Syndicating Your Blog

Asite feed is an automatically updated stream of a blog's contents, enabled by a special XML file format named RSS (Really Simple Syndication). When a blog has an RSS feed enabled, any updated content publishes automatically as a special XML file that contains the RSS feed. The syndicated feed is then normally picked up by RSS feed reader programs and RSS aggregators for websites.

Activating Basic Atom Syndication

Blogger uses Atom for its blog syndication. When you activate Atom syndication for your blog, Blogger automatically generates a machine-readable version of your blog that most feed readers and aggregators can read.


If you'd rather use RSS syndication instead of Atom, use the FeedBurner service (

To activate Atom syndication for your blog, follow these steps:


From the Blogger Dashboard, click the Settings link next to your blog name.


When the Settings page appears, click the Site Feed link, as shown in Figure 37.

Figure 37. Configuring Atom syndication.


To syndicate the full content of each post, pull down the Allow Blog Feed list and select Full. To syndicate just the first paragraph (or 255 characters) of each post, select Short. If you don't want to activate a feed, select None.


Click the Save Settings button.


Take notice of the URL for your site feed. It's typically your blog URL with /atom.xml attached, like this: myblog.

Activating Feeds for All Blog Comments

The new version of Blogger not only lets you syndicate new posts that you make to your blog, it also lets you syndicate all the comments that visitors make to your posts.

Start by going to the Site Feed page on the Settings tab, and clicking the Advanced Mode link. This expands the page, as shown in Figure 38.

Figure 38. Configuring advanced feed options.

Now you have three types of feeds to configure:

  • Blog Posts Feed is the same as the Blog Feed on the Basic Mode screen. This is a typical Atom feed of each new blog post.

  • Blog Comment Feed is a feed that contains all the comments made to posts on your blog.

  • Per-Post Comment Feeds, which creates a separate site feed for each post on your blog, contains the comments for only that post.

Each feed option has the same Full, Short, and None settings as found on the Basic Mode page.

Blogging with the New Google Blogger
Blogging with the New Google Blogger
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