How To Set Up RSS Feeds On Hubpages – Step By Step Guide


It took me a little while to understand how to do RSS on hubpages. In fact it actually took me about 4 weeks before the penny finally dropped. Now that I get it, I wanted to make it really easy for other hubbers to be able to do it. I’ve included several pictures with arrows to help.


First of all what does RSS stand for?


It stands for “Really Simple Syndication”.

 

I can’t say I found it very simple to start with but it’s really not so bad now that I’ve got the hang of it.


Why is it good to use RSS on Hubpages?


Once your RSS is set up on your desired page, it gives Google the impression that you have new content on your hubpage. This is because your RSS changes the links that are shown (I’ll explain that more further down the page). The main thing here is that Google likes new content and it will help your page to be seen in the search engines better. It also shows your visitors what other articles you have written.


How to set up your RSS


I am going to assume that you have already written at least one article on hubpages just for the sake of explaining it.

I will show you it in steps, that way you can bookmark this page if you want to, then go check it out and come back again to follow the next step, if you prefer to do things that way.

You can view the images in a bigger size by clicking on them.


One


Decide on what hubpage you want to add your RSS feed to.


Profile
Profile

Two


Go to your profile page and hover your mouse over the bit that says “subscribe to (your profile name) RSS feed”.

Then look at the bottom left hand side of your screen. You will see something that looks like this: http://hubpages.com/author/victoria+stephens/latest/?rss.

The one shown here is mine. This is the “URL feed” link. But yours will have your profile name in it.

Right click and 'copy shortcut'  or 'copy link'
Right click and 'copy shortcut' or 'copy link'


Grab a pen and paper and paper and write the URL down or you can right click on the "subscribe to (your profile name) RSS feed" and click "copy short cut". (It may say "copy link" instead).

Add more capsules
Add more capsules

Three


Now go to the hubpage that you want to add an RSS feed to and click edit.

You will see on the right hand side of the page you have the “Add more capsules” box. Click on the icon that says RSS.

It will automatically put it to the bottom of your page but you can move it up to where you want it, the same way as you can do with a photo or a text capsule.


Feed URL
Feed URL

Four


Scroll down your page and click “edit” on the bar. You will see a section that says “Feed URL”. Type in the URL that you just wrote down in step two or click paste if you used the "right click, copy short cut".


Number of items to display
Number of items to display
Links and description
Links and description

Five


Below that you will see the words “Maximum number of items to display”.

This is going to put links on your hubpage. These links are going to be to your other articles that you have published on hubpages. It will automatically display the latest articles that you have written. Because it always shows your latest articles, this is what gives Google the impression that you have new content on your page.

You can decide if you would like anything from 1 link to 8 links to be displayed on your hubpage.

I picked 3 for this example


Display method
Display method

Six


Below the maximum number of items to be displayed, you will see the text “Display method” and a drop down box. You can choose if you want to display a full description of your other articles, a shortened description or just one line from your description.

Pick which one you want to use.


Preview RSS - It will show your links below
Preview RSS - It will show your links below

Seven


Then click on “Preview RSS".

This will show you what your links are going to look like with or without the description, depending on which display method you have chosen to use.


Eight


Click save on the capsule. Then click on “done editing” when you have finished making your hubpage.


Nine


That’s it, you’re done!

You can preview your hubpage now and you should see the link(s) on your page.


Top Tip


Have a little practise with this. Then once you have got the hang of it, Edweirdo has wrote a brilliant article called Promote Your Older Hubs Using Tags To Create Custom RSS Feeds. It has some advanced techniques you can use to promote some of your older articles, your best, hot and even ones that not doing so well, instead of just displaying your latest articles.


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Victoria Stephens 4 years ago from London Author

Hi CakeyCakey,

Your very welcome. Glad it's of use to use and hope you enjoy your writing journey. Best wishes.x


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CakeyCakey 4 years ago

Thank you for the great, well-explained instructions!


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Victoria Stephens 4 years ago from London Author

Hi kellyteam, I'm very pleased to hear that this has helped you. All the best with your writings, hope you have a great success.x


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kellyteam 4 years ago from Michigan

Awesome. I love the details. Followed your directions and it worked like a charm. Appreciate it. This helps to learn what to do and what needs to be done. I had no idea about RSS Feeds. I will be recommending this hub! Thank you so much.


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Anil and Honey 4 years ago from Kerala

Thanks for sharing your good idea.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Well explained Victoria. I too had a hard time getting the hang of RSS feeds till I read a hub by Victoria Lynn which taught me how to use them.

Just wanted to add if one has a matching tag then one can have RSS feeds related to this tag in a hub on the same topic.

Voted up, interesting & useful.


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NateB11 4 years ago from California, United States of America

Very good, simple and clear instructions! This is valuable information and helpful! Thanks!


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Paul Kuehn 4 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

Victoria,

This is a very useful hub which will benefit anyone who is interested in RSS and promoting their own hubs. You have explained the process of adding RSS on Hubpage articles very clearly. Voted up and sharing.


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breathing 4 years ago from Bangladesh

Very nice topic. It is informative and helpful. Great hub. Voted up.


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ignugent17 4 years ago

Thank you very much Victoria Stephens for sharing I will try it.


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dwachira 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

You have really made it simple here to understand, thanks.


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Mei Eden 4 years ago from Houston, TX

Oh wow thanks! This is a super useful hub. I didn't even know you could set up rss feeds for hubpages! Thanks for the information! Voted up!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is awesome, thank-you for really breaking down the information to make sense. I appreciate it. I vote up and will share too.


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Victoria Stephens 4 years ago from London Author

Hi fitzs37, Thank you for your kind words.x


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fitzs37 4 years ago

nicely explained thankyou.


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Victoria Stephens 5 years ago from London Author

Hi moonlake, Hubpages have just updated their terms and conditions. It could become a pain but I'm sure us writers will find away around it or make the best of it anyway.x


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moonlake 5 years ago from America

All links and products listed in a Hub must be related to the content of the Hub - including RSS Feeds. This means that you can not include links to your latest or best Hubs unless they are directly related to the subject of the current Hub.

I found this out today and one of my hubs is not being published because of it. I have revised so we will see what happens. What a pain.


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moonlake 5 years ago from America

This is a very helpful hub thank you.


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Victoria Stephens 5 years ago from London Author

Thanks nikashi_designs, It's well worth getting your RSS up and running. Let me know if you get stuck with it and i'll be happy to try and help you out.xxx


nikashi_designs 5 years ago

Once again your article explains very simply, something that appeared to be difficult. Will try it out.


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