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Step 2: "Burn" Your Feed with FeedBurner

If you’ve already burned your feed with FeedBurner, move on to the section "Step 4: Setting Up the Email Notification Feature." Otherwise, on FeedBurner’s main page, locate the box labeled "Burn a feed right this instant" (see Figure 2). In the box, enter the complete URL for your blog’s existing RSS feed.

Figure 2

Figure 2 Use this box to enter the URL for the feed you want to burn.

Before you can enter the URL, you need to know what it is. The URL you use depends on the blogging software you’re using. For example, if you’re using WordPress on your own server (that’s my setup), the URL will look something like this:

If you’re using WordPress on a free account, the URL for your feed will be more like this:

Of course, in either case, you’d replace my domain name or account name (shown in italics here) with yours.

If you’re using some other blogging software, check the documentation or settings to find out what your RSS feed URL is. (An RSS feed is a standard feature for all the blogging software packages I know.)

Ignore the "I am a podcaster!" check box unless the feed is for a podcast. If it is, you’re reading the wrong article. I wrote an earlier article for Informit that explains how to burn a feed for podcasting. Follow those instructions first, and then come back here and add the email notification feature as discussed later in this article.

When the correct URL is in the box, click Next. If all goes well, FeedBurner displays a screen like the one shown in Figure 3, and you can move on to the next section of this article. Otherwise, go back and troubleshoot the problem based on the information FeedBurner provides in the error message it displays. Reread the information in the preceding paragraphs and try again. Good luck!

Figure 3

Figure 3 Enter your feed info here.

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