RSS Feeds and Article Marketing

RSS feeds are currently an under used way of marketing your articles. You can enhance your visibility and your readership through RSS feeds and gain more web traffic.

In case you aren’t familiar with RSS, it often stands for Really Simple Syndication and lets website owners quickly and easily publish syndicated content in real time. Though it’s been around for years, it’s popularity is still limited considering how practical and powerful it is. Not only can subscribers keep up with your content in real time, other publishers can link to your feed and use it on their site for up to the minute content.

Because of it’s sophistication, RSS is a powerful tool, still overlooked by many marketers. Because subscribers don’t share their email, multiple messages can be sent in a day, without being regarded as spam by an inbox monitor. Feeds are sent to a feed reader or aggregator and don’t use email addresses at all.

It’s not the purpose of this article to describe the full workings of RSS. If you do want to know, Wikipedia has a great, technical explanation. In simple terms though, a website author creates a feed on their website. They may use feed creation software, or they may use a web based resource like Feedburner to do it for them. Interested readers click on the link on the website. It might say RSS, Feed or XML. They then take the URL of the feed and paste it into a feed reader or aggregator, such as the web based ones found on My.Yahoo, My.MSN and Google +. The summaries of each post or update are then listed for the subscriber to read. If they are interested, they can click on the link and read the whole article on the publishing website.

How is Article Marketing achieved through RSS feeds?

As an author, create an individual feed for your site. If you’re publishing in article directories, it’s probably done for you. As a marketer, you need to take advantage of that and post the feed link to popular RSS submission sites. Once this is done, every time you publish a new article, it’s instantly added to the feed. In addition, add your own site’s feed link to every article you submit, creating more quality linking that search engines love, as well as encouraging readers to subscribe to your own site’s feed.

Using your RSS feeds via your article marketing efforts is an additional way to get potential new customers to your site. In addition, you can use Google AdSense in your feeds to gain an extra revenue stream.

The biggest advantage of using RSS feeds is that people who subscribe are interested in your articles and updates and want to know when you have published something new. It also can assist you with your website ranking in the search engine results, because search engines prefer sites with regular updates.

Now is the perfect time to start adding your RSS feeds to your article marketing efforts and start to reap the results.