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

Updated on July 8, 2012


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

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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

      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 5 years ago from London

      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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      Willette 5 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 5 years ago from Kerala

      Thanks for sharing your good idea.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 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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      Nathan Bernardo 5 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 Richard Kuehn 5 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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      Sajib 5 years ago from Bangladesh

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

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      ignugent17 5 years ago

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

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

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

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      Mei Eden 5 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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      Christy Birmingham 5 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 5 years ago from London

      Hi fitzs37, Thank you for your kind words.x

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      fitzs37 5 years ago

      nicely explained thankyou.

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      Victoria Stephens 5 years ago from London

      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 6 years ago from London

      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

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      nikashi_designs 6 years ago

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

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      Victoria Stephens 6 years ago from London

      Hi RandomThoughts, Thank you for visiting and your very welcome! :-) xxx

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      RandomThoughts... 6 years ago from Washington

      Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

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      Victoria Stephens 6 years ago from London

      Hi StayPos,

      I may do just that, thank you very much for your encouragement, it's much appreciated.

      Best wishes.xxx

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      Victoria Stephens 6 years ago from London

      Thanks Nancy's Niche + Learn Things Web, very glad that it has been useful to you.xxx

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      StayPos 6 years ago from Florida, USA

      Excellent Hub Victoria!

      Thanks for laying out how to use this feature for everyone! Perhaps you'll create a whole series of how to posts like this on other key skills to help follow hubbers! It would be wildy sucessful no doubt :-)

      Cheers!

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      Learn Things Web 6 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for this. I've seen this on other hubs and had no idea how to do it.

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      Nancy's Niche 6 years ago

      Finally, a simple explanation on how to set up RSS feed. Well done and I give you a five star rating for this article; THANK YOU SO MUCH!

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      Victoria Stephens 6 years ago from London

      Hi revmjm,

      Your very welcome, hope it helps you to bring in some more traffic. Best wishes.xxx

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      Article Written By Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Thank you so much. It took me a few tries to get it, but I GOT IT!

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      Victoria Stephens 6 years ago from London

      Hi prasetio30,

      I'm really glad to have been of help, if you apply the RSS feeds to all your new articles and old ones now, you should see a pretty good increase in your traffic due to google thinking you have got updated info on your pages.

      Best wishes.xxx

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I have applied to my latest hub. I never used this before for almost 22 months here on HubPges. Usually I use this "You can also read or related hub" to remind my old hub which has the same topic. I learn much from you, Victoria. Vote up.

      Love, Peace & Blessings!

      Prasetio

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      Victoria Stephens 6 years ago from London

      Hi agvulpes, Thanks for checking out.xxx

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      Peter 6 years ago from Australia

      Thank you for your tips I have bookmarked for future reference!

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      Victoria Stephens 6 years ago from London

      Hi Carrie450,

      Thanks for having a read, Good luck setting up your RSS on hubpages. Any touble then let me know and i'll see what I can do to help.

      Best wishes.xxx

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      carrie450 6 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

      Thank you for this hub Victoria. I have been trying to figure out how to add RRS with no luck at all. I'll try your instructions, thanks

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      Victoria Stephens 6 years ago from London

      Hi MoneyCreator24,

      Really pleased it has been useful to you. Thank you for taking the time to stop by and leave a comment.

      Best wishes.xxx

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      MoneyCreator24 6 years ago

      Thank you for the explanation. Very useful for me. Great.

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      Victoria Stephens 6 years ago from London

      Thanks DianaETX,

      Glad they have helped you.

      Best wishes.xxx

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      DianaETX 6 years ago

      Great Hub. I liked your article and the instructions were easy to follow.

      Thanks

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      Victoria Stephens 6 years ago from London

      Thanks workingmomwm,xxx

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      Victoria Stephens 6 years ago from London

      Thanks workingmomwm,xxx

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      Mishael Austin Witty 6 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      Thank you for this tutorial. It was very helpful!

