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Thursday, November 17, 2005

RSS - Share your website to others and get traffic

What is it ?

RSS is a family of XML file formats for Web syndication usually used by news sites and weblogs.
The abbreviation is used to refer to the following standards:

* Rich Site Summary (RSS 0.91)
* RDF Site Summary (RSS 0.9 and 1.0)
* Really Simple Syndication (RSS 2.0)

RSS technology allow internet users to subscribe to wesites that provide RSS feed, This way you can share
your websites content (news or weblogs) by providing a RSS feed link for your visitors.

How to create RSS ?

You don't have to learn XML to have RSS feed for your site, www.feedburner.com can create your RSS feed freely.
Just type in your sites URL then proceed to the next steps, and feedburner will provide a link to your RSS feed,
for example http://feeds.feedburner.com/yoursite_feed_name

Now put the feed URL onto your website

In order for visitors/newsreaders to subscribe your feed, you need to put HTML code on anywhere you like within your website page.

- Your RSS feed link :

<a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/yoursite_feed_name" alt="Subscribe to my feed">
<img src="http://www.feedburner.com/fb/images/pub/xml_button.gif"
border="0"></a>

- For NewsGator subscribers to add your feed to their list, add below code :

<a href="http://www.newsgator.com/ngs/subscriber/subext.aspx?url= http://feeds.feedburner.com/yoursite_feed_name">
<img runat="server" src="http://www.newsgator.com/images/ngsub1.gif" alt="Subscribe with NewsGator" border="0" /></a>

- For MyYahoo subscribers :

<a href="http://add.my.yahoo.com/rss?url=
http://feeds.feedburner.com/yoursite_feed_name
">
<img src="http://static.flickr.com/25/64096106_8266cc5156.jpg?v=0"
alt="Subscribe with MyYahoo" border="0"></a>

- For MyMSN subscribers :

<a href="http://my.msn.com/addtomymsn.armx?id=rss&amp;ut=
http://feeds.feedburner.com/yoursite_feed_name&amp;
ru=http://your_site_url">
<img src="http://static.flickr.com/33/64096105_b1887c711f.jpg?v=0"
alt="Subscribe with MyMSN" border="0"></a></li>

- For Bloglines subscribers :

<a href="http://www.bloglines.com/sub/http://feeds.feedburner.com/
yoursite_feed_name">
<img src="http://static.flickr.com/34/64096103_69386ae9be.jpg?v=0"
alt="Subscribe with Bloglines" border="0"></a>

- For GoogleReader subscribers :

<a href="http://www.google.com/reader/preview/*/
feed/http://feeds.feedburner.com/yoursite_feed_name"> 
<img src="http://static.flickr.com/34/64096104_5d2a30e4dd.jpg?v=0"
alt="Subscribe to Google Reader" border="0"></a>

That's it and don't forget to change
http://feeds.feedburner.com/yoursite_feed_name and http://your_site_url to your URL, see example result of this code at Easy OnlineTips at the right side of the page.

Tips

You can increase your website traffic by submitting your feed to RSS Feed sites so readers will know that
your site exist, Below are 12 sites you can use to submit your feed free:

1. DMOZ.org
http://dmoz.org/add.html

2. Technorati.com
http://www.technorati.com/ping.html

3. BlogDigger.com
http://www.blogdigger.com/add.jsp

4. Syndic8.com
http://www.syndic8.com/suggest.php?Mode=data

5. Feedster.com
http://www.feedster.com/add.php

6. CompleteRSS.com
http://www.completerss.com/AddFeed.aspx

7. NewsIsFree.com
http://www.newsisfree.com/contact.php

8. NewsTrove.com
http://newstrove.com/suggest_site.html

9. Postami
http://www.postami.com/rss.finder/submit_feed.php

10. BlogDex.net
http://blogdex.net/add.asp

11. Daypop
http://www.daypop.com/info/submit.htm

12. Genecast.com
http://www.genecast.com/news/create.jsp

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