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

Farewell to the blog - Politico
Farewell to the blog  Politico

Are reviews by travel bloggers trustable? [Travel] - Africanews English
Are reviews by travel bloggers trustable? [Travel]  Africanews English

G.O.P.-Led Senate Panel Affirms Russia Attacked Election, and Urges Action - The New York Times
G.O.P.-Led Senate Panel Affirms Russia Attacked Election, and Urges Action  The New York Times

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

What Is an RSS Feed? (+Examples and Instructions for Getting Started) - G2
What Is an RSS Feed? (+Examples and Instructions for Getting Started)  G2

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

NetNewsWire 5.0 RSS Reader Rebuilt from Scratch, Now Free and Open Source - WP Tavern
NetNewsWire 5.0 RSS Reader Rebuilt from Scratch, Now Free and Open Source  WP Tavern

Track RSS Feeds (Yes RSS) with Feedly – ProfHacker - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education
Track RSS Feeds (Yes RSS) with Feedly – ProfHacker - Blogs  The Chronicle of Higher Education

WordPress vs. Wix: What's the Best Website Platform for Manufacturers? - ThomasNet News
WordPress vs. Wix: What's the Best Website Platform for Manufacturers?  ThomasNet News

Mohan Bhagwat, 6 Other RSS Functionaries Join Twitter - Outlook India
Mohan Bhagwat, 6 Other RSS Functionaries Join Twitter  Outlook India

Wanted: An enemy for RSS to help BJP grow in Tamil Nadu - Times of India
Wanted: An enemy for RSS to help BJP grow in Tamil Nadu  Times of India

'Ideology of socialism is not different from ideology of the RSS … People have reposed faith in BJP leadership' - Times of India
'Ideology of socialism is not different from ideology of the RSS … People have reposed faith in BJP leadership'  Times of India

Reform suggestions for Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh - Times of India
Reform suggestions for Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh  Times of India

Increase Your Business Visibility with These 4 LinkedIn Tools - Business 2 Community
Increase Your Business Visibility with These 4 LinkedIn Tools  Business 2 Community

My RSS feeds from a decade ago, a snapshot of gadget blogging when that was a thing - Boing Boing
My RSS feeds from a decade ago, a snapshot of gadget blogging when that was a thing  Boing Boing

Why Gurumurthy and RSS need a worldview - Economic Times
Why Gurumurthy and RSS need a worldview  Economic Times

Kibbles 'n' Bits 2/6/19: I have seen the Snappening and it is an RSS feed - Comics Beat
Kibbles 'n' Bits 2/6/19: I have seen the Snappening and it is an RSS feed  Comics Beat

A checklist: 5 steps toward better blogging | 2019-08-31 - grbj.com
A checklist: 5 steps toward better blogging | 2019-08-31  grbj.com

Growing Your Blog Using Email Marketing - Business 2 Community
Growing Your Blog Using Email Marketing  Business 2 Community

The 10 Most Important SEO Strategies For Your WordPress Blog in 2019 - Forbes
The 10 Most Important SEO Strategies For Your WordPress Blog in 2019  Forbes

Security Bloggers Network - Security Boulevard
Security Bloggers Network  Security Boulevard

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

“The Linux of social media”—How LiveJournal pioneered (then lost) blogging - Ars Technica
“The Linux of social media”—How LiveJournal pioneered (then lost) blogging  Ars Technica

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

When Chidambaram was home minister and Narendra Modi & Amit Shah faced probes - Times of India
When Chidambaram was home minister and Narendra Modi & Amit Shah faced probes  Times of India

Australian and British bloggers held in Iran named - BBC News
Australian and British bloggers held in Iran named  BBC News

Five years after Google conquered and abandoned RSS, the news-reader ecosystem is showing green shoots - Boing Boing
Five years after Google conquered and abandoned RSS, the news-reader ecosystem is showing green shoots  Boing Boing

