Sunday, November 08, 2009

FeedYes.com gives rss feeds to every page on the web

"The best and easiest way to get custom made feeds."

FeedYes.com gives rss feeds to every page on the web
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Automatically generated feeds for any page on the web

Just type the url of any page, and FeedYes gives you the feed
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Or: create a feed for your website manually

You can also use FeedYes to manually create a feed for your website
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Examples for automatically generated feeds MTV News MTV News did not have a feed. So we created one.
eBay search for Ferrari Handy feed when you want to buy a Ferrari... toy.
Palm Springs news We created a feed for MSNBC news from Palm Springs

In depth: what can you do with FeedYes.com?
» Generate feeds for any website or specific page
» Save those feeds: read them with your rss reader or mobile phone.
» Syndicate those feeds: put the headlines on your own website
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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Beginning RSS and Atom Programming

Danny Ayers, Andrew Watt
ISBN: 978-0-7645-7916-5
Paperback
775 pages
May 2005
Other Available Formats: Adobe E-Book
If you are an instructor, you may request an evaluation copy for this title.


RSS and Atom are specifications that give users the power to subscribe to information they want to receive and give content developers tools to provide continuous subscriptions to willing recipients in a spam-free setting. RSS and Atom are the technical power behind the growing millions of blogs on the Web. Blogs change the Web from a set of static pages or sites requiring programming expertise to update to an ever changing, constantly updated landscape that anyone can contribute to.

RSS and Atom syndication provides users an easy way to track new information on as many Web sites as they want. This book offers you insight to understanding the issues facing the user community so you can meet users' needs by writing software and Web sites using RSS and Atom feeds.

Beginning with an introduction to all the current and coming versions of RSS and Atom, you'll go step by step through the process of producing, aggregating, and storing information feeds. When you're finished, you'll be able to produce client software and Web sites that create, manipulate, aggregate, and display information feeds effectively.

"This book is full of practical advice and tips for consuming, producing, and manipulating information feeds. I only wish I had a book like this when I started writing RSS Bandit." - Dare Obasanjo, RSS Bandit creator: http://www.rssbandit.org/

Sunday, July 19, 2009

WebRef and the Future of RSS

Introduction to RSS:
WebRef and RSS




We've been preaching the gospel of RSS for some time now at Webref, but lately we've got religion. Our Perl expert, Jonathan Eisenzopf, has been active in promoting RSS, even writing a Perl module for easy manipulation of RSS files, XML::RSS. Doc JavaScript has gone daily with his popular JavaScript Tip of the Day channel, and our XML expert, as you can imagine, has his own channel, and has created a Java applet for displaying RSS feeds.

We've adapted News Harvester to accept and output RSS files, and now use a modified version of Jon's channel manager script to update our front page and RSS file simultaneously. Now updating our front page is just a Web form away, and you can do the same for your site. To encourage the spread of RSS we're providing our channel manager script as open source:

http://www.webreference.com/scripts/

The Future of RSS

Thanks to the efforts of the likes of Jonathan Eisenzopf, Dave Winer and Netscape, future versions of RSS will incorporate popular additional fields like news category, time stamps, and more. With thousands of sites now RSS-enabled and more on the way, RSS has become perhaps the most visible XML success story to date. RSS democratizes news distribution by making everyone a potential news provider. It leverages the Web's most valuable asset, content, and makes displaying high-quality relevant news on your site easy. Soon we'll see RSS portals with user-rated channels, cool RSS site of the day, build your own topic-specific portal, and highly relevant search engines. A collective weblog would be another intriguing possibility. May the best content win.

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About the author: Andrew B. King is the founder and former managing editor of WebReference.com and JavaScript.com. He has a BSME and MSME from the University of Michigan, and has worked the Web full time since 1993. He can be reached at aking@internet.com.

