With the announcement of Feedburner being shut down by Google, bloggers have been scrambling with their RSS subscribers. Many bloggers rely on email notifications to alert subscribers to new blog updates. There are also readers who like to read blog posts directly from their inbox. In addition to Feedblitz, which gives you great feed enhancement services, like podcasting and statistics, we would like to share another service which allows you to set up an email subscription for your blog: Follow.It
Follow.It offers a very easy setup. Simply enter your blog's RSS URL where it says "Add the follow feature to your site". Your blog's RSS is the blog's address followed by atom.xml or rss.xml. For example:
After you click "Next", you will be taken to a new page to a design a signup form you can place on your blog. You can change the size, font, and color to match your blog's design. At the bottom of the page an HTML code is generated with your customization. It will look similar to this:
Copy the code Follow.it provides and, in a separate browser window opened to your Typepad account, in your blog settings go to Design > Content > Modules > Embed Your Own HTML, paste this code in the pop-up and click OK.
The module will automatically appear on the top of your sidebar in the Content page. You can click and drag your new module if you want it appear elsewhere in your sidebar. After you save your updates, the new sign up form will appear in your published blog's sidebar.
Going back to the Follow.It page, the "Continue" button will take you to another addition you can use, which will allow you to add a Follow button to the end of your posts. The Follow button is optional but, if you want to add this feature, it's only two steps.
Follow.It provides access to your list of followers once you've claimed your feed. The feature is available via their free Basic account option, which is robust enough for a majority of bloggers. They offer additional plans if you wish to obtain more details about your subscribers, statistics, and more.
Do you offer email subscriptions for your blog? Share the link with us in the comments so we can all check it out!