Welcome to The Nitty Gritty of Blogging: Feedburner, Part Two! This week I’m sharing a series of Feedburner tips and tricks that will help you to get the most out of this powerful little tool.
If you missed my first series on Feedburner, you can find all of the posts on my Nitty Gritty of Blogging home page. These tips require you to already have your Feedburner account set up and active. If your account is not set up yet, hop over to my first post on how to set up Feedburner, and follow those steps. Then come back here. Are you back? Great. Moving on!
Here are the topics I’ve covered in this series so far:
Today I’m going to show you three super quick features that will improve your blog in just three quick clicks!
1. NoIndex your feed
Wait a minute, NO Index my feed? Yes, it’s actually better if you set your feed (FEED, not your blog/blog posts) to not be indexed by search engines. Otherwise you have duplicate content out there, and you’ll be competing with your feed for top placement in the search engine results. You want your blog posts to have those coveted first page results, not your feed.
How do we do this? Super simple. Get into your Feedburner account at feedburner.google.com, click on your feed, and then click on the Publicize tab.
On the left hand sidebar, all the way at the bottom, click on NoIndex.
Make sure the first checkbox is checked, next to “Indicate that your feed should not be indexed by search engines,” and then click Activate.
That’s it! Boom, baby.
Instead of waiting for feed services to update your feed (which they will do on their own eventually), PingShot will let them know that your feed has a new item. Just turn it on.
Publicize tab –> PingShot –> Activate
SmartFeed will make your feed compatible with any feed reader. Just turn it on.
Optimize tab –> SmartFeed –> Activate
There you go, three quick clicks that will improve your blog optimization!
Head back to my full list of Feedburner tips!