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Email Subscription Box and Buttons.

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Many bloggers want to know how to have the 'Subscribe to Blog Updates' by Email box and the big orange 'Subscribe to Blog Feed' buttons in their blog. Putting out blog feeds and having a prominent Email subscribe box/buttons are two effective ways to increase traffic to your blog.


Blogger already has a Subscribe to Posts link at the bottom of each post...........

However for best results you should place your feed links in the header, at the top of the sidebars or in the post footer. To put it at the top of the sidebars login to Dashboard of Blogger and click on Layout. In the Page Elements tab which opens click on Add Page Element link in the sidebar. Choose the Html/Javascript option and paste the following code in it :

<a href="FEED LINK"><img src="LINK OF ORANGE FEED ICON"/></a>

Replace FEED LINK with :

http://yourblogname.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

OR

http://yourblogname.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default?alt=rss

Substitute actual blog name in place of yourblogname. If you want to channel feeds through Feedburner put in your Feedburner feed link instead. It will look something like this :

http://feeds.feedburner.com/yourblogname.

Get the actual link from Feedburner. Instead of LINK OF ORANGE FEED ICON put the link of where you have uploaded the orange icon. Feel free to steal the icon at the top of the left column. Right click the icon and select 'Save Image' and save it to a location on your hard drive. Then upload it to a freehost like Googlepages or Photobucket. Use the link of the icon hosted at these sites to copy and paste instead of 'LINK OF ORANGE FEED ICON'. Do not try to use Blogger as an image host as the links are difficult to extract and sometimes do not work.


If after adding the above buttons you want to remove the original Subscribe to Posts link see the third blockquote from the top in What is Subscribe to Posts Atom.


If you have a sufficient subscriber base you can add a chicklet to show the subscriber count .





EMAIL SUBSCRIBE BOX


To put in a Email subscribe box create an account at Feedburner or Feedblitz. You will have to burn your blog feed at Feedburner first. Then click on your feed title. Click on the Publicize tab at the top and then on Email Subscriptions in the sidebar. You can then choose to enter it as a link or as a box and also the language. If you have the new layouts template click the down arrow in the text box 'Use as a widget in' and choose 'Blogger'. In the next screen click Add page element and it is added to your template without any coding. If you have the classic template copy and paste the given code in sidebar section of your template.



In Feedblitz add your blog after logging in. Then on Dashboard click on Solutions and then on Widgets. Under Feedblitz Widgets------>Email Subscription widgets----->Click on New Blogger widgets. In the next page type in your email and the verification code and then click the button 'Install your Email Subscription Widget on Blogger Beta'. In the next page select Add Page element and the box will be installed to your blog without any coding. For the classic template get the code from the syndication management page and copy and paste it in sidebar section of your template.


The email subscription box enables readers to get your blog updates directly in their email. If you want to post updates to only a few members you can do so through a Google Groups Mailing List.



It is useful to subscribe yourself to both your feed and email updates so that you can monitor what the feed looks like and if it is regular. It helps also if you want to modify the feed and add advertisements in it. You can also modify the feed footer in your settings.

26 comments:

Mousie said...

Your site is really great...well explained, even for foreigners...
I have a village of blogs with a home-page and thanks to you I'm changing the blogs adding pictures in the back-ground...very long but exciting job...
thanks for your help...
i'll give your address in my blog
see you
Mousie

Elaine Vigneault said...

your blog has been added to 2k bloggers :)

Miriam said...

Hi there
Thanks a lot for your superb help... I am a bit of a newby in this and your explanations where clear and simple... for dummies!
Thanks

beanlynch said...

I'm still confused. I appreciate your information about how to add these links but I still can't figure out how to actually subscribe. The links bring me to this page: feed://rcrumb.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default but I can't figure out where on that page I subscribe. I must be a real dummy...

vin said...

Beanlynch,

You have to add that link to a feed reader like Google reader. See :

http://betabloggerfordummies.blogspot.com/2007/09/tips-on-using-google-reader-with-site.html

All Things Bright and Beautiful... said...

Vin - you're a legend - thank you:-)

Vera Cobbs said...

Thank you so much for this post. I never would have been able to figure it out on my own. I'm new to blogging and your site is the most helpful one that I've found so Thank you again.

Erickson Family said...

I just want to make a suggestion to blogspot and this is the only place that I have found to be able to suggest it. Can you make sure the right people see it?! I was hoping and actually wondering if blogspot has any plans to add "grammar" check to it's spell checking feature? This would make it so much easier to catch "OOPSIES!" and also make reading some people blogs a lot nicer. Especially those that were not blessed with regular grammar skills. Thanks!

Vin said...

Erickson Family,

Go to the Blogger Wishlist.

Karen M. Jones said...

Great help here! I'm fairly new to blogging and just added Feedburner's Email Subscriptions box to my blogger blog as an Add Elements widget. I tried to test it using a couple of my email addresses, but I can't get past the verification page; after I enter the code and hit Submit, it keeps re-loading with a new verification code and won't progress further. Any ideas for how to fix? Thank you.

Vin said...

Karen M Jones,

Enable cookies in browser settings.

Karen M Jones said...

Vin, you are genius. My browser allows some cookies, but not all; I changed the settings and voila. You are the only person among 4 blogger/feedburner help forums who came up with this simple fix. Thank you, thank you.

Jody said...

I want to have update notices sent to the readers of my private blog. Is there a way to do that simply? If there a way to send out a "blog has been updated" each time there was a new post that would work for me.

Vin said...

Jody,

Create a Google Group of your readers and put email address of the group in Settings--->Email---->Blogsend field. Have a look at :

Google Groups Tips and Tricks for Bloggers.

Note : This may not work in a private blog.

Jody said...

Vin,
Thanks your tip worked perfectly on a private blog even for a non-techie blogger.

justagirl said...

Hi Vin

you seem to be a very helpful person and I was wondering whether you will be able to help me...

I am wanting to add a newsletter to my blog and not sure if this post is the way I do it?

thanks

Katherine

Vin said...

Justagirl,

Create an account at Feedblitz.com. They have the newsletter option also.

Gerardo said...

Hi, I use BlogSend to keep two friends updated about my new posts, but I would prefer that they just received an automatic notification with the link to my blog and not the whole content of the new post through email.

How can I do that?

Thank you

Vin said...

Gerardo,

In Settings---->Site Feeds try setting the posts feed to Short and save.

awester said...

Very, very new at this...forgive the probably stupid question...to use feedblitz do I have to publish the feed to the website? The signup process for it seems somewhat confusing. Thanks for your help.

Vin said...

awester,

Have you tried Feedburner?

awester said...

Vin - I have not tried feedburner. We are trying to keep this group blog very secure to a limited audience. It seemed that Feedblitz could email our invited guests fairly easily.

Could feedburner compromise our secure intentions? This novice really appreciates your help!!

Vin said...

awester,

Private blogspot bogs do not send out feeds.

Feedburner only customizes the Blogger feed. It cannot do anything if there is no feed to customize.

Malka said...

Hi Vin,

Thanks for this post. The sucription link on my blog shows at the bottom? can u help changing it to top rigth on my blog? thanks for the help!

Vin said...

Malka,

Better to add big feed icons as shown in above post. You can delete the link at the bottom.

exchange email archiving said...

Great stuff, for giving your blog that special look.

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