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What The Heck Is An RSS Feed?

Don’t know what an RSS feed or feed URL is? I’ve been getting this question a lot lately from new bloggers. It is kind of a foreign thing if you’re new to blogging, or haven’t been much of a blog reader up until now. Because I’m the queen of blogging (lol) I decided to give a little explanation to help those of you who are lost on this subject, because by understanding what RSS is, it can really help you if you ever decide to make money with your blog. By understanding how a blog’s RSS works, you will be able to utilize more tools to your advantage as far as getting more traffic to your blog (with less work).

When people say RSS means “really simple syndication,” I don’t think that helps people understand at all. This entire article is going to be in layman’s terms to make it as easy as possible for people to understand.

What is an RSS Feed?

Let’s start with what the heck an RSS feed is. The easiest way to explain it is to say that an RSS feed basically detects when a new blog post has been published. And anyone, or any website that has signed up to be notified of when a new post has been published on your blog, will be notified each time, either by email or through their RSS feed reader (to be explained more below).

Every blog has an RSS feed URL. I suggest that if you have a blog, you sign up to get a feed URL through feedburner, because it is the most widely used RSS system.

How to Sign Up For a Feedburner RSS Feed URL

To sign up for a feed URL with feedburner, go to http://feedburner.google.com. You need to sign up for a google account, or if you already have one, sign in. Then type in your blog’s url. Example: http://blog.bloggiezzz.com. Then Click “burn my feed right this instant”. Then you will name your feed which will just be the extenstion  of the feedburner URL. I suggest you name it the title of your blog, or as similar as possible (with no spaces). Then your RSS feed URL will be http://feeds.feedburner.com/yourblogname.

From then on, you can direct people to that URL when suggesting they subscribe to your blog. By subscribing to your blog, they will be notified (by the way they choose) each time you publish a new blog post.

Also, you can use your feedburner URL to submit your blog to RSS feed directories.

What is an RSS Feed Directory?

An RSS Feed Directory, or RSS Submission site, is basically a website that has links to a bunch of blogs. By going to RSS feed directories, you can look up blogs you’re interested, usually based on keywords or topic. So, by submitting your blog to an RSS feed directory, you will have more links around the web (good) and you will be able to be found on that site should anyone be looking for blogs in your niche.

Click here to get my list of 32 free and easy RSS submission sites you can submit your blog to.

Submit your blog to all of these RSS feed directories, but only one per day, because search engines detect when you submit your blog to an RSS feed directory and you will seem spammy if you submit to more than one or two in one day.

Tell People to Subscribe

The more ways that people can be notified of your blog posts, the better. So tell people to subscribe to your blog, and make sure you have the link to your feedburner RSS feed url somewhere visible on your blog, so people who like your blog will be reminded that they can get your blog updates.

Submit Your RSS Feed URL to Automatic Posting Services

Save yourself some time. There are tons of sites that allow you to automatically post to Twitter and/or Facebook when a new blog post is published. Currently, I set up Hootsuite, NetworkedBlogs, and TweetAdder to all update my Twitter (at different times throughout the day) when a new blog post is published. That way I never have to Tweet about it manually, saving me time. HootSuite and NetworkedBlogs is free to use. TweetAdder is a one-time paid software you install on your computer to do a ton of Twitter automated tasks for you (even while you sleep).

Click here to read my blog post about TweetAdder and learn more.

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4 Responses to 'What The Heck Is An RSS Feed?'

  1. Catherine says:

    Thank you so much for explaining this!

  2. Lisha @ OMT says:

    Hey Catherine, thanks for stopping by. I'm glad you learned something. Let me know if you ever have a question 🙂

    ~Lisha

  3. Kelly Martin says:

    Hi now I know what it is thank you!

    I tried to click on the link to RSS submission sites, but it takes me back to your homepage not the post. Would love to see the list so I can add my RSS to it.

    Many thanks

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