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RSS & How to Use It -- Part 2


Welcome to part 2 of the article that aims to give you just enough information to help you understand RSS and start using it.

Part 1 gave you simple instructions on how to read and subscribe to an RSS site feed, part 2 will give you simple instructions on how to publish your own.

Firstly, which websites can benefit from a site feed? Well, pretty much all of them.

If you provide a service, you could use a site feed to announce amendments and upgrades.

If you sell stuff, you could use a site feed to announce new products and special offers.

And if you own a website or web log that is regularly updated with news of any description, a site feed is virtually a necessity.

Site feeds may not be exactly commonplace at present but don't doubt for a moment that their popularity is growing. If you get a site feed up and running now, you'll be ahead of the game for some time to come and offer a friendly alternative to email communication.

Site feeds are usually written in a code called XML. If you view the code for a site feed it will look a little like HTML.

You could:

-- Learn the language and write your own site feed. Each time you want to add an update, just update your site feed page.

-- Buy some fancy software that writes and updates the site feed for you.

-- Or? setup a site feed online that automatically updates, for free in about 20 minutes.

Third option sound good? Ok, start by setting up your own blog at Blogger.

This is free to do and, if you want, they will even host it for you in exchange for a couple of banners at the top of the blog. The great thing about Blogger is that it works in tandem with the Google Toolbar.

Found a website you want to note in your blog? Click the icon in your Google Toolbar and it's taken care of.

Everytime you add or change something on your website, record it in your blog so individuals and search engines viewing your blog can be made aware of it.

The other great thing about Blogger is that it automatically creates and updates a site feed for you. Everytime you post a message to your blog, this is added to your site feed as well.

You can get the address of your site feed from the Blogger control panel by visiting the section marked "Settings" and selecting "Site Feed".

Now you know the web address of your site feed, you are free to add it to your homepage, submit it to RSS directories, anything you want.

But wait, before you rush off, you'll want to know how to track visits to your site feed.

This bit is even easier. Just convert your site feed address into a FeedBurner address.

Go to: www.feedburner.com and enter the address of your site feed into the box marked "Feed URL:", then click "Next >>".

Play around with some of the options and at the end of it you will have a new site feed address that looks something like this:

http://feeds.feedburner.com/yourwebsitename Now advertise this site feed address instead of the site feed address Blogger gave you. It will do exactly the same thing, except now you can login to FeedBurner and view statistics on how often your site feed page is visited.

Among other things, FeedBurner will also:

-- Dress your site feed up so when someone views it in their normal internet browser it will explain what it is instead of just showing the source code.

-- Tweak the code of your site so it can be read by all RSS readers, even those that only support ATOM.

All done? Let's recap:

You now know how to identify, view and subscribe to an RSS feed.

You now have a blog you can submit to blog directories that allows people and search engines to see updates to your website.

And you have a site feed address you can submit to RSS directories and advertise on your website. Visitors to your website can subscribe to your feed and never miss anything new you have to offer.

And you thought this would be hard? Next week, understanding quantum theory and the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle in five easy steps. 

David Congreave is owner of The Nettle Ezine, the newsletter for the home business -- online.

David lives in Leeds, in the United Kingdom with his wife Leanne.


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What Is an RSS Feed?  Lifewire

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The Iconfactory Launches Project Tapestry, a Kickstarter Campaign to Create a Universal Inbox for RSS, Social Media ...  MacStories

The 5 Best RSS Feeders (2023): Feedly, Inoreader, and Tips - WIRED
The 5 Best RSS Feeders (2023): Feedly, Inoreader, and Tips  WIRED

Heads Up – AWS News Blog RSS Feed Change | AWS News Blog - AWS Blog
Heads Up – AWS News Blog RSS Feed Change | AWS News Blog  AWS Blog

Microsoft Security Blog | Digital Security Tips and Solutions - Microsoft
Microsoft Security Blog | Digital Security Tips and Solutions  Microsoft

David Winer - Guy Kawasaki
David Winer  Guy Kawasaki

Subscribe to Updates from CISA - CISA
Subscribe to Updates from CISA  CISA

Return of the RSS reader » Nieman Journalism Lab - Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard
Return of the RSS reader » Nieman Journalism Lab  Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard

RSS Feeds and How To Burn Them - Business 2 Community
RSS Feeds and How To Burn Them  Business 2 Community

Now You Can Pull RSS Feeds Into Buffer's Social Media Management Tool - MarTech
Now You Can Pull RSS Feeds Into Buffer's Social Media Management Tool  MarTech

Follow your favorite news, blogs and webcomics without Twitter - Cult of Mac
Follow your favorite news, blogs and webcomics without Twitter  Cult of Mac

Twitterfeed : Bringing RSS to Twitter for Every Blogger - Search Engine Journal
Twitterfeed : Bringing RSS to Twitter for Every Blogger  Search Engine Journal

