WordPress FeedBurner integration

rss icon

Suddenly I understood that most of the blog users lose their subscribers.
Most of us use FeedBurner for counting RSS- blog readers, don’t we?

The problem is that all the readers subscribe for our FeedBurner feed, a part of them subscribe for a standard URL as flashdaweb.com/feed.

Why don`t we change the situation?

WordPress plugin FeedBurner FeedSmith solves the problem partly (about 90%). It automatically redirects usual feed (flashdaweb.com/feed) to the FeedBurner feed (feeds.feedburner.com/flashdaweb) you set it in FeedBurner FeedSmith settings:

FeedBurner FeedSmith wordpress plugin

Our task is to solve the rest 10% of the problem.
The matter is that most of the normal browsers like Firefox or Safari define the RSS on page and show a small RSS-icon for a quick subscription:

quick rss subscribe

Some people use exactly this system for subscribing for the blogs because it`s rather convenient – no need to search for a subscribing button or link. So one subscribes for a standard WordPress feed without considering FeedBurner. I do subscribe using URLs with RSS-icon for a quick subscription and I know many people do the same things.

Therewith if the site changes its place the addresses like flashdaweb.com/feed will stop existing and the reader will be lost. It is terrible!

How can we change it?

Admin => Presentation => Theme Editor => Header

Find the following line:

<link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" />
title="RSS 2.0" href="" /&gt;

The following lines are also possible:

<link rel="alternate" type="text/xml" title="RSS .92" />
href="" /&gt;
<link rel="alternate" type="application/atom+xml" />
title="Atom 0.3" href="" /&gt;

These are the RSS of «RSS .92»-and -«Atom 0.3»-format. They are outdated and can be deleted.

Then change the line for:

<link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" />
title="RSS 2.0" href="your  FeedBurner feed" /&gt;

That`s all. Now the icon of fast subscription in browsers will be sent to your FeedBurner feed,

And all the subscribers are sure not to lurk!

Examples of blogs that has this problem

My favorite design blog – http://www.webdesignerwall.com/

They have 7750 subscribers – i wonder how many was not counted.


Another blog http://www.larissameek.com/ – Larissa Meek Art Director at AgencyNet.

If you use any other solution, please write in comments.

1 Response to “WordPress FeedBurner integration”

  1. 1 hanswurst

    thats amazing! i was googling for this solution the whole night, THANKS!!!

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