Do you like to read a particular genealogy blog or perhaps any other sort of online blog? Do you sometimes forget to check that blog frequently to read new articles? Would you prefer to receive frequent email message when new articles are posted rather than having to take time to check the blog manually? Perhaps you write a blog but would like to send it to readers via email in addition to the online web site? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, there is a simple and easy solution for you.
Almost all blogs offer RSS newsfeeds, as do many news services, stock market reports, weather forecasting services, sports sites, and hundreds of other web sites. If an online site you wish to monitor offers an RSS newsfeed, you can use Blogtrottr to convert those RSS newsfeeds into email messages that are sent to you at the times you specify, ranging from every 2 hours to once a day. If there are no new articles posted in the timeframe you specify, Blogtrottr doesn’t send an email.
To receive FREE email messages that monitor the web site, go to http://www.blogtrottr.com (yes, it is missing the letter “e”), enter the URL of the feed you wish to subscribe to, your email address, and specify how often you want the email messages to be sent. It really is that simple and the service is free although you will receive advertisements in the email messages, along with the articles you requested. You can also unsubscribe at any time in the future with just a few mouseclicks, should you decide to not use the service any more.
If you’d like a little more control over the process, hit the Plans link at the top of the page to sign up for an account. There’s a free ad-supported plan as well as paid-for options, and you can manage all of your newsfeeds from the My Subscriptions page. To access more advanced options, click the name of a feed you’ve added and check the “Filter enabled” box to get alerts for specific types of content.
If you write a blog, you can invite readers to sign up for email versions by posting a link to Blogtrottr.com.
How do you know if the web site you want to monitor offers an RSS newsfeed? Two ways:
- Look at the web site’s home page and look for the letters “RSS.” If Found, click on that.
- Go to Blogtrottr.com and enter the URL of the web site you wish to monitor, such as http://www.eogn.com. Blogtrottr.com will search for the RSS newsfeed and enter it into the appropriate box automatically. If Blogtrottr reports “Oops, we couldn’t find any working feeds” you can assume the web site either does not offer an RSS newsfeed or else offers it in an obscure location where Blogtrottr.com couldn’t find it.
You can try out the free Blogtrottr.com service at https://blogtrottr.com/.
NOTE: The EOGN newsletter already offers free email subscriptions that use a different service. To receive email messages containing the latest articles from http://www.eogn.com, go to http://www.feedblitz.com/f/?Sub=948986. or click on the “Subscribe to the FREE Standard Edition Newsletter!” link near the top right corner of most any page in the site. With eogn.com, you can specify to receive the articles by email, Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn. In contrast, the Blogtrottr service only offers delivery by email.