Beginner’s Guide to Using and Building Traffic with FeedBurner

Teli Adlam —  August 20, 2007

It’s finally done! I started this guide with every intention of putting out a short 2–3 page guide with tips for using the FeedBurner service for newbies, but it grew into a 22 page report chocked with tips and lots of screenshots to help you out.

Here’s a snapshot of the table of contents:

  • Introduction to FeedBurner
  • FeedBurner Registration
  • Burn Your Feed
  • Update Your Feed URLs
    • WordPress Users, Grab a Plugin
    • Movable Type Users Get a Plugin, Too
    • Using .htaccess Magic
  • Get Some Extra Stats
  • The First 24 Hours
    • Optimize Your Feed
      • Make Your Content Interactive with FeedFlare
      • Give Your Readers a Reason to Stay Subscribed by Sharing Links & Photos
      • Optimize Your Feed’s Title & Description
      • Tease Your Readers
      • Earn a Little Money on the Side
    • Publicize Your Feed
      • Provide RSS Alternatives
      • Ping the World
      • Show off Your Subscribers
    • Analyze Your Stats Carefully

You’re welcome to download the ebook, or give it away (as long as it remains unaltered) for free.

Beginner’s Guide to Using and Building Traffic with FeedBurner (PDF – 628kb)

Questions, comments, suggestions? I’d love to hear ‘em.

[tags]feedburner, free ebook, free blog traffic[/tags]

Teli Adlam


28 responses to Beginner’s Guide to Using and Building Traffic with FeedBurner

  1. Great Teli! This is exactly what I’ve been waiting for. Thanks for making it available, it’s downloading now and I will let you know how I like it. Thanks again.

  2. This isn’t just for newbies. I picked up a few good tips and I’ve been using FeedBurner for a while. Thnx.

  3. Thanks a lot! I was searching the internet for a long time and I was not able to find such a smart guide!

    Great Job!

    Will you create an online guide with the same content? It should be great.


  4. Hi Teli,

    Great report! I don’t think you discussed how Feedburner tracks stats vs. search engine optimization.. just a bit curious about this. Feedburner defaults to linking to their domain, so for example if someone uses your feed and displays your content on their site, it links back to feedburner and not your site. Feeburner says that changing the default will effect the accuracy of your stats tracking but I could care less if it means that I get links back to my site. The option to change this is in Analyze tab, under stats. Any thoughts on this? Thanks

  5. Teli, Thanks for the free ebook. I would love to read it. I will tell you about the book once I finish reading it. Thanks.

  6. Hi Teli Adlam,
    You have done a great work, it’s an excellent blogging ebook. I think a blogging beginner really needs it. To me,when I started blogging, I didn’t know what is feed or FeedBurner. Now a new blogger can easily know how to use a feed.

    Thanks guy!

  7. Hi Teli,
    I am a beginner in blogging world. I was already using FeedBurner for my blog feed. But I came to know about FeedFlare only after reading your guide. I have just added FeedFlare code in my blog. Thanks.

  8. Definitely I’ll read this eBook to see what I’m missing. I had FeedBurner on my blog but I quit it, because I read some “bad” reviews about it.

    I’ll read your eBook and reconsider my choice. And I will give away this book on my blog, for my loyal visitors. 🙂

  9. Hi Teli, thanks for giving us such a wonderful guide. I am searching for this kind of information guide to develop more knowledge and to do work more effectively. I hope it’s really effective. I just bookmarked it. Let me learn in my free time.

  10. Hi Teli,

    Thanks so much for the Feedburner guide. I’ve had Feedburner for a couple of months but I don’t know how to optimize it.

    Your guide looks like just what I’ve been looking for.


  11. Smart websites make money October 21, 2007 at 5:21 pm

    Thank you for it. I have downloaded and I will read it when I will have the time.

  12. Great little guide, Teli. I love WordPress Blogging and this adds a bit of cool extras to it! 🙂


  13. I tried to download the pdf file on using feeds and it says the file is damaged. I really would like to see this as I am having such trouble understanding how to get my blog fed, on the feed or however its said. Could you email it to me please?

  14. Hi Cherie,
    I just tried the download link and was able to download the ebook without a problem. It may have been a temporary browser or server issue. Would you mind trying to the download again making sure to right click on the download link and selecting the ‘Save As…’ option from your browser’s menu.

    ~ Teli

  15. I have been looking for some additional quality information regarding FeedBurner. Thank you for a wonderful article!

  16. Hi Teli,

    In comment #6, Tate asked an interesting question about how Feedburner links back to your site.

    Tate says: for example if someone uses your feed and displays your content on their site, it links back to feedburner and not your site.

    I’d also be interested in your reply to this…


  17. Hello Tate and Jerry,
    The only time FeedBurner links back to their site — actually, it just redirects through their site — as opposed to yours is when you’ve enabled the click tracking to see how many times a specific entry was read.

    If you wish to have scrapers link directly to your blog entry, then you’ll need to disable this feature (though I don’t necessarily recommend it). You must weigh the pros and cons for your particular blog before deciding what to do.

    ~ Teli

  18. Also forgot to mention that the link value gained from those websites that scrape content in the first place is likely to be negligible when compared to proper blogs and websites. Go for quality backlinks.

    ~ Teli

  19. Thanks for sharing it Teli, I am sure it’ll be an effective tips you got there. At the moment I am applying the strategy from 30 Minute Backlinks to gain more traffic to my site and it is pretty working that my PR really showed an improvement. And with this feedburner, I will be sharing the progress I will experience as soon as I get it.

  20. Hi Teli,

    just wanna say keep up the good work, I love reading your blog.

  21. Wow, that is certainly impressive! I’m currently publishing a three part series about how to use FeedBurner to its greatest, but you’ve gone way more in-depth than anything I considered. Though I love FeedBurner, I just don’t find a personal need for each and every feature, so only covered the ones I use.

    The first article is Burn Your Feed with FeedBurner if you’re interested.

  22. I just wanted to say that this is by far the most useful guide online that I have found. I was searching for sometime and I was using 4 different websites at once in order to get Feedburner set-up but this was before I came across your guide.

    A big THANKS!

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