[This is the fourth post in a series about How to Start a Coupon Blog.]

Now that you’ve set up a blog you’ll want to provide multiple ways for your readers to easily access your content and keep up with what’s happening on your blog. One of the most common ways to do this is to set up an RSS feed (Really Simple Syndication). RSS feeds are used by millions of online users to keep track of their favorite websites. Two feed readers that I like are Feedly and Newsify. When you subscribe to an RSS feed you’re essentially telling that website to notify you when any new content is published. It’s often described as a real-time newsfeed. This allows users to go to their RSS reader and view content from all of their favorite websites in one place. Bloggers also use RSS feeds to email newsletters to their users. The RSS feed is capable of automatically pulling content from your blog and putting it in your newsletter.  So what does it take to set up an RSS feed? Well, let me tell you. It’s actually very simple.

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How to set up your RSS feed

Log into the your WordPress dashboard and hover over the settings link in the left side menu. A popout menu will appear. Click on the link labeled “Reading.” You should see this page:

Setting 1: “Blog pages show at most”

Choose how many posts you’d like to show up on each page of your blog. The default is ten. Depending on how many posts you publish per day, you may want to increase or decrease this number. We display 20 posts per page on KCL. 

Setting 2: “Syndication feeds show the most recent”

Now choose how many posts will appear in your RSS feed. Again, default is ten.

Setting 3: “For each article in feed, show. . . ” 

Next, you need to decide whether to show full posts in your RSS feed or only summaries. A full post is more convenient for your users, but the downside is that it doesn’t drive traffic to your website. By selecting “Summary,” your RSS feed will only show a sample of the posts. This will increase your traffic by encouraging your users to go to your blog for more information.

Setting 4: “Search Engine Visibility”

You want to leave this checked so search engines don’t index your RSS feed. Basically, you want to drive traffic to your blog and not your RSS feed.

That’s it! I told you it was simple! To see your RSS feed type in “/feed” at the end of your domain name in the address bar (e.g. www.TheKrazyCouponLady.com/feed). Good luck!