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How To Use An RSS Feed

Updated on October 11, 2008

How To Find The RSS Feed On A Blog

The term "RSS" stands for Really Simple Syndication.

Once again, the internet has taken a concept from the offline world, wrapped it in mysterious acronyms, and used it to bamboozle the newcomers.

Actually, we're all familiar with syndication. Your favorite cartoon strips are syndicated in newspapers. The cartoonist draws the strip once, and submits it to one publisher, who pays the cartoonist for it.

The first publisher then charges other publishers to publish exactly the same cartoon in their newspaper. The later publishers pay less than it would cost them to pay their own cartoonist, so it's a good deal for them.

The original publisher gets money in from others to offset the cost of the cartoonist, and in fact to make a profit.

The cartoonist gets a share of the syndication revenue (assuming they have signed a decent contract in the first place, of course), and people all over the world get to experience the cartoonist's brilliance each day or each week.

Written columns are also syndicated through newspapers and magazines.

One innovation the internet has made it to change the business model so that money rarely changes hands.

You might wonder why a writer would bother writing content for which they don't get paid - the reasoning behind this phenomenon is explained more fully in the Hub What Are The Benefits Of Ezine Articles?

So, here we are on the internet. We have people writing articles, which they are happy to share for free, and we have people looking for content.

Syndication sounds like an obvious solution.

There are two main ways that people put their content online so that others can find and use it - blogs and articles.

A blog is just a bunch of articles set up inside a neat piece of software that organises them by date of publication, but also lets you search them by topic tags. If you are a HubPages user, you will be familiar with the idea of tagging your article to help search engines to understand what it's about.

Bloggers do the same thing each time they make a post - they add tags to indicate what it's about.

Articles which are available for syndication are stored in article directories. Like blogs, article directories have software which organises the articles, and lets users search the database by author, tags, and keywords.

The question which came to mind for content-seekers fairly early on was - how can I get the content delivered to me, instead of having to go around all these sites to search for the stuff I want to read, or to use in my newsletter?

Again, what the content users are looking for is an easy way to syndicate the content.

Enter Really Simple Syndication.

What the RSS software does is prepare a list of blog posts or articles which match the search you would do on the site, and then send that content (or "feed" that content) to wherever you place the RSS feed URL link.

Whenever a new blog post is made, or a new article published, the feed is automatically updated with the new content.

On an ordinary web page, you will need some additional code to take the raw RSS feed and convert it into a nice, readable format.

If you have a blog, you can easily incorporate RSS feeds via an RSS-to-blog widget. If you are making a Hub, all that work has been done for you, and you just need to tell the RSS capsule where to get find the RSS feed.

You could say that HubPages has Really Simple RSS, or RSRSS!

So, you're making a Hub, or some other form of web page, and you'd like to have continuously updated content. Where do you find a blog on the topic of your Hub?

Searching For A Relevant Blog

Open an RSS capsule on your Hub.
Open an RSS capsule on your Hub.

There are dedicated websites where people list their blogs to help others find and syndicate them.

You can use Technorati, BlogCatalog, or any one of dozens more.

Just type in some keywords, and see what comes up.

You can also do a search on Google or Yahoo for your topic plus "RSS", and check out the first dozen or so listings. Not every listing will be a blog, and some of the blogs will only have one or two posts on your topic, but you can sometimes find real gems using this method, because not everyone knows about blog directories, and not all blogs are listed there.

Creating An RSS Capsule In HubPages

Once you have found a relevant blog, you can pull an RSS feed from it directly to your new Hub, using a HubPages RSS capsule.

When you have your new Hub in edit mode, you can select an RSS capsule from the pick list at the top right of the page.

Use the RSS symbol to get the RSS feed link address.
Use the RSS symbol to get the RSS feed link address.

Go to your selected blog or article site, and right click on the RSS feed symbol, so you can save the destination URL. Alternatively, click the RSS symbol and then copy the URL from your browser once you arrive at the RSS feed page.

Go back to your Hub, and edit the RSS capsule.

Type the capsule subheading in, and paste the RSS feed URL link address into the link field.

Select the number of items to display (from one to eight), and then you can preview the RSS feed to ensure it is working correctly.

