What the Heck is an RSS Feed?

by Sherryl Perry on December 7, 2011

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We’ve all seen them . . . those little RSS icons (sometimes with text prompting you to subscribe). You may already have an RSS feed set up. You probably have subscribers and routinely submit your feed to directories. Using RSS feeds may already play be part of your link building efforts or (if you’re relatively new to blogging), you may be a little perplexed by the whole thing. Subscribing to an RSS feed can be pretty intimidating. So what the heck is this RSS stuff all about anyways?

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. To me, an RSS feed is like a “TV Guide” for websites where you’ve filtered the content to focus on only those channels/websites that you’re interested in. One way to access RSS feeds is using an RSS reader such as Google Reader, NewsGator or BlogLines  to view the feeds that you’ve subscribed to. (Feel free to click on the “Subscribe to this  RSS Feed” link at the top of this page to get blog updates from me.) Your RSS reader will check your subscriptions for website feeds that have been updated and then deliver them to you in a format that you can easily monitor and read.

When I first wrote this article (back in 2010), I was still relatively new to blogging and I used Google Reader. Times have changed and I no longer routinely read RSS feeds. Back then, I was still seeking good content curators. I now am subscribed to a handful of RSS feeds that I have delivered right to my email but I also find myself reading online magazines created with Scoop.it and Summify. When I did use Google Reader, I had my Internet browser open to it when I launched it. That way, I could quickly check for updates throughout the day.

Below is a partial screenshot of what my Google reader page looks like. Each light blue bar represents one of the RSS feeds that I’m subscribed to. Underneath most of them are 3 links and 3 plus-signs. The links are taken from the titles of the posts. I can preview the post by clicking on the plus-sign. When you only see a blue bar with no links below it, it’s because I’ve chosen to minimize that particular feed. By clicking on the drop-down icon (on the right of the bar), I can select expand this gadget and see the 3 latest updates.

Google Reader for RSS Feeds

You’ll also notice in the screenshot that I like having the weather display (living in New England – that can be exciting) and the spotlight video from YouTube. It’s so easy to rearrange these feeds too. By moving your cursor to the upper left of any of these “gadgets”, you’ll see the move icon (4 intersecting arrows).  Just left-click and drag to customize your page. If you’ve changed your mind and want to delete the feed completely, click on the drop-down icon and select delete this gadget.

The next question you may be asking yourself is should you have an RSS feed? Well… do you have a blog? If you do, then I would yes, add an RSS feed. (One of the easiest ways to create an RSS feed is to use Google Feedburner.)

Having an RSS feed gives you one more opportunity to connect with your readers by making it easy for them to get updates. Of course, one size never really does seem to fit all. So, be sure to offer people other ways to connect with you including social networking sites like Twitter and let’s not forget email. That’s still the communication method of choice for lots of people.

How do you handle RSS feeds? Do you still use a RSS reader? Do you use Scoop.it or Summify? A better question (for those of you who didn’t need this little primer) is how do you handle your own RSS feed? Do you have a lot of subscribers? What sites do you automatically submit your content to? Do you have any tips to share with us like plugins or other tools? (I think I see a new post on this in the future. Thanks! :))

CAUTION: Feedburner is great and I recommend using it. However, bloggers need to tweak the settings. The default settings redirect backlinks to Google and away from your site. Here’s an excellent article on what to do to prevent this: Feedburner Is Stealing Your CommentLuv Backlinks!

Article Originally Published on: Jun 3, 2010

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sean
Twitter:
February 21, 2012 at 11:08 am

Sherryl-

Thanks for explaining this technology so clearly. I am using feeds on several of my blogs. I was wondering if you know where I can find interesting and engaging feeds about local areas? Local news feeds? Local review feeds?

Thanks

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Sherryl Perry February 22, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Sean, I would start by searching on local news and then see where it takes you. If you find a news site or blog that you find interesting, you could follow their RSS feed. Sorry I can’t be of more help. Maybe another reader here will have a better suggestion.
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sean
Twitter:
February 22, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Sherryl -

That’s a great place to start. You’ve been very helpful.

Thanks

sean

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Joe February 15, 2012 at 6:40 pm

Hi, thanks for the article, I am new to this and am very interested in learning about it. This has provided great information that I did not know before and I know will be helping me in the future. But I was wondering, is there a particular place on the web page you should place the RSS feed?

