Monday, January 10, 2011

Make An Email Based Feed From Somebody Else's Blog

Not everybody who spends time reading other people's blogs understands the concept of newsfeeds, and feed readers. Some people still prefer to use their email client as their feed reader.
How do I get email notices, for new posts, from somebody else's blog?

The standard reply used to be to ask the blog owner to setup FeedBurner email distribution, for their blog. Of course, this required that you contact the blog owner - and this isn't always possibile.

If you think outside the box, though, you can setup email feed distribution, for any blog or website that publishes a feed.
  1. Setup a FeedBurner feed, for any blog or website that interests you.
  2. Setup email distribution, for the new feed.
  3. Normally, to subscribe, you would enter your email address into the subscription form, on the target blog. Since you're not the blog owner - but you are the feed owner - use the "Preview Subscription Link…" option, under "Subscription Management" - "Subscription Link Code", in the "Email Subscriptions" wizard, and enter your email address. Respond to the verification message, and you're done.

Just make sure that your email client does not see FeedBurner email as spam, and you have your feed - for any blog or web site that publishes a feed - in your Inbox.

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2 comments:

Kate said...

good info and great post! I think I'll try this with a few blogs I'm following.

Pam Sparks said...

thanks! I figured it out!