To the right here, you can see the results of pasting in the ezinearticles RSS feed, and at the top of the page, you can see the RSS feed from the blog pictured above the first text.

The screenshot below shows the RSS capsule opened for editing, and exactly what to put where to make it all work.

Creating an RSS capsule from an outside feed

Click the PREVIEW button to test the RSS feed link.
Click the PREVIEW button to test the RSS feed link.

Now, another very useful piece of information is that HubPages itself works like an article directory.

Your profile contains various listings of your Hubs - Hot, Latest, and Best, and it also contains a tag cloud. Clicking on any one of those tags will take you to a listing of your Hubs which have that tag.

Each of those listings is an RSS feed, or can be.

When you click on "more  " you get the whole feed for that listing.
When you click on "more " you get the whole feed for that listing.

This screenshot shows the full listing of "Latest" Hubs by inspirepub, or at least the first few, that fit on one screen. Scrolling down will show you the rest of the list.

If you just want a list of a Hubber's latest Hubs, or hot Hubs, or best Hubs, then this is as far as you need to go. You can copy the link from the browser at this point.

However, we Hubbers have a bit of a habit of publishing Hubs on widely varied topics. If you want, for example, Gamergirl's latest poetry, you will need to separate the poetry Hubs from the ones full of gaming tips or other priceless wisdom.

To do this, you need to go back to the author's profile page, and scroll down to the tag cloud, which looks like this.

If you click on a particular tag, you can get a listing of Hubs by that author, which have that tag.
If you click on a particular tag, you can get a listing of Hubs by that author, which have that tag.
You can get the Hubs with that tag sorted by Hot, Best, or Latest - just choose by clicking the one you want.
You can get the Hubs with that tag sorted by Hot, Best, or Latest - just choose by clicking the one you want.
Once you have the Hub listing you want on your screen, simply highlight and copy the link location from your browser window.
Once you have the Hub listing you want on your screen, simply highlight and copy the link location from your browser window.

There is one small difference when you are using an internal HubPages feed in your RSS capsule.

Outside RSS feed links are complete when you find them - when you have the feed output on your screen, you can just copy from the browser window and paste into the RSS "Feed URL" field, and it will work.

With a HubPages feed, you need to add "?rss" at the end of what you have copied from the browser window. If you look carefully at the screenshot below, you can see that I have done that in this case with the "latest Hubs - tagged young entrepreneurs" feed.

If you leave the "?rss" off the end, your RSS feed won't work when you hit the "Preview RSS" button. The capsule won't recognise it as a valid RSS feed URL.

Creating An RSS Capsule From A HubPages Feed

Select an RSS capsule, and click "edit". Fill in the fields and test the link.
Select an RSS capsule, and click "edit". Fill in the fields and test the link.

And here is the result - an RSS feed of Hubs by inspirepub tagged "young entrepreneurs".

Why Use RSS Feeds?

Generally, RSS feeds have a couple of major advantages. They provide content that you don't have to write, and they are updated automatically.

The automatic updates are good for making sure your readers are getting the latest and best information, and they are also good because search engines are fond of recently updated pages.

Imagine the work involved in trailing around all your Hubs every few days to edit something!

Let's face it, we just wouldn't, would we?

An RSS feed is a great way to make sure that the page is being updated regularly, keeping the spiders happy, and giving your Hub the best chance it can have of making it to the front page on Google or Yahoo.

As a Hubber, a feed of your other Hubs is a good way to keep visitors wandering around admiring your Hubs, instead of floating off to look at Hubs by other people.

It's also a good way to help people navigate around a group that has more than three or four Hubs in it.

The links in an RSS capsule count as far as search engines are concerned, so cross-linking your related Hubs can have SEO benefits, too. The link credits from inbound links to one in the group are shared around, instead of stopping short at that one Hub. Search engines like to see you sending people to other pages, instead of selfishly hogging them on just one page!

The Perils of RSS Feeds

No article would be complete without at least a brief nod at the hazards of whatever we are discussing.

Now RSS feeds are pretty benign - they aren't going to give your computer a virus, or steal your content, or spam you to a halt.

But you do need to be a bit discerning about what feeds you choose to use.

The feed will be updated every time the blog you are feeding from is updated, or every time the author your are feeding from publishes a new article or a new Hub.

