How to Truncate your RSS feed on Blogger

Truncate Your Blogger RSS feed tutorial There’s a lot of hype swirling around blogland this week. Tons of folks are beginning to truncate their RSS feeds, due to being victims of stolen content. As one of those blogger who have been scraped by other sites, I decided to protect my content by truncating my RSS feed. There seems to be a lot of confusion on how to do this on Blogger blogs so that a photo and an intro will go into your feed. Guess what… I’m gonna show you how!

truncated blog post First things first… your posts need to be truncated on your main post page. That’s your blog page when you type in your URL. My girl Shelley at House of Smiths did an amazing post on how to do it… that’s actually how I learned how. If you’re not already truncating on your page, go see how to do it, then come back here, m’kay?

Truncate RSS feed with a photo Alright, now that you’re all truncated and stuff {you get bonus points if you got to skip that step!} Let’s truncate your RSS feed. Log into your Blogger dashboard and go to Settings.

How to Truncate RSS feed in Blogger with a photo Once you’re in settings, go to Other. You may have to scroll to the very bottom of the page to find it.

Truncate RSS feed on Blogger at Page Jump There’s a drop down box under Site feed that has several options. You need to choose “Until Jump Break.”

Add enclosure links on your RSS feed On the same page, be sure that the Enable Enclosure Links drop down box says “YES”.”
Add feed footer on Blogger RSS truncated feed Now you’re going to want to add a little footer to your RSS feed, maybe explaining why you’re shortening it or whatevs. To do that, beside Post Feed Footer click ADD.

how to add a footer to the bottom of your RSS feed on Blogger A box will then open up for you to put in your note. Add your note into the box, then hit the orange SAVE SETTINGS button at the top right hand corner of the page.

And  you’re done! Now your feed will cut off wherever the post has the Jump Break on your main page. For this reason, I always share a photo and a short intro to each post before the jump, just like I did on this post. If you want a photo on your RSS feed, then make sure to put it before the break, m’kay?

I know there’s a lot of hullabaloo about all the truncating mess – but if you work hard on blog content then you should protect yourself!

Are you on WordPress? Don’t worry, Beth has you covered over on Home Stories of A to Z with her post on how to truncate on WordPress. Even if you’re not on WP, jump on over, because there’s tons of great info there!

May the feed be with you…..
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Comments

  1. Thank you for this! Yes, I’ve been hearing the hype about this issue lately too. I’m working on fixing mine up with your tutorial now:)
    Kelly from Smart! School {House}
    http://www.smartschoolhouse.com

  2. thank you thank you!!

  3. I noticed your tutorial above shows “Post feed redirect URL” with a feddburner link. My set up page did not have anything listed in that section. I am on blogspot. Do I need to fill that out or does google automatically do that for me? I’m not sure?? TY for all this!!

  4. It’s too bad that content gets stolen in the first place. Great tutorial. Definitely something worth considering!

  5. THANK YOU girl! Just discovered my content being stolen *today*. I’ll for sure be linking back to you and your tutorial to help others.

    I appreciate the assist!

    Emily

  6. Bad people have to try to ruin everything. Dang them!

  7. Yep, it stinks :(

  8. Thank you for this! I just fixed my blog–I don’t think I’ve been a victim, but I’d rather be proactive and show my support for my fellow bloggers :)

  9. Thank you for sharing! I just checked to make sure I had it all checked right.

  10. Thank you for the tutorial! I’ve got a question though, how do you truncate all of your old posts or is that something you have to individually do to each post?

  11. just did mine! thank you for the info and thanks for the link to Shelley at House of Smiths

  12. Gina,
    I’m a small blog but I read all the hype this past weekend and knew that I wanted to protect myself too, so with lots of reading on the net I finally figured out how to add the footer message Monday morning for RSS/E-mail but wasn’t sure how to truncate a feed. Later after I fix dinner, I’ll go to the blog you mentioned and read/do what it says. Thanks for the info, I sure hope it’s easy because I’m not very computer savvy. Have a great evening.

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  14. Hi Gina, i get wanting to protect yourself, i guess i am clueless, how do people steal things from the feeds and not blogs? Do they steal the entire content?? I don’t get it. could you give me an example of it? thanks/

    Clueless,

    Michelle

    • Dear Clueless :),
      The feeds get stolen because they “scrape” your RSS feed and use it by posting the entire post on their blogs, which they monetize and are essentially making money from posting your (or my) content. It stinks. Sigh.

      I won’t give an example, but if you see a whole post of someone else’s popping up on a blog, then just know that they’re scraping it.

      Thanks for stopping by!
      Gina

  15. Oh…thank you, thank you, thank you Gina! You are an angel. I was getting ready to research this tonight, and when your post showed up in my email, I squealed, because now I have it! It literally took a couple of minutes! Thank you so much!

    Jessica @ Mom 4 Real

  16. Gina,
    Just wanted to stop back by to let you know that I went to Shelly’s site and did everything that she mentions. I also wanted to let you know that I did a blog post and sent my readers to yours and her sites to read how to change things if they wished. I just checked my blog and everything worked just great. Thanks again for the info on how to truncate a feed.

