The Feed burner Email subscriptions is not only an awesome tool for your blog it's also a service you Must make available to the readers of your blog.In the next post i will show you how to create a stylish Subscribe by mail form as the default Feedburner form is very bland.Before we Spice up your Email form you should make sure to optimize the options already available to you.In this post we will look at making the most of the service and taking advantage of the options and settings available.
If you don't have a Feedburner feed yet Click Here to see how to get one and how to set up Email subscriptions for your blog.
Lets look at some of the things you can do with your Email subscriptions these are the four settings available and what they offer:
The subscription management setting is were you get the code for the Email link and Email form for your blog.You can also scroll down to see how many people have subscribed by Email.You have the option to see the Email addresses of your subscribers and see which subscribers activated their subscriptions, when someone subscribes by Email they are sent a confirmation Email if they don't click the link in the Email they wont be sent your updates.If someone has not activated after a few weeks maybe you could send them an email reminder.
When someone subscribes to your blog by mail they receive a confirmation link they must click to activate, although feedburner send a default message you can write your own message and make it more personal.
You can also change the subject of that email, its currently 'Activate your Email Subscription to:'Your Blog Name'.
And you can change the address line of the email by default it will be firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now that your new subscriber has clicked the confirmation link lets look at how you can change the style of the Email they receive with your latest posts.
Email subject line : The subject on the Email they receive will be the name of your blog, so for my subscribers the subject line in 'Spice Up Your Blog'.This can be changed to anything you like, maybe you want to make this more personal.
Logo URL : You can add a logo to the top of the email your subscribers receive.Simply add the URL of an image you would like to use and it will appear in the top right corner of all emails (You can see a preview of my logo below).
Style : You can change all the text sizes and colors, background colors, link colors and more..
The great thing is Feed burner show you a preview of how the changes will look so if you mess it up you wont have to wait for the emails to be sent out before you can fix it.
Here is the preview of how my Emails look, you can see i added a logo to the top right.I made this logo with a signature maker you can too Click Here to see how.
With the delivery options you can choose when your Emails will be sent.Depending on were you live or were your main audience come from you should set this to the peak time in that area.
Almost 50% of the visitors to this blog are from the U.S.A. so i have my email delivered between 9pm and 11pm Central time.If your main audience is for example Australian then you should set the delivery time to suit.
Remember you can get all these tips sent directly to your email and stay a step ahead.Its a quick and easy service Provided for Free by Google.Just fill in the Email form below the post.
If you need extra help on this or any tutorial just leave a comment, I love comments and feedback so this Blog is Do-Follow - when you comment here it helps Your Blogs Google rank !
This is a quick look at the options available to you with the Feedburner Email subscriptions and you should optimize these settings for you and your blog not presume the default settings cover everything.
My next post will cover improving the default subscription form from the default like this :
To something more stylish like this :
If you need more help with this post or any feedburner settings just leave a comment.