If your pet blogger does twenty-seven posts in a row about their vegetable garden, you would be very happy to have their feed on your gardening Hub. But if they aren't a professional, they may do the occasional off-topic post. A lot of the time, the off-topic post will be a minor inconvenience until it falls down the list and disappears. A photo of the new grandbaby, for example, amongst the daffodil planting instructions is relatively easy to shrug off.

But if your mad keen daffodil planter suddenly takes it into their head to blog about using their cucumbers as dildos, you have a very different problem ...

Check out the archives of any blog you plan to feed from, and be very confident that it's consistently on topic, or at the very least PG13 rated, before you give those automatic updates a free pass to your vegetable garden Hub!

And do pop back from time to time to keep an eye on it. Even if the content is fully relevant, any blogger may suddenly stop posting for some reason, and if you discover that has happened, you may want to switch to a more active blog, or add another feed to a more active blog, to keep the "recently updated" SEO benefits an RSS feed can provide for your Hub.

RSS In Plain English

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    • RP - New Vista profile image

      RP - New Vista 9 years ago

      Jenny,

      I found your Hubs after seeing your comment while I was posting a comment on Jonathan's Hub on SEO Optimization and Keyword Research. I found Jonathan as a result of his comment on my Hub on Web 2.0 and accessibility.

      This is a great article on RSS. I'm surprised you have not received any comments on it yet. I browsed through your other hubs and found we share similar philosophies. I will be back to read your other posts. I also visited your Blog raisingentrepreneurs.org/blog - Great Site!

      Richard

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      Inspirepub 9 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Thanks, Richard!

      This is high praise indeed, coming from you.

      It's great the way one Hub can lead to another, isn't it?

      Good to hear you liked the Raising Entrepreneurs site, too - anything you can think of to help us promote the charity book project, please let me know. All suggestions gratefully received.

      Jenny

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      Marisa Wright 9 years ago from Sydney

      I was about to ask a question in the Forum on the thread about RSS feeds - then I saw the link to your article. Now all my questions are answered! Thanks.

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      Inspirepub 9 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Oh, excellent!

      That was the effect I was hoping for.

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      YourTouristGuide 9 years ago from Valley of the Heart's Delight, California

      Wow! I was just wondering how to use the RSS capsule today, and then I stumbled on this excellent explanation. I love it when the Universe does that. Thank you, Jenny (and the Universe)!

      Debi

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      Inspirepub 9 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      You're most welcome ... *curtsey*

      Thank Whitney for posting the request - I have been thinking about doing this Hub for a few weeks now, and it was her request that crystallised it into existence.

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      C.S.Alexis 9 years ago from NW Indiana

      The diagrams and detailed explanations really helped me as I am not that familiar with any of this computer stuff. I am learning slowly thanks to hubs like this. I commend you.

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      Inspirepub 9 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Thanks, C.S. - I like to show the steps with something like this. It's the next best thing to sitting beside you at your computer and pointing ...

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      Dorsi Diaz 9 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

      Wow, this is very good information and very comprehensive. I'm going to join your fan club and come back and really study this article. I am learning how to market my writing and this helps. Thanks!

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      Inspirepub 9 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Glad it helps, Dorsi, and good luck with the marketing.

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      SirDent 9 years ago

      Very good information. Thanks for sharing your knowledge of RSS feeds.

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      Bonnie Ramsey 9 years ago from United States

      Excellent hub, Jenny! I was in the forums looking for an explaination of how to use this, what it was and what benefits it had. Then, I saw this link and not only were my questions answered but in a way that I can understand them! I get totally lost on all this "techy" stuff but am learning. This is one of my goals for 2008....learn the "techy" stuff LOL. Thanks for a wonderfully informative hub and especially the pictures! That really helps!

      Bonnie

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      Inspirepub 9 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Thanks for the feedback, guys. I'm glad the Hub helps - I was hoping it would!

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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 9 years ago from New Zealand

      Wow I never knew about the following your own tags and turning them into RSS feeds - I saw your hub earlier but didn't bother reading it because I 'knew" about RSS -silly me Thanks!

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      Inspirepub 9 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Glad to be the one to open that door for you, Lissie - it's a godsend for prolific Hubbers like you and me.

