How to Enable RSS Feed Auto-Discovery for Your Blog

RSS feed auto-discovery is a way of informing other applications that your blog publishes a feed, and where to find it. It's a small piece of code that provides the direct link to your RSS feed.

Why Add RSS Feed Auto-Discovery?

The biggest reason to add feed auto-discovery to your blog is that your feed will be found automatically by web browsers, RSS readers and other platforms such as Visitmotion. This means that other applications will know how to keep updated with every article you publish, even if they only know your homepage URL. The bottom line is that your content can reach more readers without much effort at all.

Another reason is: why not? As you'll find out, it's so easy to add feed auto-discovery to your blog that there's no reason not to.

How to Add Auto-Discovery to Your Blog

Some blogging platforms such as the newer versions of WordPress add feed auto-discovery for you. It's worth checking if your blog already features this first, but if it doesn't, simply add the following piece of code to your HTML template.

<link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="Visitmotion Feed" href="" />

Replace application/rss+xml with the type of feed your blog publishes. Some other examples are application/atom+xml and application/rdf+xml. Replace Visitmotion Feed with the title of your own feed. This can be whatever you like. Finally replace with the link to your own feed. If you're unsure how to find your feed, check this article.

It's as simple as that. A single line of code allows your blog to tell other platforms where they should look to get your up-to-date content.

If you haven't already, why not add your blog to Visitmotion and build your readership? You can find out more about how Visitmotion can help your blog here.

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