Further Reading:

Doc JavaScript's JavaScript Tip of the Day Channel
Exploring XML - Syndication intro, RSS Viewer applet
Meerkat Open Wire Service - O'Reilly's tech-oriented RSS news portal
Mother of Perl - XML::RSS tutorial, RSS tools, and scripts
News Harvester - accepts and outputs RSS, provides news clients for news harvester feeds (see the news topics links for available feeds)
RSS Resources - includes RSS portal list
WebReference.com RSS Channels

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

5 Hot RSS Tips To Increase MLM Blog Traffic

By Jon Roussel


What is RSS and how can it help you increase MLM blog traffic?

RSS stands for 'Really Simple Syndication'. RSS lets you directly deliver your content to all interested parties so they do not have to surf to find your content.

It syndicates your content. It helps you send updated headlines and brief summaries to your subscribers. It is a more efficient way to get your content 'out there, so you can increase MLM blog traffic.

RSS feeds provide an effective means to advertise new content on other websites without the hassles and spamming issues of mass email newsletters.

You can create an RSS Feed without coding it yourself by using an easy to use software applications that can format your XML. You can find some excellent RSS feed plug ins at Feedburner, Feedblitz or FeedForAll.

Here are five tips to set up and maximize your own feeds.

1. Set up Your Own RSS Feed

First, set up an RSS Feed for your site.

A blog created with Blogger or Wordpress will provide you with an RSS Feed that you can place on your site. Get a XML or RSS orange button and place it on your site. Link it to your RSS Feed url - this is your atom.xml link if you're using Blogger. You can also get buttons for feeds in various readers by going to Feedburner, Feedblitz or FeedForAll.

2. Place Other RSS Feeds On Your Site

You can place headlines on your site www.feedburner.com and gives you a headline animator. This will display the RSS feed's headlines with links to the content.

You can also put other content from a feed on your site, you can use http://www.feeddigest.com/ for free to automatically update news and feed content on your blog.

3. Place MSN Search Results Directly on your blog.

MSN has a beta program using RSS in their search. You can put RSS search results directly onto your blog. It can enrich your site with daily updated content. Fresh updated content will draw more eyeballs and increase MLM blog traffic.

It is easy to do; just add "&format=rss" at the end of the URL in your MSN search engine query.

4. Put Yahoo Results on your blog

5. Place the correct tags on your blog and in your posts

Tags are essentially keywords for blogs and you should always use them to increase MLM blog traffic.

Tags have recently gained attention because Technorati, which indexes 4.5 million blogs, started sorting blog posts by using tags.

Using the correct tags, creating different feed options and placing other feeds on your site are some simple methods to increase MLM blog traffic.

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Do You RSS?

By Joshua Hays


I have recently become acquainted with RSS, or Rich Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication (depending on who you hear it from) and am amazed at how it has been forced on internet users in the most recent years through browser updates and site adaptations. If you have a blog or any other source of information that you want people or customers to regularly be a part of, it's practically 'required' that you offer the RSS option.

So what the heck is RSS? Does anyone even really know? There isn't a clear explanation listed anywhere on the sites that want you to subscribe to so how are new or lite internet users supposed to know what it is?

WhatIsRSS.com says that "RSS is a format for delivering regularly changing web content." In short, if you want to know if a favorite site, news or blog has posted an update, the RSS indicator embedded into almost every browser will highlight. It is an easy way to subscribe to information without having to give away personal information. Make sense?

Probably not. RSS has never really be explained, is it even popular among the people we really want to use it? Marketers and business owners are getting a hang of it but the demographic we are attempting to force it upon doesn't yet have an understanding. It's such a useful tool and very easy to use and explain - it doesn't make sense not have a brief explanation somewhere near the RSS subscribe button on your blog or forum that would help to encourage users to make the 'easy' transition into RSS.

I guess this unnoticeable transition is much easier to stomach than something like what we are doing for the digital television transition, huh?

Joshua Hays is an aggressive marketing consultant with a strong background in design and nearly ten years of broad experience involving both B2B and B2C marketing techniques including print and online campaigns. He has advanced knowledge of both the Microsoft and Adobe software suites and is cross-platform, multi-operating system (MAC & PC) trained. Joshua specializes in product and campaign development. Joshua Hays can be reached at http://www.joshuahays.com.

