RSS Subscribe widget? hw does it work?please help?

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everytime i update my site and then log out and visit my site, when i click on sbscribe to the blog it says save in bookmark, then how can other people subscribe to it?
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Hi Riya

This is what I understand about RSS.

When people subscribe to your RSS feed, they have to put it into their own RSS feeder, which reads your RSS. This allows people not having to visit your site to find out when new content has been added. Instead, they just click on their own RSS feeder and if new content has been added, it'll show up in the RSS feed.

If this idea doesn't appeal to you, you could make a mailing list form where people can subscribe to your page. This form collects the emails. Some programs allow for you to have a collective mailing list so that if you send a newsletter informing them of the change, a newsletter goes out to all members at the same time. However, I have yet to see one that does not include some kind of ad. Other mailing programs does not do this step but just collects the info and send to your email. You then have to send otu e-mails.

I hope this clears things up for you. If you have any more questions, please let me know.
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Hello Riya,

For another person or yourself to subscribe to your RSS feed you need to do two things:

1. Right click your RSS feed icon and save the link (Copy link address option)
2. Go to an appropriate feed reader and then paste that link in as a new feed.

Common feed readers are seen as part of the facilities in Microsoft Outlook and the other most commonly accessible reader available is the Google reader. Available to anyone with a gmail address.

Instructions for adding to Microsoft Outlook:
On the Tools menu, click Account Settings.
On the RSS Feeds tab, click New.
In the New RSS Feed dialog box, type or press CTRL+V to paste the URL of the RSS Feed. For example,
Click Add.
Click OK.

in firefox:
Manually adding a Live Bookmark

1. Type (or paste) the address of the web feed in the location bar and press EnterReturn. The feed preview will display.
2. To add the feed as a Live Bookmark, select Live Bookmarks from Subscribe to this feed using list. Then, click Subscribe Now.


1. At the top of the Firefox windowOn the menu bar, click on the Bookmarks menu, and select Organize Bookmarks... to open the Bookmarks Manager.
2. In the Bookmarks Manager, click on the File menu, and select New Live Bookmark.

* Name: Enter a name for the Live Bookmark.
* Feed Location: Type or paste the address of the feed.
* Description: Although this field is optional, it is displayed in the Bookmarks Manager and may be used to provide helpful identification information for the feed.
3. Click OK. The Live Bookmark is created.
* After a Live Bookmark is created, you can move it to a different location through the Bookmarks Manager.

Using Live Bookmarks

Live Bookmarks are identifiable by the web feed icon next to the bookmark's name.

1. To use a Live Bookmark, select it to view the latest items from the feed.
2. To view a page from the feed, select the item in the bookmark.
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thnks littleus...and those menu icons worked, ur a star thnks,

i also wanted to know how do u create a mailing list form so people can subscribe to the page?
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I'm so pleased to hear that the menu icons worked. Now.. before I get to the mailing list, did you figure out how to make the button link to the page? If you didn't add the code for the link, the buttons will just sit there looking pretty. =)

The one that I use (if you look on my homepage - is through Jotform. Their website is I like them because no adverts at all and their mailing form is customizable - which I really like because I was able to make it look like it's part of my website. It also has a Thank-you page redirect. This means, when the person submits the info, they are then taken to a thank you page that you made on your website. However, it only collects the information. The info is then sent to your email account. What I've done is made a group on my email account address book and put all my subscribers addresses in there. Whenever I update my site, then I just send an email to that group.
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Thanks littleus.