Alright. Let’s say we want to subscribe to a comment feed for someone’s blog and they don’t have a comment feed on their blog. You just have to figure out the feed address, type it in your browser (at least in Firefox which allows RSS feeds), and, voila, a bookmark window comes up and you can save it.
For example, I wanted to subscribe to Meagan’s comment feed, so this is what I typed in:
I can now read the feed for any new comments added to her blog.
Now, let’s suppose that Meagan wants to add a comment feed on her blog for the convenience of her readers. (Some blog themes have the comment feed included in the layout, as mine does.) If not, then add a new text widget to your side bar. Before you begin, go here, to get a feed icon (if you want one). I’m going to pick a purple one for this demo. Select and copy the address of the image you want to use. Paste it into your text widget window.
Now you need to add the html that will make this a link, along with any text you wish to add. We’ll use “Subscribe to Comments”.
<a href=”http://mcgills.wordpress.com/comments/feed”><img src=”http://faq.files.wordpress.com/2006/11/p28.png”>Subscribe to Comments</a>
This will appear in your sidebar widget like this:
You may like to align the image with the text by using the following code:
<a href=”http://mcgills.wordpress.com/comments/feed”><img src=”http://faq.files.wordpress.com/2006/11/p28.png” align=”absmiddle“>Subscribe to Comments</a>
In the last code example, I’ve highlighted the parts of the code that you will need to customize. If you are not Meagan and you want to add a feed for your own blog’s comments (or you want to subscribe to someone’s feed who doesn’t have a link on their blog), then replace Meagan’s blog address with your own, but keep the “/comments/feed” on the end if you are a WordPress blogger. If you are a Blogger blogger, you will have to use your blog address with “/feeds/comments/default” tagged on the end, and you will have to find a different RSS icon source, such as Feed Icons. Next, as a WordPress blogger you can use an icon from the page I listed earlier. As I said, just copy the appropriate link for the size and colour of icon you wish to use. The red text, “subscribe to comments”, can say whatever you want. You could also have an image free RSS feed link like this (remove strike-out text):
<img src=”http://faq.files.wordpress.com/2006/11/p28.png”>Subscribe to Comments</a>
I actually started a post a long time ago explaining how to do this and then thought, “Agh, who wants me to explain this to them anyway?” So I deleted it. Well, as it turns out, at least one person did!