RSS is an acronymn for Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary . RSS (noun) - an XML format for distributing news headlines on the Web . RSS. RSS Feeds This presentation will answer the following questions:. What is RSS? Why use RSS? What is RSS used for?
RSS is an acronymn for Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary.RSS (noun) - an XML format for distributing news headlines on the Web.
RSS is a defined standard for syndicating headlines and other content.
RSS is created using XML or eXtensible Markup Language, which is a markup language
similar to HTML. All fields are defined. Tags are used to denote the field’s classification. Like HTML, proper construction requires that tags are both opened and closed.
Example: <title> Title of Item in Feed </title>
RSS has been around for more than a decade, but only recently the standard has been
embraced by bloggers, webmasters and large news portals as a means of distributing
Information, in a standardized format.
RSS as a means of communicating:
Email is burdened with:
Benefits to RSS:
This Alexa graph represents traffic increase on Software Marketing Resource.
After the beginning of July SMR began updating their RSS feed on a daily basis, the significant traffic increase is evident in the graph above.
Initially RSS was restricted to News Headlines. As RSS’ popularity has increased the uses
For RSS have expanded. Common uses for RSS include:
Common Industry specific uses for RSS include:
RSS feeds can be created using :
In order to use a text editor you must be familiar with all of the fields and
accepted formats. The following sites can be used as resources:
To create feeds using desktop software, you may want to consider
FeedForAll . FeedForAll allows users to quickly and easily, create, edit
and publish RSS feeds that conform to specifications.
FeedForAll has a built in wizard that makes feed creation very easy.
Feed Title –
Enter the title of your RSS feed. This is the generally the theme that your Feed will follow. Similar to the title ofa website’s index page.
Feed Description –
Enter the description of yourRSS feed.This is a summary of theme thatthe RSS feed will follow.
Similar to a website’s description.
Feed Link –
Enter the link of your RSS feed.This is the link of the website containing contents related to
the RSS feed.
Item Title –
Within each feed is a number of items. Each item containsinformation related to specifictopic within the theme. It couldbe a blog post, or a special offer.
Item Description –
Summary of item. Often this
Is an overview or portion of the item.
Item Link –
Include exact url to item on web page, its best for each item to have a unique link.Feeds generally contain multiple items. These couldbe blog posts, news items, items on sale…
Additional information, including images can be added to RSS feeds to enhance them.
Once a Feed is created, you have a number of options.
Graphics Indicating Feed
RSS feeds can be read two different ways.
There are a number of desktop RSS Readers available like FeedDemon
A large list of RSS feed readers is available at:
To subscribe to a specific RSS feed, simply enter the url of the RSS file into the
software, the extension is usually .xml or .rss
FeedDemon RSS Reader
To add feeds, simply enter the url of the .xml or .rss file. The software will routinely check for
feed updates, and maybe able to auto-detect sites that have feeds available.
Once feeds are added they will
appear in the list. In the left hand
column feeds are listed, they
are bolded when a feed is updated.
The right hand side displays the
actual contents of the feed.
If a headline is of interest user
simply click on the the headline.
Web based readers work similar to desktop clients, they are often designed to be start pages.
Simply enter the urls of the feeds you wish to monitor, often they will allow you to determine the
number of items that you want to see for each feed. Each time feeds are updated new items will
Appear in your web browser.
Popular web based readers include:
FeedScout – http://www.feedscout.com
Active Web Reader – http://www.deskshare.com/awr.aspx
Yahoo – http://my.yahoo.comcan even display RSS feeds.
The bottom line is that RSS makes surfers more productive and saves time it is not burdened
with the problems commonly associated with e-mail and offers a great communication venue.
If you have not considered using RSS perhaps its time to take a closer look at:
This presentation by NotePage, Inc. developers of FeedForAll
FeedForAll – http://www.feedforall.com
RSS Specifications – http://www.rss-specifications.com
Blog Connection – http://www.blog-connection.com