Monday, 17 August 2015

How To Design A Simple Feed Distribution Channel

Help. What is a feed? 

ALT="feed distribution channelAccording to (2015), a feed or RSS for (Really Simple Syndication):

is a stream of posts or comments that is updated when new content is published. This is very useful, as it allows other people to monitor your blog, along with other websites they are interested in, and aggregate them together through applications known as feed readers.

Distribute the blog feed via Google Feedburner

a. Register the blog url with Google Feedburner

  • Google Feedburner will become the capital for distribution of your blog's feed. 
  • Google Feedburner will give you a RSS url and other features to put your  feed distribution on steroids. Check out my feed here.  
  • Watch this video to learn how to register the blog with Google Feedburner and features that you need to pay attention to. You will also learn how to add the feed to the blog. Believe me, it is very easy and you will soon become a PRO. 
  • Google Feedburner will also sync your blog with Twitter, although for some reason this feature is not working

Activate Feed  Flare in Google Feedburner


Give your subscribers easy ways to email, tag, share, and act on the content you publish by including as many or few of the services listed below. FeedFlare places a simple footer at the bottom of each content item, helping you to distribute, inform and create a community around your content.

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Distribute the blog more widely via SEVEN other feed distribution channels

Using the Feed URL that Google Feedburner gave to you, register with at least FIVE of the Top Eight RSS Aggregators.  These RSS aggregators pull content from the blog very, very, quickly from the feed so your content is actually being indexed with lightening speed.

My top picks are ranked by personal user preference:

RSS Search engines 
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        unless the blog was recently updated).

RSS directories

  • RSS6 -  (you actually SEE the pages created by the feed. This site offers other great features such as backlinks).
  • Feedcat - you have to hunt a bit for the button to add the feed. It is in the upper right hand corner.
  • Feedage don't get lost in the features here.
  • Feedlisting    
  • RSS6, Feedcat and Feedage offer some really great features for free.                                                                    

Whenever you publish a post, these search engines will pull the content from the blog to their site. Just as easily as that, your content is distributed freely to be read by others. How sweet is that!

Finally, it seems to me that by registering the Feed URL with the King of Feeds and the seven other powerful sites, that you would have created EIGHT powerful backlinks to your blog.  

Remember to create a silo to highlight these important RSS URLs and to give a backlink from the backlink that you just created. In other words, you are about to create an index of these backlinks. We will not leave it up to search engines to do this. 

One day, we will graduate to software that does this, but you will become more creative when you understand how things work, so have fun although it is a tedious task when done manually.

This is the Silo (check mine at this link)

-  create a page titled something like MY BACKLINKS.

- Create a post titled something like "Important Backlinks To How To Blog On Google Blogspot" (with your blog name replacing mine).

-  Create a label with the same name as the page - My Backlinks.

- Add the RSS URL that you got when you signed up at each site, where available.
- Publish the post.
- Add the post name to the page. Make sure the title is hyperlinked. You could also create a header called "RSS Backlinks."
Thanks for reading. 

Coming up - A simple social media distribution channel for your blog

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