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Sherryl Perry February 16, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Hi Joe,
I added the RSS button along with the rest of my social media follow buttons on the top of my sidebar. This was the simplest way for me. I just added the HTML code into a text widget. Some people incorporate these buttons into their header graphic. This is a little more complicated to accomplish. Either way, I believe people look for them in the upper right of their screen. Definitely, put them “above the fold”, so that no one has to scroll to see them.
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Dia
Twitter:
January 30, 2012 at 11:18 am

I did not understand what an RSS feed was for such a long time, I always saw it on all kinds of sites but never know what it was so stood away from it.
Although I am more enlightened now, I still learned some new things from your post… :)

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Sherryl Perry February 16, 2012 at 12:57 pm

Dia, Thanks for letting me know that you picked up a few tips from my article about RSS feeds.
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Chris
Twitter:
January 21, 2012 at 9:37 am

I let my readers sign up to my RSS feed, yet I’m not actually subscribed to any haha. Mainly becaude I didn’t realise you could do it through Google! Good post :)

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Sherryl Perry January 21, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Thanks for letting me know that you liked my post Chris. I subscribe to RSS feeds of a few bloggers who write about content that I find valuable. It helps me learn about topics that I’m less familiar with. In turn, I can share their valuable content which adds valuable to my tweets and likes. It can be a win-win situation. The thing is to not get carried away with following too many feeds because it can take a lot of your time.
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Ellie
Twitter:
January 16, 2012 at 9:33 pm

The concept of an RSS feed has always been confusing to me. Especially how to implement it on my blog. Your post has been very helpful in clearing things up for me.

Thanks Sherryl.

Ellie

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Anna January 12, 2012 at 4:24 am

Well, at least now I can understand some portion of what the heck RSS means…been looking at that thing for years now, and ofc due to other factors I never rally got a chance to read about it. Thank you.

Cheers

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Sherryl Perry January 12, 2012 at 12:00 pm

I know Anna, for something that’s supposed to be “simple”, it can be pretty intimidating.
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Harrison
Twitter:
January 5, 2012 at 10:43 pm

Thanks for sharing your insights into RSS Feeds. I’ve actually never read up on or had the time to really read into what RSS really does. So thanks for the post! :)

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Sherryl Perry January 6, 2012 at 2:27 pm

You’re welcome. I remember being confused by them when I started blogging. They certainly come in handy now. There are directories that you can submit your RSS feed to too.
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Matt
Twitter:
January 4, 2012 at 7:42 pm

I think there is a lot more to be done with RSS that a lot of webmasters neglect, often myself included. I personally rarely bother with it, but that’s not to say nobody else does. Recently wrote my own PHP generated XML feed as my site is not based on any existing platform – that was a challenge but ultimately, it now allows me to feed posts and products to Webmaster Tools and users more easily.

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Sherryl Perry January 5, 2012 at 10:40 am

One of the advantages of having an RSS feed is that you can easily submit it to directory websites.
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Trish
Twitter:
January 2, 2012 at 10:45 am

Sherryl, Thank you so much for the info on RSS feeds. I was thoroughly confused about them when I first started blogging and just used them because I felt it was necessary. I find that confusion amusing now that I know what RSS stands for! Thanks for the link to the article about the feedburner links — I think I’ll need to tweak my settings. Thanks again, Sherryl!

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Sherryl Perry January 2, 2012 at 10:56 am

You’re welcome Trish. I felt RSS feeds were overly complicated in the beginning too. Good luck with your Feedburner configuration. It’s a simple but necessary fix.
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Arjun Rai January 5, 2012 at 2:56 am

Thanks sherryl for this informative post and really impressive things learn from your blog about RSS which i have never know before.

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Sherryl Perry January 5, 2012 at 10:37 am

You’re welcome Arjun.
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Sherryl Perry December 30, 2011 at 7:10 pm

That’s interesting Mark. I’ve never used tweetdeck but I hadn’t heard that it’s another way to get junk. I am dealing with a horrendous amount of email to my main email address for this blog and the thought of any more junk sends shivers down my spine.
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Mark December 30, 2011 at 12:28 pm

I’ve been using RSS to just keep up on things but I find having tweetdeck running in the office helps keep up to date on new developments just as well. The downside is you have to filter out a lot more junk but you do get to interact with some of the smartest people in your fields.

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Stan December 20, 2011 at 7:29 am

For a long time i had no idea what RSS is, i just noticed everyone has it and i figured i’d ignore it because it’s can’t be that important. Till one day i got to reading a few articles about it and that was the day RSS became indispensable in my life.
It’s like something you never knew you wanted, but now can’t see yourself without.

