WordPress and BlogSpot: Subscribe to a RSS Category Feed

rss feed iconRSS is the acronym for Really Simple Syndication and it’s basically a computer-readable summary of the content of a web page/blog. From the blogger’s point of view RSS feeds make it possible to maximize exposure of your blog’s content beyond a few visitors browsing your blog. From the reader’s point of view subscribing to an RSS feed it’s a time saving convenience as there is no  need to visit the site to stay up-to-date on what’s being discussed. 

Subscribing to individual category/tag/label feeds

Instead of subscribing to the posts (entries) feed for an entire blog, being able to subscribe to individual categories is part of WordPress and Blogger software that you may not be aware of.

From the reader’s point of view it can be very handy to subscribe to the RSS feed of a category you are interested in. From the blogger’s point of view letting your readers know they can subscribe to any category or tag makes a lot of sense and may even attract new readers, who have specific interests that don’t extend to every subject you blog about.

Anyone can subscribe to a feed for a specific WordPress Category or Tag on any WordPress blog, and you can also create RSS feeds in Blogger for any search Label.  Another way to subscribe to a RSS category feed on a Blogger (blogspot) blog. subscribe when there are many categories and tags is to:

  1. view that category/tag [click in the appropriate cloud]
  2. verify this is the type of article you want to subscribe to
  3. in the browser window add this to the end of the url: feed/
  4. press enter key and you see the subscribe selections for your browser favorite… hat tip to SBA

This is the format for a category feed on WordPress.com blogs:

http://NAME_OF_BLOG.wordpress.com/category/categoryname/feed/

This is the format for a “labels” feed on Blogger (blogspot) blogs:

http://NAME_OF_BLOG.blogspot.com/search/label/labelname/

Two ways to subscribe to my category and tag feeds

If you would like to subscribe to one or more of my categories or tags now you know the format for the URLs. Below are two ways you can use them.

(1) If you are a WordPress.com blogger just use the format above for the category URL you want to subscribe to and enter it into your Blogs I Follow http://wordpress.com/#!/read/edit/   Read more.

Category Example 1:

To subscribe to the category “Blogging Tips” use this URL http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/category/blogging-tips/feed/

Tag Example 1:

To subscribe to the tag”Internet Relationships” use this URL

http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/tag/internet-relationships/feed/

(2) If you aren’t a WordPress.com blogger, or you are but don’t want to use the Blogs I Follow, then simply use the format provided and enter the URL for the category of your choice into the feedreader of your choice for Windows , or the feedreader of your choice for Macs.

Category Example 2:

To subscribe to the category “Blogging Tools” use this URL

http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/category/blogging-tools/feed/

Tag Example 2:

To subscribe to the Tag “SEO Tips” use this URL

http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/tag/seo-tips/feed/

Discussion questions:

  1. Were you aware that you could subscribe to category/tag/label feeds?
  2. Do you currently subscribe to any category/tag/label feeds?
  3. Will you be making your readers aware that they can subscribe to your blog’s category/tag/label feeds?

30 thoughts on “WordPress and BlogSpot: Subscribe to a RSS Category Feed

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  2. Greetings;-) I love the information I’ve read on here. Glad to know there are still (WordPress) “gurus” out there. I have a twofold question I’d be very delighted to have you tackle…

    1)I’m trying to figure out how to divide a WordPress blog up into different “divisions”…so when each person within their division (e.g. Forage, Alfalfa, Conversation, etc) makes a post, someone can receive that division’s feed. Is this related to your categorizing discussion above?

    2)Assuming the answer to question 1 is as simple as what you outlined in the thread above, then can I also feed each division’s post to our website…under the Latest News section? I know how to subscribe to a RSS. Just not a web programmer…so I’m not sure how to feed the posts into our site.

    Thank you for your help!

    -jonathan

  3. Hello!

    For some reason this didn’t work for me. I have a blogger blog but when I do everything you listed but when I put feed/ at the end of the label url, it only shows the posts with the label; nothing changes.

    Please help when you get a chance :-)

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  5. Great article. Thanks! Is there a way to do this when someone uses feedburner and the category feed is redirecting to the main feed?

  6. Nice, thanks for posting this info.
    Now I need to find a way to link to specific authors.

    Any ideas on how to go about this?

    • Yes if you are referring to a wordpress blog then create a Category for each author under their own name. When they post have the authors assign the Category ie. their name to the post. When readers click that Category they will find all posts by that author. And by creating a Category for each author you will have an RSS Feed to their posts.

