Add blog to Google Currents

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Today one of the news of the day is that closes Google Reader on July 1 ]I thought it relevant to share one more mode, and certainly the preferred one by Google, to read articles from a news source.

I mean Google Currents the information reading application on devices Google mobile, available for iOS and Android.

The first thing is to download the application, and for that you can use this link for Android and this for iOS .

that you can read content in Google Currents, for which you will be asked to sign in with your Google account, since it works based on subscriptions. The application itself is simple, you can read content by sections or subscribing to specific RSS feeds, and the visualization will be, or how it was defined by the content producer or the magazine style view by default, very well adapted to mobile devices. [19659004] Help WordPress is already in Google Currents but what do you want to know how to add your website? well let's see it, it's very simple …

The basic steps to follow are the following:

  1. Access Google Producer with your Google account (important: only works from Chrome)
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  2. Create a new section by entering the basic information that asks: Name, url of the feed, and if you also want url of your YouTube account
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  3. Configure edition
     modify editions
  4. Create new editions if you have more websites you want to publish.

part ted ious, but essential, is the configuration of the edition and there are some elements that you should not fail to complete because of its importance:

  1. Basic information, where you choose the section and description, vital for you find through the theme browser and search engine.
     basic information
  2. Sections, to show not only the feed of your website but also the YouTube channel, social profiles and even photos
  3. Distribution, where you verify the ownership of the site through Google for Webmasters and that no one changes or appropriates your content, the main language and if it will be visible in other countries.
  4. Publication, to review possible errors, to prove how it will be the different devices, get the URL of your edition and, most importantly, launch the first publication.

And nothing else, if you want to subscribe already well to Help WordPress in Google Currents .

The system works very well indeed, there are many other applications of this type, how Flipboard or Zite, but it seems clear that Google will bet for your reading service, and you should not miss this opportunity to disseminate your content, do not you think?

NOTICE : this publication is from two years ago or more. If it's a code or a plugin it might not work in the latest versions of WordPress, and if it's a news story it might be obsolete. Then do not say we have not warned you.

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JetPack as a substitute for Feedburner for email subscriptions • WordPress Help

Feedburner is a very effective feed subscriptions manager and most of all is almost the only decent subscribe for email subscriptions but lately it seems that Google has it quite abandoned . If some time ago he had included the possibility of sending new publications to your favorite social profiles, not many months later he eliminated this functionality practically without warning and betrayal.

And this is just an example.

So why not look for a substitute for email subscriptions ?, it's more and why not look at a plugin that many of us already have installed? . Yes, I'm talking about JetPack which curiously has an email subscription system that also works great.

But you'll ask is it a good option or a substitute for Feedburner? surprisingly yes, and it improves in some aspects.

For example, its greatest virtue is that new publications are not sent once a day but are automatically issued thereby in less than half an hour your subscribers have in their email your new article .

Another advantage is that, when most email subscription plugins (there are and many) use the function ] wp_mail from WordPress, the email subscription system of JetPack sends the updates directly to the servers and from the servers of, which is responsible for distributing them .

There are more, and that is that your subscribers can manage his " readings " of and subscriptions to webs with this JetPack system in a single site, in his reader, and choose to send the publications.

Additionally, to You, you can follow the activity of subscriptions in the JetPack statistics system .

I think there are enough reasons, and more than Feedburner offers. Do you dare ?, Well let's see how to activate them …

1. Activate the JetPack subscription system

The first thing is to go to the JetPack screen (which you have to install before, of course) and activate the subscription system if you have not already done so.

2. Set up subscriptions

The next thing is to configure some subscription settings. For this you have a button just activate the subscriptions, but you will also find them manually in "Settings -> Comments" of the WordPress Desktop.

In both cases you get to these 2 adjustments, to decide if you offer a full subscription under the comments form of each entry or alone, or also to each new comment, which also serves as a subscriptions system to new comments, double function.

And what you will see on your site will look something like this:

3. Offer the subscription by email

In addition to the box we have seen before, like Feedburner, we have a form to facilitate the subscription by email anywhere on our site, in this case in the form of a widget, and very easy to configure.