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      MrMarmalade 9 years ago from Sydney

      Great hub and timely and very much appreciated

      Thank you

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      Inspirepub 9 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      My pleasure, Mr Marmalade!

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      About-The-Home 9 years ago

      Great information (as always) Jenny.

      Thanks for clear instructions and ideas.

      GerryM

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      Inspirepub 9 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Thanks, Gerry - glad it helped.

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      Angela Harris 9 years ago from Around the USA

      Thanks so much for this. I knew about RSS feeds, but using a feed within a feed at Hubpages is invaluable information.

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      Inspirepub 9 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      It's great feature, isn't it?

      I haven't yet experimented with using it for RSS-to-blog on another site, but it's on my "when I get around to it" list.

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      About-The-Home 9 years ago

      Just a thought Jenny.

      Is there any way of putting your tracker code into the RSS links? So that if you put a hubpages RSS into a site or blog outside of hubpages, you would get credit for any referrals?

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      goldendragon 9 years ago from USA

      My blog site has RSS, but I have't used for my websites yet. I have thought to use RSS to fill some empty side space of my websites, but I haven't implement it yet. Here I run into your hubpage. The information about RSS in this hub is extensive. Thank you for sharing it. I do have a couple of questions:

      1. If you use RSS to make all or most of content for a page, it will be seen by SE as duplicated content. Can you still rank high at SE? Will you get penalized by SE?

      2. RSS feed usually has a link to the feeder. Does it dilute your traffic to non-monitization outlets? This might not be an issue because you probably gain more than your lose.

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      Inspirepub 9 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      At HubPages, you would be penalised as "low quality" if you Hub was just a bunch of RSS feeds.

      I am not an SEO expert, but there are a few here, so I suggest you ask the SEO question in the Forum, if you are serious about making pages solely from RSS feeds.

      There is always a trade-off between making the page a great experience for the reader, vs "trapping" them on the page so they have no option but to click an ad.

      Opinions vary on that one!

      I lean towards the good experience as my own personal preference.

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      Bike Web Guy 9 years ago

      Thank you for clearing up my RSS questions.

      Rick

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      Inspirepub 9 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      My pleasure, Rick!

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      Inspirepub 9 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Thanks, Joe! But your link doesn't work, I'm afraid ...

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      grill'n guy 9 years ago from San Diego

      My wife gave me an article last Friday that she said would answer my RSS questions. It didn't, but your Hub has expanded my world and I also learned about the Jedi religion. This has been a great start to the day. Blessings to the Hubgods for profiling your stuff this week. Thanks a ton.

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      Inspirepub 9 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      I am so glad you're enjoying my Hubs, grill'n guy. Happy Hubbing!

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      newcapo 9 years ago

      Great hub, thanks, I'm still trying to get a handle on this....

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      Inspirepub 9 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      There's a lot to take in all at once, but you'll get there!

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      weblog 9 years ago from 1India

      Great article on RSS, I'm also already using hubpages RSS in my hubs. You can add more combination of keywords(tags) so that search engine users find this hub easily!!!

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      Inspirepub 9 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Thanks weblog! Any suggestions?

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      francetales 9 years ago from Toulouse, France

      Did you know that May 1st was unofficially declared RSS Awareness Day? There is a site called Common Craft that does great screencast tutorials. They did a series called "In Plain English". They cover the major web tools. RSS in Plain English. I did a post about it on my blog on May 1st. http://francetales.com/2008/04/23/rss-feeds/

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      Inspirepub 9 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Thanks for the link, francetales - I have added that video at the bottom of my Hub.

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      Shirley Anderson 9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Finally, idiot proof instructions for me. Thanks Jenny!

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      francetales 9 years ago from Toulouse, France

      The video is a great addition. I love how it is low tech, it is not a video tutorial in the digital sense, it is a tutorial but with paper and markers, go lo tech

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      Dorsi Diaz 9 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

      Jenny, you are such a wealth of great information- RSS feeds are one of the things I really need to still work on- so thanks again for the great hub!

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      Inspirepub 9 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      You're welsome, Shirley and Dorsi, I'm glad it helped!

      And i love the paper animation, too, francetales!

