report

How to Find Your Blog's RSS Feed URL

RSS Feed URL... Huh?

Perhaps one of the most dreaded questions a blogger will ever face is a request for his or her RSS feed URL. While many bloggers can whip off their blog's address with pride, trying to actually nail down their blog's feed URL is a different matter entirely.

Now, we all know by now that RSS stands for really simple syndication but the "really simple" part somehow escapes us when we are petitioned to enter our blog's RSS feed URL into a form.

A typical scenario is that you might be trying to add your blog to a blogging directory and you hit a wall when petitioned for that damn feed URL. The awful part of all this is that if you don't play ball, your blog doesn't get listed in these directories. For bloggers who are trying to gain an audience, this really isn't the desired scenario. And no, trying to submit the form without the requested feed URL doesn't fly, even if you hit Submit or Save repeatedly. Some gremlin has been there ahead of you and has sussed this out already. And pounding on Submit or Save doesn't work either.

Nope, you have hit a roadblock. If most of you are honest, at this juncture, you click the little x up in the corner to make the bad form go away, telling yourself you'll do it when you aren't so busy. Right.

What You'll See: An Annoying Form Requesting an RSS Feed URL

Image: Form Requesting Feed Url.
Image: Form Requesting Feed Url. | Source

Name of Blog & Blog Url, Easy-Peasy

Now, even if you started out as a novice blogger, sooner or later, you would have stumbled upon your blog's URL--you know, that horizontal line of text that keeps reappearing up top each time you sign in to your blogging platform. You may even have gone well past typing the whole thing out and become adept at grabbing it by highlighting it and copy/pasting it and you now feel like a bit of a wizard and on top of the game.

Even those as slow as slugs have winkled out that .com, .ca and .org are site URLs. So that part of the form at least is easily navigable. But... it's that bottom line that is the Waterloo and that cuts many bloggers right off at the knees.

Updated Instructions

How to Find Your Blogger Feed URL

For anyone who is trying to bump up blog readership, adding their blog's RSS feed URL is a necessary, all-be-it painful step (and you thought going to the dentist was bad!). A Feed URL can facilitate automatic updates of your posts, so, yes, it is a big deal and usually saves you from having to manually post these. Much depends on the particular site you are adding your blog to.

Now that you know why your blog feed is important, you may be ready to finally buckle down and learn how to find your feed URL.

The first thing you'll want to do is shrink down your current window with the form asking you for your feed URL, so you don't lose your work thus far, and then navigate over to Blogger. (For the sake of this tutorial we'll be using Blogger). If you have a WordPress blog, no worries. See the video at the bottom of this page.

Buttons That Should be Living in Your Blog's Sidebar

Source

Hunting up the Orange Buttons

Once you are at Blogger, sign in and click on View Blog.

Find the Subscribe buttons that should be living over in your sidebar: one is entitled Posts, the other is Comments and each of these is prefaced by an orange button.

If the orange buttons haven't found a home in your sidebar, you have not yet installed them. You'll be sighing or grinding your teeth at this point. (Scroll down in this Hub for instructions about how to install them. Honest, it's just a few clicks).

Opening the Drop-Down Menu

Source

It's As Easy As 1, 2, 3

Okay, once you see the Subscribe buttons in your sidebar area, follow these steps:

  1. Click on Posts.
  2. You'll see a drop-down menu and at the bottom, Atom. Click on that.
  3. A page will open. you will see your Feed URL up top. It should look something like http://------.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default or if you've burned a feed at Feedburner, http://feeds.feedburner.com/------/nROL. Below this you will see a listing of your posts. Neat, eh?
  4. Run your mouse over the URL to highlight it, copy it, and then paste it into the form.
  5. And, if you are a smarty pants, you will pop that URL into a page and send it to your desktop as a shortcut, so that you can find it with one click in the future.

Still Can't Find it?

If you don't see what you are looking for from the instructions above, after right-clicking on Atom, select Open Link in New Tab or Open Link in New Window. Look up top of the page in the horizontal bar and you should see the feed URL.

Don't See the Orange Buttons?

