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Add an RSS Feed to your profile page in 10 steps and 10 minutes

 

RSS Feeds are a great way to let I An

tique Online members know what is happening with your blog or Etsy Store and has a million other uses beyond that.

RSS Stands for Really Simply Syndication and just like big newspapers syndicate content from the Associated Press, you are allowing your profile to syndicate content from somewhere else on the web, be it a Twitter account, a web page or even CNN.

RSS Allows you to automate the posting of this information to your profile page and its always current and in sync with the other page.

To add an RSS feed to your Profile Page:

  • Step 1: Stroll to the other page that you want to syndicate
  • Step 2: Find the symbol that looks like this (here are a few versions, they are all similar)


Just grabbing the url (web address) of your site or blog (http://www.yourblog.com) is NOT an RSS feed. This is a common mistake as many people think that the internet is magic (me included, but for other reasons I may someday get into).

  • Step 5: Next, head to your Profile Page and locate the RSS box
  • This box appears at the bottom of the left column by default
  • Step 6: Click the "Edit" button.
  • Step 7: Put a title in the title box
  • Step 8: Copy or Paste the feed you'd like to display in the URL box.
  • Step 9: Choose how many items to display (how many posts from a blog for example)
  • Step 10: Select either "Detail View" or "Titles Only" from the drop-down menu
  • Click "Save," and you are good to go


You can move the RSS box around the page, you can find out how by reading my post about adding a widget to your page, moving the box is about half way down the post!

Sometimes the detail view does not look so hot, this is not because of the RSS reader or I Antique Online, this actually has to do with how the content is being sent from the other end (remember, no magic).

 If the detail view looks weird, odd, off… just switch to title view. If you own the content on the other end, head over there to figure out why your content is coming through looking like spaghetti. This is actually important because if your content is showing up screwy here, it is showing up screwy everywhere else and this is how your readers, customers, fans, etc.  are seeing your RSS feed which could be costing your business, readership or friends!


About Keith

 

Keith is an online veteran with over 15 years experience in online design, online marketing and social media consulting.

An avid collector and antique fan, he gained his knowledge of the industry growing up with his parents antique store and more recently founding AntiqueVintageGuide.com, a free website guide to antique stores.

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Comment by Cherre steppe on November 20, 2015 at 5:36pm

Hi Keith, I wanted to know if this website is conducive to me selling a storage unit full of antiques to a highest bidder? I have opened a "blog" here but don't think I did it right. Can you look for me at cherresteppe1957@gmail.com or call me at 714-944-4057 and see if you can help me with the technical part? I haven't had any luck with talking to a person yet, although I've made several attempts. Looking forward to hearing from you. Thank you so much I really appreciate your help!

Comment by Saco River Auction Co on March 4, 2011 at 1:45pm
Hey, great post- I was not aware that the option to add an RSS feed was even there! Thanks for sharing :)

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