Max Pears's Blog - Level Design for Combat - Gamasutra
Max Pears's Blog - Level Design for Combat  Gamasutra

9 Places to Share Your Blog Feed to Automatically Update Your Social Media Contacts - Search Engine Journal
9 Places to Share Your Blog Feed to Automatically Update Your Social Media Contacts  Search Engine Journal

How to Get the Most Out of Discord - Gamasutra
How to Get the Most Out of Discord  Gamasutra

Rohit Sharma: The art of scoring runs with laziness and effortlessness - Times of India
Rohit Sharma: The art of scoring runs with laziness and effortlessness  Times of India

Akshay Kumar's string of successes invokes the dominant national mood of post-2014 India - Times of India
Akshay Kumar's string of successes invokes the dominant national mood of post-2014 India  Times of India

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

Bob Whitaker's Blog - NASA Historian considers Kerbal Space Program - Gamasutra
Bob Whitaker's Blog - NASA Historian considers Kerbal Space Program  Gamasutra

Joris Dormans's Blog - Unexplored 2 Dev Blog: Tiles to Curves - Gamasutra
Joris Dormans's Blog - Unexplored 2 Dev Blog: Tiles to Curves  Gamasutra

What matters more in academia: scholarship, or untrammelled fealty? The curious case of 're-evaluating' Romila Thapar - Times of India
What matters more in academia: scholarship, or untrammelled fealty? The curious case of 're-evaluating' Romila Thapar  Times of India

Josh Bycer's Blog - How Onboarding Should be Applied to Tutorials - Gamasutra
Josh Bycer's Blog - How Onboarding Should be Applied to Tutorials  Gamasutra

Iuliana U's Blog - Crowdfunding Without A Graphic Designer - Gamasutra
Iuliana U's Blog - Crowdfunding Without A Graphic Designer  Gamasutra

NetEase drives mobile games business in Japan while Tencent builds presence in emerging markets - Gamasutra
NetEase drives mobile games business in Japan while Tencent builds presence in emerging markets  Gamasutra

Why All Of Our Games Look Like Crap - Gamasutra
Why All Of Our Games Look Like Crap  Gamasutra

'Mommy bloggers' study reveals factors that drive success in social influencer marketing - EurekAlert
'Mommy bloggers' study reveals factors that drive success in social influencer marketing  EurekAlert

Is Rahul Gandhi on the same page as Imran Khan? - Times of India
Is Rahul Gandhi on the same page as Imran Khan?  Times of India

Happy 14th Blogiversary To Ann Althouse! - Outside The Beltway - Mobile Edition
Happy 14th Blogiversary To Ann Althouse!  Outside The Beltway - Mobile Edition

Why trifurcation of J&K is essential - Times of India
Why trifurcation of J&K is essential  Times of India

Admiring the Game Design in Hyper-Casual Games - Gamasutra
Admiring the Game Design in Hyper-Casual Games  Gamasutra

How Rahul Gandhi exposed himself to criticism in the last 3 days - Times of India
How Rahul Gandhi exposed himself to criticism in the last 3 days  Times of India

Why Narendra Modi govt could scrap Article 370 - Times of India
Why Narendra Modi govt could scrap Article 370  Times of India

Svyatoslav Cherkasov's Blog - Porting Graveyard Keeper to consoles and mobiles - Gamasutra
Svyatoslav Cherkasov's Blog - Porting Graveyard Keeper to consoles and mobiles  Gamasutra

Claire Sh's Blog - I don't hate social media... - Gamasutra
Claire Sh's Blog - I don't hate social media...  Gamasutra

Uncommon Blogging Tactics Are Highly Effective, New Study Shows - Search Engine Journal
Uncommon Blogging Tactics Are Highly Effective, New Study Shows  Search Engine Journal

Accept or not, Chandrayaan-2 has proved the existence of God again - Times of India
Accept or not, Chandrayaan-2 has proved the existence of God again  Times of India

