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!
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?
On the same page, be sure that the Enable Enclosure Links drop down box says “YES”.”
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.
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!