Okay, I promised earlier that if you didn't find the orange buttons in your sidebar, it meant you hadn't installed them yet and I would walk you through that.

  1. Go to Design (at the top right of your blog's page) and click on it.
  2. Another page will open, now look to the left to where it says, Layout. Click on that.
  3. Another page will open and you will see Navbar, Header, Cross-Column, Cross-Column 2. Scroll down until you see Main and then look over in your sidebar section and you will see: "Add a Gadget." Click on that.

Source

Another Page Opens

4. Scroll way down until you see "Subscription Links." Click on this and when the next page opens, make sure to hit Save. Your buttons will now appear in your sidebar. And through these buttons, you can find your RSS feed URL.

* Note: now, that you have installed these buttons, your blog visitors will be able to subscribe to your blog and receive your posts in their feed readers.

Source

Alert

After you hit Add a Gadget and the page opens and as you scroll down, you will see an orange button and Feed next to it. Don't be fooled and think this is what you need to add. Don't do this. This is for when you want to add someone else's feed to your blog. Keep scrolling down until you see Subscription Links.

Good to Go

If you've followed these instructions, you should be good to go. Once you get onto it, finding your feed isn't that difficult. Now reward yourself with something nice for finally mastering this.

Looking for Your Feed URL for WordPress?

Check out the video below.

Do You Use Feeds?

See results

Using Your Blog Feed Means Greater Post Exposure

You've now joined the ranks of accomplished geeks and techies who know a thing or two--and you didn't sprout another grey hair in the process.

Now that you've mastered the art of grabbing an RSS feed URL, you are on your way to increased blog readership because you can add your feed wherever it's requested.

Submitting a feed URL is great method of syncing with different sites. Each time you publish a new post, it appears at these sites. You can see why directories need the feed URL. It is an automated process that allows for inclusion of your latest posts and that benefits all parties.

*Copyright Athlyn Green (M. Rhodes) Do NOT copy this article.

Was This Article Helpful?

See results

© 2009 Athlyn Green

Comments 75 comments

Bec 4 weeks ago

Iv'e just spent 3 hours looking for the solution .... then I found you so HEARTFELT thanks


Baisali Mukherjee 5 weeks ago

It has solved my problem. Thanks for the post


Athlyn Green profile image

Athlyn Green 7 weeks ago from West Kootenays Author

Bolaji, have you checked your sidebar? Scroll down and make sure the buttons haven't somehow morphed downward. Sometimes sidebar items get a tad scrambled.

If that's not it, sign out of your blog, then sign back in again, and try again.


Athlyn Green profile image

Athlyn Green 7 weeks ago from West Kootenays Author

Bolaji, have you checked your sidebar? Scroll down and make sure the buttons haven't somehow morphed downward. Sometimes sidebar items get a tad scrambled.

If that's not it, sign out of your blog, then sign back in again, and try again.


Bolaji Oseni 7 weeks ago

i dont know why i cant add subscription link to my blog. it is not saving even when i click save


Athlyn Green profile image

Athlyn Green 3 months ago from West Kootenays Author

Nah, no smirk. All in good fun because we have all felt frustration trying to wade through all of this.


Ike 3 months ago

Thanks. I forgot how to access my blog feed and after patiently reading through your 'instructions for dummies', I got the information I wanted.

Why do I get the impression though that you had a smirk on your face while writing this article.

Thanks all the same.


www.sarahlynnphillips.com 4 months ago

Thank you - very helpful!


Billie Kelpin profile image

Billie Kelpin 18 months ago from Newport Beach

Still wrapping my head around this, but THANK YOU! Love your humor. I hope I'm doing this right. We'll see. When I clicked on ATOM, I did get a url. However, the message underneath the url on a blank page said that it was invalid. Maybe it's supposed to say that. I'll keep reading. Again, very helpful.


Athlyn Green profile image

Athlyn Green 2 years ago from West Kootenays Author

Aoi, I clicked your link but can't access the blog and I get the same message. You will have to go into your settings if you are able to. If all else fails, if this is a newer blog, you may choose to create another and try again.


