Sunday, October 14, 2012

What is RSS Feed? Here is an Explanation

Set Up RSS Feed

Learn how to use RSS feed if you have a blog or write for any online sites, such as Hubpages.
RSS stands for Real Simple Syndication, and is a file created by using a programming language called XML that can send your blog's content information to one place. The file is updated when new posts are made to your blog, therefore the content is always updated without you having to manually visit each site. Having an RSS Feed on your blog is extremely useful for 2 good reasons. To access blog content and allow subscriptions.
An Example of RSS feed is at the bottom of this article where it reads, "latest hubs." I simply copied and pasted my RSS feed, so that those 3 hubs that you see will constantly be streaming and updating every time I make a post.

Two Reasons to Have RSS

1) It is a standardized format, which means many different software platforms, websites, and devices can access your blog's content, no matter what platform you are on.
2) It allows subscriptions, when your content is updated, those who have subscribed to your feed will be notified of the update without you having to go anywhere else.
These two features make RSS feed extremely important and valuable to website and blog owners, because it is an easy way for both people and websites to see the latest content on your blog without having to think about visiting the your site each day. This unobtrusively keeps your blog on their minds, resulting in more page views for you.
Through this simple "pushing through" syndication of your blog's content, an RSS feed is an excellent way of staying connected with your blog audience, and promoting your feed to attract new readers.
The most common way that people interface with an RSS feed is through an RSS reader, also known as an aggregator or feed reader. In the RSS reader interface, content is usually shown in the form of post headlines, and summaries, similar to email inbox. Then as with email, you click the headline to read the entire post, which opens up in a new window.
If you are using a major blogging platform such as blogger or WordPress, your RSS feed is automatically created and updated as you add new content. However, the degree to which you promote your feed to gain more readers is up to you. Be sure to include an RSS link on your blog home page so that people can subscribe to your feed. If you don't, you will be losing a large percentage of your followers.
Many blogging software tools will allow you to add feed through the inclusion of an RSS widget into your blog interface. Google's Blogger has such an option. Just go to layout, and click on one of the gadgets on the right side, and scroll to RSS links, not the first one you see that says Feed, Keep scrolling until you see the orange RSS symbol with a green plus symbol on it. Besides including this link on your blog, you can also add it to your website, e-mail signature, and anywhere else you have a presence.

Social RSS (Facebook)

This is one of the most popular applications on Facebook. You may use this to add your blogs and live Twitter updates to your personal profile, or facebook fanpage.
This keeps your content on the site fresh and updated, while driving traffic to your website.


All major blogging platforms generate an RSS to your blog, and this feature can be further leveraged through management tools. Tools can enrich your feed, and assist in monitization.
  • Google's FeedBurner allows you to customize titles and descriptions
  • Allows you to see who is clicking on your feed
  • Integrates with Google AdSense to monetize traffic
  • Includes an email subscription
  • Allows readers to bookmark your feed on Digg
  • Notifies major blog feeds, such as yahoo, and Technorati, Newsgator and Bloglines
  • Integrates well with Google everything, because it is owned by Google

Create A Podcast RSS feed

An important feature of Podcasts is that they allow users to subscribe to RSS feed.
Podcasts would be viewed less than half as much as they are if it were not for RSS feed. The way it is accomplished is through the creation of an RSS feed that is based on the MP3 file of your Podcast. Your Podcast feed contains a link to the title and description, information about the episode. The feed URL is submitted to a podcast directory, and then when someone subscribes to your podcast, their feed Readers, such as Google Reader or My Yahoo, automatically download new Podcasts as they become available.
You may create RSS feed for your Podcast in a variety of ways. If you are already using a site such as ClickCaster, or MyPodcast to create, publish, and host your podcasts, or if you are using recording software like GarageBand, your RSS feed will be created automatically for you. But, to create RSS feed yourself, you can use FeedBurner or you can use separate RSS creators like FeedForAll, that may offer more features than the free software packages can offer. There are also plug ins if you are hosting with Blogger or WordPress to generate podcast feed

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