RSS (Real Simple Syndication) Explained in Plain English

RSS(Real Simple Syndication) is the talk around the net these days because of its many benefits.

I’m sure you’ve received several emails(like I have) telling you to jump on the “RSS” band wagon and that it’s the answer to all your Internet and Email marketing woe’s because of its syndication capabilities.

With RSS Directories and Search Engines coming into the mix as well these days for RSS feeds you really have to decide whether or not you really want it get in on the “RSS” craze.

Now, before I get to far ahead of myself here I want to make sure you know exactly what RSS “IS” and WHY it’s becoming such an essential tool for Your online business and other businesses around the world.

I’ve received a lot of feedback from people just starting out online and/or other webmasters who are not quite sure asking… “what is “RSS” in Plain English and do I need it for my online business?”.

I wrote an article earlier this year stating the “10 MOST Powerful Reasons WHY You Should Be Using RSS”, but I guess I clearly didn’t explain what “RSS” IS which left the readers kind of stumped.

If you wish to read that article as well I’ve provided the link below.

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With that said, lets ‘Now’ define what RSS(Real Simple Syndication) “IS” in plain english for those of you who are NEW to it and for those of you who are still a little bit confused about it and its uses.

RSS is by definition — an acronym for “Really Simple Syndication” or “Rich Site Summary”, and the .XML extension is the format used for distributing YOUR news headlines via the Web, which is known as “Syndication”.

“Syndication” is where the TRUE power of RSS is unleashed, getting your message or information across the web in an INSTANT to websites, your subscribers and/or readers.

Now, to put this in plain english, “RSS” is simply a technology that distributes YOUR information(whatever it might be — ex. Articles, Special Offers, Product Reviews, Resource Announcements) by syndicating it across the net.

It’s that simple.

It doesn’t have to get any more complex then that.

The more websites, subscribers and/or readers that opt-in to your RSS feeds, the more FREE targeted TRAFFIC you’ll receive from their websites.

How can you take advantage of this NEW technology… Starting Today?

Set up a BLOG!

Blog’s are great because they are “RSS” ready.

If you don’t know what a “BLOG” is here’s a link to another earlier article I wrote that explains BLOGS in full detail since the nature of this article is to make sure you understand what “RSS” IS.

Here’s the link:

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You can set-up a Free BLOG account through Blogger.com — http://www.blogger.com — and begin posting to it within minutes.

All you have to supply is the ‘Content’.

Well, there you have it, “RSS(Real Simple Syndication)– EXPLAINED In Plain English”.

I truly hope this article cleared up any confusion you might of had about “RSS” and will help you take that next step to deciding whether or not “RSS” is for You and your business.

My final thoughts are, don’t be afraid to do a little research, you’ll be amazed at what you might find if you spend a little looking for it on the net.

The Purpose of an RSS Feed – In Simple Terms

An RSS Feed is a web format used, to publish current information in real time to other websites. You are able to set up an RSS feed on your site which will include automatic feeds from other websites or any specific page, topic that interest you.

Visitors to your website can see updates from other websites in real time from the RSS feed. It is also useful to provide notification of anything which is happening. A RSS feed can be pretty handy for those who want up-to-date information from their favorite site or to be able to combine all their favorite sites so they can see them all in one feed.

RSS feed is actually great tool for business owners. A business owner could use feeds to keep his visitors updated on current, updated information of any industry. Visitors would be able to see it on the feed and do not need to leave the website to read it.

News websites make good use of RSS feeds to draw in customers. Many people out there subscribe to a news site to keep themselves updated on current events and to have news within easy reach. It is a way to stay informed. You can get all the information you need on one page, without going from page to page or site to site. It is like having someone constantly feeding you the latest information on what is happening around the world.

Be rest assured as well that your readers or subscribers would not be overwhelmed with details. The feed would provide just the right amount of details. If a reader wants more details, they could simply click the item and go to the website where the information is coming from.

There are sources of information that can be accessed through RSS feeds:

* Forum feeds

* Blog feeds

* Article feeds

* News feeds

Feeds are particularly useful for broadcasting news on many subjects like houses for sale, upcoming events, auctions, legal items, job listing and entertainment. The possibilities of their usage are practically endless.

When people subscribe to your feed, they know that they can rely on you to provide them with interesting information and to keep them updated on all the information they want to know. You, on the other hand, could use RSS feeds to post items of interest (or information which adds value to others) which you want to be sure people are aware of. Of course, visitors have the option of opting out of the feeds anytime that they want.

Use RSS feeds as a strategy to market and to supply the public with value-added information.