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      IMHustle 9 years ago

      Thank you for creating this excellent Hub on how to use an RSS feed. I'm not a n00b to using RSS feeds, but you've showed me a few things I didn't know about the different feeds available to us Hubbers. Thank you!

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      Inspirepub 9 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Yes, HubPages has a few very cool RSS features, doesn't it?

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      printerink 9 years ago from Scotland

      Thanks for your great Hub on this subject. I had read three other hubs without gaining any greater understanding of what I was trying to achieve. Your examples made it easy to follow and I have now been able to add RSS feed from my squidoo lens. Will have a look at your other hubs as time allows.

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      Inspirepub 9 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      My pleasure, printerink!

      I shall have to go back to Squidoo and figure out what RSS feeds are available from lenses myself.

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      Adrienne F Manson 9 years ago from Atlanta

      I just happen to come across your hub while posting in the forum, anybody who can explain rss feeds is a hugh fan of mine.  Can I ask a dumb question:using the rss feeds from outside sources will increase the hub traffic?

      Believe me I will have to study your hub a couple of times to make sure I understand how to use it in my hub.

      Thanks for such an awesome hub!

      oh the video was great simple and easy to understand. thanks again!

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      Inspirepub 9 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Hi Adrienne, thanks for the compliments!

      An RSS feed won't directly increase traffic to your Hub.

      However, to stay up in the search engine rankings, a web page needs to be updated regularly. If you add an RSS feed to a Hub, the RSS feed will change whenever the source changes, which will keep your page constantly "fresh" as far as the search engines are concerned.

      That helps you to remain high on the search engine listings and get traffic from there.

      Good luck!

      Jenny

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      Adrienne F Manson 9 years ago from Atlanta

      oh Thank you I appreciate you're answering my question. I understand it more clearly now.(gotta tell you I'm loving hubpages).

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      Adrienne F Manson 9 years ago from Atlanta

      Hi Jenny,

      I got it. That was easy! Made a mountain out of a mole hill.

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      Mark Bennett 9 years ago from Citizen of the Globe

      Yes, HubPages is a great place!

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      Inspirepub 9 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      I'm glad the info is helpful - best of luck with your Hubs.

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      donnaleemason 9 years ago from North Dakota, USA

      Gonna take a bit of studying. thanks for making it idiot proof.

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      Inspirepub 9 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      It's not too bad once you have done it once or twice.

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      kobimal 8 years ago from Plano,Tx

      great article on RSS indeed

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      rkat 8 years ago

      Thanks for all the useful information. You can get some great ideas from this hub and all the different areas you can pull rss's from.

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      Health Conscious 8 years ago from South Florida - USA

      I am amazed - Not one childish comment - :-)

      Like usual a well written informative post

       

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      Inspirepub 8 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Glad you found it useful - long may you RSS!

      Jenny

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      aidenofthetower 8 years ago

      Thanks for this information. It is so good to understand what's going on. Plus I have learned a lot about RSS that I didn't even know even though I have been on the net for ages!

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      Inspirepub 8 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      That's great to hear, aidenofthetower. Thanks for coming by!

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      weblog 8 years ago from 1India

      Great hub. I was not aware of thumbs up voting when I commented here last time. So, giving thumbs up now :)

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      Inspirepub 8 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Thanks, Weblog!

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      DJ Funktual 8 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove

      This is such useful info bit it is wasted on me. I followed you for about half the hub and then POOF! You lost me.

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      Inspirepub 8 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Awww, DJ, that's a shame. If you email me and tell me what you want to do with your RSS feed, I'll see if I can help.

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      Rebecca Jones 8 years ago from Florida

      Thank you so much for the info! Quick question though, when i click on my rss feed it says there is an error the past two days... is this a website issue or just me? Thanks!

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      Inspirepub 8 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Do you mean your RSS feed here at HubPages, blogging2?

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      Rebecca Jones 8 years ago from Florida

      Sorry, yes, I have a couple of sites asking for my RSS feed, and I can't figure out how to get it. I tried clicking on it on the side of my profile and it came up as an error... Sorry so clueless!