Aoi Hikari profile image

Aoi Hikari 2 years ago from Kyoto, Japan

Hello, nice tutorial..

but I can't get it done.. can you help me.. (I'm so sorry)

I'm using classic template for blogspot, and one of my blogger friend tell me that she can't see my blog post in her dashboard.. (but I can see my own post)

so, I log out from that blog and go to another blog of mine to check. Its true, its saying that : You have followed this URL, but we couldn't find a feed for it.

Screenshot: http://i.imgur.com/Pbn9bdZ.png

I really wish you can help me thanks ^_^


Fiona Barnes 2 years ago

Thank you! So much!


jusmijo 2 years ago

very useful. thank you


aghora 3 years ago

thanks for sharing this information to us


Jatelo2 profile image

Jatelo2 3 years ago from Nairobi

This was so helpful.. thanks


koti 3 years ago

very useful to me


Rebecca Shaw 3 years ago

God bless you. This is the only thing I've read that makes any sense


humuszka 3 years ago

Thank you! It was really useful! :-)


Lex 3 years ago

Thank you!


Josh Miranda profile image

Josh Miranda 3 years ago from Philippines

Thank you so much for the info! God bless.


Bijutoha 3 years ago

Please there in my blog I couldn't find any ATOM after clicking the POSTS .


Ms Queen Bee profile image

Ms Queen Bee 3 years ago from London

Clever, FUNNY, and instructive. Really detailed post. I've even shared it on www.blogbods.com. Newbie bloggers often struggle over RSS feeds. This is very helpful indeed.


D truth uncensored 3 years ago

This was very helpful. It helped me to start the process by enabling that I add subscription links to my blog but I couldn't find properties or send link so I used copy link location. Thank you for the wonderful information anyway. Fredilia Momodu-Personal Blogger


trekking buddha profile image

trekking buddha 3 years ago from Kathmandu, Nepal

Your very useful tips helped me. thank you


Athlyn Green profile image

Athlyn Green 4 years ago from West Kootenays Author

Hi Grace,

That probably wouldn't work. Another way to winkle out the feed URL is to click on Posts. When the drop-down menu appears, go down to Atom. Click on it and when the page opens, find View Feed XML. Click on that and when the next page opens, find the orange box. Right-click on that and select View Page Info and, viola, you will see the feed URL.


grace 4 years ago

This helped me so much thank you. Can I ask a question? there is no properties or send link just save link as, would this still work?


skye2day profile image

skye2day 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains

Thank you for your great info Athlyn. After years at my blog your hub happened to land on my lap. I have an rss feed but it sure did not come around easy. I love how you write simple easy to follow instructions. God Bless you for it and all of your helpful hubs!! Linked out.


Henry Chow 4 years ago

Thank you so much - it was a great help!


yourcharmedlife 4 years ago

very helpful thanks a ton!!


ShaamCA profile image

ShaamCA 4 years ago from India

Quite informative one , Good share


robert 4 years ago

Thank you much....great info. and you did't have to use profanity etc.

again thanks, learning never ends, and that is good


jide 4 years ago

fantastic article. Got what i needed when i needed it


Athlyn Green profile image

Athlyn Green 4 years ago from West Kootenays Author

Hi Jerry, I just sent you an email with your Feed URL. At your site, you simply go to the orange feed button in the right column, then you click on RSS FEED, right beside the orange button, when the box pops up, you select Send Link. Your email will open with your RSS feed URL. You copy/paste that.


eric-carter profile image

eric-carter 4 years ago from Fulham, UK

Great hub! Thanks for sharing it, I was wondering about that yesterday, well - now I know :)


jiksaw213 profile image

jiksaw213 4 years ago from vietnam

You rock Athlyn, i dont know that it coulb be simple!


Ruth Verkaik 4 years ago

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! This post was SO very helpful! I found my rss in a matter of minutes from following your simple directions!! This link will certainly be bookmarked for others who I know will need this.

You guys ROCK!


Athlyn Green profile image

Athlyn Green 4 years ago from West Kootenays Author

Hi Larissa,

You're welcome!


Larissa T. 4 years ago

You're kinda like...awesome! Thank you!


Billygar 4 years ago

Very helpful. Thanks for sharing.


