by Frank J. Peter
Well, it's actually quite simple and straight forward. RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication, and it is basically a summary of updates from a particular web site. It usually contains a headline and a short paragraph about the article, very much like your favorite newspaper website. If you click on the headline you will be brought to the main article were you can read it in full - it doesn't get easier than that.
Two things are needed for RSS, the RSS feed and the RSS reader. The feed comes from us, and you will have to get the reader:
A feed reader is like an empty newspaper in which you insert only the sections that interest you. Popular feed readers are from i.e. Yahoo!, Google, AOL, Bloglines, Newsgator and many others, I'll give the link below. You need to subscribe to one of them, and there is no cost involved (never pay for a reader!).
If you already have an email account at Yahoo, Google or AOL you should subscribe to their feed reader as they allow you to check your email with them. Once you have set-up your RSS reader you can click on the RSS feed icon on our site (or ANY site that has this logo) and follow the simple instructions to add it to your feed reader.
The beauty is that, over time, you will build your very own web site that contains all the info that interests you in only one page and in concentrated form. Set this page as your home page, and every time you start your browser you will be greeted by the most updated content that you chose. Trust me, this is how the internet should be! Maybe you have heard of the term 'Web 2.0', well - this is it, personalized content!
Click on our feed link HERE and you will be brought to our feed website at feedburner.com. In the main column is the current content of our feed, you'll see the headlines and short paragraphs I mentioned earlier.
On the right you see a few small icons like the following:
Choose Yahoo or Google or any other icon that you're familiar with and click it. Follow the simple instructions to set-up your account and that's it, you are now part of the Web 2.0 community. Don't forget to set the feed reader page as your home page, or at least bookmark your reader!
You will see that the feed reader you just subscribed to already has some content on it. You can remove that if you don't like it and replace it with feeds that interest you, just play around a bit so you get the hang of it. Yahoo for example allows you to change the order of the columns by clicking and holding the left mouse button and dragging a column to a different position. You can also change the background color and lots more. You will see, this is an ongoing process and a lot of fun. Just keep a lookout for the 'feed' logo (as shown above) at your favorite websites and add them to your reader simply by clicking on the logo.
Well, I hope this was of help, and I hope you will add our feed to your feed reader. We will update our feed very frequently with new content like tips and lessons, reviews and special offers, so keep an eye on us.
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