As a blogger, and an avid user of the WordPress blogging platform, I enjoy trying out new plugins. In fact, that is one of the advantages of hosting your own blog using WordPress: the extensibility! There are so many plugins out there that help to extend the usability of WordPress that it has actually dipped its toe into the CMS (content management system) category meaning there are many “websites” actually being run by the WordPress software.
In this article I would like to introduce you to a specific wordpress content rss feed plugin that does NOT make it usable as a CMS but it aids greatly in the creation and promotion of a blog, what WordPress was originally designed to do. Anyone familiar with the parts of a website OR a blog are familiar with the term “footer.” The footer is the part at the bottom of every page on a site or blog. The footer is a part of almost every blog.
The plugin I want to write about adds footer content to the RSS feed. In fact, the plugin is called “RSS Footer.” This little plugin will actually add anything you would like to the bottom of your RSS feed.
This will show up at the bottom of every email message OR post in the feed reader if a reader has subscribed to your blog’s feed.
It’s really easy to install and use and there are many ways you can put it to use. Let me share with you four such uses.
Many bloggers would LOVE the opportunity to monetize their blog. If you love to blog, and you spend a lot of time doing it, why not try to make a few bucks off of it? If you have found a good either pay per click or affiliate program, the footer of your RSS feed could be the PERFECT place to put it!
2. Help Running A Blog Contest
I like to run the occasional contest on my blog. A blog contest can be a great way to not only encourage more people to read and subscribe to your blog, but you can also use them to get to know your current readers a bit better. I haven’t done them too often in the past (maybe twice a year but I’m thinking about doing them a bit more often) but when I do I need a way to have people enter. I like to make it so that only subscribers can enter and to do so I need a way to see who is actually a subscriber.
With this plugin, I can either advertise on my blog that I run contests only for subscribers and only mention the contests in the RSS footer, OR I can post the contest to the public and tip them off that there is a contest code entered in the footer of the posts sent via RSS (if you choose to do the latter, you need a way to let them enter the code into a comment without the whole world seeing it – check out this article showing a trick how to do this remembering that this plugin will save one of these steps).
3. Quick Reminders For Subscribers
A quick note in the footer of the RSS feed is an easy way to remind subscribers of something. Say you want to let them know about a live video broadcast coming up, the footer of your RSS feed could be one of many other places to place a reminder.
4. Linking To Subscriber-Only Content
As a blogger trying to gain as many subscribers as you possibly can, making some content only available to subscribers is one way to encourage it. For instance, you can create some sort of a giveaway like an exclusive ebook to give to only subscribers. Then set up a page on your site that does not show up in the blog’s navigation menu (using the Hide Pages Plugin to hide the page). Lastly, all you have to do is link to the page in your RSS footer.
There you have it! What do YOU use your RSS footer for?