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      ASHWINSPGA 8 years ago from Lion City ( Singapore)

      im so glad i stumbled upon your hub. thank you so much for making this rss so simple for me. i had so many complex answers that i gave up till i came here... thank you so much once again. its like striking gold. you dont know how much this article meant to me...

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      Inspirepub 8 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      OK, blogging2, if you want an RSS feed of all your Hubs, with the lastest first like a blog RSS feed, it will be http://hubpages.com/author/blogging2/latest/?rss.

      You can replace "latest" with either "best" or "hot", and then it will display your best or your fastest-improving scoring Hubs at the top, regardless of how old they are.

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      Bonnie Ramsey 8 years ago from United States

      Hi, Jenny!

      I am finally getting back around to this learning tool that you have provided. Unfortunately, I am feeling very dense today as somehow I am even more confused than usual. I have always been technically handicapped when it comes to this sort of thing but today, this subject has me feelling totally inadequate!

      I want to join in the hub mob on pets this week but noticed that I have to do the RSS feed in order to participate. Therefore, I am trying to learn this now and even after slowly reading over this many, many times today, I can't seem to get it. It must be me because you have created such an awsome hub that I should be able to understand but it just isn't happening for me. I am going to keep searching through it and hope something clicks because I really want to learn this so that I can mark it off my list of tools to learn to use lol.

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      Inspirepub 8 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      I hope you manage to work it out, Bonnie!

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      cshenterprise 8 years ago from Sacramento, CA

      Hi, this is the best explanation of RSS feed I've ever read. What a fantastic job! Keep up the fantastic work, ok?

      Charlie

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      Inspirepub 8 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Thanks, Charlie - with encouragement like that, I surely shall!

      I have more of this sort of stuff on my own site, too, at http://chrisandjennyford.com.

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      earnestshub 8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Good hub on RSS thanks I struggle a bit without this type of help.

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      Inspirepub 8 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Lots of people do Earnestshub - that's why I do it. Thanks for taking the time to say thanks!

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      Motaz 8 years ago from Egypt

      Hi, I have to tell you that this is one of the most useful articles i've read in my life, i knew nothing about the rss capsule ! and i now understand what rss really is....i hope that someday i could understand how to use feedburner.com someday!

      :)

      thnx alot, really

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      Inspirepub 8 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Great! So glad it helped ...

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      cdloanmod 8 years ago from Dana Point

      That's indeed a great informative post.

      Thanks for sharing such a wonderful information with the community.

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      LondonGirl 8 years ago from London

      bookmarked, for re-reading. There's such a lot of helpful stuff, thank you.

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      Inspirepub 8 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      My pleasure - glad it helped!

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      LondonGirl 8 years ago from London

      it has - I've just re-read and used the tips, and it works, even for an idiot like me!

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      Inspirepub 8 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      That's great - it's nice to know peope are getting value from the info. Well done, and may it bring you success ...

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      Clara Ghomes 8 years ago

      Thats a truly WOW hub. Bookmarked and I'm sure I would need it again and again. Thank you so much for sharing it.

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      Inspirepub 8 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      I'm glad you found it useful, Clara!

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      Constant Walker 8 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

      I'm hopeless! Sixtyorso recemmended I put an RSS feed on my Numerous Fragments news-bites hub (http://hubpages.com/hub/Numerous-Fragments--Quick-... So I found my way to this hub to try to make some sense of the whole process. I followed the instructions step-by-step - but very quickly I was horrible lost...

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      Inspirepub 8 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Sorry to hear that, Constant Walker - let me know if I can help.

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      Frieda Babbley 8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Just the info I was looking for . Nice job outlining the pros and cons. Very thorough and actaully a great read on the topic. Thanks Inspirepub!

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      Inspirepub 8 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      My pleasure, Frieda - glad you found it useful.

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      Dolores Monet 8 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Inspirepub, I have been trying to figure this whole RSS thing out, been here 3 months and just noticed it 2 weeks ago (sheesh). Anyway, this is the first time it made any sense at all to me so thank you very much!

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      Rob Welsh 7 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

      Wow... & WOW.. THank you so much Inspirepub..... WOW!

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      cashmere 7 years ago from India

      I'm book marking this. I need to read this in a calmer state of mind. Too much information. Brain going on overload.

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      Pete Maida 7 years ago

      I have also book marked this. I'll be looking it over again. Thanks for all of the information.

