Join Bobby Owsinski for an in-depth discussion in this video Your RSS feed, part of Blogging Strategies for Musicians and Bands.
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RSS stands for real simple syndication, and allows people to easily stay informed by retrieving the latest content from the sites they are interested in. These posts are read through what's known as an RSS reader, which can be either a standalone app, or built into your browser. This saves time by not needing to visit each site individually, or joining each site's email newsletter, and allows someone to review a large amount of information in a short amount of time. For a publisher, which is you, the blog owner, feeds permit instant distribution of content, and the ability to make it subscribable.
RSS feeds use a universal icon like this. Most modern web browsers handle RSS Feeds, but in a limited manner. They use an RSS Feed as a dynamic bookmark folder with automatic bookmarks to all the news in the feed. Unlike news aggrigators, browsers will not save the news if you don't check on it everyday. Even though RSS has been the standard for web feeds for a while now, it's often confusing and uses non standard conventions due to its scattered development over time. As a result, a newer syndication standard called Atom was created in a response to design flaws of RSS.
Essentially, both RSS and Atom do the same thing. But Atom does it better, and it's designed to be somewhat future proof. If you have a choice of which standard to use, choose Atom, but don't lose any sleep over it if that choice is not available. RSS feed URLs look something like this. In this case, we're looking at feeds from the blogger platform. But substitute WordPress for Blogspot, and it looks the same for that platform.
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