Tumblr automatically generates an RSS feed viewers can use to subscribe to your blog posts. Because most Tumblr themes don't show an RSS subscription link on your blog, it's often necessary to insert the link manually in your sidebar or description area. You can keep it simple and add a text link such as "Subscribe to RSS," or you can do a little extra work and insert the standard orange RSS button.
Add "Subscribe to RSS" Link
Click "Customize" on your Tumblr dashboard to access your theme settings.
Click inside the Description box at the place where your want to insert the RSS feed link in your sidebar, and enter the following code using your own Tumblr URL: <a href="MyBlog.tumblr.com/rss">Subscribe to RSS</a>
Click "Save" to add the link to your theme.
Add RSS Feed Button
Download the RSS feed icon from the Mozilla website (link in Resources) and save it to your computer. The image, which is in the PNG format, is free for anyone to use.
Navigate to Tumblr's static file upload page (link in Resources) and upload the PNG file to Tumblr's server. Copy the image URL that displays on the page after the upload. Alternatively, upload the icon to an image hosting service such as TinyPic or Photobucket, and copy the image URL from that site.
Go to your Tumblr dashboard and click "Customize" to access your theme's settings.
Click inside the Description box at the place where your want to insert the RSS feed link in your sidebar, and enter the following code. Use your own Tumblr URL, and replace "ImageURL" with the URL of the feed icon image: <a href="MyBlog.tumblr.com/rss"><img src="http://ImageURL"></a>
Click "Save" to add the RSS button to your theme.
- You can change you RSS feed so that it shows only the first few lines of each post, which will encourage subscribers to visit your blog to read the entire post. To truncate the posts, go to your blog's Customize page, click "Advanced Settings," and then toggle the switch next to Truncate RSS Feed.
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