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Sherryl Perry December 21, 2011 at 11:02 am

Stan, RSS feeds are a good way to keep up with the posts from your favorite bloggers. Although I didn’t address it in this article, it’s also a good idea to subscribe your own RSS feed to directories to help drive more traffic to your blog.
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Leora Wenger
Twitter:
December 18, 2011 at 5:52 pm

Sometimes I think about writing a post about RSS feeds – because I find people don’t really get how easy it is to keep up with multiple blogs if you use an RSS feeder. This is a great introduction.
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Sherryl Perry December 18, 2011 at 8:57 pm

Thanks Leora. Sometimes, I hesitate writing a post about something that may seem basic to experienced bloggers but it’s surprising sometimes to learn what it is we don’t know.

It’s also great when experienced bloggers (like you) reinforce the value of something like RSS feeds. I had stopped using Google Reader because I had fallen out of the habit and had started subscribing to feeds via email. The funny thing is, that I’ve recently been inundated with emails. DUH! – I need to go back to using my reader. :)
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Pete Goumas December 14, 2011 at 12:15 am

“an RSS feed is like a “TV Guide” for websites”

Thanks for making it so simple! Very helpful!

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karen December 13, 2011 at 11:58 pm

Hi Sheryl,

I’d always thought RSS feed is such a complicated thing to learn but I guess I just did not found the right tutorial yet. Thanks for sharing this information.

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Dennis Salvatier
Twitter:
December 12, 2011 at 9:24 pm

It’s funny that some people are still confused by the RRS feed, that’s why this post is so perfect. I’ll have to look into scoop.it. Thanks!
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Sherryl Perry December 12, 2011 at 10:16 pm

You’re welcome Dennis. I remember when I was knew to blogging that I didn’t have a clue what an RSS feed was or how to go about either reading someone else’s or implementing my own. Good luck with Scoop.it.
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John Knights December 12, 2011 at 3:10 am

Sherryl,
Nice post. This reminds us of the importance of RSS Feeds. With so many things going on RSS Feed helps me see updates that I prioritize.
Anyway, I’m glad you remembered me. :)

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Sherryl Perry December 12, 2011 at 11:11 am

John,
Did you see Jym Tarrant’s link above to his list of directories that we can submit our RSS feeds to? That is one of the easiest things we can do to help drive traffic to our website.
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Jym
Twitter:
December 11, 2011 at 9:59 pm

Nice overview of RSS Sherryl. I’ve meant to do something like this for a while – it took me ages to work out what RSS was and how to get mine set up to make proper use of it.

One of the other great ways to benefit from having one is by submitting it to Feed Directories so that as you publish posts, they get indexed and linked across the web. I’ve linked to a list of such directories in the CommentLuv link below.

Love the way you describe RSS readers as a ‘TV Guide’ – that’s exactly what they are. I have the same problem as with TV though – there’s too many programs I want to check out!

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Sherryl Perry December 11, 2011 at 10:29 pm

Jym,
You must be a mind reader! I recently read your article and intended to submit my feed to the directories that you listed. I was just in the process of looking for this when I got distracted by another post talking about Christian Hollingsworth’s new directory YouDoFollow.com for do-follow blogs. I just completed submitting my site and a couple of articles to that and I was going to search for your article again. So, your timing is perfect! Thanks so much for sharing this with us.

(I’m with you on there’s too many programs to check out. I had wanted to be offline an hour ago.)
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Jym
Twitter:
December 12, 2011 at 8:59 am

That’s a happy coincidence Sherryl!

I submitted my blog to Christian’s directory as well as a couple of other dofollow directories. The more the merrier :)

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Ben
Twitter:
December 11, 2011 at 10:37 am

RSS is such an important part of your blog, although it does go largely un-noticed. It’s a fantastic and hugely popular way for readers to view your content and stay in touch with what you are talking about without visiting your blog.

This article is a nice reminder for me that maybe i should assume that my clients might not know the power of some hiddens internet gems.

Thanks

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Sherryl Perry December 11, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Hi Ben,
It can be challenging to write about topics when our readers range from beginners to “gurus”. The way I look at it is that sharing our experiences can help someone make the decision whether or not a particular tool or idea may be a good fit for them. I do remember when I first started blogging and trying to figure out RSS feeds. It can be a little bit overwhelming.

