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RSSHi everyone,

First off, my apologies that this post is a few days late. I had a very busy end of the week last week and it held me up somewhat.

So, without further ado, I shall jump straight into the subject of this week’s (last week’s!) post…

 

Just What is RSS and Why Should You Care as a Blogger?

 

I decided to cover this subject in response to a question left for me in the comments for my last post. It was from Linda Schrier and she asked:

What is an RSS feed and how do you use it?

As it happens, I had actually planned to cover the subject at some point, but Linda’s question prompted me to pick that subject for my next post.

Now, I must emphasise, that I am NOT an RSS expert, by any means. Just like so many people, I found it to be confusing to begin with and I just couldn’t ‘get’ it. But once I learned how to make use of it and found a good RSS reader, a lot of the mystery disappeared.

So, I have made a video that briefly outlines just what is RSS, why you would use it as a blogger and how you can use it.

There’s nothing fancy, I only explain things in the simplest of ways, but hopefully you will be able to go on to at least get started using RSS yourself if you have struggled to get your head around it up until now.

 

 

I hope that you found that video useful. I’m sure that there is a lot more to learn about RSS and there are likely to be many more applications, but for a blogger this is a quick and easy way to make good use of RSS and save yourself some time and also make your blog-hopping a lot more quick and convenient.

*EDIT: As I mentioned, I am not an expert in RSS. In the comments below, Chris DeeWaard very kindly pointed out that the browser and button methods may not work in Chrome, as it appears that Google, in their infinite wisdom (note sarcasm), have seen fit to not auto-discover RSS feeds. So if you are using Chrome (and the same may apply in other browser – I don’t know) and the RSS feeds don’t auto detect from within your browser, you can still add the feed manually in your client as demonstrated in the video.

Also, there are browser extensions for Chrome that enable auto-discovery, so just have a look for one that works best for you.*

I mentioned a few of my blogging friends in the video and I would like to give them a shout-out here as they all have great content on their blogs and I’m sure that you will get tons of value by visiting them:

 

Adrienne SmithAdrienne Smith – Adrienne is often referred to as the “Engagement Superstar” and with good reason. Her blog is an absolute goldmine, so be sure to check it out and don’t forget to bookmark it or, indeed, add it to your RSS reader! 😉

 

Donna MerrillDonna Merrill – Like Adrienne, Donna’s blog is overflowing with tons of great, helpful info. Aside from that, her posts are always insightful, thoughtful and entertaining. She is another of my recommended ‘go-to’ bloggers.

 

Ben SolomonBen Solomon – Ben is a good, helpful chap and very knowledgeable to boot. In fact, he wrote a guest post on my blog a while back all about WordPress security. He hasn’t updated his blog for about a month, but I think that this is probably due to his currently engaging in the Gary Halbert Copywriting Challenge. I’m sure he’ll be back blogging soon, so be sure to note down his blog and, in the mean time, check out some of his excellent past posts.

 

Richard SeatonRichard Seaton – Last, but by no means least, we have Richard Seaton. Richard has only been involved with making money online for about a year and is prime example of an action-taker. You could learn a lot by following him.

 

So please don’t forget to check out those blogs and be sure to share the content and leave some nice comments for these wonderful people.

Also, if you want to get hold of the RSS reader that I use, you can get that for free by clicking here.

I hope you found this post useful. If you have any additional information with regards to RSS then please let me know in the comments below. I am always happy to learn and, as I said, my knowledge of the subject is only very basic. But hopefully it will have been enough to enable some of you to get started with RSS who were struggling before.

Although I’m posting this a few days late and it is only two days until my next post is due, I still aim to get a post out on Thursday as usual. So don’t forget to check back then and, if you are using RSS, don’t forget to add my blog’s feed to your RSS reader!

See you soon!

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9 thoughts on “RSS Demystified”

  1. Hi Glenn,

    You asked me which advertisement I was referring to, it’s the one at the top of your blog. It says “Want the Secret to $1.000 Pay Days Online? Click Here”. Its for the BCB and it is so awesome. The best one I’ve seen.

    Hope you’re feeling better.

    You have a wonderful weekend!

