x optical zoom to capture details without losing quality. Also includes an 8.0MP front-facing camera for self-portraits and videos.
  • Motion Eye
    Lets you capture slow-motion videos at up to 960 frames per second for staggering films.
  • BIONZ X image processing engine
    Powerful digital image processing produces even more vivid colors and ensure contrasts are high.
  • Optical SteadyShot image stabilization
    Keep your images free from motion blur with SteadyShot image stabilization.

3 – Cool Features and Extra Security

For anyone that is already using their mobile device to run their websites or online business, then you will already understand and appreciate the need for cool features and heavy a secure device that others can’t hack into. These are all elements that you will find in the Sony Xperia 1, as it’s loaded with the latest technology, features and fingerprint security settings.

You can take a look at each of these highlights in full detail below.

  • 128GB internal memory plus microSD slot
    This cell phone provides plenty of storage space for your contacts, music, apps and more. Expand your storage by up to 512GB by adding a microSD card (sold separately).
  • Sony’s audio expertise always by your side
    Hear music as the artist intended with high-resolution audio. DSEE HX™ improves the quality of low-resolution music files. The smart amplifier delivers a loud, rich sound through the speaker.
  • Your fingerprint keeps your phone secure
    Hold your finger on the fingerprint sensor to unlock your phone.
  • IP68 rating
    The phone is protected from dust and can also withstand being submerged in 4.92′ of static water for up to 30 minutes.

Running Your Site and Business from the Palm of Your Hands

When it comes to your mobile device, it’s no longer just about making phone calls and accessing the internet — it’s now about being able to do everything from anywhere.

This is exactly what site owners, bloggers and business owners are looking to accomplish when choosing a new mobile device or looking to make the upgrade to a new brand or technology.

If this happens to be the situation you are currently in, be sure to read through each of the tech specs and highlights mentioned above to learn more about the Sony Xperia 1.

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Advanced Blogging Tip: Have a Poor Link Memory

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I create oodles of content daily. One tip to being prolific is to have a poor link memory. I forget what I published content-wise and link-wise to keep publishing content frequently. Do you know how most bloggers publish one blog post, include a link to a product and/or service, and keep checking the post again and again, to see how the link performs as far as clicks and conversions and sales and profits and money? I never do that. I have no time and energy to check how my links perform because I have a terrible link memory. I am always on to the next piece of content to create and the next link to place and the next person to help because I have a poor link memory. I forget links. This works perfectly for me; makes me super duper prolific.

Most bloggers attach to and cling to particular business links. What happens if you attach to a link? You give attention and energy to checking the link again and again instead of creating more content from a generous, prolific energy. How can you appear to be all over your niche if you check links regularly throughout the day and if you are not creating helpful, new pieces of content? You cannot be super successful if you are not prolific and you cannot be super prolific unless you have a poor link memory. Be generous, abundant and detached by forgetting links you place in posts; especially links pointing to business opportunities.

I link to my blogging course quite a bit but never get attached to any one link or blog post or guest post through which I link to it. Why? I have more fish to fry. I have more content to create and more bloggers to bond with and more folks to help and more bloggers to connect with and heck, after converting 50 more of my eBooks to paperback, I will have over 200 products about on Amazon, under the Blogging From Paradise umbrella. That is a lot of products to promote! We need to have a poor link memory to forget the prior link we promoted so we can move forward and promote more links, more content and greater blogging success. Envision yourself having an abundant mindset. What happens if you do not feel like anything seems short, scarce or running out? Being prolific is what happens. Being generous is easier if you are not burdened by any link to promote, to review and to assess regularly. I am not opposed to scanning metrics if doing so feels good and relaxing but most bloggers never take the time to assess their genuine feelings when it comes to how they feel promoting links.

I do. I am ruthless in assessing, observing, embracing and moving along my energies because watching your energy is the key to blogging success. Blogging from abundance, relaxation and trust leads to success while blogging from fear, scarcity, tension and anxiety leads to failure.

Which road do you prefer to take?

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