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What is "Subscribe to: Posts (Atom)".

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"Subscribe to: Posts (Atom)" is a link provided at.................

the end of all your blog posts. This link is for viewers of your site/blog to view your blog without having to come to your blog. In the real world when we want to read a newspaper or magazine we go to the news-stand and buy it.

If you wish to change the words "Subscribe to Posts Atom" go to Template------>Edit Html----->Backup Template first------->Put a Check in
Expand Widgets Template box------------>Scroll down in Edit Template
text box and locate this code in Blog Posts widget :

<b:includable id='feedLinksBody' var='links'>
<div class='feed-links'>
<b:loop values='data:links' var='f'>
<a class='feed-link' expr:href='data:f.url'
expr:type='data:f.mimeType' target='_blank'><data:f.name/> FEED ME</a>

Substitute the CAPS instead of (<data:f.feedType/>). Change the CAPS to whatever suits you. Preview and save.

After having read it we like it so much that we decide to read it regularly. However, we cannot spare the time to go to the news-stand daily or monthly to buy the paper or magazine. It is then that we decide to subscribe to it. Then the news/magazine is delivered to our doorstep without us having to visit the news-stand.

In the virtual world regular users subscribe to groups whose members hold the same interst as they do. Some examples of these are Google groups and Yahoo groups. In these groups members post messages which are delivered automatically to all members of the group. They do not have to send emails to each member seperately. After the World Wide Web exploded into millions of websites viewers were confounded and confused and a wasted a lot of time visiting each site separately.

Thus RSS and Atom was born. These are the delivery guys of the Internet. RSS is an acronym that is short for Really Simple Syndication. It's a type of XML (eXtensible Markup Language) that is used for syndicating content. XML is used to describe data and is basically a markup language like HTML. To read the feed easily, download a feed reader like Feedreader.com or use an online reader like Google Reader.

TO MAKE IT WORK right click the link : Subscribe to posts - Atom and left click on 'Copy link location'. This will copy the URL of the link to your clipboard. Then go to your feed reader and paste the link into it.
DO NOT LEFT CLICK THE LINK because it will ask you to download the XML file full of code.
You can paste multiple such links from multiple sites on the Internet and then you will have updated content from all sites ready to read instead of having to visit all those sites one by one.

You can also use it to deliver updated content from other sites/blogs to your site/blog. How to do this is descirbed in Add Content with RSS feeds.

Similarly others can use this to deliver content from your site to their site. To prevent access to your feed you can hide this by pasting following code in your CSS part of template :

.feed-links {


To see what is CSS part of template see Parts of Template.

The feed url for you beta blog is :


type name of your blog in place of 'yourblogname' in link above.

To add these links to your sidebar go to Settings----->Page Elements---->Add Page Element in Sidebar------>Choose Link List------>Enter the above feed URLs and for Titles add Subscribe to Posts :Atom and Subscribe to Posts :RSS.

In Classic Blogger the feed URL is :


TO SET THE SETTINGS for your feed in Beta Blogger go to Settings----->Site Feed.

Here you can set the Settings for :

1) Whether you want your full posts to be sent in the feed or none or short.
2) Whether you want the Blog Comments also to be sent in full or short form.
3) Whether you want the per posts comments to be full, none or short.
4) Lastly if you want something else to appear in your feed like Adsense Ads.
5) Always try to set it to short so readers get a sneak preview of your posts and then visit your blog to read more on the topic.

For more info see :

Technorati Tags:, , ,

TO ADD A GOOGLE READER BUTTON to your blog go to http://www.google.com/webmasters/add.html . Type in your Feed URLin the first Text box and click on Create Html. Copy the snippet of code and paste it into a Html/Javascript Page Element in the sidebar. For Example a Google Reader button for my blog is :

Add to Google

Clicking on the above button will enable you to add the feed from my blog to your Google Reader or to your Google Personalized Search Page.

TO ADD A Add-to-My Yahoo! Button GO TO :
http://publisher.yahoo.com/promote.php. Choose a button style. Enter your bew blogger feed urls which are described above. Then click on Generate Html. Copy and Paste the code generated in a Html/Javascript Page Element in the sidebar. I have added a button here below :

Add to My Yahoo!

Clicking on the above button will enable you to add a feed from my site to your MY-Yahoo Page.

RSS Auto-Discovery

Auto-discovery is a way to let applications (such as Mozilla's Firefox browser, Yahoo! Toolbar, etc.) know there's an RSS feed on your web page or site. Then, the application lets users know they can subscribe to your feeds.