    Linda
    Linda Schrier recently posted…How To Supplement Your Income OnlineMy Profile

    1. Ah, Hello Bar. I used to use it a while back but, for some reason, it stopped working properly. Anyway, they’ve done a lot with it since the last time I tried it, so I thought I’d give it a go again and it works fine. It’s good, you can even put an opt-in form in there if you wish. 🙂
      Glenn Shepherd recently posted…Are You an Expert in Your Field?My Profile

  2. Hi Glenn,

    Thank you Glenn for your blog post on RSS feeds and the kind mention of my name.

    You gave me all the information I need to use RSS feeds. I now have an icon on my computer that takes me directly to the RSS feeds.

    I’ve had people on my blog posts telling me they were adding me to their RSS feed and I had no idea what they were talking about.

    Thanks to you, I now know what it stands for and how to use it.

    I love your BCB advertisement. It’s so cool!!!

    I’m off to check out the other blog posts you mentioned.

    Thank you for all your help!

    You have an awesome day and weekend ahead,

    Linda
    Linda Schrier recently posted…How To Supplement Your Income OnlineMy Profile

    1. Hi Linda,

      That’s awesome, I’m glad it answered your questions! And you’re very welcome for the mention – after all, I was answering your question so it was only polite and fair that I address you by name and, of course, give you a link back to your blog too. 😉

      I’m curious, to which advert are you referring? There are a few!

      Thanks for your great comment, I hope you’re having an awesome weekend. 🙂

      »Glenn«
      Glenn Shepherd recently posted…Installing and Deleting WordPress Plugins ManuallyMy Profile

  3. Hey Glenn,

    Well aren’t you sweet to mention me here, thank you so much.

    I have a confession to make. I don’t use the RSS Feed reader anymore. I have a lot loaded up but I guess over time because we find SO many great blogs that it became too overwhelming to keep up with. Instead what I do is I keep an Excel Spreadsheet with the blogs that I prefer to visit the most. The RSS Feed has helped with keeping up with other blogs of course but I don’t refer to it on a regular basis.

    I also took off the RSS Feed option on my blog last year because I would prefer them sign up to get notices of my new posts but of course my RSS Feed is active and anyone can add it if they choose.

    For those that aren’t familiar with what it is though, you did a great job with your video showing them and explaining to them. Great job!

    Thank you again Glenn and hope you’re doing well this week. Enjoy what’s left of it and see you soon.

    ~Adrienne
    Adrienne recently posted…How To Make Those All Important ConnectionsMy Profile

    1. Hi Adrienne,

      You’re very welcome. I used you as an example so I felt it only right that I give you a proper mention and a link back to your blog. 🙂

      There’s no need for confession time, Adrienne! We all have to use whatever is right for us and our blogs. So if you have found other things that are more suitable for you and your blog then that is the main thing. Personally, I find RSS to be a life-saver and it helps me quickly and easily keep track of all my favourite blogs.

      Thanks for your great comment. I’ve actually had some server hassles, which I mention in my latest post and on top of that I’m feeling unwell due to a horsefly bite. But apart from that everything’s peachy, thanks! 😉

      I hope you’re keeping well and having a good weekend. I’ll try to pay a visit to your blog tomorrow. For now, as soon as I’ve replied to a few comments on here, it’s off to bed for me!

      »Glenn«
      Glenn Shepherd recently posted…Not Getting Results? Focus on the NEGATIVE!My Profile

  4. Hey Glenn.

    Nice post. I just recently revamped my blog and activated the RSS.

    I have a social bookmarking website out there which I changed around this past weekend to update daily with 1 – 2 posts from around 20 different well-known blogs. All the updates come from their RSS feeds.

    Unfortunately, the posts that get added aren’t always the latest posts, but it’s a way for anyone who comes across it to access many of the best bloggers out there from one location.

    I will definitely get the feedreader software so I can access my list much quicker than having to go to each blog individually.

    Thanks for the info.

    Have a good one……Chris
    Chris DeeWaard recently posted…Are You Making These Rookie Blogging Mistakes? Here’s How to Fix ThemMy Profile

      1. Hey Chris,

        I hope you find Feedreader useful. It’s going to be one of things where everyone has their own preference, but as I said in the video, I’ve tried lots of different things and that, to me, is the easiest and most user-friendly.

        Thanks so much for pointing that out about Chrome. I’ve added an addendum to the post accordingly. You see? No matter how new or inexperienced someone might be compared to others, you can always find something that you can teach that others will find of value. Not only has your point taught me something, no doubt it will help others too. 😉

        Thanks for stopping by, bud. I’m looking forward to reading your next blog post. 😉

        »Glenn«
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