RSS is a standard for distributing headlines and descriptions.
It is both really simple and extremely complicated at the
RSS is still in its infancy yet, it shows significant promise
and could potentially revolutionize Internet content distribution.
The RSS standard is still being determined, and has experienced
growing pains along the way with two version standards competing
to become one.
The benefits of RSS is that users control the content they
wish to see. Users who are tired of unscrupulous emailers
can take back control, over the content theyare served opting
in to each feed. If the quality of the feed does not keep
their attention they can simply remove it from their viewer
and never see it again.
Creating an RSS Feed
The specification can seem overwhelming to those not familiar
with markup languages, fortunately there are software tools,
like FeedForAll that
make feed creation easy for both beginners and novices. If
you are bound and determined to hand-code a feed I recommend
the make RSS feeds
site that provides a step by step coding walk through.
Distributing RSS Feeds
Once the feed is created, you can submit it to RSS search
engines. I suggest using the list at RSS Specifications. You
will also want to use a standard RSS/XML graphic indicating
that the content has a feed available for it. In addition
you can insert the following code into the html of your web
page which will allow users to "auto-detect" your
It is important that users keep their RSS feed content fresh
and update it on a regular basis. This will increase your