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Considering the ever-increasing support
for RSS in online communities, we have compiled a list
of resources and products that will benefit webmasters,
web surfers and publishers in their quest to understand
the power of RSS. RSS has rapidly become an alternative
communication venue. In order to understand the full
benefits, consider utilizing some of the following tools
1.) RSS Tools - RSS feeds
bring automatically updated information straight to
your desktop. You can monitor or promote news, job listings,
personals, and classifieds using RSS. The following
tools assist webmasters in using RSS to maximize their
RSS Readers - RSS readers
are designed as tools to view RSS feeds, making it easier
for users to view and manage the content of a feed.
Feed readers make it easy to mark feeds as read or flag
items that are important. The following are some of
our favorite RSS readers:
FeedDemon - FeedDemon is a client
that can retrieve and organize RSS feeds from the Internet.
It comes pre-configured with several news feeds, and
you can easily add your own by adding the URL for an
RSS feed of your choice. FeedDemon offers an attractive
and easy-to-use interface with integrated web browsing.
FeedScout - Feed Scout is a RSS/ATOM/RDF
reader that can be used directly from Internet Explorer.
Feed Scout enables you to view RSS/ATOM feeds from different
sites directly in Internet Explorer. You can even set
your Home Page to show your favorite feeds. http://www.feedscout.com
2.) RSS Creation Tools -
As RSS feeds have increased in popularity and breadth
publishers and webmasters have struggled to find a solution
to create RSS feeds. The following tools will assist
webmasters in creating RSS feeds:
FeedForAll - Desktop software used
to create, edit, manage and publish RSS feeds. New RSS
feeds can be quickly and easily created with FeedForAll.
Advanced features enable you to create professional-looking
RSS feeds quickly. Existing RSS feeds can be repaired
and enhanced with FeedForAll. RSS feeds generated by
other means can be automatically repaired, so that they
conform to the RSS 2.0 specification. Existing feeds
can be enhanced to contain advanced feed properties,
and give them a more professional look.
3.) RSS Articles and Tutorials
- Articles and tutorials based on RSS and designed to
demystify Really Simple Syndication for users and publishers.
RSS Specifications - RSS Specifications contains a collection
of articles related to RSS and news feeds that assist
both publishers and users in deciphering Really Simple
RSS Specifications - RSS Specifications
contains a collection of articles related to RSS and
news feeds that assist both publishers and users in
deciphering really simple syndication. http://www.rss-specifications.com/rss-articles.htm
the articles can be read in an RSS feed. http://www.rss-specifications.com/article-feed.xml
Make RSS Feeds - Step by step instructional
tutorial detailing how to manually create an RSS feed.
4.) Ebay Monitoring Using RSS -
Monitor online auctions for specific items of interest.
As eBay has grown it has become difficult to discern
and locate specific auction items. By using RSS tools
users can easily recieve instant notification when a
specific item is being auctioned.
Free Bidding Tools - FMonitor online
auctions for specific items of interest. As eBay has
grown it has become difficult to discern and locate
specific auction items. By using RSS tools users can
easily receive instant notification when a specific
item is being auctioned.
5.) Web Monitoring - Monitor the Internet
for specific news items or blog topics of interest.
A number of free online RSS tools make web monitoring
PubSub - Monitor the Internet for
specific news items or blog topics of interest. A number
of free online RSS tools make web monitoring very easy.
PubSub - Every day, PubSub's matching engine performs
billions of matches of new items against user subscriptions.
The instant a match is made, PubSub alerts the user
via RSS. PubSub monitors more than 6.5 million blogs,
as well as 50,000 USENET newsgroups, all SEC/EDGAR filings,
press releases from major wire services, and FAA airport
Google News Monitoring Using RSS -
This free online tool turns a Google news search into
an RSS feed.
6.) Other RSS Tools - Alternative
tools for creative webmasters.
RSS2Wap - The RSS2Wap site is meant
for online conversions of RSS feeds into WML for access
on WAP devices (RSS2WML, RSS WAP or RSS-to-WAP). It's
free and you can make a link on your web site.
7.) RSS Graphic Tool - Websites
that have RSS feeds available use colorful graphics
as flags to indicate to web surfers that RSS feeds are
available for specific content.
RSS Graphic Tool - Websites that
have RSS feeds available use colorful graphics as flags
to indicate to web surfers that RSS feeds are available
for specific content. RSS Graphic Tool - Customize RSS
buttons. If you have limited time and lack artistic
abilities, use this free online RSS graphic tool to
create an RSS button. The button's color and text can
be customized to suit the look and feel of your website.