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      Victoria Stephens 6 years ago from London

      Hi Pamela99,

      Thank you for such kind words and also for taking the time to leave a comment. I'm happy that it is helpful to you.

      Kindest Regards.xxx

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      I have read several hubs on rss and I think you have done the best job of explaining just how to do it with simple steps. Thank you.

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      Victoria Stephens 6 years ago from London

      Hi Kerry43,

      Glad you've got the hang of it now. Best wishes.xxx

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      Kerry43 6 years ago

      Thank you for this, you did a wonderful job explaining RSS setup. I have to admit I had not much idea how to do this. Now I am setting them up on my old articles too.

      Regards

      Kez:)

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      Victoria Stephens 6 years ago from London

      Hi Kdban101,

      Your very welcome. Thank you for having a read and for taking the time to leave a comment.

      Much appreciated.xxx

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      Kdban101 6 years ago

      absolutely great hub. thanks for explaining it so nicely.

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      Victoria Stephens 6 years ago from London

      Hi thougtforce,

      Glad you stopped by, the RSS can help you to promote all of your hubpages and is well worth doing.

      Thanks.xxx

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      Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

      Thank you for this easy to get information! I didn´t know that I can use the rss to promote my one hubs! You made it very clear! Thanks for sharing after you have had the trouble to figure it out!I´m glad you are here at hubpages!

      Gongratulations for the nomination!

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      Victoria Stephens 6 years ago from London

      Thanks okmom23.xxx

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      Donna Oliver 6 years ago from Midwest, U.S.A.

      Thank you for the wonderful detail on adding RSS to a hub.

      I especially appreciate your sharing the step by step.

      Congratulations on your nomination!

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      Victoria Stephens 6 years ago from London

      Thanks Dee aka Nonna,

      I am glad I could help you with it.

      Happy RSS-ing.xxx

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      Victoria Stephens 6 years ago from London

      Thanks Dee aka Nonna,

      I am glad I could help you with it.

      Happy RSS-ing.xxx

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      Victoria Stephens 6 years ago from London

      Hi IvoryMelodies,

      It was a bit ‘Greek’ for me too for a while there, but I refuse to ever be beaten by something on a computer! :-D

      Thank you for taking the time to comment and vote. It’s very much appreciated.

      Kind Regards.xxx

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      Dee aka Nonna 6 years ago

      Thank you ... just the kind of information I've been looking for (easy). This is wonderful and you are wonderful for sharing.

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      IvoryMelodies 6 years ago

      Thank you, thank you, thank you, Victoria!!! This has been one of those 'Greek' things for me, and you cleared it up in less than five minutes. Can't wait to see how this affects my traffic. The step-by-step instructions were perfect, and you have my eternal gratitude and my vote! Congrats on the HubNugget nomination!

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      Victoria Stephens 6 years ago from London

      Hi Tlpoague,

      Thanks for very much for sharing a link to here from your page, I'm honoured! It's very much appreciated. Let me know if you need a hand with grasping any the bits you’re unsure on and I'll happily help.

      Best wishes.xxx

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      Tammy 6 years ago from USA

      Thanks for the important information. I still haven't grasped all of it yet, but I thought it was so helpful that I posted a link on one of my pages. Thank you for sharing this bit of information.

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      Victoria Stephens 6 years ago from London

      Thanks elayne001.xxx

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      Elayne 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Very useful for new and old hubbers. I had trouble with it myself and still do on my mac - so I have to go between my mac and pc - congrats on the nomination and good luck.

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      Victoria Stephens 6 years ago from London

      Hi pamela99,

      Good luck setting up your RSS Feeds. If you do have any trouble with it, let me know and I'll be more than happy to do what I can to help you out with it.

      Best wishes.xxx

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      Victoria Stephens 6 years ago from London

      Hi wearing well,

      You'll almost defiantly see an increase in traffic, mine shot up the same day I got my RSS set up so I was very impressed as you can imagine. I also see quite a good increase every time I publish a new article on Hubpages too.

