Its a fact that a major chunk of your blog visitors are on RSS readers. And no, this post is not about making them visit your site, nor this is a post about increasing your RSS subscribers.
Since most of your (our) readers are on RSS feed readers, I thought it would make sense to do some customizations and control over the RSS feeds being delivered. Here are ten such awesome plugins for WordPress that would make some cool tweaks and changes to the original plain boring RSS feeds. Try them, they’re worth the time.
1. Enable RSS feed Subscription for Categories
This WordPress Plugin allows you to present a menu with multiple RSS feed subscription option to your site’s visitors in addition to your normal RSS subscription option.
2. Track Clicks on Links in your RSS Feeds
RSS Feed Campaign Tagger, as the name implies, allows you to tag links in your WordPress RSS feed. It readies the links in the RSS feed for tracking with Google Analytics.
3. Scrolling RSS Feeds on your sidebar
This one is really wild. While the average RSS feed plugins help you to plain list the RSS feed entries on your blog. This plugin simply scrolls them vertically, getting it the attraction it deserves.
4. Copyright RSS Feeds with digital fingerprint.
Copyrights your RSS feed with a custom copyright message. Good way to dodge scrapers. You can add the IP of a feed reader and digital fingerprint for an explicit key as well. Also extensions such as related posts and comments are available.
5. Restrict RSS Feeds to Registered users on the site
Feed Key adds a 32bit key for each of your users, creating a unique feed url for every registered on user the site. This allows you to restrict you feeds to registered users only.
6. Enable RSS Feeds for pages instead of latest posts
This plugin replace your posts feeds with pages feeds. One problem with WordPress is that the RSS feed only contains the latests posts and not pages. The idea I suppose is to have a feed which the blogosphere can use to know when there is updated news on your site. That’s ok for most WordPress sites but when you are using as WordPress as a CMS and thus using pages and not posts you can’t by put the pages into a feed.
7. Track Traffic & Other Statistics via RSS Feeds
Feed Statistics is a plugin for WordPress blogs that tracks statistics for your RSS/Atom feeds, including the number of subscribers, which feed readers they’re using, which posts they’re viewing and which links they’re clicking on.
8. Pause a Feed/Post from being shown in the RSS Feeds
Feed Pauser is a plugin to delay publishing a post to an RSS feed. Feed pauser, pauses a post from being made available through RSS, and you can control it.
How does Feed Pauser work ?
9. Create Customized RSS Feeds for your blog
This plugin creates a new RSS widget. You can use this to replace the built in RSS widget or along side it. It is substantially more powerful than the built in widget in that you have complete control over how the feed is displayed via XSL templates. The plugin also includes an admin page for creating, editing and deleting the xsl templates, along with running tests to ensure your environment supports the required features. Additionally some plugin-wide options may be configured.
10. Show number of comments on a post in RSS feeds
This plugin will display an image showing the number of comments on a post at the bottom of each feed item (RSS|Atom|etc) that links to the comments section of that post.