Tuesday, October 17, 2006

How to setup the Blog comments feed for blogspot blogs ?

A lot of my friends use blogspot for their daily blah-blahs and only few of them know that blogger has finally come out with the feeds for comments in their beta version. It is better late than never. I hope the below step by step, how to guide will help to set up the blogger account (beta) to publish the comments feed.

Step 1 - Time to switch your blogger account to beta

Only a few users of blogger now have the previlege to switch to beta. If you are lucky enough, you'll see a blue box in the sidebar of your blogger dashboard highlighting the new Blogger in beta. Click the learn more link and blogger will walk you step by step on switching you to beta. If you don't find it, don't regret. Remember that it is still in beta.

Also see Blogger's help page on switching to beta .

Step 2 - Time to change the site feed settings

Click on settings and click Site feed. Select yes under "Publish Site Feed". It is upto you to decide on the content to be syndicated. You can either leave it full or short. Full will put the entire content of each post in your site feed, while Short only includes an excerpt from the beginning of each post. The None option turns your site feed off entirely. Click on the Advanced mode link. In Advanced Mode there are options for three different types of feeds. They are Blog posts feed , Blog Comment feed , Per-Post Comment Feeds. Select Full or Short depending on your preference and save the settings. You are almost done. :-)

Also see Blogger's help page on How to change the site feed settings?

Step 3 - Time to Publish these site feeds

You have setup the feed for blog posts, feed for blog comments and also per-post comment feeds. It's time to show the world that your feeds are ready to be subscribed.

Following is a example URL for the Blog comment feed

The URL for the Blog comment feed is:

http://www.beta.blogger.com/feeds/comments/full

where your blogger account will replace the beta.blogger.com

For example,

Comment feed URL for netcraze.blogspot.com .

Also, add links of the Blog post feed and Blog comment feed in your sidebar to help people subscribe them easily.

pass the word to your blogger friends. :-)

Orginally posted at karthickraghavan.com

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