  17. This is great information. I wasn’t familiar with this term, but I had noticed how some blog feed appeared differently in my Google Reader. Thanks for your tutorial and the other link you provided!

  18. Thank you Gina,

    This was a very helpful post for me. I did notice other blogs I follow doing this but had no clue how to do this for myself. Thank you for sharing!

  19. Thank you Gina!!! I am linking back to you.

  20. I understand the problems that you and other bloggers are having with scrapes, but I ask you to reconsider the new format with the RSS feeds. I very much enjoy your blog, but will be unable to read it if I must click over to your site every time that I want to read it. If I got three posts a day, wouldn’t be a big deal, but sometimes I have 50, and I scroll through all of them; if all bloggers truncated their feeds, I would only look at my 5-10 favorites, max, and I do link to your posts on Pinterest, etc. Please consider using some of the strategies mentioned here http://blog.kissmetrics.com/content-scrapers/ and read http://decortoadore.blogspot.com/2012/08/why-i-wont-be-truncating-my-feed-and.html or the post on Between Naps on the Porch, so I, and fellow readers, can continue enjoying your blog.

  21. Thank you so much for this step-by-step explanation! I had no idea what or how to do this but now I’m all done! And Beth’s article was so good too!

  22. Thanks for this tutorial, Gina. It basically sux that it has come to this, but all good things eventually get stolen by lazy, no gooders. Since I’m fairly new and have few followers, no sponsors, I don’t think I’m fair game (I should google me), but with all the hype I plan on looking into protecting myself for whatever the future brings. Great information!!
    Debbie :)

  23. Gina, thank you for this easy to follow tutorial. I completed the steps with no problems… I’m so glad to run across this in Blogtalk on FB… thank you so much darling. hugs ~lynne~

  24. Gina, it’s a very good day when you’ve done this all along and had NO IDEA. LOL!! So glad to have your instruction to make sure it was all done right. Thanks!

    Donna

  25. just used this tutorial, gina!

    thanks so much. appreciate you!!!

    xo
    kellie

  26. Thanks Gina! Appreciate the great info and links! Heather@retroreduxgallery.com

  27. Thank you so much for this.. you are brilliant! I would have never figured it out by myself!!!

  28. Gina,
    Thank you!!! You rock!
    xx
    Anne

  29. Thanks soooo much! I’ve always wondered how bloggers got those page breaks! I’m so computer illiterate!

  30. Gina…
    I am so not a techy girl and am confused over a few things you directed here.

    • If I put in a Post Feed Footer it says I have to set blog feeds to Full, not Until Jump Break.
    If I put in a Post Footer Feeder it wouldn’t let me save.
    • Not sure what the post feed redirect is…is that redirecting back to my blog?
    Does this apply to email feeds too? Can’t seem to cut off with a photo for emails…or is that different?

    Sorry for the lame questions…this seems so simple, but I’m getting hung up.
    Thanks so much for the post though! Denise

  31. THANK YOU so much! I’m a small blog but I’ve recently had some content stolen and it was disheartening. So it just goes to show it doesn’t matter the size of your blog you just have to take care of and protect yourself. Thanks so much for explaining this, I’m all “fixed” now. Thanks again!

    Anna @ Bean Bug Crafts

  32. You are AWESOME girl!!! Thanks so much. :)

    I’m surprised everyone doesn’t do this from the get go since it will generate so many more, “hits.”

  33. Thanks Gina! It was so easy and it only took me a few minutes! Another thing crossed off my to do list :)

  34. Thank you for this post! I recently decided that I needed to do this! That was so easy to do!

  35. Okay, I just did this. Let’s see how it goes!! :)

  36. you are my idol.

  37. Hey Gina, I have finally taken the plunge & decided to truncate. *Sigh* Your post was really helpful. Thank you! My only problem is that my “Click here to read more” text is super small. I love your large, colored text. Any tips on how to achieve this in Blogger?

    Warmly, Michelle – Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust
    PS – I met you at SNAP – hope you’re coming again this year!

  38. when I write something in the post feed footer the ? next to it says:

    Post Feed Footer
    This will appear after each post in your post feed. If you use ads or other third-party feed additions, you can enter that code here. You must also set Allow Blog Feeds to Full (above).- what does that mean- do we set it to full or until jump break like you suggested? thanks

  39. also- is there a difference in truncating feeds and posts?

  40. Thanks! It’s rare that you can find help posts for Blogger. I don’t know about people stealing my content, but I do want to get more clicks on my site, so I’m all in favor of truncating.

  41. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Exactly the step by step instructions I needed!!

  42. Thanks, your instructions were easy to follow and now I feel a little more protected. I do have a question about how you get your preview photo on the right and the text wrapped to the left on the truncate.

  43. oops. I said that backwards. Photo on the left and words on the right!

  44. Thank you so much for the easy to use instructions! And thanks Jeannie for telling me about this post!

  45. Gina the instructions were so clear and very well written. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

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