The thought of becoming a blogger is very interesting, simply because you hear that they (bloggers) make tremendous amount of money. After becoming a blogger, you get to find out that everything is not as it seems. There are so many things associated with blogging that you need to have knowledge about.
Growing your blog’s traffic is very important, and one very popular way to grow it is by the use of RSS. In this article, we’re going to take a look at what RSS is, how to create one if necessary and how to use it.
What is RSS?
RSS which stands for Real Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary, is a type of web feed that allows users and applications to receive regular updates from a website or blog of their choice.
RSS makes it easy for bloggers to automatically syndicate their content, so that people/their visitors can read it in their email, feed reader and other devices. What makes visitors/people able to read the content is called an RSS Feed.
What is an RSS Feed?
RSS feed is the tool that allows users to keep track of their favorite websites without having to manually visit the website each time.
Back in the olden days, keeping track of your favorite websites was difficult, so an RSS Feed was created to help users keep track of their favorite websites without worrying about visiting it everytime.
How does RSS Feed work?
According to WPBeginner, RSS feeds work by publishing your latest content in a structured XML document. This feed contains your full articles or the summary, and metadata for each item like date, author, category, etc.
This XML document can then be fetched and read with a RSS feed reader. There are many RSS feed reader software available for all operating systems, desktops, and mobile devices.
All WordPress blogs come with built-in support for RSS feeds. By default, each page of your WordPress site contains a meta tag that points to your website’s RSS feed location. Like for example, you can view this blog’s RSS feed using this link – qualytech.net/feed.
You should be able to see all our contents from the latest to the oldest. Furthermore, here’s how an RSS feed looks like;
Benefits of using RSS
As a blogger or site publisher, RSS makes it very easy for visitors to subscribe to your content. This is very important in the sense that subscribers don’t have to remember your website URL because they can bring the content into a central location where they like to read all of their favorite websites at once.
How to use RSS feed
Using RSS is easier than you might imagine. You can subscribe to RSS feeds by using apps called feed readers. Here are some feed readers that are available for you to use;
- Feedly – (Web, Browser Add-ons, iOS, Android, Kindle)
- Innoreader – (Web, Android, iOS)
- The Old Reader (Web, Mac, Windows, Android, iOS, and more)
- Bloglovin’ (Web, Android, iOS)
How to create RSS feed using Feedburner
Feedburner is one of the most popular sites in using to create RSS feed. It is owned by Google and it is important for you to create RSS feed if you own a website, the real truth is that RSS feeds are extremely powerful, and with little effort you can use them to build a loyal following.
Many top blogs in the globe use RSS feed as their main source of traffic and the best part of it all is that you can encourage visitors to subscribe to your RSS feed by adding an RSS icon to your sidebar or another prominent location.
Here on Qualytech, we make use of Google Feedburner on this blog to allow visitors visit our get syndicated content via their email. Here’s how we do it;
We use a form to collect our subscribers. You too as a blogger/publisher can create one like this, all you have to do is follow the tutorial. Let’s get started.
- Head on to feedburner.google.com.
- Under Burn a feed right this instant, type your site’s URL there. Leave the I am a Podcaster un-ticked and click Next!
- The next section is tagged, Identify Feed Source. Leave yours as “Qualytech RSS Feed: https://qualytech.net/feed/” and click Next.
- On the next page, click Next.
- You will see a message that reads, “Congrats! Your FeedBurner feed is now live. Want to dress it up a little?”. Just click Skip directly to feed management.
- You should now be in your RSS Feed dashboard and it should look like this.
- To copy your newly created RSS feed, just copy the link under Feed Address.
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