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RSS for Newbies; A Quick Tutorial


"RSS" stands for "Really Simple Syndication". It is a new way to distribute content. Any content: websites, blogs, forums, etc. To explain what this means, for once let's start at the end.

Content from RSS feeds can be displayed by an RSS newsreader.
You and I, as end-users or consumers of that content, can read it by installing a newsreader (more on this below). You have to put an URL for an RSS feed into that newsreader (like you put a web address in your browser).

You can recognize these RSS feed URL's by a little orange graphic displaying RSS or XML. If you click on such graphic with your right-mouse button you can copy its URL (copy ShortCut) and paste that into your newsreader. (Some sites might simply have a text "RSS" or "Syndicate" link which is basically the same.)

With that URL, the newsreader (when you are online) picks up the RSS feed that is available at that URL, reads the feed data and displays it in the reader.

The RSS feed itself contains information about the titles, descriptions and other data about the publisher's content. It is written in a special language (XML/RSS, easy to learn!), but that's out of the scope of this article.

And finally the RSS feed is made up by the publisher of the content. Most of the time their software does the job. And very often this software is used in combination with blogs. That's why lots of people mix them up. Now, to end that confusion, get this:
- a blog is content like a website or article while
- RSS is a way to distribute content

The main RSS benefits for end-users or consumers
The main benefit as an end-user or consumer of RSS is that we can subscribe to content provided by publishers WITHOUT giving out personal data like email address.

That's why Ken Evoy of SiteSell calls it 'Real Simple Subscribing'. Of course the same applies to unsubscribing. Simply delete the RSS URL from your reader and you don't receive messages from it any more.
Finally the end-user is in control. The content is coming to her without visiting a website. That makes it easy to scan and only visit those sites with promising information.

As a consequence of that the publisher better submit quality content in his RSS. Otherwise nobody will read it. So that's another big benefit!

An extra benefit for us is that we often are allowed to post comments or feedback.
Because the search engines just love RSS and blogs, they will visit them frequently to index any new content. In most cases you may add your URL in the comment post and that means a link back to your site!
So, if you find a good blog, just enter a message in the feedback section and see what happens.

And there's the benefit of speed. In this fast moving world we want everything NOW. Well, as soon as a publisher changes content we can receive it (if you have your reader online).

Are there any disadvantages?
Could be. When you start to use your reader it may be a bit 'overwhelming' like the first time you searched the Net, remember? 'Click here, click there, click this, click that ..... oops, what was it again I was looking for?

If you subscribe to every promising feed you'll encounter, you may very soon suffer from the good old 'information overload'. Such problem is easily solved by deleting the feeds and start all over again, this time more targeted. Below I have an outstanding resource to search for relevant feeds, so read on!

Another disadvantage may be the impersonal character of feeds. There's no interaction unless you visit the publisher's site. And there's no way RSS will be used for payment receipts for purchases and answers to questions asked. It simply isn't a one-to-one communication system. It's only consuming information.

So, will RSS replace email or newsletters (ezines)?
Absolutely NOT!
While RSS is an outstanding way to distribute content, it will always be very public. It's not a one-to-one communication medium. You can not build a relationship with your readers, you can't personalize it and you can't reward your subscribers for trusting you, simply because you don't know who they are.

See RSS as another way to collect information. That's all it is.
And maybe a way to ban spam because the readers are in control of the subscribe and unsubscribe process. We sign up for feeds and drop feeds anonymously. Remember, if publishers send out poor information, no-one will read it.
Wow, another big benefit!.

But for the real information, the communication with my readers, I still use my newsletter. I want to use that to provide the real insiders information. (I intend to even go one step further, but that's for another issue. Keep subscribed and you will learn more in the next few weeks!)

That's what any serious marketer will do. So, if you only subscribe to newsletters from trusted companies and individuals and sign up for RSS feeds for more general information, chances are your email box will remain free of spam and loaded with useful, more personal publisher information.

Download your reader
RSS readers are also called "RSS aggregators" or "news aggregators". Here are a few popular ones:
http://feedreader.com
http://pluck.com/
http://www.rssreader.com/
http://ranchero.com/netnewswire/ (for Mac users)
http://my.yahoo.com/ (a client-side reader, that is, you can read the feeds at your MyYahoo site; you'll need to register)

There are many more, these are just examples to get you started.
I strongly suggest to go out there and find some interesting feeds. So .....

How to find interesting RSS feeds?
There are many directories of RSS feeds already that you can browse and find something of interest. I will list a few of them below, but if you're looking for specific information then you better use an extraordinary and outstanding search tool.
A tool that you can always use, because it covers almost everything about searching and search terms.

But in this case we concentrate on RSS feeds only. It's a little window that you can keep alive in your screen. Here's how it works:

* Click this Search Link to open a little window (don't forget to bookmark it!)

* Next click on Search It in that little window! A new little window pops up.

* In that new window select 'Reference Library for Content' in Step 1. Next select anything with RSS in it in Step 2.

* If you've done that I suggest you click on 'Click Here for Information About Search Type' in the center of the window to get more help.

* Finally enter your keywords in Step 3 and hit Search It!

