New Plugin: RSS Shortcode

1 July 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 31 Comments

Yesterday, while working on a project for Springer Uitgeverij, I was amazed to find out there is no simple RSS Shortcode plugin, that simply allows you to do this: And then that would show the feed you’d specified. Well, now there is: the RSS Shortcode plugin. It looks like this, when functioning (with excerpts set »

Category: WordPress

Custom RSS feeds in WordPress

9 June 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 22 Comments

I use FeedBurner to track all my feed subscribers, but sometimes I want to provide a different feed to other people (without my feed signature for instance, or using excerpts instead of full feeds). Now when you use FeedBurner’s Feedsmith plugin, this’ll redirect all of your normal feeds to FeedBurner, and that’s a smart thing »

Category: WordPress

New design (and submitting for a contest)!

13 March 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 35 Comments

For all your lurkers in the RSS feed who haven’t come out in the last week, and I know there’s quite a few of you, there’s a new design waiting for you if you click the link! I’m also, with this post, submitting this design to the WP WebHost Best WordPress Design Award contest in »

Category: Announcements

Find out who’s scraping you!

22 January 2008 by Joost de Valk » - 18 Comments

Sometimes you just need to know who is linking to a blog, or even better, your competitor’s blog, or who’s scraping it, and you’d actually like that data in a format you can use. I thought I’d make a list of the sources you can use to gather link-data from, outside of the “obvious” Yahoo »

Category: General SEO

Make the scrapers work for you!

10 January 2008 by Joost de Valk » - 130 Comments

Some of you had already noticed that I’ve added a link back to my blog in the footer of articles in my RSS feed, like this: I didn’t do that because I thought you guys couldn’t find my blog. It was actually a plugin requested by Shoemoney, who wanted to make the scrapers work for »

Categories: General SEO, WordPress

A better way of tracking feed subcribes

20 December 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 10 Comments

I use FeedBurner, just like anyone else, to track my subscribers. One thing I really like to measure too though, is the number of feed subscribes, as in the act of subscribing. Now you can simply add onclick handlers for Google Analytics or any other stats package to all your feed links, but that means »

Category: Analytics

FeedBurner: MyBrand is not an uncommon use of my feed…

18 October 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 4 Comments

I was logging into my FeedBurner account this morning to check out my stats, and this is what I saw: Now, I would hope, that my 2 main feed URL’s (the first redirects to the second), would NOT be an “uncommon” use of my feeds…. Now Graywolf already found out the hard way that they »

Category: Usability & Conversion

From RSS? WordPress plugin updated!

17 October 2007 by Joost de Valk »

I added in two features: The plugin now automatically tags links within posts to posts and pages within your blog as well, so clicks to these pages will still make you recognize them as RSS subscribers. The plugin is now way stricter in giving someone a cookie. A visitor only get’s an RSS subscriber cookie »

Category: General SEO

Using segmentation in Google Analytics for WordPress RSS readers

15 October 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 13 Comments

One of the things I’ve been wanting to do for a while seems to be finally nearing completion. Google Analytics allows you to segment users into custom segments, and there’s one segment I’ve been aching for. I want to be able to segment RSS readers, to be able to see the different browsing behavior of »

Categories: Analytics, WordPress

Sorry about that: back to full feeds…

14 October 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 7 Comments

I somehow changed my feeds to crippled ones, which I hate when others do it, but since I rarely read my own feed, I never noticed… So dear readers: sorry about that, you’ll now get full feeds again!

Category: Announcements