In "Appearance -> Widgets" of your Desktop you will find the new subscription widget to be able to add it where you want from your sidebar …

From which you can configure As you like the messages that your visitors will see, to decide how to encourage them to subscribe, something like this could be …

If you want to personalize, and you're not afraid to touch code, you can tune to your liking the form following these indications .

4. Managing your subscriptions

Finally, in the JetPack statistics screen, you will find a message with the number of "followers" (this is only for you) at the left, which are the subscribers to your site.

If you click on the link of the " followers " you will see a full list of your subscribers, with their emails and the time since they subscribed, that for obvious reasons of respect for privacy I will not reproduce.

The emails they will receive are in HTML so they are fully operational for what a subscriber by email it must be offered, not like some subscription plugins by email, that send text-mode publications.

Also, as with Feedburner, your subscribers will receive a previous email to confirm the subscription, like so they can always manage their their scripts and cancel them so respect for the decisions of your subscribers is also total.

Something that is also great is that this system you have both and your WordPress hosted on your server.

As you can see, it is a complete system, if you hurry me more than Feedburner, which only offers a code to use in a widget and customize a bit, and the list of subscribers. The only thing that Feedburner gives you is a system for to export that list as an Excel or CSV file to customize the source and logo in the email and nothing else.

What nobody offers you, and that is the biggest handicap when deciding on one system or another, and for which sometimes it costs to be encouraged to change it is a system of "exporting import" subscribers, but it is not so serious, some will continue to receive their subscription by Feedburner, if you already had it, and the rest will do it from your JetPack, as simple as that.

NOTICE : this publication is from two years ago or more. If it's a code or a plugin it might not work in the latest versions of WordPress, and if it's a news story it might be obsolete. Then do not say we have not warned you.

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Publish without anyone knowing (almost)

For some time I have ruled this question through the forum, including in a comment here on the blog. What arose was the need to hold a bit of one of those great virtues of WordPress, the fact that just post something update notices are sent, pingbacks, trackbacks, not even hear Feedburner or your subscribers to the RSS, those little things that help to popularize our site.

But it must be recognized that, sometimes, we may need our content published so that only "web" visitors, those who visit us directly, find out about the new content.

If this is your situation you can, to start, use this simple plugin, Silent publish . What it offers us is a new checkbox in the ticket editor that, at will, allows us to decide if the publication of that particular ticket will send a notification notice to the notification services, and if it will send pingbacks and trackbacks. What you will do is usually publish on the cover of your site and in the RSS feed.

Of course, you can uncheck the box for pingbacks and trackbacks on time, but with this plugin you do it with just one click and, in addition, you have the plus of not sending the publication to the notification services, something that in WordPress you can only do globally.

Now, if you want to go a step further and that is not even published entry in the feed then we have Stealth publish plugin of the same author that offers us an exclusive web publication, without the rest of the world finding out.

Maybe a way to force your readers to visit your website, or to avoid subscriptions by RSS so as to prioritize subscriptions by email, you choose to use it as usual.

NOTICE : this publication is from two years ago or more. If it's a code or a plugin it might not work in the latest versions of WordPress, and if it's a news story it might be obsolete. Then do not say we have not warned you.

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Mailing Lists in WordPress

These days the question of subscriptions to RSS feeds is being questioned, especially since Google acquired Feedburner and recently decided to force the migration of all feeds to the new directions, and it seems that Google is already leaving that aura of " Internet chachipiruli company " to show itself as the monopoly it has become.

It is perhaps on these occasions when there is that, instead of looking for new systems, return to what has always worked for loyalty readers: the mailing lists .

And if you are thinking of implementing a system of distribution lists of mail you should know that there is a great plugin with which to offer the news of your blog: WordPress Newsletter .

This plugin allows your readers to subscribe to the news of your blog by email, admits cancellations of their subscription, it is fully customizable and you can even send messages en bloc to your subscribers. In addition, to facilitate the subscription, offer a widget to put it in your sidebar and encourage your readers to sign up for the mailing list.

What is said, when the new fails you have to return what has always worked.

FeedBurner will be integrated into Google accounts

Some time ago, Google bought FeedBurner . And it was clear that sooner or later FeedBurner would be integrated into Google accounts.

"The first steps will be seen in the coming weeks by a certain group of elected people, which will be given the possibility to continue with your accounts or migrate them to your Google accounts. "

In addition, a complete migration of all accounts is planned later. The problem comes, that they themselves have stated in their blog that the migration will be carried out if or if . For that user who does not want to change, they give the possibility to redirect the feed to its source.