You’re right about “hidden internet gems”. It’s amazing how many of them are out there. Thanks for taking the time to join our conversation!
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Ben
Twitter:
December 11, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Your Welcome! I’ll be back, i’m sure!

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Claire December 11, 2011 at 10:26 am

I’m still using Google Reader, but the truth is i’m not that big of a RSS fan, so my needs are rudimentary.
Heard great things about Feedburner though, even if i know it’s a bit more complicated.

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Sherryl Perry December 11, 2011 at 11:57 am

Hi Claire,
The thing about Feedburner is that once you set it up, you don’t (usually) have to think about it again. It is worth checking your feed every once in a while to make sure it’s running properly. If someone does discover a quirk (or something that many of us may not know), someone will blog about it. For example, I updated this article with a “caution” about Feedburner directing your backlinks to Google rather than your site. We need the traffic more than Google does. It’s a very easy fix, you just need to know that it needs to be done and how to do it.
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John Stephen December 11, 2011 at 10:10 am

Informative post, we should stick together us bloggers and you show the spirit of this wholeheartedly! Great to see you over on my blog too – I’m sure we have a few goodies to share and to learn from each other, thanks for sharing, keep up the good work.

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Sherryl Perry December 11, 2011 at 11:52 am

There is so much to learn from each other. When someone leaves a comment here with a link to their post, I try to follow it. Sometimes, I don’t really have the time at the moment and I have good intentions of coming back but I admit, I don’t read everyone’s posts. (I do my best to reply to everyone.) I have found some great blogs to follow here in the comment section. Thanks for taking the time to comment. I will be back to your blog again. :)
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Catarina Alexon
Twitter:
December 11, 2011 at 6:42 am

Good article. Also use Google Reader and get all kinds of information updated daily. And feedburner is great for subscriptions.

Believe it or not the headline of this article made one of my connections on Linkedin send me an explanation of what RSS is. Interesting side effect of Twitterfeed:-)

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Sherryl Perry December 11, 2011 at 11:48 am

Catarina, I stopped using Google Reader for a while but I did really like it when I used. Since you, Susan, Ray and Catherine all are using it (and others), I think I should go back to having my browser open to it. I’m sure I’ll need to update it but that may be one habit I fell out of that I should go back to using. That is interesting that one of your connections sent you an explanation of RSS.
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Judy Stone-Goldman
Twitter:
December 10, 2011 at 1:44 pm

I never knew what RSS stood for, even when I had it! Thanks for the clear explanation. I really appreciate your taking the time to help us understand these things. I hover at the edges of so many of these tools, having some vague idea but not really understanding. I’m now curious to learn what I’m subscribed to! (I know I’ve clicked on the icon here and there, but I tend to forget…)

Always of value, thanks Sherryl!

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Sherryl Perry December 10, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Thanks Judy. Another blogger shared this article on Facebook and someone commented that RSS feeds are “a bit old school”. They may be but they are still a great way to share our blog posts.

Thanks for letting me know that you appreciate my articles. There is so much to know about blogging and websites that sometimes (as a techie blogger) it’s important to go back to the basics. Thankfully, the readers here are great. Instead of skipping over this post as something they already “know”, many are taking the time to share from their experiences. That makes me happy. :)
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June Sockol December 9, 2011 at 11:34 am

Hi Sherryl ~ I knew what RSS was but I never knew about readers. After reading your blog and all the comments I think I’ll go check out Google Reader. I certainly learned a lot this morning!

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Sherryl Perry December 9, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Super! Thanks for letting me know June. I always enjoy learning something new.
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James Greg December 9, 2011 at 4:49 am

After reading the whole content I now understand what really is an RSS. I’ve been confused about it and asked many people about it but never got a satisfactory answer. Thanks for the great post I’ve really learn’t a lot from this.

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Sherryl Perry December 9, 2011 at 11:06 am

Thanks for letting me know that you found this helpful James.
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EleonoraEOF December 8, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Hi Sherryl,
wow, thanks for this info. I was always wondering what RSS stands for, but never been too motivated to look around, until now. Thanks for helping me to understand better what “Really Simple Syndication” means.
:)

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Sherryl Perry December 9, 2011 at 11:04 am

Eleanora, You’re very welcome. I just updated this post with a link to an article that shows you how to change the default settings for Feedburner. I also included the link in the comment above yours. If you’re new to Feedburner, you’ll want to follow the instructions to edit the settings.
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Online Strategies
Twitter:
December 8, 2011 at 7:43 pm

There are multiple benefits of using Google Feedburner instead of the default feed provided by the blog. One is that you can monitor the traffic generated by your feed and who your subscribers are. Additionally, you can monetize your feed by integrating your adsense account with the feed so that it will show advertisements along with your feed.