      Many thanks for your comment and for voting.xxx

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      Thanks for this hub. I have had a difficult time understanding how to utilize the rss feed and your instructions seem very clear, so I'll try once again.

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      Deborah Waring 6 years ago from Lancashire U.K.

      Thanks Victoria for this very well written and useful hub:)I've only recently just started to implement links within my articles and have only ever used the links capsule.Maybe the RSS feed will bring more traffic,I'II definately give it a try and I shall also be giving your hub a link in my next relevant article to this subject matter:)Voted your hub useful!

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      Victoria Stephens 6 years ago from London

      Hi Mark Ewbie and Puebloman,

      Your welcome, I'm really happy that it has cleared up the mystery for you both. Hope you both enjoy using it from now on.

      Kind wishes.xxx

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      puebloman 6 years ago from Andalucia, Spain

      Thank you for this very clear and useful hub> I was very mystified by RSS before reading this

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      Mark Ewbie 6 years ago from Euroland

      I finally understand the point of them and how to do it.

      Thankyou very much.

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      Victoria Stephens 6 years ago from London

      Thanks Kashmir56,

      Really greatful for the feedback, thank you for stopping by to have a read and leave a comment.

      Best wishes.xxx

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      Victoria Stephens 6 years ago from London

      Hi WoodsmensPost,

      Thank you for stopping by and for voting, it's very much appreciated. I really couldn't be more happier that it's helping everyone.

      My kindest regards.xxx

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      Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Awesome information,easy to follow and explained and illustrated well. Thumbs up!!!

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      WoodsmensPost 6 years ago from Arizona

      Now THATS how you set up RSS on HubPages . Excellent excellent hub you won my vote with this hub for your nomination congratulations Victoria

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      Victoria Stephens 6 years ago from London

      Hi Ripplemaker,

      It's defiantly worth doing. I've seen a good increase in traffic since I started using the RSS.

      Best Wishes.xxx

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      Michelle Simtoco 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      U-oh I haven't been doing this..so I should..thank you for this hub!

      Congratulations on your Hubnuggets nomination! This is exciting and you can view it right here: http://bit.ly/9KP8R0 Enjoy the Hubnuggets!

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      Victoria Stephens 6 years ago from London

      Thanks Saleheensblog,

      I really enjoyed putting this hub together.xxx

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      Victoria Stephens 6 years ago from London

      Thanks QudsiaP1, :-D

      Really glad to be of help.xxx

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      QudsiaP1 6 years ago

      Thank you for this hub. You are my hero. :)

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      Victoria Stephens 6 years ago from London

      Thanks Rahim.

      I'm really pleased to know that it's helping people.

      I was so frustrated when I first joined hubpages and didn't know how to work the RSS. It was simply because I didn't know what link went into the capsule and where it came from.

      I read quite a few other hubpages and still didn't get it, so when I finally did, I wanted to make sure everyone could get to the bottom of my hubpage and know what they was doing or least know how to set it up.xxx

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      Rahim Shinwari 6 years ago

      Thanks Victoria... This article is very useful to me ... i really appreciate it ... keep the good work for newbies ..

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      Victoria Stephens 6 years ago from London

      Your welcome, glad everything is ok now.xxx

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      Victoria Stephens 6 years ago from London

      Hi kassieKitchen,

      I’ve just had a quick look at your hubpages and can see your RSS feeds on each of the pages. They do usually show up straight away but there may have been a technique hitch on hubpages last night. Hopefully everything is ok now though.

      I've got to dash off to work now but if you have any more trouble with it, let me know and I'll try my best to help you with it when I return home later.

      Best wishes.xxx

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      Victoria Stephens 6 years ago from London

      Hi KoffeeKlatch,

      Glad it's useful to you. Thank you for stopping by.

      Best wishes.xxx

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thank you for the clear, easy to follow step by step instructions. Great job. Rated up, useful and bookmarked.

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      Victoria Stephens 6 years ago from London

      I am really pleased that it is useful to you. Thank you for checking it out and taking the time to leave a comment.

      Much appreciated. Best wishes.xxx