RSS 101 Tutorial – Part 1

RSS 101 Tutorial – Part 1

An introduction to RSS

RSS is a kind of news feed very similar to the old wire services. Content is created someplace and distributed or syndicated to a lot of other places.

RSS allows you to use all sorts of info just by adding certain simple HTML code to your web pages or blogs. Well get to why you might want to do this in a minute, but first lets talk a little about what RSS is.

RSS abbreviated from Real Simple Syndication is one of the present entrants in the field of Internet marketing and meeting customer data needs.

Initially, news sites used RSS primarily to distribute headlines and present news updates to readers, just like the wires do. Seeing its immense essence and the interest it generated among data

seekers, other organizations, individuals, and online marketers are joining the bandwagon and exploring the literally unlimited opportunities RSS offers.

RSS is ideal since collecting and sharing often enough updated content. This is equally true since both content consumer and content providers. For reference if you are interested in Apple Computers and football, you could compose RSS feeds so you notice only news about these part every day. Similarly, you can use RSS to indirectly host a lot of content on your websites, at low or no cost, very no doubt.

How does RSS work?

An RSS feed is an XML file, similar to an HTML page. Its main components include a list of index that are essentially chunks of information intended so that the readers. Each item in the list has its own title and summary along with a link to details of the summarized information. The whole thing is automated, and you basically select the kinds of feeds you want some are free, some are cheap, some are pricey, just like any other info, but you dont need to worry about creating complex filters, the feeds are all subject specialized.

RSS feeds are everywhere now but a respected place to look at RSS feeds are the considerable RSS directories such as News Is Free and Syndic8, search engine directories, topical feeds like Network54 and Yahoo! Groups, and blogs such as Bloglines and QuickTopic.

As an Internet surfer, you can subscribe to any feed that interests you or meets your data requirements. You can also construct you own RSS feeds, publish them on your web site or/and sites that host RSS feeds. Similarly, you can syndicate with other web masters to show their proper feeds on your site while they show your RSS feeds on their web sites. It is a fast, certainly managed way of getting a lot of topical info around.

Unequal types versions of RSS

RSS has been around for quite some time though it is gaining end user awareness and popularity only now. Netscape created the technology and you may come across or hear about certain versions.

Generally, you dont need to worry about the version from a technical standpoint. RSS 2 is the main recognized today.

Locating and reading your first RSS feed

Try the directories mentioned above or go to any major news site like CNN.com, MSNBC.com or innumerable others.

Hardly all of them offer RSS now. If the site supports RSS feeds, it will show an RSS button in the URL area of your browser.

These buttons indicate that the associated link or text is a feed. Most sites offering RSS will give simple directions in how to use their particular feed. It is closely always a simple matter of copying

and pasting a small piece of HTML code. If you dont work on websites there are a number of RSS browsers available, making it easy since anyone to return the newsletter they want. these browsers are regularly called aggregrators or newsreaders but they are cheap, simple software that lets you read the feeds!

The simplest way Using Internet Browsers

Easily browse to a site that offers RSS feeds, use the site’s search feature to look for the required info, and in no time you will notice a listing of all related feeds. As mentioned, each feed displays its own summary and a link to a web page. In symbol, you find a feed appraised exploring beyond, just click on the page link to view detailed news. Otherwise, scroll through the feed listing.

There are various RSS browsing sites where you can search so that newsletter. Once you come across a site or directory that offers you bona fide options, you can become its member and subscribe to it to regularly receive RSS feeds on the topics of your choice. Some of these are free, others not.

At present, the membership so that about of these sites is free. RSS sites also manage their members feed lists and automatically perform related searches bringing you newer relative feeds. Bloglines and News Is Free are some such popular sites.

The next part will be about: “Reading feeds through RSS Aggregators”

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