Saturday, June 11, 2011

Troubleshooting Feedburner and Blog Tips

Feedburner has been giving me a headache for the past few days, along with some other issues on my blog. Hopefully these fixes also work for you, and I'll update with links if you have trouble finding some of these hidden tabs (just ask).

1) Problem: Feedburner "0" subscribers fiasco.

I had the smart idea to follow my own blog finally to see what everyone else sees. Lo and behold, no pictures ever show up when Dashboard updates with my posts. I Googled help and somewhere a page told me to clear the redirect feed url under Settings. I did so and the pictures appeared on Dashboard (yay) but the next day, my Feedburner subscribers dropped from "387" to "204" ... then "33" (not yay). That upset me so I just deleted the PonderingsofaShoot (or whatever it was named) feed altogether and created a "pandaphilia" one and the next day I get "0" subscribers. I pinged away and pasted this new feed URL into the redirect box in Settings and Dashboard/Google Reader seemed to notice but it stayed "0" for a very long time. 

Solution: Click the RESYNC button under Feedburner Troubleshootize. Be very patient, make sure you have the correct redirect feed URL in Blogger Feed Settings. Within a few days, you should have your original number back again.

2) Problem: Blog not updating immediately with scheduled posts.

I scheduled the black and white work outfit post for 7:56 AM CST but even at 11:15 AM CST, it wasn't showing up in Dashboard nor Google Reader. I pinged Feedburner and it didn't respond.

Solution: After some forum hunting, I found that in order for it to post, I had to change the post setting from "schedule" to "automatic," so now the post reads that it was published at 11:18 AM CST. Oh well. This is annoying for people who are away traveling or prefer to post the outfit post in the morning for the outfit I wore the previous day and the post I wrote at night.

3) Problem: Share buttons not showing up in custom template (OurBlogTemplates Sunshine/Minima Stretch).

There's something funky about the code I use and since I'm no techie, Google is my best friend for this kind of thing. To save you from similar headaches of searching and researching using different keywords, I found a good site that fixes this problem without you having to read through 500 pages of html.

Solution: Tech bloggers. This post. The default share buttons and Google +1 should show at the bottom of your posts now.

4) Blog Tip: Want to add a little icon in the web address bar or tab but Chrome or other browsers are funny? 

Solution: In Blogger Draft Dashboard, a lot of cool stuff has been happening. I'm a little lost as to where everything is now located, but there's a much easier way to add a favicon for your blog now. Just use this article and a few clicks within the new Draft Dashboard gets you your logo! I added my panda with a lot of help of articles and code but now it's easy peasy Japanesey, as my 6th grade Reading teacher  used to say.

1 comments:

キャセヂ姫 June 11, 2011 at 5:32 PM   said...

Thanks for your tips! I've had some of these problems too.

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