How to Get Facebook, Twitter, and RSS Counts {WP}

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Twitter, Facebook, RSS Counts

You will have seen blogs showcase their Twitter, Facebook, and RSS counts with typography. With these numbers in plain text, you can style them into your website far more effectively than if you were to use the old-fashioned “chicklets.”

Twitter and Facebook make this easy, but you’ll need to take an extra step with FeedBurner first. Log in, then click Publicize > Awareness API, and click activate.

All set? Then let’s get started!

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How to Edit the WordPress RSS Feed

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Edit WordPress Feed

Ever thought you could make some improvements to your RSS feed? Like letting it cover more (or less!) content? Or adding some extra details onto the end of your posts?

In this post, I’m going to show you how to do exactly that.

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Show What’s Coming Next on Your Blog

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Often at the end of a TV show, they play some clips of what’s coming up in the next episode. It’s interesting to watch (Provided they don’t spoil things too much on you!), simple for them to do, and near enough guarantees you’ll remember to tune in again next time.

So why not do the same with your blog?

If you use WordPress’s future-posting to schedule your posts for a few days in advance, you can show parts of those posts on your blog beforehand to let people know there’s more to come.

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Make the Move from FeedBurner to Google

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If you’re a blogger, you probably use FeedBurner to monitor your feed stats. It’s a great free service that gives you a lot of details about who’s subscribed to your feed and some tools to promote it.

Google bought over FeedBurner in the Summer of 2007, and are now moving all of the FeedBurner accounts into their Google accounts.

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Will FeedBurner or Plain XML Get You More Subscribers?

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The RSS subscriber count is the statistic I’m most interested in. It tells me how many people are listening to my tips and tutorials (Thank you to anyone that is!)

I want as many people as possible to click that little orange button, so I have chosen unique icons and put them in noticeable places on the site. But what about when they click those links?

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50+ More Free RSS Feed Icons

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Every blog wants as many subscribers as it can get. Attracting a reader’s with a noticeable RSS icon is one way of achieving that goal. The standard RSS icon won’t always cut it. With all the free icons available out there, there’s very little reason to stick to the default.

Back in April, I collected together 60 free RSS icons to use on your blog. With the 50 added here, you now have over 110 styles to choose from. The right one for your blog is bound to be in here somewhere!

Check out the first 60 feed icons here.

Circular Feed Icons

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110+ Free RSS Icons to Show Off Your RSS Feed

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 The standard RSS icon is too common. Everyone has seen it. Make your feed subscription more appealing by using one of the unique icons below.

The first 43 are all free, and many come with a range of color variations. The last section is probably free, but you’ll need to email the authors to be certain. Click an image to visit the source of the icon.

Circular Feed Icons

f-nam0       f-blackwind         f-fasticon

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