Craig Hoffmann 4 years ago

Was very frustrated until I found your very useful tips.

Thanyou so much.

Regards Craig


dungteng 5 years ago

thank for your information, I can find about RSS feed URL


goldenarrow 5 years ago

Where is it on your page as an example? I tried looking for post and can't find it. I am still at square one if I can't find "post" on your blog or anyone elses blog then. I can find subscribe on some peoples blogs. I will check to see if your method works when I right click on their subscribe here buttons.

thanks...your steps give me a starting point.

Goldenarrow


Pamela N Red profile image

Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

Thanks. I am so technically challenged and this made it easy for me.


PegCole17 profile image

PegCole17 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Bookmarked and voted up. Thanks for the very helpful and easy to read information. Next time I will have this when I need it.


razan/5jghd 5 years ago

lucieanne 6 months ago

Thanks for this. I'm new on here and still fishing around to find useful information. I've bookmarked it for later, for when I'm a bit more confident.

worldblogger 6 months ago

This hub is very informative, it will definitely help those who cannot find their URL feed.

Athlyn Green 6 months ago

It can be confusing when you are asked to provide your RSS feed URL. I'm glad this information has proved helpful.

4 One Week Only 5 months ago

Thanks for the help - Ive been looking for assistance on techy jargon as I don't have a clue!

Would you guys recommend Wordpress or something else?

Pamela99 5 months ago

Very easy to understand RSS feeds finally! I never knew what to do about them. Thanks for the great information.

Athlyn Green 5 months ago

Hi Pamela,

Yes, once you get onto using feeds they can be very handy. For example, if you want a page to update so that it draws search engine attention, a feed is the perfect item to include. It works away in the background for you.

Baileybear 5 months ago

I'm stuck at step 1 too - I can't find what you're referring to.

Athlyn Green 5 months ago

Hi Bailey,

Please provide details and I will try to help.

Baileybear 5 months ago

I can't find the two subscribe buttons you mention. Not even sure which sidebar. Plus I'm not even quite sure what a feed is, except that it might be useful? I've been here a month and there's still so much to learn. Thankfully the HP community are very generous with their assistance

Athlyn Green 5 months ago

Hi Bailey,

If you are on Blogger, you have to install the subscribe buttons before they appear in your sidebar. You go to Design (Layout), then 'Ad a Gadget'. Scroll down to the fifth one above the bottom, where it says: Subscription Links and click to add it.

These boxes are a way of altering your HTML without having to go into your template, which can seem overwhelming in the beginning.

mincir 4 months ago

In this video you have explained how to subscribe RSS Feed and how to access your blog or site.

Sure I will adopt this way


Simple & Easy Tasks 6 years ago

Thank you very much for sharing this useful information. I was really struggled a lot just to get RSS feed url for my blog. Hope your methods will help me.


jahmeee 6 years ago

hi, wondering if i created my own template with html via the classic template, can i still find my rss url?

i ve been searching on the net, and all the info seems to be referring to the blogger template designer.

i have already enabled the 'allow blog feeds' under settings, but i still am unable to follow my rss feeds on the blackberry.

help would be appreciated!


mincir 6 years ago

In this video you have explained how to subscribe RSS Feed and how to access your blog or site.

Sure I will adopt this way


Athlyn Green profile image

Athlyn Green 6 years ago from West Kootenays Author

Hi Bailey,

If you are on Blogger, you have to install the subscribe buttons before they appear in your sidebar. You go to Design (Layout), then 'Ad a Gadget'. Scroll down to the fifth one above the bottom, where it says: Subscription Links and click to add it.

These boxes are a way of altering your HTML without having to go into your template, which can seem overwhelming in the beginning.


Baileybear 6 years ago

I can't find the two subscribe buttons you mention. Not even sure which sidebar. Plus I'm not even quite sure what a feed is, except that it might be useful? I've been here a month and there's still so much to learn. Thankfully the HP community are very generous with their assistance


Athlyn Green profile image

Athlyn Green 6 years ago from West Kootenays Author

Hi Bailey,

Please provide details and I will try to help.