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Tips to Boost RSS Subscribers

By Sean Quah


RSS feeds or Real Simple Syndication is a technology that allows users to subscribe to websites, blogs, video blogs and pod casts, basically helping users to keep track of all their favorite sites and blogs without having to go searching each and every site for new updates.

It is a way for publishers and advertisers to get content out and it also helps in running online businesses and people who work from home. It is gaining popularity in recent times but still there is a need to boost RSS subscribers otherwise the benefits of news syndication are lost. There are ways to increase the subscribers to your news feed.

Firstly using a RSS auto tag by which the readers will know that your web page has a provision of using RSS news feeds thus you do not have to push your RSS feed, the browser does it for you for example web browsers like Fire fox now detect RSS automatically and ask the visitor if he or she wants to subscribe your feed.

Secondly by submitting your feed to RSS directories so that when the users are looking for RSS news feeds and go to RSS directory, they find your feed and if interested can subscribe to it. That is why it is important to submit to as many directories as you can and if you are looking to save time with RSS directory submission then Global Syndication can help you to submit your feed to top 45 directories for under $10. You can do it from working from home or at work.

Thirdly by creating an RSS Landing page which will make things simple for the first time users to understand the concept of RSS and to start using your feed and the best way to do it is to create a separate page on the site describing the news feeds you are offering plus the information of RSS in general.

Finally, by creating a branded RSS News Reader which will save the beginners user time and prevent them from the hassle of figuring out how to get a feed reader and subscribe to it. After following the above mentioned tips you will have a boost in your RSS subscribers and in turn you will succeed in driving more traffic to your website and also you can take this work as a part time job and work from home.

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Monday, May 04, 2009

How to Submit an RSS Feed the Easy Way

By Erik Heyl


If you've been online for any length of time, you've probably come across RSS feeds. If not, you might be wondering exactly what they are and why you should care. This is perfectly understandable as the technological world is growing at an immeasurable pace that leaves even so-called "hardcore" nerds panting. But how to define RSS?

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication and is in fact a method of disseminating information quickly without much fuss. Simply put it is not one specific web feed format but many different ones used to publish frequently updated information, be it blogs, video, text, audio, in a standardised method, such as XML. Also called a web feed, the information included can be either full or summarized text as well as miscellaneous information such as publication dates, and authorship.

But how does this benefit the average person? It is great for busy people as RSS feeds give them the option to subscribe to many frequently visited websites and have those updates and news available to them in one place through the use of an RSS reader. And it doesn't really matter what the person uses as it is generic and can be read from anywhere by any reader, from a web browser to an iPhone.

That being said, if you own a website, be it for a physical or digital product or service, you might be wondering how an RSS feed can help your business grow. An RSS feed along with other forms of traffic, from article marketing to pay per click, allows you get "get the word out" about your product or service in quick and efficient manner. This also aids in getting more traffic to your site as well.

Over time, if done correctly, this will also increase the perception that your site and your business are serious and will be there for your customers.

But how can you submit an RSS feed? After all, unless you are in a technology related business, your expertise is most likely not Internet programming, graphics or websites. Your expertise is your business. You may be put off by what you perceive as something requiring a lot of time or technical expertise. In the early days of content syndication, this was true. But, unless you want to learn the ins and outs, it does not have to take a lot of time, nor does it have to be technical.

One method would be to set up a WordPress web log or blog. Any time you post to the blog, it will automatically create and submit your rss feed. The main issue with this method is that it takes time to setup properly and can become quite technical, quite fast and there is not the best documentation available to help you.

Another option is to pay your webmaster to do this or hire a contractor. The downside with this method is that you need to double check the work and you are held hostage to their schedule. And what if they decide to raise their rates?

The final option is to learn to do it yourself. But you need to be able to do so without all the technical jargon that seems to pervade most courses on technical subjects. You need to be able to learn it quickly, and be able to apply what you've learned just as fast. The key here is to get past the fear of learning something new. This way, you have total control over your site and can create and submit an rss feed any time you wish.

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Sunday, April 26, 2009

What is an RSS Feed, and What Can it Do For You?

