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What is RSS feed? (Really Simple Syndication)

Updated on August 14, 2014
Really Simple Syndication of websites for easy access of readers to the updates.
Really Simple Syndication of websites for easy access of readers to the updates. | Source

A step-by-step guide to Syndicating Websites with RSS feeds

The world of internet is becoming more and more competitive with the time and if you are new to the this world you will face many problems. Internet is concentrating more on shared or aggregate content. Once your website or blog is in this aggregate you will be more likely to get better traffic and it will in turn effect your blog rating on the search engines. Blindly writing articles, publishing videos and pictures without taking into consideration the importance of these things would make it difficult for you to work well in the web world.

What is Syndication?

We are all aware with the term syndication and have seen it in many ways other than on internet. It many licencing your stuff so that others can use it. Television programs and newspaper columns are also syndicated. The word is French and was first used in trade unions. So syndication is nothing new but when this idea was first adopted by the internet people got confused how it works? In reality it is as simple as the name itself suggests (Really Simple Syndication). Its easy but it does works wonders if properly done. 

What is RSS?

RSS is short for Really Simple Syndication. RSS feed was first developed in 1995 before it many efforts were made for the websites syndication but none of the efforts worked. It gained much more popularity between 2005 and 2007. RSS publishes web feeds in a standardized manner. Weblogs, videos, news and other frequently updated entries are published in such a manner that reader can access and subscribe to their favorite feeds. In future if any updates take place in the website the reader will get to know about it. RSS feed contains full data or a summary of it. Along with it there is time and date and the name of author. Today more and more writers are syndicating their weblogs and other sites with RSS.

How to Use RSS?

Once a site enables RSS feed on its site readers can subscribe to it and can come back to it and get updates readily. An orange rectangular button is displayed labeled with RSS or XML on the site to show that the site is RSS enabled.

How RSS Works?

People who often use web may find it difficult to retrieve information from sites that best suit them. By subscribing to their favorite websites, blogs, videos or news readers can come again and again on their favorite sites without need to visit each site individually to find out their favorite one. Many sites today use RSS feeds as this benefit them too.

Using RSS on Hubpages:

Enabling RSS feed on hubpages is easy. You just have to follow the following steps.

  • While your hub is in the edit mode select RSS either from the add list that appears on the left hand side or select RSS capsule from the top right corner list of capsules. 
  • Next, give proper title that you want to give it.
  • Copy and paste URL of the website or weblog in the URL area in the capsule.
  • To copy URL from a website, right click on the RSS rectangle on the website and copy URL and paste it into your URL field in the RSS capsule.
  • Add it and you can preview it too.


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