Saturday, December 09, 2006

Understanding RSS Feeds

RSS feeds have been around for a few years but have only recently been adapted by webmasters to effectively group and syndicate content to readers. RSS feeds provide web masters, bloggers, and other producers of online content a way of providing a choice summary of the content to readers. Many web sites and blogs have now adopted RSS feeds as a means to publish online content summaries.

An RSS feed serves as a way for interested readers to sign up for the feed of a website. They are then emailed when an update is posted with a link to the content or the content is delivered directly in an email to the user. Such an email usually includes a headline to the article or post, a summary of what the article is about, and a link to the original location where it was posted. RSS feeds are beneficial to both web masters and web surfers alike.

The internet has recently surpassed 100-million web pages and the crowd of webmasters continues to grow daily. This has challenged content producers to provide fresh and up to date content so they can stand out from the crowd. Many webmasters have found RSS feeds to be an effective way to produce fresh web contents for interested readers.

The simplicity of RSS is only surpassed by its broad abilities and uses. Webmasters can use RSS to keep their site constantly updated with a fresh stream of content and thereby keeping readers coming back. The frequent updates also mean search engines will be more likely to find and index the site, resulting in greater traffic. RSS also allows the content to be automatically delivered to readers allowing websites to "spread their message" farther and faster than ever before.

RSS feeds can be a great tool for readers too. It allows readers to scan the headlines of articles and only read articles that are of interest to them. RSS feeds are also great for those with a limited amount of time. By having condensed summaries, readers are able to read more information in a shorter amount of time. If readers want to read the full text of an interesting article they are only a click away.

Users can selectively choose just what RSS feeds they want to read, eliminating the spam associated with other forms of content delivery. If readers aren't satisfied with what feed is giving them, all they have to do is unsubscribe. RSS feeds are chosen by consumers rather than forced upon them.

To sign up for an RSS feed go to the website of your choice and look for a link to the RSS of the blog or website. Then simply follow the instructions that are displayed on the page and subscribe to the site's feed.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Blogging for money ? Why not. Although the time spent into this must be quite important, and the content very original in order to attract people.
I'd rather try affiliate programs.