Easy uh? I told you this is an outstanding tool!

Other resources:
http://www.feedster.com/
http://directory.google.com/Top/Computers/Internet/On_the_Web/Weblogs/
http://w.moreover.com/main_site/content/index.html
http://www.syndic8.com/

Now go out and find some interesting feeds.

That's it for today.
Wish you success.
Case Stevens

Case Stevens, owner of AnOwnSite Online Marketing, is experimenting with different marketing techniques, websites, traffic and lead generation. He publishes his experiences in a newsletter featuring understandable, successful low cost Internet marketing techniques, ideas and strategies, articles, news, tips & tricks and interesting (free) downloads.

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John Mueller Relaunches His Old Blog  Search Engine Roundtable

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

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

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Gillmor Gang: Grifters Paradise  TechCrunch

The Rise and Demise of RSS - Motherboard
The Rise and Demise of RSS  Motherboard

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19 Microblogging Platforms that Let You Blog Anywhere, Anytime  Adweek

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WordPress.com Launches New Courses With A Focus On Customer Education  PRNewswire

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Link to the Original Articles in your RSS Feeds  Digital Inspiration

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Employer’s Policies On Blogging, Solicitation and E-Mail Signature Blocks Lawful, NLRB Rules (For Now, Anyway)  JD Supra

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RSS bets on small shakhas in hinterland to make it big in TN  The Times of India Blog

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What is RSS? And Is It Still Important?  Small Business Trends

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'I'm the patient now' | Maryland ER doctor blogs about breast cancer journey  WUSA9.com

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eBay Kills Affiliate Tool that Drives Traffic to Seller Listings  EcommerceBytes

Josh Bycer's Blog - Revisiting the Fall of Resident Evil - Gamasutra
Josh Bycer's Blog - Revisiting the Fall of Resident Evil  Gamasutra

Simon Carless's Blog - Why TikTok matters for game discovery - Gamasutra
Simon Carless's Blog - Why TikTok matters for game discovery  Gamasutra

Martin Annander's Blog - Love Letter to Cyberpunk 2077 - Gamasutra
Martin Annander's Blog - Love Letter to Cyberpunk 2077  Gamasutra

Not Game Over: Game Developers Tackle the Climate Crisis - Gamasutra
Not Game Over: Game Developers Tackle the Climate Crisis  Gamasutra

Blogging is back, but better » Nieman Journalism Lab - Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard
Blogging is back, but better » Nieman Journalism Lab  Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard

Michael Wagner's Blog - Marketing for Indie Devs: Market Research - Gamasutra
Michael Wagner's Blog - Marketing for Indie Devs: Market Research  Gamasutra

Cybersecurity & privacy expert Edward McNicholas joins This Week in Legal Blogging today - LexBlog
Cybersecurity & privacy expert Edward McNicholas joins This Week in Legal Blogging today  LexBlog

Plano teen creates blog about mental health | News | starlocalmedia.com - Star Local Media
Plano teen creates blog about mental health | News | starlocalmedia.com  Star Local Media

Using Unity's New 2D Animation Package for Traditional Sprite Animation - Gamasutra
Using Unity's New 2D Animation Package for Traditional Sprite Animation  Gamasutra

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

What Is an RSS Feed? (+ How to Get Started) - G2
What Is an RSS Feed? (+ How to Get Started)  G2

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Will there be peace between India and Pakistan?  The Times of India Blog

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Charles Games, Year 1. Making serious indie games, business recap (Part 1)  Gamasutra

As Microsoft moves more blogs off its MSDN and TechNet sites, here's how to stay current - ZDNet
As Microsoft moves more blogs off its MSDN and TechNet sites, here's how to stay current  ZDNet

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Live Blogging with Eddie Rivera: Dodgers Beat Nationals 3-0, for Sweep – Pasadena Now  Pasadena Now

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Exiled Azerbaijani blogger Mahammad Mirzali stabbed at least 16 times in knife attack in France  CPJ Press Freedom Online

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Going Indie in the Midst of a Pandemic  Gamasutra

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What Happened to Tagging?  JSTOR Daily

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Blog vs YouTube Over Other Websites: How to Choose  Legal Reader

A Few Simple Benefits of Using An RSS Feed - Business 2 Community
A Few Simple Benefits of Using An RSS Feed  Business 2 Community

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The Not so Secrets to Success in the Game Industry  Gamasutra

Josh Bycer's Blog - The Successful Steps of Early Access Games - Gamasutra
Josh Bycer's Blog - The Successful Steps of Early Access Games  Gamasutra

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RSS’s standardised Hinduism – Part 3  Times of India

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Mattia Podini's Blog - 7 Nudges & Manipulative Techniques present in Undertale  Gamasutra

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Why Nintendo's Switch continues to see so much success  Gamasutra

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We're two devs who made an open world alien galaxy – Here's How  Gamasutra

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RSS is the greatest enemy of Hinduism  Times of India

David Logan's Blog - Indie Insights: Hooks and Anchors - Gamasutra
David Logan's Blog - Indie Insights: Hooks and Anchors  Gamasutra

