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7th September 2005

What are web feeds? (RSS /Atom feeds)

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RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication.

Also called web feeds, RSS is the format for syndicating news and other web content. When it distributes the content it is called a feed.

Feeds are an excellent content delivery vehicle for news content. However, a web feed can be used for pretty much any content on your website or blog

· Recent changes on a page of a website
· Tech support updates
· Product news
· Announcements
· New listings for a realtor
· Job vacancies

The list is almost endless. Every business has several types of content they can put in an RSS feed

What goes in the web feed?

You can have a partial feed or a full feed.

A partial feed includes a headline, a short summary of the content and a link back to the place on your website where the content resides. When syndicating your content, use an eye-catching title and interesting description of the full content. This way you encourage your readers to click through and read the full article.

Some readers prefer a full feed – this means that the entire article comes into their news reader and they don’t have to go back to the website at all to get your content.

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