Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Web Feed and Your Blog

When you visit a website and you like the articles very much and you want to read future posts. What do you do?

You can:

1. Request the website to email you when the site is updated
2. Bookmark it at your browser
3. Subscribe to a feed

Option number 3 is the best because:

1. You don’t have to supply your email address, so you are not exposed to threats associated with email such as spam and phishing.
2. When you want to stop receiving, you just unsubscribe or remove the feed from the aggregator.
3. It is easier to manage because one feed is from one source unlike email every thing is in one place and you have to sort them out.
4. When you bookmark, you wouldn’t know the website is being updated.

How to subscribe

When you visit a site look for RSS or XML or the icon as shown here, these signs mean that you can subscribe to its feed. There are two formats of feed, RSS and Atom. You click on the icon to subscribe to its feed. After that you can view its content at your web browser. A feed reader (works like an automated email program) also known as RSS reader, feed reader, feed aggregator , news reader or just aggregator is able to follow many web feeds at once – a process called aggregation. It is able to check for new content at user-determined intervals and retrieve the update. You don’t need to bookmark many sites and check your email; the content comes to you in one place.

For blog owners

To see the content of your posts check your blog feed URL. This is my blog feed URL: and you can verify the correctness of your feed URL at You should then submit your feed URL to feed directories such as:

Check the traffic to your blog from these feed directories after submitting your feed URL.

1 comment:

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