RSS – if You Want a Good Feed

 

 

Okay, I admit this title came to me when I was hungry one lunchtime, but the fact is many bloggers are overlooking an opportunity to feed their blog with lots of visitors. Even ones that will repeat on them. Okay, I’ll stop the digestion references there.

There are many tools or widgets you can add to a blog to help with the layout and updating of pages. Other tools help to spread the content you put on the blog. One example is RSS, a group of web feed formats used by blogs that help to maintain an ongoing, permanent contact with their visitors.

Why is RSS the first choice for a large number of users? Well, an RSS feed includes the text on the blog or a summary of the content. This means your audience can keep a close watch over the blog without having to visit the blog to check the pages in detail.

The abbreviation RSS stands for Rich Site Summary (or Really Simple Syndication). Therefore, besides the advantage of delivering fresh web content, RSS enables many internet users to stay informed. You can easily keep an automated look out for and retrieve whatever information you are interested in from specific sites. From this perspective, RSS is a great alternative to subscribing to email newsletters as it doesn’t require you giving away your email address.

If you decide to use an RSS, you won’t need anything except a special feed reader, and even here there is a wide variety to choose from. I am currently using Feedly [www.feedly.com] which seems to be a good alternative for the old but now deceased Google Reader.

If you have a blog of your own an RSS feed will help you maintain contact with your visitors. If you find a blog that has useful or entertaining posts you can use RSS to keep updated every time a new post is put up on the site.

Oh, and while we’re on the subject, the RSS feed for this blog can be accessed by clicking on the orange image to the right of the page, just under the optin form. If you want to practice using an RSS feed or if you want to keep updated whenever I add a new post, or both, just click on the RSS image. Thanks.

 

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