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Sherryl Perry December 9, 2011 at 10:48 am

You just reminded me about a setting in Feedburner that directs your backlinks to their site. You have to go in and change it. Here’s an article that explains how: http://www.wpkube.com/feedburner-stealing-commentluv-backlinks/ (I’m going to update this post to let people know.) I’m glad you mentioned the word “default”.

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Online Strategies
Twitter:
December 9, 2011 at 7:52 pm

Thanks for the tip. The post you mentioned shows how easy it to resolve the issue with backlinks.

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Catherine Lockey
Twitter:
December 8, 2011 at 5:01 pm

I love RSS for at least two reasons. First – search engines love RSS feeds. Second, RSS simplifies my online research. I have my favorite blogs in my Reader (Google) which I read from my Reader app while I’m walking or relaxing. Even more convenient is how I can share on Buffer from my Reader app. Keeps me on the top of my game. :)
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Sherryl Perry December 9, 2011 at 10:39 am

Catherine, Thanks for reminding us that search engines love RSS feeds. (I should have mentioned that!) It’s good to hear that so many other bloggers here find RSS feeds valuable. Buffer is a great app too. It’s definitely worth looking into.
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Ray December 8, 2011 at 3:59 am

I like Google Reader. I kind of skim over things in it and if something attracts my attention I go directly to the post to read it. I know some people do all or most of their reading in a reader and only go to the site or post if they want to comment. Either way readers are convenient. There are a lot of people that have no idea what an rss is or reader. So even when you put the rss icon or link on a site chances are some people do not know what that means. All you can do is point it out and educate visitors how helpful they can be not to mention they can save a lot of time too.
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Sherryl Perry December 8, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Hi Ray,
Between you and Susan, I’m thinking I should go back to using Google Reader. I’ll at least try it again. I’m getting to the point that I don’t even want to open my email inbox any more.

I certainly agree with you that a lot of people don’t understand RSS feeds. Maybe it was time to bring this up again. It’s good to see how many people do still use them.
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Dylan December 8, 2011 at 1:01 am

To me, an RSS Feed is just like a daily supply of newspaper thrown into your backyard by the newsman on bike.

- Dylan

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Sherryl Perry December 8, 2011 at 9:53 am

Depending on how many RSS feeds you subscribe to it could be the difference between a small local paper and the NY Times. :)
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Susan Oakes
Twitter:
December 8, 2011 at 12:46 am

I actually use my reader and find it better than subscribing by email as I tend to look at it in the morning. What I don’t like is when you are not given an option to subscribe via RSS. One thing I haven’t done and it has been on the to do list for about 2 years is provide a page that explains the RSS feed to make it easier for subscribers.
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Sherryl Perry December 8, 2011 at 9:52 am

That’s the habit that I used to be in Susan. It does work well and since I’m having a major issue with spam, I might go back to doing that. The thing that irks me when I’m subscribing to an RSS feed is to not have the option to receive it via email.
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Jeannette Paladino blogging, branding
Twitter:
December 8, 2011 at 12:26 am

Sherryl — I have an RSS feed in Google Reader, but I have to admit I seldom check it. If I want to subscribe to a blog I do it by email. So I’m selective about the content I subscribe to because my email inbox is overflowing as it is. I’ve made a determined effort to unsubscribe from the posts I hardly read. But I’ve also noticed that I’m receiving unsolicited subscriptions from people/companies I don’t know. You are supposed to opt-in to receive these so I don’t know how they they’ve found me to target. Possibly I attended an online seminar and they are using those lists. I didn’t know about Scoop.it and Summify and just went to look. I’ve resisted the temptation to subscribe!
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Sherryl Perry December 8, 2011 at 9:48 am

Jeannette, Your email situation sounds like mine. I disabled G.A.S.P. briefly when I was dealing with the problem between the W3TC plugin and my Thesis theme. Now, my main email address is being spammed. Rather than using email to follow a lot of blogs, I find it easier just to follow links in tweets. So many of us are connected that even if I miss a tweet about apost, someone else in the group will RT it and I’ll follow it there.
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Patricia Hall
Twitter:
December 7, 2011 at 7:17 pm

Thank you for this. I had followed several blogs but did not know where to see them at. Now I will have to re-follow I guess.

