What Do You Know About RSS – Really Simple Syndication

RSS has been around for awhile, yet many bloggers are still not taking full advantage of this important resource. So if you aren’t utilizing it, here’s some information about RSS and a few RSS tips as well.

About RSS

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. And it is indeed, really simple to set up and use.

Become an RSS Publisher

As a blogger you can use to get subscribers who are interested in your content. You don’t have to be concerned with sending out emails and then wondering if they were filtered out as spam or having to deal with overcrowded in boxes.

By publishing your own and using the right keywords, you will attract more interest from the search engines – which is always a good thing, since it will lead to more organic traffic. There are also RSS directories which will help get your feeds out to many people who are wary to give out their email addresses.

It will help you to get your content published on other websites as well as allowing you to offer more quality content on your site. Nobody can keep up to date with the amount of information available and by offering good information that your readers can use, even though you didn’t create it, helps to create reader loyalty.

Subscribing to RSS

As a subscriber, I don’t have to be concerned about email viruses. The content is delivered directly to my desktop or browser. It is information I am interested in, and I can easily unsubscribe at any time. I don’t have to worry about being spammed, because my email address is not given put to the site I am subscribing to. I can get the exact information I am interested in without having to scan through numerous articles.

One good place to check out RSS feed sources is: http://www.bloglines.com/. It is free to register.

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1. You can get started for free. If you are a blogger start using it right now and start publishing. Sign up for Google’s ‘Feedburner’. Alternatively, just do a search for RSS. There are several other reputable companies that offer free RSS services as well as some service that offer little extras you can pay for as well.

2. Make it easy for people to easily find your RSS feeds. It is usually an orange RSS button/subscriber link. Some sites make you search for their RSS feeds, and so many people don’t even bother.

3. Consider using RSS to publish and send your audio files, applications and product information. Use as many mediums as you can to increase the awareness of your ‘brand’.

4. Write down the title, description, link and keywords for each of your feeds and submit them to the relevant RSS directories. If your information is about don’t submit your RSS feeds to Children’s directories. Here is a source for you to check out: http://masternewmedia.org/rss/top55/.

5. Make sure to ping the exact URL of your updated content. This lets other directories know that new information is available and they will list it.

6. Create a RSS page for your readers to let them know the value of receiving your RSS feeds

7. Offer several different feeds for specific information. For example some of your readers may be more interested in AdSense than AdWords. So instead of forcing them to look through your whole feed, break it down into categories and make it easy for them.

There is a lot of out there, and hopefully this will pique your interest and encourage you to look a little further and learn more about RSS. And get started using those RSS tips right away to reap the benefits and get more search engine love.

Be Fearless
Karen Fields

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