What is an RSS feed? Here’s why you should still use one - Digital Trends
What is an RSS feed? Here’s why you should still use one  Digital Trends

Subscribe to Foreign Blogs in your Native Language with Google Scripts - Digital Inspiration - Digital Inspiration
Subscribe to Foreign Blogs in your Native Language with Google Scripts - Digital Inspiration  Digital Inspiration

The podcast revolution — Harvard Gazette - Harvard Gazette
The podcast revolution — Harvard Gazette  Harvard Gazette

In the Pipeline by Derek Lowe - In the Pipeline
In the Pipeline by Derek Lowe  In the Pipeline

Seattle Bike Blog - Seattle Bike Blog
Seattle Bike Blog  Seattle Bike Blog

Guest Blogger - Psychology Today
Guest Blogger  Psychology Today

15 Companies That Really Get Corporate Blogging — SitePoint - SitePoint
15 Companies That Really Get Corporate Blogging — SitePoint  SitePoint

Midnight Blizzard: Guidance for responders on nation-state attack - Microsoft
Midnight Blizzard: Guidance for responders on nation-state attack  Microsoft

Mozilla plans to remove RSS feed reader and Live Bookmarks support from Firefox - Ghacks
Mozilla plans to remove RSS feed reader and Live Bookmarks support from Firefox  Ghacks

Read Salon's blogs in your RSS reader - Salon
Read Salon's blogs in your RSS reader  Salon

NEW Planet Money - NPR
NEW Planet Money  NPR

SCOTUSblog - Independent News & Analysis on the U.S. Supreme Court - SCOTUSblog
SCOTUSblog - Independent News & Analysis on the U.S. Supreme Court  SCOTUSblog

Round up - BBC
Round up  BBC

Krebs on Security – In-depth security news and investigation - Krebs on Security
Krebs on Security – In-depth security news and investigation  Krebs on Security

FOXNews.com RSS Feeds - Fox News
FOXNews.com RSS Feeds  Fox News

20 years of Safari: A visual history - Cult of Mac
20 years of Safari: A visual history  Cult of Mac

Greenpeace International - Greenpeace International
Greenpeace International  Greenpeace International

Discover new information and inspiration with Search, no query required - The Keyword | Google Product and Technology News
Discover new information and inspiration with Search, no query required  The Keyword | Google Product and Technology News

I Grew Up Around RSS Folk; Here’s What I Know About Them - Swarajya
I Grew Up Around RSS Folk; Here’s What I Know About Them  Swarajya

RSS must discard its anti-democratic-secular India agenda - The Indian Express
RSS must discard its anti-democratic-secular India agenda  The Indian Express

Hey now lets users create blogs and newsletters right from their emails - The Verge
Hey now lets users create blogs and newsletters right from their emails  The Verge

NetNewsWire is the best RSS reader for iPhone, iPad and Mac - Cult of Mac
NetNewsWire is the best RSS reader for iPhone, iPad and Mac  Cult of Mac

ACLU News & Commentary - ACLU
ACLU News & Commentary  ACLU

Madan Das – the RSS Leader who could say No - The Times of India
Madan Das – the RSS Leader who could say No  The Times of India

NCSC RSS feeds - NCSC.GOV.UK - National Cyber Security Centre
NCSC RSS feeds - NCSC.GOV.UK  National Cyber Security Centre

Star Wars News, Articles & Quizzes - StarWars.com
Star Wars News, Articles & Quizzes  StarWars.com

Yahoo Mail RSS Reader (Screenshots!) Integrates Blogs into Email - Search Engine Journal
Yahoo Mail RSS Reader (Screenshots!) Integrates Blogs into Email  Search Engine Journal

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh joins micro-blogging site Koo, would make all major announcements from the ‘Swadeshi’ social media platform - Organiser
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh joins micro-blogging site Koo, would make all major announcements from the ‘Swadeshi’ social media platform  Organiser

BBC Comedy Blog - BBC
BBC Comedy Blog  BBC

Microsoft News Centre UK - - Microsoft
Microsoft News Centre UK -  Microsoft

Subscribe - Word on Fire
Subscribe  Word on Fire

RSS’s standardised Hinduism – Part 4 - The Times of India
RSS’s standardised Hinduism – Part 4  The Times of India

Feed Me Featured, Reviews Film Threat - Film Threat
Feed Me Featured, Reviews Film Threat  Film Threat

RSS is not just antithetical to Muslims, but to a democratic-secular India as well - The Indian Express
RSS is not just antithetical to Muslims, but to a democratic-secular India as well  The Indian Express

The Editors: RSS feeds for BBC News correspondent pages - BBC
The Editors: RSS feeds for BBC News correspondent pages  BBC

Narendra Modi behind anti-Gadkari campaign, blogs RSS ideologue - India Today
Narendra Modi behind anti-Gadkari campaign, blogs RSS ideologue  India Today

How association with RSS has given meaning to my life - The Times of India
How association with RSS has given meaning to my life  The Times of India

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