      Provided it’s a free blog from and being free hosted by wordpress.com then there are 2 additonal widgets you may wish to use. The Authors widget can display the names or avatars of all your blog’s authors, links to a list of all their former posts, as well as links to posts they’ve recently written. http://en.support.wordpress.com/widgets/authors-widget/ The Author Grid widget displays the avatars of all your blog’s authors, which link to a list of posts they’ve each written. http://en.support.wordpress.com/widgets/author-grid-widget/

  7. Okay, excuse me if I sound a little dumb asking this but- I can’t seem to get my head around it.
    I’m developing a custom page for my blog that intergrates onto my website. I blog about four categories (mainly) and have tags I use to identify them. I want to use Feedburner to generate each categories latest posts. I’ve tried the system you’ve just identified to create new feeds (blogger user) but it simply displays all the posts on blog in the feed. Is there anyway of refining this so I have a feed for each category.
    Any help would be appreciated !
    Thanks

    • @Hannah
      RSS feeds are meant to be displayed in sidebars in RSS widgets and that’s what this post is about. RSS feeds are not intended to be displayed on pages and my instructions have nothing whatsoever to do with Feedburner so I can’t help with that. You will have to get help from Feedburner as it’s the feeds you set up through them that are at issue.

  8. Nice explanation — I like that you included Blogger! Another way to subscribe when there are many categories and tags is to
    1) view that category/tag [click in the appropriate cloud]
    2) verify this is the type of article you want to subscribe to
    3) in the browser window add this to the end of the url: feed/
    4) press enter key and you see the subscribe selections for your browser favorite…

    okay, that sounds a bit geeky.. lol Not easy to make readers aware of this except by listing a few category rss links then a ‘read more’ can point to some instructions like the ones in this post, but tailored to your blog…

    • @SBA
      I like your “geekiness” and found your comment provided valuable content for readers, so I edited the post above to include it. Thanks. :)

  9. What I meant was offering the link to the comments and tags feeds the same way you do your RSS feeds – with a button, badge, or text link. I notice you do have a comments link at the top of the page. Didn’t see that last night. Of course, it was 4am then, lol.

    • @Doug
      I did understand what you meant and yes we could very easily create buttons for subscribing to every category and tag on our blogs. However, how much blog real estate do we want to cover with them?

      Check out my sidebar and see how many there are in the Category cloud widget and in the Tags widget, which will display the top 45 tags on our wordpress blogs.

      I’m finding that I have enough clutter on my blog already. I provide a link to this post on my About page that my fellow bloggers can use to format a link and subscribe to categories and/or tags without me cluttering my blog with more buttons.

  10. Hey timethief!

    I didn’t know that you could provide RSS feeds for different categories and labels. I find this useful for my readers since I write posts on various topics. Thanks very much for the information!

    I guess that one will need to manually create links or RSS subscription buttons to the different categories or labels that one has on his/her blog. There’s no WordPress.com feature that helps you do that in a simpler way, is there?

    Cheers!

  11. Just curious…I have my RSS subscribe box on my home page so people can easily click the RSS link or fill in their email address in the box provided to subscribe by email. I was just wondering how you can offer this same type of option for the feeds you are talking about. I mean, instead of having to dig around and try to find someone’s category or tag feeds isn’t there a simpler way to offer them up?

    It’s 3:15am here so if I’m not making any sense forgive me, lol.

    • Hi Doug,
      Yes, the same subscribe box set up could be used for categories and tags. If a blog has only a few that would be very workable. However, if it has many it’s not as no one wants a mile long sidebar filled with subscribe to my feeds boxes. :)

  12. Plain and simple, this is the best explanation I’ve ever read on this elusive subject (RSS Feeds). For the first time ever, I think I get it– a million thanks, TT!

    And one can even subscribe to just certain categories and tags? Amazing, I had absolutely no idea. Tremendously helpful and informative– thanks again for taking the time to share your wonderful knowledge!

    Cheers, Mark

    • Hi Mark,
      I’m not always interested in all the subject matter in a blog, so IMO subscribing to categories is an excellent time management tip. Thanks for the praise.

  13. Thanks for another very informative post!

    I was kinda aware that this could be done, but I’ve never done it myself. I think it would be nice if my readers had this option, since I do produce several distinct types of posts.

    What I’d like to do, though, is provide a more “automated” way for my readers to do it. Is there a way that that I can provide individual “feed type” links?

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