Feed is a great way to distribute your content over the web. Feed is like a lightweight version of your content where most devices and readers are compatible with. Once your readers subscribed to your feed, they don't need to visit your site to read your content.
You may have already redirected your site feed to FeedBurner service to enhance your site feed for readers as it enhance your feed capabilities and offers you range of features. Eventhough you use FeedBurner to manage your site feed and make use of its features, you may have no idea about all of its features. If so, now it's time to get to know it all.
Here I just explain most of FeedBurner settings which matters and how they can be configured as your preferences. I hope this post will act as a reference for you. There is no best way when it comes to managing your feeds. However someone can claim, for this type of sites you need to enable or disable these settings. But it depends on your personal preferences and how you wanna handle your site feed. Some settings are must have and some others are optional.
I had no idea about FeedBurner and its settings at first place. So I was confused and kept default settings. But as I research and familiar with settings, I've learnt how to change FeedBurner settings as I need. So in case if you couldn't help out with a setting on FeedBurner, I hope this post will help you to get a clear idea about it.
Hopefully, you may have already redirected your site feed to FeedBurner and interested in customizing preferences. In case, if you didn't redirect your feed to FeedBurner yet, you may find following links helpful.
1. Log in to FeedBurner service.
2. Now click on your Feed Title.
3. From here you can access your FeedBurner settings related to your feed. Mostly I will go through all settings on tabwise so you won't get confused about settings.
This section let you see how your site feed configured with FeedBurner.
This section reflects actual raw XML view of your feed being published on your site. This is how your site viewers see your feed if you haven't redirected it to FeedBurner.
This service will let you add your links on the feed. However it supports few popular link collection services. For example, if you're a Digg user and activate this service providing your Digg username, it will append your submitted links on Digg at the end of your feed. Absolutely if your submitted links on Digg not relevant to the feed content, you don't wanna activate this service. Also this service make your feed bit complex and may affect to the user experience. So activate if your links matters.
Photo Splicer service let you show off external images hosted on your image hosting service. You can show off images from few available services and they will append to the end of your feed. If you have images that matters to your feed, you can make use of this service to show them off. Else user reading experience may get hurt.
However you have to be careful with this option. May be people subscribe to your feed to read your content via feed reader application. If so they would get disappointed for being subscribed as they wanna read full content via reader. Also if you have activated Email Subscription service on FeedBurner, your email sent out to your subscribers would see exact summary content and they have to reach back to your site to read your full content. Another dissapointing scenario if they wanted to read full content on email.
Downside of this service is enabling this option may decrease number of subscribers, but may increase number of visits. Your feed subscribers or email subscribers may find it not useful to being subscribed to your feed because each time to view full content they have to visit your site. However make sure to select best option for you - whether it should be activated or not. If you are not sure what to follow with this option as I did, experiment for a period of time with this service deactivated and activated. Then you can analyze improvement and go for best option you prefer. Here you have to select either number of subscribers or pageviews. Yeah, you can ask your readers which matters most for them too.
Here you can promote your feed and statistics, enable email subscription for readers and configure some critical options related to your FeedBurner feed.
Subscription Management - Here you can find code snippet for email subscription form and link to add on your blog or website to enable subscription of your content via email for people who would love to get your latest updates right into their inbox.
Communication Preferences - This section enables you to design your confirmation email being delivered to first time email subscribers. Once users enter their email and subscribe to your email updates, they will get this confirmation email before they opt in to receive email updates. You can customize email header and body as you need here.
Email Branding - This is an important section you should concern more. Here you will be able to customize format of your subscription email and the way it appears to your subscribers. So make sure to spend some time with it and make necessary changes to
Delivery Options - This is another vital aspect of email subscriptions. Here you will be able to set up delivery time for your email subscribers. You should think about your readers and timezone including best time to send out your email newsletter where they hopefully able to catch it without being ignored or buried by other emails they receive. So analyze your blog or website visitors and change time zone to best matching region where most readers come from. Personally I've set email delivery time to the morning 7 AM to 9 AM where mostly people read emails. Else they may not find my email newsletters when they read emails.
Yet, enabling this feature doesn't pose a threat to your feed. But as we discussed on Awareness API, Yahoo Pipes sploggers can grab your feed content and republish same content on elsewhere without your permission. So you can make use of option Indicate that your feed should not be used by Yahoo! Pipes to prevent your content being used by Yahoo Pipes. If you wanna secure your feed content, you can enable that option in NoIndex feature and secure your feed.
Here you can find general help and tips regarding to your feed and generated reports to find out if there is a problem with your feed.