What is RSS feed? RSS for Beginnners Explained (2020)


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RSS feed is an important term for bloggers to understand & in this guide I have explained what is RSS feed & how to start using it. For a blogger it’s one way to let their users subscribe to blog updates.

Among Bloggers and people who love acquiring information from the 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.

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

RSS Feed Basics:

RSS is one of the web feed formats which is commonly used on Blogs or websites where content is regularly updated 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 the 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 Feeldy (Most popular).

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

Also see: How to setup RSS feed using WordPress

Why should you use RSS feeds?

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

On WordPress, you get feed feature by default, but it’s not so user-friendly. One natural step is to burn your feed using Feedburner and you can also enable features like Email subscription which will be very helpful.

For any blogger, it’s very important to offer RSS updates, and the most common placement for feed icon is on the sidebar or on the navbar.

Also see: How to get more RSS subscriber for your blog

How to subscribe to any website feeds?

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If you notice most of the website you browse has an Orange icon for feeds like ShoutMeLoud has this on the homepage & the sidebar.

Click on the link, and there you will have the option to subscribe to feeds using your favorite service.

Subscribe on YouTube

For 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.

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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A Blogger, Author and a speaker! Harsh Agrawal is recognized as a leader in digital marketing and FinTech space. Fountainhead of ShoutMeLoud, and a Speaker at ASW, Hero Mindmine, Inorbit, IBM, India blockchain summit. Also, an award-winning blogger.

6 thoughts on “What is RSS feed? RSS for Beginnners Explained (2020)”

  1. Deepak Bisht

    Woah man that was some really good help.
    It’s been hours understanding RSS feed now but still worth the wait. Also, i was thinking how would one set up these RSS feeds and so I looked up into your website and there it was. You’ve recommended Feedburner and now i am using it too. Also it was easy to set it all up.

    Thanks for all Harsh happy Blogging (:

  2. sudha

    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

  3. Kikolani

    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

    1. Harsh Agrawal

      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.

  4. George Serradinho

    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 🙂

  5. Himanshu

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

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