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    I see the feed links in my html, but for the life of me, I can't figure out what I should do to provide a front end to allow people to subscribe to those feeds.

    I'm not terribly familiar with RSS and I find trying to be an RSS user equally frustrating.

    I can't figure out feedburner or why I should use it.

    I'd like to have a clickable link that goes to various feed readers like google.

    Can anyone tell me how to provide this interface?

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    On our old (non-3DC) site we have it set up on this page:

    There are two spots on the page where someone can subscribe to the RSS feed. One is in the box at the bottom with a link that points to:

    The other depends on the browser, but in Firefox a little orange RSS icon should pop up on your address bar that lets you subscribe. You do that with a line in your page <head> section. In my case:

    <link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" href="" title=" Deal Feed">
    I highly recommend Feedburner but it's a little tough to explain why you should use it. I would recommend just playing with it for a while. One good reason is traffic - If you don't use it, you will be hosting the RSS file on your servers and it will be hit every time a subscriber checks to see if it has been updated, which could be every hour for a few hundred people.

    With feedburner, you upload a file somewhere that only Feedburner knows the location to, when they detect it has been updated, they read it, make sure the formatting is correct, translate it into multiple formats to support various newsreaders, and they serve the files to your customers.

    They also have whizbang features such as allowing people to subscribe to your feeds via email, they will handle the emailing. You just upload your feed file like normal and people that opt for this will receive an email with the updated info. Actually something like 75% of our subscribers opt for email rather than normal RSS subscriptions. Saves us from having to manage a frequent mailing list.

    They do all sorts of other stuff, too. Helpful analytics, and they can help you monetize your feed if it gets popular enough.