What is RSS feed?

Among Bloggers and people who love acquiring information from Internet, RSS feed must not be a new word but for many it’s a Jargon. Today, we will learn about RSS feeds and how it’s useful for everyone to stay updated with news. And also for bloggers that why you can’t afford to miss offering RSS as a subscription option.

What is RSS feed

Most common icon used for RSS feed is in orange and most common placement for the same is in sidebar or around blog post. It’s also call as feed or web feed.

RSS Feed Basics:

RSS is one of the web feed format which is commonly used on Blogs or websites where content are updated regularly like social bookmarking sites. RSS means Really simple syndication.

RSS is a technology which lets you keep track of any updates from your favorite website using any feed reader. Most common practice to keep track of any website updates by user is bookmarking them and open them every day to check for updates RSS feeds enables you to notify all the updates from your favorite website. You can use any feed reader that includes Google reader, feed demon , iGoogle, yahoo homepage and more.

When you subscribe to any website feeds, whenever website will write a new post, you will be notified using your RSS feed reader.

Why you should use RSS feeds?

RSS feeds helps you to save lots of time. After subscribing to RSS feeds you don’t have to open website every time to see the updates. You can simply use any feed readers to get the updates about the website.

Google reader used to be one of the best Feed reader and people use it to subscribe to blog updated using RSS. Here are some of the best alternatives to Google reader, after it got shut down.

On WordPress, you get feed feature by default but it’s not so user friendly. One easy step is to burn your feed using Feedburner and you can also enable feature like Email subscription which will be very helpful. For any blogger, it’s very important to offer RSS updates and most common placement for feed icon is on the sidebar or on nav bar.

How to subscribe to any website feeds?

feed_subscroption_optionsIf you will notice most of website you browse has a Orange icon for feeds, like shoutmeloud has on the sidebar. Click on the link and there you will have option to subscribe to feeds using your favorite service.

Foe example , when you click on Shoutmeloud feed subscription option either by clicking on the sidebar or by clicking on this link : Subscribe to shoutmeloud feeds

You will be redirected to a new page, where you can select How you can subscribe to the feeds.

If you use Yahoo homepage or igoogle as your homepage, you can click on the icon to subscribe to feeds.

I have created this video to understand how you can subscribe to any website

I hope this article will give you enough insight about RSS feed, in case if you have more questions, feel free to ask.

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Harsh Agrawal is a blog scientist and a passionate blogger. He is blogging since 2008 & writes about Blogging, SEO, Make money online & tech. His blog, ShoutMeLoud receives 1 million Pageviews/month and have over 700K subscribers.


COMMENTs ( 5 )

  1. sudha says

    Though when you have lots of Email to follow, it always create a problem by subscribing to Email.
    I will recommend have a look at My previous post on RSS feed reader : Feed demon. I’m sure you will like it

  2. says

    Explaining RSS feeds to your visitors is a great way to help others use RSS to their benefit, and gain a subscriber as well. It’s a good post to reference near areas where you ask others to subscribe.

    ~ Kristi

    • says

      Thanks Kikolani for commenting..
      Such post actually work as backbone for further posts. I think every blog should write basic post first so that they can use it as a referrals later on, instead of sending traffic to external links.

  3. George Serradinho says

    Hi Harsh,

    I rather subscribe to RSS via email as it’s easier for me, but I do know a lot people who use the other way :)

  4. Himanshu says

    You clear all my doubts about RSS feeds, i had some confusion regarding this topic. Thats why I love Shoutmeloud, simple and best.:-)