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How to Subscribe to Blogs using RSS

Updated on March 8, 2012

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a way to subscribe and follow websites without needing to visit the website in question.

Although you may think "what's the purpose of RSS?"; it becomes very handy when you have dozens of websites you wish to track and keep up to date with minus visiting each of them to only to find nothing new.

I'd like to share how you can get started with RSS feeds (along with Google Reader) for subscribing to websites and blogs.

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Step 1: Sign up for Google Reader

Google offers a free RSS feed reader which I highly recommend because it's a high chance that you may already have a Google account.

If you don't have a Google account, you can sign up for free and have full access to Google Reader which you will use to subscribe to RSS feeds for the blogs you enjoy reading.

Visit http://www.google.com/reader/ and setup your account.

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Step 2: Find the RSS Button on your Favorite Blog (s)

Visit your favorite blogs or websites which offer some kind of RSS feed; most of the time, you will notice an RSS feed based on the icon (shown up top) or a unique button that says a subscription option using the image (or RSS text) - Image 1.

Click on the RSS button and you will be given an option for which RSS feed reader you would like to use; since you signed up for Google Reader.

Choose 'Google' from the selection and you will jump to your Google Reader account where you will now see that you have signed up for the blog's RSS - Image 2.

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Step 3: Sort your RSS Feeds (Optional)

RSS Readers, like Google Reader, will give you an option to sort your subscriptions so you can group similar websites into folders which is very helpful when you are checking new blog posts based on information you're seeking for a particular topic.

Although this step is optional, it can be very helpful when you begin to subscribe to dozens of websites at a time.

Keeping things in check

RSS can be a great tool to keep everything 'in check' when you are very active online.

To be honest, RSS may seem like a waste, at first, because you can just as easily check the websites you normally check but it becomes very helpful when you have dozens of "regular" websites in your daily web activity.

You'll save a bit of time each time you use RSS because you'll see which sites have new information and which do not; overall, it's a great service to get started with for the long-term.

Try it out

Want to try using RSS?

Subscribe to my Hubpages using the following link: Click Here.

Alternatively, you can swing by my own blog, Murlu.com, to find some really great information and guides for freelancers and bloggers which will help you get started without the fuss.

This will be a great exercise on how to get started :)

Use RSS? Share why you use the service below.

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      Terishere 6 years ago

      RSS feeds are great! Like you said, you don't have to go to your favorite websites to see if there's anything new.

      Voted up and useful!

      Terri

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