Pippin Barr's Blog - What Would Mavis Beacon Do? Punish You. - Gamasutra
Pippin Barr's Blog - What Would Mavis Beacon Do? Punish You.  Gamasutra

Ahmed Khalifa's Blog - Level Design Patterns in 2D Games - Gamasutra
Ahmed Khalifa's Blog - Level Design Patterns in 2D Games  Gamasutra

Why Jeff Bezos Went to Medium With His Message - The New York Times
Why Jeff Bezos Went to Medium With His Message  The New York Times

Scientific American Blogs Reminded People They Still Exist - By Scaremongering Vegetables And Promoting Supplements - Science 2.0
Scientific American Blogs Reminded People They Still Exist - By Scaremongering Vegetables And Promoting Supplements  Science 2.0

How to become a science blogger – your 4-step guide - Nanowerk
How to become a science blogger – your 4-step guide  Nanowerk

The Kargil variant - Times of India
The Kargil variant  Times of India

Next step: A West Bank in Kashmir? - Times of India
Next step: A West Bank in Kashmir?  Times of India

How to Make a Casual Mobile Game: Uprising - Project Structure - Gamasutra
How to Make a Casual Mobile Game: Uprising - Project Structure  Gamasutra

Modi's Guruvayur doctrine divides nation on geographical & religious grounds - Times of India
Modi's Guruvayur doctrine divides nation on geographical & religious grounds  Times of India

What will Amit Shah do next? - Times of India
What will Amit Shah do next?  Times of India

Louis McTague's Blog - The Importance of Definitions in Game Design - Gamasutra
Louis McTague's Blog - The Importance of Definitions in Game Design  Gamasutra

Stanislav Costiuc's Blog - Bloodborne: What Defines Responsive Controls - Gamasutra
Stanislav Costiuc's Blog - Bloodborne: What Defines Responsive Controls  Gamasutra

Start RSS Feeding Content Today With dlvr.it to Social Media [How-To] - Rocks Digital
Start RSS Feeding Content Today With dlvr.it to Social Media [How-To]  Rocks Digital

Brandon Sheffield's Blog - Dreamcast 20th anniversary interview extravaganza - Gamasutra
Brandon Sheffield's Blog - Dreamcast 20th anniversary interview extravaganza  Gamasutra

How Megaladons, Krakens and Skeleton Ships Work in Sea of Thieves (Part 3 of 4) - Gamasutra
How Megaladons, Krakens and Skeleton Ships Work in Sea of Thieves (Part 3 of 4)  Gamasutra

Damien Yoccoz's Blog - How To Create A Perfect Localization Kit - Gamasutra
Damien Yoccoz's Blog - How To Create A Perfect Localization Kit  Gamasutra

Nida Ahmad's Blog - The UX of Overwatch Role Queue - Gamasutra
Nida Ahmad's Blog - The UX of Overwatch Role Queue  Gamasutra

5 Social Media Blogs That You Need To Know About In 2019 - Forbes
5 Social Media Blogs That You Need To Know About In 2019  Forbes

Damien Yoccoz's Blog - How To Write A Kickass Game Description - Gamasutra
Damien Yoccoz's Blog - How To Write A Kickass Game Description  Gamasutra

Consoles are resilient for now, but cloud gaming will create new dynamics and competition - Gamasutra
Consoles are resilient for now, but cloud gaming will create new dynamics and competition  Gamasutra

Will poaching legislators help or harm BJP? - Times of India
Will poaching legislators help or harm BJP?  Times of India

Welcome to Starts With A Bang! - ScienceBlogs
Welcome to Starts With A Bang!  ScienceBlogs

Chris Zukowski's Blog - The best slides I saw at GDC 2019 - Gamasutra
Chris Zukowski's Blog - The best slides I saw at GDC 2019  Gamasutra