Baileybear 6 years ago

I'm stuck at step 1 too - I can't find what you're referring to.


Athlyn Green profile image

Athlyn Green 6 years ago from West Kootenays Author

Hi Pamela,

Yes, once you get onto using feeds they can be very handy. For example, if you want a page to update so that it draws search engine attention, a feed is the perfect item to include. It works away in the background for you.


Pamela99 profile image

Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Very easy to understand RSS feeds finally! I never knew what to do about them. Thanks for the great information.


4 One Week Only 6 years ago

Thanks for the help - Ive been looking for assistance on techy jargon as I don't have a clue!

Would you guys recommend Wordpress or something else?


Athlyn Green profile image

Athlyn Green 6 years ago from West Kootenays Author

It can be confusing when you are asked to provide your RSS feed URL. I'm glad this information has proved helpful.


worldblogger 6 years ago

This hub is very informative, it will definitely help those who cannot find their URL feed.


lucieanne profile image

lucieanne 6 years ago from Boston United Kingdom

Thanks for this. I'm new on here and still fishing around to find useful information. I've bookmarked it for later, for when I'm a bit more confident.


Dobson profile image

Dobson 6 years ago from Virginia

This is nice info for a tricky tool at our disposal.


Athlyn Green profile image

Athlyn Green 6 years ago from West Kootenays Author

Hi Samson,

Delighted to be of help.


samsons1 profile image

samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee

thanks so much, just what I've been looking for...


gramarye profile image

gramarye 6 years ago from Adelaide - Australia

Good hub, but I still don't get it. Will have to study some more...


admin 6 years ago

\It's great thanks alot

i'll try it in my wordpress blog

thanks


besthubs profile image

besthubs 6 years ago

Very good hub.I will add your hub to my hub about blogging.Thanks.


Janelle 6 years ago

Thank you so much! These things can be so confusing :P


musicsound.in profile image

musicsound.in 6 years ago

i´m on the net for a very long time already - however - i have to learn and to study all the time new things - for example now all and everything about rss feeds! thank you very much for your helpful article and a happy day and good luck from the musician and artist newsupermusic


gramsmith profile image

gramsmith 6 years ago

I really glad to read your nice article.Its looks like very informative and helpful.Thanks................


Georgina_writes profile image

Georgina_writes 6 years ago from Dartmoor

Thank you - loads of lovely info to get me started - am bookmarking this one.


naveenkumarc 6 years ago

veryy helpful hub, thanks!


LaughingRain profile image

LaughingRain 6 years ago from Arizona

hallo, I like Green's funny article. but I'm stuck on step #1.

when I click to blog something, (Amazon author's page) then they want the rss feed url.

which naturally is invalid. so I navigated, sighing of course,to my hub pages blog in hopes to easily find an example of the rss feed.

the two subscribe buttons on the right don't say posts and comments. so there's no drop down menu to click on.

they say subscribe to my blog

and then the other says add a widget.

clicking on either of those subscribe buttons doesn't lead me to the rss feed url amazon wants.

adding rss? didn't do the trick. never mind, I'm thinking my page is not fully activated yet to fly. perhaps.

30 whacks with a wet noodle for me then. happy holidays.

great blog. macs might be different also.


Athlyn Green profile image

Athlyn Green 7 years ago from West Kootenays Author

Hi Scheng,

I used to do that, too, until I discovered the trick above. This saves so much time and gives you the URL.


scheng1 7 years ago

so simple?! I always go a roundabout way to find rss through feedburner.


Athlyn Green profile image

Athlyn Green 7 years ago from West Kootenays Author

Hello Zsuzby and Anne,

I'm glad you found this information helpful.

I've stumbled onto most of this by trial and error.


Anne Lyken Garner 7 years ago

Very useful. Thank you so much. Yesterday I submmitted my blogs to a site and it asked me for exactly this. I didn't know what to put or how to find it. I should've seen this yesterday. Bookmarked.


Zsuzsy Bee profile image

Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

Great hub as always. Just the info I was looking for. Thanks for sharing.

hope you're well

kindest regards Zsuzsy

    Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.


    Click to Rate This Article