Everyone in the blogging industry has heard of the word RSS, but do they know what it actually stands for? I bet a lot of people don't know what the real meaning behind RSS is. They just see it as a simple address to use for reading the blog in a feed reader, that's as far as it goes. In this article I will explain to you what the meaning of RSS is and the benefits there of.
The Definition of RSS
RSS (most commonly expanded as "Really Simple Syndication") is a family of web feed formats used to publish frequently updated works—such as blog entries, news headlines, audio, and video—in a standardized format. An RSS document (which is called a "feed", "web feed" or "channel") includes full or summarized text, plus metadata such as publishing dates and authorship (Wikipedia).
Using RSS in Blogging
Running a blog and having a RSS address is really useful. Having a RSS FEED entitles your readers to have access to your blogs content without having to visit your actual blog. They subscribe to your RSS FEED in a "Reader" of their choice (I prefer Google Reader) and can scan your posts among the posts of many other blog feeds they have subscribed too. They don't have to visit multiple websites or blogs. All the desired material is "Fed" into the "Reader". I actually use Google Reader as my homepage. This is a great time saver and makes it easy to follow read multiple blogs and news sources.
Different Feed Readers
There are numerous feed readers around that you can use to subscribe to the different blogs of your choice, but the most popular feed readers are:
I have become addicted to blogs via RSS and Google Reader. But it's the kind of addiction that expands my knowledge base every day. You literally have the best minds of your industry of choice just one click away. Thanks to RSS.
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