Thanks to this, we will have greater integration with other services of Google . In Genbeta go a step further and think that "perhaps the most important" is with Google AdSense .

This integration is not only going to be done with FeedBurner if not also done with Measure Map . They have already sent an email to all their users warning of the need to migrate the accounts to Google if they wish to continue receiving the service.

Offer Email Subscriptions – WordPress Help

We have almost talked about everything that can be done to improve the subscriptions to your blog, first we talk about how to change the text in the Feedburner icon to then explain the complete process of how to sign up for Feedburner and include an icon or text to encourage your readers to subscribe . We have even seen how to offer exclusive content to your subscribers .

The next step, and no less important, is to offer the subscription to your feed by email . You should know that there is no subscriber more faithful than the one that does it by email because it has allowed you to enter your mail box every day, along with your personal messages, instead of putting you in a huge list from your list of RSS feeds in your favorite reader. On the other hand, also are the hardest to get precisely because of that trust factor that means deciding that the news of your blog is interesting enough to share space in your email client with the rest of your emails.

Of course, the first thing is to have content relevant enough for someone to decide to give you that confidence that you will not be disappointed, but how are you going to get it if you do not offer the way to do it?

It's very easy, you only need to have a feed redirected in Feedburner and follow these steps:

Access Feedburner and click My Feeds . [19659009] Click on the selected feed and select the tab called " Publicize "

  • Among the many options available in the sidebar you must click on the call " Email Subscriptions "
    1. In the dropdown "Language" choose Spanish.
    2. Below you have 2 available codes …
      • The first one is to offer an entry form of email and button to send the request
      • The second ( Preview subscription link ) is a pure and hard link that you can link to the icon, text or whatever you want and offers you a popup to insert the address of email, like the one you can see at the beginning of the sidebar of WordPress Help .

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    3. The next thing you have to do (and the last thing) is to include one of the codes that offer you – the one that most satisfies you – in your file sidebar.php or in a text widget of the section " Design -> Widgets "From your administration panel

    It does not matter what code you choose, what you'll get when a reader clicks ic in the link, or fill in your email in the field designed for that purpose, is a window in which you must confirm your address.

    The process is almost complete . Your reader will receive an email confirmation of the subscription and, if you accept it, it will be completed and will receive in your email the RSS feed of your blog .

    Now, there are some aspects that you can customize …

    Without leaving the section of subscriptions by email of Feedburner you can configure:

    • Preferences of communication – Here you can define the mail of the sender, subject and message of confirmation of the subscription to the feed by email. It is very advisable to start your communication with your subscribers, so try to be kind.

    • Email Branding – In this You can customize the aspect that the news that reaches your subscribers will have. It is a great idea to identify the email with a logo (not too heavy so as not to overload the reception of your subscribers' emails), you can add a link to the logo, specify a descriptive title for the subject of the email e You can even choose the fonts and colors with which your feed will be displayed. Once you have configured it you can preview how it will look before saving.

    • Shipping Options – To finish, you can choose the The time your subscribers will receive the feed . This, which may seem silly, is quite important. If you know the geographical location of most of your subscribers you can choose the time zone and time so that the news of your blog reaches them at an appropriate time . My advice is to choose the section between 5:00 – 7:00 in the morning, so you can be sure that is informed before the start of the working day . You must also keep in mind the time you usually post because if you usually do it at 8:00 in the morning and the email arrives before you will receive the news of the previous day losing much of its utility and effectiveness the shipment. You must be aware that the subscriber by email has decided that it is interesting to know the news of your blog and may even use the information you publish for a purpose, so is conscientious with this aspect too.

    Well, that's it. Take care of your subscribers to the feed and especially those who do it by email, they are the daily food of your motivation to write on the blog they do not let you down .

    (I want to take this opportunity to thank with all our affection the fidelity of our almost 500 subscribers to the RSS and the more than 200 subscribers by email, without you this would not be the same and you encourage us every day to offer the best of us)

    NOTICE : this publication is from two years ago or more. If it's a code or a plugin it might not work in the latest versions of WordPress, and if it's a news story it might be obsolete. Then do not say we have not warned you.

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