97-year-old Seattle blogger shares honest view on aging - KING5.com
97-year-old Seattle blogger shares honest view on aging  KING5.com

On surviving Yahoo Pipes, Feedburner futures, and the subscription web - Diginomica
On surviving Yahoo Pipes, Feedburner futures, and the subscription web  Diginomica

Tips & Tricks to manage Open Game Development - Gamasutra
Tips & Tricks to manage Open Game Development  Gamasutra

Max Pears's Blog - Shape Theory in Level Design - Gamasutra
Max Pears's Blog - Shape Theory in Level Design  Gamasutra

Those tiny drops that make our rainbow - Times of India
Those tiny drops that make our rainbow  Times of India

BJP plays the long game: Reclaiming the 'Idea of India' for the next century - Times of India
BJP plays the long game: Reclaiming the 'Idea of India' for the next century  Times of India

The age of Hinduness: Modi has disavowed hard Hindutva for the humanism of 'Hinduness' - Times of India
The age of Hinduness: Modi has disavowed hard Hindutva for the humanism of 'Hinduness'  Times of India

As Article 370 goes down, so does the opposition? - Times of India
As Article 370 goes down, so does the opposition?  Times of India

Best blogging platforms of 2019 - TechRadar
Best blogging platforms of 2019  TechRadar

An enigma called Rahul Gandhi - Times of India
An enigma called Rahul Gandhi  Times of India

Platform for nuclear threats: Is anti-India prejudice hardwired into The New York Times' DNA? - Times of India
Platform for nuclear threats: Is anti-India prejudice hardwired into The New York Times' DNA?  Times of India

Let the Punishment Fit the Twine: Ancient Greek Punishments as Hypertexts - Gamasutra
Let the Punishment Fit the Twine: Ancient Greek Punishments as Hypertexts  Gamasutra

How single leaders will define the 2019 election: They could be decisive in battles for more than a third of the Lok Sabha seats - Times of India
How single leaders will define the 2019 election: They could be decisive in battles for more than a third of the Lok Sabha seats  Times of India

2 women show us the power of personal choice - Times of India
2 women show us the power of personal choice  Times of India

Meet some of Charleston's most popular bloggers and social media influencers - Charleston Post Courier
Meet some of Charleston's most popular bloggers and social media influencers  Charleston Post Courier

More Than 50,000 NSFW Tumblr Blogs Were Archived by the Partiko Team This Week - PRNewswire
More Than 50,000 NSFW Tumblr Blogs Were Archived by the Partiko Team This Week  PRNewswire

Words as weapons of violence- none can beat the seculars - Times of India
Words as weapons of violence- none can beat the seculars  Times of India

Like NRC, the Citizenship Amendment Bill is flawed in conception. Proceed with caution - Times of India
Like NRC, the Citizenship Amendment Bill is flawed in conception. Proceed with caution  Times of India

Await the Ayodhya verdict: Why orchestrated attempt to pre-empt the judicial verdict subverts the rule of law - Times of India
Await the Ayodhya verdict: Why orchestrated attempt to pre-empt the judicial verdict subverts the rule of law  Times of India

Vasburg E''s Blog - Don't Browse ArtStation Too Much - Gamasutra
Vasburg E''s Blog - Don't Browse ArtStation Too Much  Gamasutra

FAQ on a bill (S1629) proposing The Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act - Gamasutra
FAQ on a bill (S1629) proposing The Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act  Gamasutra

A climate of fear: It helps autocracy – but those who disagree should persist past our cowardice - Times of India
A climate of fear: It helps autocracy – but those who disagree should persist past our cowardice  Times of India

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

Breath of the Wild Open World Analysis: Gravity to go Forward - Gamasutra
Breath of the Wild Open World Analysis: Gravity to go Forward  Gamasutra

Changes to Google Play's average ratings: what to expect and how to prepare - Gamasutra
Changes to Google Play's average ratings: what to expect and how to prepare  Gamasutra

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