Place an RSS icon at the end of single posts

By Daniel Scocco

This is a simple yet effective tip that can increase your number of RSS subscribers, even if slightly. All you need to do is to place an RSS icon, preferably with the message “Like this article? Subscribe to the RSS feed!” at the end of individual posts.

The visitors coming from search engines or from other blogs will usually read the post that they were looking for an move on. Placing the RSS icon with a message right after the post will remind those visitors that your blog can offer more valuable content, and in order to stay updated with it they should grab your feed.


44 Responses to “Place an RSS icon at the end of single posts”

  • rapture

    Great tip! I’ve been struggling with how to increase feed subscribers. I get a lot of traffic via Google so I bet this tip will really help me out.

  • Daniel

    Yeah I implemented it a couple of weeks ago and it increased the number of RSS subscribers by 5-10% if I am not wrong (could be other factors, but still).

  • Ramen Junkie

    Sounds like a good idea but I wonder if there’s an easier way to do it without having to cut and paste it into every post.

    I guess keeping a coded form ready to past would be pretty easy.

  • Daniel

    Ramen, if I am not wrong you are using WordPress right?

    Just go to the Admin Panel, then Presentation-Theme Editor-Single.php

    there you will find the template for your individual post pages, place the code just above the comment script and it will be displayed automatically, without the need for you to add it manually to every single post.

  • Dan

    Sounds like a desire for a plugin that appends content to the end of every post. Might write that and release it…

    Is there one that exists that will add a link? (not the sociable plugin though.)

  • Fanatyk

    OMG! What simple and really good tip!
    THX a lot!

  • Ramen Junkie

    At the moment I’m hosted on however. I don’t think I have that level of control. I’m thinking of moving to my own server once my current domain mapping feature expires with Mostly so I can start running some small ads.

    I kind of wish I could just pay WP some sort of hosting fee and get additional features but I havn’t seen it on thier site anywhere.

  • Daniel

    Hey Dan, that is a nice idea for a plugin indeed. Let me know if you come up with something similar

  • Daniel Harrison

    I already have most of the code that allows content to be appended to the end of each post. I’ve got a variation of it for another use of mine (appending Adsense after the end of each of the first 3 posts).

    Once it’s done, I’ll post it on my blog and send you a link.

  • Dawud Miracle

    Great post. I’m going to add this myself when I redo the bottom of my single.php files next week. Great to hear you’ve seen a rise in subscribers.

    I’d really be interested in a plugin like this as well. Keep us updated.

  • Fanatyk

    Guys maybe this one: ??

  • Bes Zain

    Excellent tip. For K2 theme users, the file to edit is theloop.php file. You can put the code that Daniel talks above right under the

    line of code in your theloop.php file, or inside the

    block of code, in the same theloop.php file.

  • engtech

    Very good tip.

    Even if you don’t put it on every post, looking at your stats and going back to the ones that pull in the most web traffic and “overhauling” them to make conversions is a good idea.

  • Ramen Junkie

    That last one is a good idea. I get the most hits on my reviews so I think I’ll go through and add rss buttons to those.

  • Bes Zain

    Just wanted to let everyone know: my above post has some code in it. The codes are not showing up in the comments, however, and thus my comment above looks incomplete. I apologize for that.

  • sujan patel

    great post. I recently started asking my visitors to subscribe at the bottom of each post but never thought about actually placing an rss icon there. Thanks Daniel!

  • Daniel

    Bes, thanks for letting me know, I will check what is the deal with the codes within comments.

  • Dawud Miracle

    I added a feed link to my single.php file. Real easy. No need for a plugin at all. A little HTML/CSS and you’re off and running.

  • Rory

    Is there another way of placing the RSS subscription on individual pages? I only seem to have access to the index page, so I have the RSS offer under every post, which seems to be overkill. The same offer is under the single page, but I don’t seem to be able to manipulate this. It’s either both or nothing.

    Is there another way of entering permanent code?

  • Antonio

    Very nice site! Good work.

  • Daniel

    Rory, the most efficient way it to implement the code on the template. Alternatively you can search for a plugin that does that. I know one that does it on the front page, it displays the message and and feed icon for new readers up to three times. Its called “What would Seth Godin Do” (funny name for a plugin eh?).

  • Rob

    yes. i will do this!

  • rahoorkhuit

    Where are RSS feeds going anyways? I’d see the convenience to having them sent to a PDA, but I, and about 50 others I work with all have blackberrys and none of us have feeds coming in.

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  • Residual Income Lifestyle

    I’m thrilled to have learned of this great and simple tool to increase my overall readership. I’ve got A LOT to learn! 🙂

    Thank you.

  • Residual Income Lifestyle

    I’m thrilled to have learned of this great and simple tool to increase my overall readership. I’ve got A LOT to learn!

    Thank you so very much.

    Keep up the great work.

  • Vishal

    Ooops I forgot to do this.
    RSS feed on each page the main thing.
    Thanks, a simple one but I forgot that too.

  • Saeed

    Thank you very much for the excellent article, Daniel. It worked like a charm for my blog. 🙂

  • Daily Good Tips

    Yes, i will put feed icon in the each of post soon.

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