I do a lot of author Q&As and giveaways and nothing frustrates me more than sending readers to an author's blog only to be told, "I can't figure out how to follow it."
Please give readers a choice by adding an RSS feed and an email option. Most of my readers adore Google Friend Connect since it only takes a couple of clicks to add the feed to their Google reader. You can even get GFC for wordpress! You might be surprise that people may follow you more than one way and by not giving a choice, you may be losing those potential readers. I follow a lot of blog both by email and by an RSS feed. I know some authors only want email subscribers, but please think this one over before you exclude those of us who adore our RSS feed and GFC.
Check out this discussion from google HERE
Also, Google is updating the blogger platform to integrate more easily with Google + in the next few weeks. Google Buzz is going away too.
HERE is any explanation. Basically an RSS feed is just a way for people to follow your site. I had no idea either until I started to using them. No need to hang your head :)
Mary, some good points here. I have been told that WordPress blogs can't do the GFC. Is this something new that we can now? I offer both email and RSS subscriptions, but I admit that I really like the GFC following.
Thanks in advance for any additional information you might provide.
Paul D. Dail
www.pauldail.com- A horror writer's not necessarily horrific blog
YES! GFC works easily on wordpress! I know several authors who have installed it easily and trust me, if they can do it, anyone can.
HERE is the link to wordpress with the directions.
Thanks for the info - maybe you would have some insight with a problem I'm having with my new blog? About half the time my Google Friend Connect feed doesn't show. I've had the problem on chrome, firefox & explorer. And I don't have the problem on other blogs. Since its automated with blogger there isn't much in the way of code or anything for me to check. I tried clearing my cache but that didn't do the trick. Any thoughts?
My blog is: www.suzereese.com
There is nothing wrong with your GFC -- I had no problems signing up.
This drives me bonkers with GFC -- it doesn't show up on my site sometimes as well or when I go to other sites.
Simply REFRESH your page and give it a second - -it should reload and your followers will be visible again.
Also, google is rolling out changes to integrate blogger with google + and has changed google reader. If you want to know your rss feed numbers you need to bring up your feed, click on feed settings and choose details and statistics - you even get a cool little graph!
Thanks Mary. I'll add the RSS feed this morning!
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