To see if your web site currently supports RSS auto-discovery, use the new Yahoo! Toolbar or Firefox browser. If Firefox has an orange box highlighted in the lower right corner , or the Yahoo! Toolbar has a blue "plus" button next to the My Yahoo! button on the toolbar, then you don't need to do anything.

Otherwise, please add the code below to your template after the metatags :

<link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="[YOUR RSS FEED TITLE]" href="%5BURL%20TO%20RSS%20FILE%5D">

Auto-discovery tips for publishers:

Please make your titles something meaningful and descriptive (e.g., "NYTimes Top Stories") – otherwise users will see "Add RSS" when they use this feature.

If you have multiple feeds, please add this code to all feeds if possible, so users have more choices.

Make sure the LINK tags go in the HEAD and not in the BODY of the HTML document.


Dominic Jaar said...

How do we delete it? I tried to delete the code in Blog Posts widget to no avail...

vin said...

See the third blockquote from the top in the post above. Another method is to go to Template---->Edit Html----->Put a check in Expand Widgets Template box at top of Edit Template text box and scroll down to this code in Blog Posts widget :

<b:include name='feedLinks'/>

and delete the above line. Save Template.

Anonymous said...

vin, Thanks, you answered my question aswell.

Anonymous said...


I wanted to change the default "atom" text referencing to RSS, but the structure of my code differs:

< b:includable id='feedLinks'>
< b:if cond='data:blog.pageType != "item"'> < !-- Blog feed links -->
< b:if cond='data:feedLinks'>
< div class='blog-feeds'>
< b:include data='feedLinks' name='feedLinksBody'/>
< /div>
< /b:if>

< b:else/> < !--Post feed links -->
< div class='post-feeds'>
< b:loop values='data:posts' var='post'>
< b:if cond='data:post.allowComments'>
< b:if cond='data:post.feedLinks'>
< b:include data='post.feedLinks' name='feedLinksBody'/>
< /b:if>
< /b:if>
< /b:loop>
< /div>
< /b:if>
< /b:includable>

This realy sucks :( I can't do nothing with my CSS, either.

I've added new test class (.testclass {color: red;}) into '< b:skin>< ![CDATA[/*' block, but when I use it in the new post (< span class="testclass">TEST< /span>), it doesn't work!!

Thus, I cant add nothing like "+- show/hide divs" and.. :(((

PS: In all tags I have added additional space to let them be interpreted as normal text

vin said...


You can remove the 'Subscribe to Posts Atom' altogether. See third blockquote in the post above.

Then add a separate distinctive link to your feeds :



Also try deleting "feedLinksBody" in your code and put whatever text you want to appear instead within the quotes.

Jorja Jiorujie said...

thank you for this! xD

Anonymous said...

Glad you're here!

Alberto said...

Very useful post.

Anonymous said...

Hi dude !

I have imported a template.I have a 'comments' option in my blog(at top).
It is suppose to redirect people to my feed comments.
But I havn't burned any comment feed.
So,whenever M clicking comments options, itz generating a file.

How can I correct this ?

Vin said...


The link is correct. Click it in Firefox browser.

Anonymous said...


ok, thx 4 helping :D

The Heathen said...

People who are subscribing to my posts suddenly have stopped getting notified of new posts - me included. Why would it work for a while (I've got my subscription going to my yahoo) and then stop. The most recent post on the feed is 4 posts ago...

Vin said...

The Heathen,

What is the feed URL put in My Yahoo?

This feed appears to be OK :


Bettina said...

A friend of mine set up a blog for a group of us to use and we have restricted it to only be viewable/editable/commentable by those invited to join. How do we then access the RSS Feed with permissions?

Thanks in advance for your time and feedback!

Vin said...


Private blogs do not send out feeds in Blogger.

Bettina said...

Ok, I was afraid you'd say that. Is there no way then to get some sort of an alert that a private blog has been updated?

Vin said...


Try creating a Google Groups Mailing List.

Let us know if it works for private blogs.

Kitchen Barbarian said...

How do you get rid of a feed if you've accidentally clicked on the "Subscribe to posts (Atom)" link?

I've tried deleting cookies and it is still sending me to a Google page, a thing I will never use, and I can't figure out how to set up a subscription to this particular blog that will bypass the Google page thing. It seems like once you've clicked on it you're stuck with whatever you first click.

Vin said...

Kitchen Barbarian,

On whose blog did you click the link? Give the blog address?

Also see How to set up Feed Icons and Email Subscription.


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