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How to Make an RSS Feed?

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Making RSS

RSS Feeds

RSS also known as rich site summary or real simply syndication. RSS Feeds provide webmasters and content providers an avenue to provide concise summaries to prospective readers. Thousands of commercial web sites and blogs now publish content summaries in an RSS feed. Each item in the feed typically contains a headline; article summary and link back to the online article.


RSS allows webmasters to:
1.) Provide fresh and relevant content on their website, which encourages users to return.

2.) Constantly changing content means that search engine spiders will visit more frequently.

3.) Automate content delivery.






RSS allows for users to
:
1.) Easily locate information.

2.) Read condensced information or 'soundbytes' with clearly marked and dated topic material.

3.) Classify and categorize information in an easy to navigate manner.

4.) Maximize their time without having to deal with spam.

RSS feeds can be viewed in a news aggregator or reader, which constantly updates and shows unread feeds.


RSS allows for content developers to:
1.) Increase exposure in niche markets.

2.) Communicate with user bases and reach potential customers via an alternate communication method.

3.) Disseminate relevant information.

4.) Define themselves as an industry expert.

5.) Automate content delivery.



How to Make an RSS Feed

RSS feeds contain what are referred to as "items". The items are usually connected in some way and contain a common theme or other similarity.

The following feed http://www.notepage.net/feed.xml contains items. The items are all SMS and paging related news articles that would likely benefit someone interested in the wireless market.
Each item contains:

* title
* description
* link

The title and description should be written to describe the content and the link should reference the webpage that contains that actual content.

Like html, the xml file uses open and close tags to designate the title, description and link. Tags are enclosed in brackets <>, like standard html and the close tag contains a forward slash /.




The following is what an item in a xml file looks like:
<title>The Title Goes Here</title>
<description>The description goes here</description>
<link>http://www.linkgoeshere.com</link>

Items

As I mentioned earlier, an RSS feeds contains items and like the tags above, an open and close tag is used to distinguish between items.

<item>
<title>The Title Goes Here</title>
<description>The description goes here</description>
<link>http://www.linkgoeshere.com</link>
</item>

<item>
<title>Another Title Goes Here</title>
<description>Another description goes here</description>
<link>http://www.anotherlinkgoeshere.com</link>
</item>





Now an RSS Feed is a series of items, these items are chained together to create what is called a "Channel".

The Channel appears at the top of the file and tells people how the items relate to each other. Like items channels use title, description and link tags to describe its content. The open channel tag <chanel> occurs before the first item and the close tag </channel> occurs after the last item.


<channel>
<title>The Channel Title Goes Here</title>
<description>The explanation of how the items are related goes here</description>
<link>http://www.directoryoflinksgohere</link>

<item>
<title>The Title Goes Here</title>
<description>The description goes here</description>
<link>http://www.linkgoeshere.com</link>
</item>

<item>
<title>Another Title Goes Here</title>
<description>Another description goes here</description>
<link>http://www.anotherlinkgoeshere.com</link>
</item>

</channel>




Finally you will need to mark the file by indicating it is an XML file by inserting xml and rss defining tags at the beginning and </rss> at the very end.


<?xml version="1.0"?>
<rss version="2.0">
<channel>

<title>The Channel Title Goes Here</title>
<description>The explanation of how the items are related goes here</description>
<link>http://www.directoryoflinksgohere</link>

<item>
<title>The Title Goes Here</title>
<description>The description goes here</description>
<link>http://www.linkgoeshere.com</link>
</item>

<item>
<title>Another Title Goes Here</title>
<description>Another description goes here</description>
<link>http://www.anotherlinkgoeshere.com</link>
</item>

</channel>
</rss>


When you save the file be sure to save it as an xml file.

So you have build your rss feed :)

Source :www.make-rss-feeds.com



Online RSS Feed Generator Services

You can also use the Online RSS feed generator service. Simply search for "Online RSS feed generator" on your search engine, You will get lots of such services. Logon to an Online RSS Generator portal and enter your website's address.
The online service will traverse your site and will generate an RSS feed XML file. Download the file and upload to your server. Some of the Online RSS feed generator websites are given below. Please Check:
  • https://feedity.com/
  • http://www.rssfeedsgenerator.com

ACCESSING AND USING RSS FEED FOR YOUR WEBSITE



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