8.) Displaying RSS - Many
webmasters display the contents of RSS feeds on their
web pages as a fresh source of content and information
that changes on a regular basis.
to display RSS feeds is a very easy way to provide dynamic
content with very little effort. Unfortunately, when
do not see the feed's content, so the content is not
spidered and ultimately will not help with search engine
Quick RSS Feeds - Free online tool
that allows you to simply enter the URL of the RSS feed,
define the number of items you would like displayed,
FeedRoll -A free service for syndicating
popular RSS and ATOM news feeds on your website or blog.
Select a feed, customize the design, then copy and paste
the code provided onto your page. http://www.feedroll.com/rssviewer/
was designed to easily convert any valid RSS, RDF or
PHP Options - The benefit to using a PHP script
to display RSS on a website is that the content dynamically
updates but search engines see the content as static.
FeedForAll's rss2html.php - If
you are technically savvy and wish to host the script
yourself, check out FeedForAll, as they have a free
PHP script available that will display RSS feeds on
a website. http://www.feedforall.com/free-php-script.htm
FeedRoll Pro - A fee-based professional
service that tracks statistical information for publishers
displaying feeds. FeedRoll Pro incorporates a number
of display options for publishers wishing to syndicate
RSS2HTML - Display RSS feeds by selecting layouts
and color schemes on this free resource.
9.) RSS Blogs
Stay informed about the latest RSS industry
news by monitoring RSS blogs. Daily posts bring readers
current news, industry announcements and general RSS
RSS Specifications - Everything
you need to know about RSS. The RSS Specifications blog
contains daily posts and RSS tidbits.
KbCafe - Daily posts and editorials
related to RSS and new RSS products that have emerged.
10.) Publishing List / RSS Newsgroups
New RSS-Publishing List for publishers. The
list is focused on marketing/publishing/operational
issues rather than hardcore technical details of RSS,
meaning that coding issues and disputes over the merits
of RSS vs. Atom are not the focus. If you wish to participate
in the list and receive e-mails of posts, simply subscribe
by sending and e-mail to: email@example.com
RSS Syndication - Collection of
RSS related news feeds displayed in an easy-to-read
11.) RSS Related Forums - Forums
can be a useful for anyone doing business online, both
in terms of reading the content and actively participating
in the discussions. If you want to learn more about
RSS consider participating in the following online RSS
2RSS - RSS forum for feed and related
FeedForAll Forum - RSS forum for
RSS and feed creation-related discussions.
German RSS Forum - German RSS forum
for feed discussions.
12.) Locate RSS Feeds -
Syndic8 - RSS and Atom news feeds
on a wide variety of topics. Designed with a directory
structure and search functionality. Syndic8 also tracks
statistical information related to RSS feeds.
Feedster's FeedFinder - Use Feedfinder
to search by keyword or by URL or a combination of the
two in order to find feeds on that topic or by that
RSS Discovery - The websites you
already read may have an RSS feed. Use the BlogStreet's
RSS Discovery tool and enter in a website. If there
is a feed available BlogStreet will provide the URL.
RSS Locator - Directory and search
engine for RSS content including weblogs, newsfeeds,
forum feeds and related content feeds. Locate topic-specific
RSS feeds for syndication. RSS Locator displays feed
content in an HTML format so users can preview the feed's
12.) Submit RSS Feeds -
As more and more people get involved with the Internet
and as more Web sites, blogs, news services and other
online resources continue to grow in number and variety,
it becomes increasingly important to maintain high visibility
and exposure for the content being generated by closely
following the major distribution media. As a rapidly
increasing number of content sources, new and old, migrate
or add RSS as a key distribution channel, and as more
people utilize RSS newsreaders and aggregators to keep
themselves informed, the ability to maintain high exposure
and visibility is gradually shifted from complete attention
to major search engines and content optimization techniques
to an increasing awareness of RSS feed directories and
RSS Submit - Save time and automate
RSS submissions with RSS Submit from K-Soft. http://www.dummysoftware.com/rsssubmit.html
RSS Specifications - Submit RSS files to the large
list of RSS directories and expedite your RSS content
RSS Submission Service - A fee-based
blog submission service that will submit your blog or
RSS feed to more than 70 blog directories. Submissions
are done manually, and this service is primarily designed
for blog feeds.
RSS Top 55 - Top websites for RSS
submissions. Premium service is available for a nominal
fee that will prioritize the RSS site submissions in
the order of importance.
Using RSS tools, publishers and webmasters can increase
productivity and efficiency. RSS monitoring can often
automate many of the procedures that are time-consuming
and monotonous, freeing up time.
About the Author:
Sharon Housley manages marketing for FeedForAll http://www.feedforall.com
software for creating, editing and publishing RSS feeds
and NotePage, Inc. http://www.notepage.net
a wireless messaging software company.
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