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|Posted by:||Franz Honer, Internet Marketing Expert|
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|Posted on:||August 31st, 2008 at 6:00 am|
I see terms such as “RSS”, “XML”, and “Atom” out there, but I don’t know how to use these links?
“RSS”, “XML” and “Atom” are all examples of what are called “feeds”. Feeds are a way for web users to subscribe to regular updates, delivered automatically. You’ve probably done this before by signing up for things like email newsletters. Using feeds such as RSS (which just stands for “Really Simple Syndication”) is a way to use other tools besides email to keep track of your subscriptions.
What Does This Mean To Me?
Using feeds is a way to easily keep track of a large number of your favorite websites or blogs, without having to remember to check each site manually or clutter your email inbox. Suppose you have 25 sites and blogs you find interesting. You could visit each website and blog everyday to see what’s new, but that might take you hours. With RSS, you can “subscribe” to a website or blog and get “fed” all the new headlines from all of these 25 sites and blogs in one list, and see the latest updates in minutes instead of hours. Quite a time saver!
So How Do I Subscribe To Your Blog?
On the right hand side of this blog, you will see a number of subscription options. You may notice a button for a service you belong to, such as Yahoo, Google, or AOL - if so, just click the button. If you’re interested in the idea of keeping track of all of your blogs in one place, sign up for a service such as Bloglines or Google Reader. Still prefer email? We have that too… just click Subscribe by Email.
Tell Me More!
For a more detailed introduction to blogs and social media, read the Business Week feature Social Media Will Change Your Business. Thinking of starting your own blog? Check out the New York Times article Blogging as a Marketing Tool.