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					Making The Most Of RSS

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Summary:
If you’re spending a lot of time online, you may be noticing a lot of
websites with links to RSS feeds, and you may not be certain what these
are. If you’re looking for current information or if you want to provide
information, you may be missing out on a great tool.

There are a couple opinions as to what RSS stands for, but basically what
you need to know is that it allows the content from a website to be
syndicated. For visitors, this makes it easier to keep up with what...


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rss,blogs


Article Body:
If you’re spending a lot of time online, you may be noticing a lot of
websites with links to RSS feeds, and you may not be certain what these
are. If you’re looking for current information or if you want to provide
information, you may be missing out on a great tool.

There are a couple opinions as to what RSS stands for, but basically what
you need to know is that it allows the content from a website to be
syndicated. For visitors, this makes it easier to keep up with what is
happening on a website; for webmasters it provides one more way to keep
in contact with your visitors.

Even if you are not familiar with RSS you might have used it already.
Yahoo, MSN and Google all have pages you can personalize to include
information that is of interest to you. RSS is how this is generally
done. With each of these services there are items they have listed that
you can easily add as well as a way for you to select an RSS feed so that
exactly the things you are interested in appear on your page.

One of the most common uses is in blogs. The feed is a very popular way
to encourage people to come back and visit regularly, as they are
automatically notified of new content.

Some websites are also using RSS as a supplement to email newsletters.
RSS has the advantage for the user that it is easy to subscribe or
unsubscribe to, and there is no spam. For the website owner, RSS ensures
that their messages do not fall prey to spam filters or spam complaints.

Subscribing to an RSS feed is very easy if you have a My Yahoo, My MSN or
a personalized Google homepage. Some sites have buttons you just click;
other times you need to get the URL of the RSS feed, then find where you
add content to your pages and put in the URL.
You might also choose to use a feed reader on your computer. There are
free and paid versions; a quick search on your favorite search engine
should find one that is suitable to your needs.

If you have a website and want to take advantage of RSS, there are
several possibilities. One is, of course, the aforementioned blog.
Content management systems such as Joomla also provide you with an RSS
feed for people to subscribe to. You can also create an RSS feed on your
own, although that requires more effort.

RSS is tremendously helpful in making content more accessible. A well
planned RSS feed benefits both webmasters and visitors. Choose a way that
is easy for you to subscribe to RSS feeds and let the information come to
you.