How to Get Yahoo Tech (or Any Other Site) by Email, with Blogtrottr

February 24, 2014

Since the day Yahoo Tech was born — lo, those six weeks ago — one question has burned on the lips of many a reader: 

How can I get your articles sent to me by email?

It’s a reasonable question. We post five or 10 new articles every day, but you’ll miss them unless you remember to visit this site each day. Wouldn’t it be easier if the stories you wanted came to you automatically by email? Free?

Why, yes. Yes it would.

Our engineers plan to build email subscription options into Yahoo Tech in the coming months. But you don’t have to wait. Today, right this minute, you can start having summaries of your favorite Yahoo Tech articles — or all of them — sent to you by email. This feature is brought to you by a free service called Blogtrottr.

Once you’ve set it up, you’ll get the headline, photo, and a description of articles sent to you, like this:

(Oh — and an ad. Blogtrottr has to make money somehow.)

Just click the headline to open the full article on Yahoo Tech.

Ready? Here are the steps:

1. Visit www.blogtrottr.com.
Here’s what you’ll find there:

2. In the first box, paste the address of the Yahoo Tech category you want to receive by email.
Maybe you want all of our stories. Maybe just mine, or another writer’s. Maybe you just want to know when we post a video, a review, or a how-to. We offer a different address for each of these categories.

Here are some examples.

To get all Yahoo Tech stories, paste this into the first box: https://www.yahoo.com/tech/rss

For my stories, paste in this: http://pogueman.tumblr.com/rss?soc_src=mail&soc_trk=ma

For our how-to articles, use https://www.yahoo.com/tech/tagged/how-to/rss

And for our reviews, paste in https://www.yahoo.com/tech/tagged/reviews/rss

Technically speaking, these are the addresses of our RSS feeds. (An RSS feed is a time-honored system of receiving article summaries from your choice of news websites.) What Blogtrottr does is convert them into emails.

3. In the second box, type your email address.
That’s where Blogtrottr will send your notifications.

4. From the pop-up menu, specify how often you want to get the emails.
You can choose once-an-hour updates (“Realtime”) or once every two hours, four, eight, 12 or 24 hours. If there are no new stories during that interval, you won’t get any mail. If there are several, they’ll all be collected into one email for that period.

5. Click Feed Me.
And that’s all there is to it! The next time new stories appear on Yahoo Tech in the category or categories you’ve requested, Blogspottr will send you a note by email.

6. Repeat from step 2 with the next article category you want.
None of this will be necessary once we add our own email subscriptions feature in a couple of months. But for now, it’s a great trick that works well, costs nothing, and ensures that you won’t miss any Yahoo Tech wit or wisdom. 

7. Try it on other sites!
Blogtrotter works on any site or page that has an RSS feed. You can get a regular email from almost blog or news site there is. Just put the site’s main address into Blogtrotter.

Yahoo Tech has a bunch of RSS feeds. Learn more about them

You can email David Pogue here. You can also Follow Yahoo Tech on Facebook for all the latest.