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      Inspirepub 7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      You're welcome all - that's why I wrote this Hub, to help people find their way through the jungle. Happy RSSing!

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      wordscribe41 7 years ago

      Fantastic hub, thanks for demystifying RSS for me. Bookmarked this page.

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      Carolyn Augustine 7 years ago from The Land of Tractors

      I'm bookmarking too and going to reread. I have been cross-linking my hubs the old fashioned way, but this is much better. Thanks for a very-well written explanation. The screen shots were tremendously helpful too.

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      lelanew55 7 years ago

      Thanks. I will use this to publish my first hub.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Thank you so much. Will bookmark it to come back, study and try and use the RSS feed. Oh...and you have a new appreciative fan.

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      Duchess OBlunt 7 years ago

      What an awesome, insightful and helpful Hub! Sharing this one!

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      Die'Dre' 7 years ago from The Great Pacific Northwest

      I loved your presentation--very straight forward and very useful. Thanks

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      Larry Ivey 7 years ago from South Florida

      This is one of the best planned hubs I've read! The content is informative and easy to understand. I plan to use it as a text reference. Thanks.

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      Larry Ivey 7 years ago from South Florida

      Even though I'm not what one would call a "newbie", I am still learning on a daily basis. It's good to find a pearl like this hub.

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      Bhawna Sharma 7 years ago from Mumbai, India

      I could not understand much about the entire process for now, but I have realized that RSS is something I need to use to promote my hubs and other articles published ol. I am bookmarking it so that I can come back again and again to learn the steps.

      Thanks for this detailed information.

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      shazwellyn 7 years ago from Great Britain

      Yes... explains it all in one hub! Thank you, just what I needed! x

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I've just never been sure about this. Thanks for putting it all together in this hub. I'll bookmark it so I can use it as reference and share it as well. So many of us just are not sure what we would be getting into.

      Thanks again!

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      Internetwriter62 7 years ago from Marco Island, Florida

      Hi Inspirepub, Thanks for the article, I'm going to read it in more detail. Unfortunately I'm not technologically gifted, but will the RSS Feed help me promote my work.

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      L M Reid 7 years ago from Ireland

      Great article thks, very helpful. Was completely confused till I read this. The info is clear and easy to understand so thks again

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      abidareacode 7 years ago from Areacode , Kerala, India

      I didn't understand this RSS feed.I had created a capsule in my hub.But don't know what to add to it.Can you explain it simply?

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      jolisa 6 years ago

      Thank you very much for writing this hub, it really helped me to understand how to use Hubpages Rss feed

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      Linda Crampton 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for an excellent explanation. I was looking for an article explaining how to use the RSS capsule in HubPages. Your hub what just what I needed!

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      alukmanto 6 years ago

      Thank for explanation completetly...

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      Charity Squid 5 years ago

      Thank you for this hub!!! I was wondering if I could use my own blog on a relevant hub?

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      AllieRambles 5 years ago from Bay Area, California

      This hub is 3 years old but it is still very relevant and informational.

      I just created a hub about dlvr.it (which automates your feed to Twitter, Facebook, etc.) and used your hub as a reference to RSS.

      TY!

      ~Allie

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      mel22 5 years ago from ,

      good hub and WOW .. the 'cucumbers for dildos' sentence caught me off guard..however true.. lol.. thanks for the accompanying vid on RSS as well.

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      Gustavo 2 years ago

      Zdrastvuyte. U menya k vam vsyem bolshoy vooprs. Nadeyusy vi ne obiditesy, chto ya pisu v cirilike. Ya soberayusy otkrity v Prage chastniy sad pro Ruskix ziteley v Chexii. Xochu shtob tam bylo vsyo, kak v Rossii. Ya sama z Ukraini i v sadik tuda xodila. Me toze bolshe nravitsya sistema obrazovaniya malishov v Ukrajine i Rosii. Planirovala zuchaty detey cheskiy, russkiy i angliyskiy jazik. No kak seychas prochitala vashie komentari, to ne znayu, esli russkiy zelatelno u roditeley. To skazite pozalusta vashe minenie k obrazovanie yazikov. Spasibo bolyshoe. Olesja

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