I often ask this question, so this short article aims to help explain the concept and relevance of RSS.
If you own or run a blog for any purpose, RSS feeds are essential if you want to keep readers up to date with the latest posts. Your readers can subscribe to your blog in many ways, but the most used system is through RSS feeds.
So what is RSS?
In short, it stands for “rich site summary”, or often referred to as “really simple federation”. Millions of internet users around the world use this technology to keep track of their favorite websites. Most people think this is some type of news feed that you subscribe to.
In the days before RSS, if you wanted to follow updates on a website, you had to “tag” the website in your browser and return to the website periodically to check for changes. The problem is, you have to do all the work yourself. If you have to track a lot of sites, it can get complicated quickly. It’s easy to miss important information or get caught up in a never-ending cycle of constantly revisiting the same information.
RSS is saving the world!
What we need is a technology that notifies us every time the site is updated. This is basically what RSS does. It provides a way to quickly receive relevant and up-to-date information after publication.
In a way, it is like subscribing to a regularly sent magazine, but every time it receives an update from your favorite website, it does not receive your email directly, it sends it directly to your RSS reader. Even the most technically missing web users can easily master RSS and make full use of technology.
How do you use RSS?
First of all, download the RSS Feed reader!
There are many free options to choose from that combine useful (and useless) features. A simple starting point is Google Reader or Bloglines. Personally, I still think Google Reader is more than enough, but a simple search provides many alternatives.
I think readers’ work is a bit like email. Unread feeds are shown in bold in an inbox-style list. Clicking on a specific feed will give you updated information and usually the option to visit the actual site. When you’re done, just move on to the next feed.
The best way to learn how to use the new feeder is to subscribe to some of the feeds and try them out. If you have any problems, the help section provided will guide you through the entire process.
There are two ways to find RSS feeds. The first is the website you want to visit and the second is your browser. On-site plans are usually buttons or widgets and come in different shapes and sizes, so pay attention and click to subscribe.
Today most web browsers have RSS feeds. When you visit a site, you may see an RSS feed on the right side of the address bar where the site URL is located.
To register quickly, just click on the orange button. After doing this a few times, you will see unread items appear in the feed reader and you can get started. You can also unsubscribe at any time, so don’t be afraid to choose some activation options as you can delete them at any time later.
You don’t have to worry about security issues, your email will remain private and will not be used for any other purpose except for sending daily updates.
I hope this helps you, and you now know a little about RSS technology. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Fraser is a freelance writer, author and CEO of Pro-Content Australia, providing professional online and offline content writing services worldwide.