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Claiming on Bloglines

Bloglines’ latest feature allows users to claim feeds that they create, thus allowing better management of them. You provide your web site URL, it returns all the feeds associated with it and then you modify your feeds to include some hidden hash values to prove you own them.

Once you’ve done this, you can specify what description, image and icon your feed uses, and also mark feeds as duplicate of other feeds – handy if your site has moved or the URL of your feed has changed. Bloglines has been pretty good at following the feed changes here and it was reasonably happy about me moving from RSS to Atom, but there were a couple of feeds (including a test one not updated since August last year) which it still knew about that I hadn’t redirected properly. This let me change that.

Though you should set up redirects when a feed moves, you can’t always do this – say if you were using Blogger or TypePad and wanted to move to your own hosted site. Bloglines has a lot of users and so it’s good to see this being done – now a potentially significant proportion of readers will have a feed automatically update if it’s moved.

5 Comments

  1. Very interesting – unfortunately my feeds are processed through Feedburner, and I don’t think one can modify a Feedburner feed. Ah well.

  2. I claimed my FeedBurner feed 🙂 . Just modify your site and entries in the same way and you should be fine.

  3. I added the keys just like the instructions said, but I am unable to claim my feeds. Did you have to do anything else?

  4. I’m with hilary, I wasn’t able to claim my feedburner entry 🙁

  5. Neil,
    Greetings!
    Would you be willing to show me how to claim my Bloglines feeds for my Typepad blog, live? I would setup a GoToMeeting connection, send the invite to you, and then we would walk through the steps.
    Let me know if you are willing to do this. Plese note I live in upstate New York.
    Thank you for your time!
    Kind regards,
    Lori Davis