How to use Tags with your RSS feed for your Blog Subscribers

Getting your subscribers notified of your blog posts is a great way to get eyes back onto your blog.

Many bloggers already have their RSS feed set up in their email management system so people are notified straight away.

Well how about being able to send only specific blog posts? Or how about having the ability to send older ones or delaying sending it for whatever reason?

I’m going to show you a way that a good mate of mine, Robert Frank showed me a while back.

Now this may not be a new piece of info for a whole lot of veteran bloggers out there, so apologies on that if you’re one of them.

But I’m sure there’s at least one person out there that could benefit from this – if that person is you, then read on my friend!

So going back to basics you may be asking what the hell is an RSS feed?

OK so head to Wikipedia for a full rundown of what a full definition of RSS feeds, but pretty much it stands for Rich Site Summary:

RSS feeds enable publishers to syndicate data automatically. A standard XML file format ensures compatibility with many different machines/programs. RSS feeds also benefit users who want to receive timely updates from favourite websites or to aggregate data from many sites.

Wikipedia

You will need to find out what your feed address is, but with Kalatu blogs & other WordPress sites it is your primary site address followed by: “/feed”

So for example the RSS feed for this site is: http://www.createfreedom.com.au/feed

Many people use the RSS feed to subscribe to other peoples blogs & news headlines, however you can also use it to send out notifications to people who opt in to subscribe to your blog through a webform like this:

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OK so now you know what an RSS feed is now you have to use an email management client and set up a RSS to Email.

Here’s a quick screen shot of doing it in GetResponse

 

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OK, now I’m going to show you 2 different ways of setting up your RSS feed email.

First is what most people set up

This is fine, what happens here is that as soon as you publish your blog post, an email is sent out to your subscribers notifying them of your new post. I have this set up on one of my other sites & it works a treat.

So simply add your normal feed into the field:

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From then on you choose your theme and settings – you can play around with that – have fun……

Now I’m going to show you what my mate Robert Frank showed me

You can delay when you send out a post to your subscribers, or only send select posts out, all by using tags.

You may be wondering why you would want to delay sending out a post to your list.

Well you could have all different kind of reasons, you might want to first send your post to a syndication group and get some comments first on your blog – people are more likely to leave a comment on your post if there already is comments…..  Or you could have some other kind of reason.

Whatever your reason, here’s how to do it.

When you add tags to your blog, did you know that they actually have their own RSS feed!

So any time you add a new tag to an old post and update it, that RSS feed for that tag is updated.

So…… instead of setting your Email RSS feed to your primary sites Feed

  • http://www.createfreedom.com.au/feed

you could set your Email RSS to a tag of “email” so then the RSS feed would be 

  • http://www.createfreedom.com.au/tag/email/feed

When you want to send your post out to your subscribers simply add the tag “email” to your post, and when you update it, then it will be sent out.

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Simple as that!

You can choose whatever tag name you want, I just used the tag “email” as an example of what you can use.

Have a play around with it for a bit – if you’re new at setting up RSS feeds to your email management client it may take a bit of trial and error until you fully work out the best way to get it.

Let me know your thoughts on this in the comments. 

So another shoutout to my mate Robert Frank – check out his blog at http://workwithrobertfrank.com he’s got some great home business advice & is a world of knowledge.

 

 

  • Thanks Alex. I think I am one who could benefit from this. I didn’t even know what an RSS feed was. Cheers, Ron

  • Hey Alex, this is pure gold doing tags with your RSS feed. Nice find!

  • Alex thank you for such an informative post!! I know have learnt how to both use RSS and what a tag is! Thanks for sharing

  • Awesome awesome Alex! Thanks for sharing when I asked the question about this. Previously, I used to copy and paste to iContact and it took quite a while to do. This will make life a hell of a lot easier! 🙂

    • Alex Bender

      Glad i can help you Alex. Yes using your RSS feed with GetResponse makes it very easy.