I’m sure you’ve noticed many blogs (and sites that syndicate content) use an array of RSS subscription icons from well-known aggregation sites or reader services. This makes it easy for web surfers to click and subscribe to content as their moving from site-to-site around the web. For example, if you have a Bloglines.com account and stay logged in all the time like I do, when you find a site you like and see a Bloglines subscription icon bar all it takes is one click and you’re subscribed! Pretty nifty…
Now, as a web publisher, have you ever wondered how to acquire all those subscription icons? It’s a little daunting at first to think about going to each RSS reader/aggregation site and grabbing the graphics, then configuring each one to work with your feed. Sure there are plugins for WordPress and other blogs but that too is daunting for content writers or bloggers. It was for me, anyway. Last week though, I found a cool site called the RSS Icon Gallery where they’ve done all the hard work for you. Just add your RSS URL to customize for your feed, click submit and that’s that! Next, add the output code to your blog’s sidebar or the page you’re syndicating content from and you’re done.
I used this tool to add the RSS subscribe icons you see to the right on the AvantLink Blog’s sidebar.
Check it out here: RSS Icon Gallery
Gary & AvantLink