Summary

RSS is a growing technology. But what is it good for?

RSS can help us do three things.

  1. RSS can deliver current information from the Internet in our areas of expertise or interest.
  2. RSS can provide content for websites and blogs.
  3. RSS can bring additional traffic to a website or blog.

Detail

RSS can deliver current information from the Internet in our areas of expertise or interest.

RSS comes close to fulfilling the promise of a custom newspaper or magazine that is delivered to our desktops.

My RSS reader delivers to my desktop a custom mix of articles on news, technology, the Law of Attraction, personal growth, web 2.0, website development, information technology... and of course, RSS.

I continually refine this daily flow of information, dropping those feeds that get stale, and picking up new feeds for current events like the Presidential Election.

Some RSS feeds are updated hourly (Associated Press and BBC news), some RSS feeds are updated daily, and others are updated weekly or irregularly.  RSS reduces my web surfing time and gives me more reading time.


RSS can provide content for websites and blogs.

RSS feeds can be used to provide content for websites and blogs. Tools are available that can capture RSS feeds and put the content onto a website or blog. Most of the tools are point-and-click tools that require no programming.

For example, I created a webpage on my website with all the content from an RSS feed. The webpage is usually ranked in the top 10 on Google for its keyword.


RSS can bring additional traffic to a website or blog.

An RSS feed is another tool to bring more traffic to your website or more readers to your blog.  RSS feeds can have links back to your website, and headlines and short clips that entice a visitor to visit your website.  RSS feeds can provide a convenient way to read blog posts.

Those of us who are using RSS readers to get information, want to subscribe to information that we can read as RSS feeds. I do not want to check and see if a blog or website has been updated. I want updated blogs and websites to show up on my desktop as RSS feeds.


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