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Sherryl Perry December 8, 2011 at 9:43 am

That depends if you followed them or subscribed to their RSS feeds. If you set up Google Reader, you’ll see any feeds that you’ve already subscribed to.
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Roberta Budvietas
Twitter:
December 7, 2011 at 6:38 pm

I have now read this 3 times – so much to digest and get my head around. RSS has been a long term pain but I think you just gave me the aspirin.
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Sherryl Perry December 8, 2011 at 9:42 am

For something that’s supposed to be simple, it can be a bit of a nuisance. Once you get it set up, you don’t have to think about it much. Thanks for letting me know that you found my article interesting. Sometimes, I write about the more mundane “stuff” because it may be boring but it can still be important.
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Steve
Twitter:
December 7, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Hi Sherryl. Firstly thank’s to Joseph (above). I too will be off to check out amplify in a moment.
Second. What a twit. It just occured to me while reading your post, I knew what an RSS feed was but didn’t know what RSS stood for. Never really thought about it before.
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Sherryl Perry December 7, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Hi Steve,
It’s great to see you here again. I haven’t been spending a lot of time on Amplify lately but when I did, it was very helpful to reinforce relationships with some of the bloggers who I was already connected with. If you do become active in Amplifying posts, I recommend installing the Amplify Toolbar. (I’m a stickler when it comes to understanding what acronyms stand for.)
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Dennis Salvatier
Twitter:
September 29, 2010 at 6:05 am

I’ll be sharing this with a few clients that are still learning. You’d be surprised how many people are still learning about RSS feeds. Thanks for the resource, Sherryl.

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Sherryl Perry September 29, 2010 at 11:33 am

Thanks for sharing this Dennis. I’m not surprised that people are still learning about RSS. For some reason, I was a little bit confused by the concept when I first started. It’s one of those things that’s easy to ignore at first and then after you start using it, you wonder why it took so long to learn it.

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Joseph Archibald July 9, 2010 at 8:00 pm

Sherryl, I’ve just “Amplified” your RSS post. Heard about Amplify? First time for me to use it – it provides what appears to be a Goog PR6 straight-off-the-bat link, which is a DO-FOLLOW.

http://amplify.com/

Whether the PR6 sticks for long, I’m not sure, but let’s hope Amplify continue to go with do-follow, unlike so many SM and SB sites who now seem to be no-do-follows (thanks spammers).

Kind regards
Joseph

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Sherryl Perry July 10, 2010 at 11:35 am

Josephy,
Thanks for the heads-up on Amplify and for for “amplifying” me! :) I’ll definitely check this out.

As for sharing “goodies”… count me in! Have a good weekend.

Sherryl
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Glen December 23, 2011 at 12:19 am

Haven’t checked out amplify too. Do they really give away good kind of service?

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Sherryl Perry December 23, 2011 at 10:33 am

Glen, I wouldn’t call Amplify a service as much as I think of it as another social networking site where I connect with other bloggers. It creates an “amplog” which is fed from all the posts that you amplify. (Mine is keepupweb.amplify.com.) That log has driven zero traffic. Having said that, I continue to amplify my weekly posts. New people follow me on Amplify and they are usually bloggers who could be potential clients. Whether or not it would be a good fit for you depends on your niche. Maybe someone else reading this has an experience with Amplify that they could share.
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Joseph Archibald July 9, 2010 at 7:52 pm

That is very kind of you Sherryl! We should stick together us bloggers and you show the spirit of this wholeheartedly! Great to see you over on my blog too – I’m sure we have a few goodies to share and to learn from each other!

Take care Sherryl!

Regards
Joseph

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Joseph Archibald July 8, 2010 at 8:18 pm

Hi Sherryl, I just came over from Tia’s blog. RSS – one of the things that’s “scared” me – literally for years, even though the RSS stands for really SIMPLE syndication!

I wish I could have read your post when I first started out online and with my own blogging – would have enhanced my understanding of RSS so, so much! Great post! I retweeted it as a way of saying “thanks!”.

Regards!
Joseph

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Sherryl Perry July 9, 2010 at 10:22 am

Thanks for the tweet!

I just checked out your blog and I loved your post on “Social Media is Driving me Insane!” so much that I Dugg it, commented and tweeted it too. I’m grateful to Tia that you found my blog and now I’ve found yours too!
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