Ryan Sumo's Blog - How much should I discount my game? - Gamasutra
Ryan Sumo's Blog - How much should I discount my game?  Gamasutra

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Game platform deep-dive: from NeuroVoider to ScourgeBringer  Gamasutra

Keith Burgun's Blog - Adding Strategy to your Tactics - Gamasutra
Keith Burgun's Blog - Adding Strategy to your Tactics  Gamasutra

Nvidia launches new GeForce Now Priority subscription, as it nears 10 million members - Gamasutra
Nvidia launches new GeForce Now Priority subscription, as it nears 10 million members  Gamasutra

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Ruben Torres Bonet's Blog - Compilation Visualizer: Uncover These Iteration Time Killers  Gamasutra

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Mario Mihokovic's Blog - Starpoint Gemini 3: Navigating a Year of Hell  Gamasutra

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Analysis: Apple vs. Epic - the key monopoly takeaways  Gamasutra

Skyblock Game's Blog - Devlog #1 | Skyblock - Gamasutra
Skyblock Game's Blog - Devlog #1 | Skyblock  Gamasutra

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Happy 25th year, blogging. You’ve grown up, but social media is still having a brawl  The Guardian

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How a former Detroit Pistons blogger — Ohio's Jason Preston — became March Madness star  Detroit Free Press

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Javier Barnes's Blog - Magic Legends: First Impressions  Gamasutra

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Coffman named 2020-2021 member manager of YALSA's blog, The Hub  ala.org

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Simon Carless's Blog - Apple's Arcade shifts, Steam's cookies & more  Gamasutra

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What are your game's pre-release 'story beats'?  Gamasutra

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Angela Limoncelli's Blog - 5 Insights from 3700 Reviews of Cyberpunk 2077  Gamasutra

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Josh Bycer's Blog - A Design Discussion on Death Stranding  Gamasutra

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Ruben Torres Bonet's Blog - Unity Ray-Tracing: Get Started Now  Gamasutra

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Ben Weber's Blog - The Zynga Analytics Platform in 2020  Gamasutra

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How to Auto-Post your Blog Updates to Twitter  Digital Inspiration

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Josh Bycer's Blog - A Study on Modern Mobile Design  Gamasutra

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Pinarayi’s midnight rendezvous  The Times of India Blog

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The eccentric economic ideology of RSS and BJP – Part 2  Times of India

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Game Composers and the Importance of Themes: Interactivity in Game Music (Pt. 5)  Gamasutra

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Packers-Saints Week 3 Live Blog - Packers.com  Packers.com

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Simon Carless's Blog - Is Steam really conspiring to price fix?  Gamasutra

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How to Fix Miscommunication Issues in Your Team  Gamasutra

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How Getting Over It Introduced The Positives of 'Jank'  Gamasutra

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Manusmriti, maya and Hindutva’s other ghosts  The Times of India Blog

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Google AdSense Ads in RSS Feeds - First Impressions & Screenshots  Digital Inspiration

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rahul sehgal's Blog - Five Secrets of Game Art Direction  Gamasutra

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How did Fall Guys get it so right?  Gamasutra

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Behind the dizzying ride to the top for Among Us  Gamasutra

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The Bright Side of Ray-Traced Global Illumination  Gamasutra

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The four reasons why Indian liberals are a fast-disappearing species  The Times of India Blog

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Simon Carless's Blog - Steam Game Festival kicks into high gear  Gamasutra

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Do betas & demos right, the Monster Train way!  Gamasutra

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Karl Kontus's Blog - Marketing advice for small indie developers  Gamasutra

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We need a White Paper on farm reforms – Part 1  The Times of India Blog

How to Write a Successful Blog - Digital Inspiration
How to Write a Successful Blog  Digital Inspiration

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Nvidia GeForce Now cloud gaming service comes to iOS  Gamasutra

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Universal message of Christmas  The Times of India Blog

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Time has come for an all-India Muslim party  The Times of India Blog

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Why Google killed off Google Reader: It was self-defense – Gigaom  GigaOM

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Why no one wants Mamata Banerjee to win this time  The Times of India Blog

Four in five consumers don't know what cloud gaming can offer, Omdia's research reveals - Gamasutra
Four in five consumers don't know what cloud gaming can offer, Omdia's research reveals  Gamasutra

VA Catholic priest blogged about child sex abuse. Now, he says bishop is threatening to defrock him - WUSA9.com
VA Catholic priest blogged about child sex abuse. Now, he says bishop is threatening to defrock him  WUSA9.com

eBay Sums Up Changes to Affiliate Marketing - EcommerceBytes
eBay Sums Up Changes to Affiliate Marketing  EcommerceBytes

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The big boost - PlayStation Plus & Fall Guys' success?  Gamasutra

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Post Mortem on our Launch of Dungeons of Edera, an endlessly replayable Dark Souls roguelike  Gamasutra

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Khela Shesh: Didi just another sacrifice in Modi’s Ashwamedha  The Times of India Blog

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Understanding AIMIM’s rise: Muslim voters have rejected the counterfeit liberalism of ‘secular’ parties  Economic Times

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