RSS (Real Simple Syndication) enables you to syndicate the blog content in a digestible format for the readers. Assuming that most of you are using the WordPress format, we give you a list of top 20 WordPress Plugins to build your RSS feeds.
Use only those Plugins that will help in improving the blog’s performance and user’s readability.
Best WordPress RSS Plugins
To Manage RSS Feeds:
1. RSSless – If images and videos in your content feed do not format properly, you can use this plugin to weed them out with the help of short codes.
2. Feed Key – This plugin is useful when it comes to restricting feed visibility. In other words, if you want the RSS feeds to be visible only for registered users, use this plugin.
3. FD Feedburner Plugin – This plugin uses Feedburner to redirect the comments and main feed without the need to modify the RSS templates.
To Create RSS Feed Content:
4. Simple Feed Copyright – I think this is necessary for every blog feed. This plugin attaches a copyright note at the end of each RSS feed entry and protects it from copyright infringement.
5. RSS Includes Pages – This is another innovative plugin like the previous one. With this, you not only can include posts in RSS feeds but also include pages to customize the Feed.
6. RSS Footer – Through this plugin you can include copyright information in the RSS feed, along with a link back to the original posting on the main blog.
7. RSS Supplement – Like the name says, you get to add supplementary features with the RSS feed like bookmarking links, comments and others.
8. Better Feed – This is an all-in-one RSS feed plugin which allows you to add everything that you ever want like copyright information, links, advertisement, comments and others.
9. RSS Atom Avatar – If you want to personalize the RSS Feed by adding an avatar or the site’s favicon to the feed, use this plugin.
10. Feed Comments Number – If you want to track the number of comments the RSS feed is getting, use this plugin. It will add a small image on all the posts selected for the feed. This image will automatically update itself after every comment submission. If there are no comments, it will display “Add a Comment.”
To Manage RSS Feed Statistics:
11. Feedburner Widget – If you have a Google Feedburner account, use this widget to connect it with your blog. It will directly retrieve Feedburner data and display it on the blog admin area.
12. Feed Stats – With this plugin, you can track feed usage directly from the dashboard. It will also let you fix the number of days you want to track and what all things you want to track like IP, comments, users data, number of views, number of hits and others.
13. Feed Subscriber Stats – With this plugin, you neither have to login into the blog nor see the home page to see the number of subscribers. You can login to the Feedburner account and see the updated stats.
14, Feed Tracker – This plugin serves a dual purpose. First, you can apply buttons on the site for people to subscribe through the link. Second, whenever your RSS feed is updated, it will be notified and then it will also track the total subscriber count for your blog.
15. RSS Link Tagger for Google Analytics – This is again something every blog owner with a monetized blog needs; this plugin will add a special code into the RSS feeds which will then help Google Analytics to track how many readers come to your blog through the RSS feeds.
16. Disable RSS – As the name implies, this plugin will kill or deactivate all RSS content feeds because you do not need them when you use WordPress as a CMS platform.
17. Private RSS – This plugin will help you to create two RSS feeds: the first one will contain summaries of content which will be visible to everyone; the second one will contain full blog posts and can be optimized for specific subscribers. For instance, you may create a list of subscribers called ‘Client’ and then create a specific RSS feed to send to this list ONLY.
18. SOJ Tag Feed – This plugin will help you to create RSS feed for every tag stored in your blog Dashboard. For instance, if someone wants to know only about “internet marketing” from your blog, the plugin will specifically list those blogs tagged with “internet marketing” and will send it to the subscriber. It also includes copyright notices to help fight off feed scrapers.
19. Special Feed Items – If you want the RSS readers to particularly read one or more blog posts, how do you draw their attention? The Special Feed Items installs a small “heart” sign before the specific post title, which makes readers most likely to notice it.
20. Old Post Promoter – If your permalink structure includes dates, then this is not for you. In case it doesn’t include dates, you can use Old Post Promoter to randomly select blogs from the published database and make them appear on the front page of the RSS feed.
Creating RSS feed is important for a blog, especially when the blog has started to receive a good number of viewers.
Read this small guide on how to syndicate your blog with RSS feeds.
Share with us your comments below.