By Samo Yanezic


You might have seen this term bandied about: "RSS feed." What is it, though, and what can it do for you? That's something a lot of us wonder about, and especially if we are Web marketers, it's something we can use to our advantage.

In fact, by using an RSS feed, both you and your services can be a lot more accessible and visible to people who are looking for you. In many cases, creating an RSS feed is as simple as filling out an online form and then submitting it. Take some time to learn about what an RSS feed is and what it can do for you. In fact, it can be extremely valuable to you in making your business both more visible and more accessible.

What does it mean? "RSS" stands for "Really Simple Syndication," or less commonly, "Rich Site Summary." It's probably true that you've seen this before but didn't know it.

RSS is used for a lot of materials that are then syndicated, like blogs. Let's say, for example, that you read the blogs of your friends or of those you follow professionally. For those blogs you follow, take a look and see if you can find a small orange colored icon with two orange lines around it. That little symbol means that that blog or other content is available through an RSS feed.

When a blog or other material is available through an RSS feed, you can have it "delivered" to you every time it updates with something new instead of having to go read it. And as a Web marketer, for you it can mean that you can get product updates, news about services, etc., out to subscribers in a way that's convenient to them so that they know what's going on without having to come and search you out.

With an RSS feed, all of the content you subscribe to can be delivered to you so that you don't have to go to continually check for updates. Therefore, if you offer an RSS feed for your own information, you're also recognizing the fact that your subscribers are busy and are making it that much easier for them to follow you.

It's a simple process to create your own RSS feed so that you can provide this service to your customers, potential customers and subscribers, too. How do you go about that?

One of the best ways to do it is to create your own blog. With a blog, you generally have RSS capability built right in so that it's a simple matter to set up an RSS feed. This makes it much easier for people to follow updates, news, new product information, and any other information you might want to post to your blog and that you want people to know easily. This makes it much easier for the people who do want to know these things to keep abreast of them.

So figure out what information you want to get out there, and make sure you set up a way for people to easily pay attention to and follow you. This is something that some people have difficulty doing, but an RSS feed can solve this problem quite easily.

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Saturday, April 18, 2009

The Advantages of RSS (Real Simple Syndication)

By Clif Ray Posey


RSS is an acronym for Really Simple Syndication or can also be stated as the Rich Site RSS is an acronym for XML is utilized for distributing your news headlines through the Web that is known as Syndication. The real power of RSS is indicated in the term Syndication. You can get information or messages across the web instantly to your websites, your readers and/or subscribe

RSS is a simple technology that helps to distribute your information whether it is Product Reviews, Special Offers, Resource Announcements and Articles by syndicating across the net. The more the readers, subscribers and websites that opt to your RSS feeds the more targeted traffic will be received free from their websites.

Websites That Succeeds provided this article and we do offer a free website builder but in addition to that along with the website you get a free blog. You can get real technical and use XML but you do not have to. With RSS Blog It which is the set p u for the blog you can make it so everything you publish (build) a page you blog is automated with the pages you have built were you approved them to go on your blog as you build it.

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In order to take advantage of this simple technology, you can start by setting up a blog, as Blog's are RSS ready. The users get all the needed information without having to search much around from one web site to the other for new content and the best advantage is that, the website that distribute content through this way gets easier and more exposure.

The RSS readers or aggregates can be defined in two categories such as the Web-based and the Client Software. The Web-based applications are distributed and it is used from the hosted website remotely and can also be used within a web browser and hence it does not need any other software. The Client Software are aggregates that needs to be downloaded in your computer and are either a stand alone piece of software or a part of large piece of software that can be used for reading the RSS feeds. At present, there are many down loadable software programs available in the market, which are large and very complex in function and design.

You need to use RSS, as it helps you keep yourself updated with the accurate and best information available on the web. Your favorite sites need not be checked manually. As you start subscribing to the RSS feeds that you prefer, it will inform you of the news that occurs and save you valuable time that can be utilized to monitor your important business activities.

The users can very conveniently deliver their Internet content to the publishers to deliver their information to the end-users. It is much better as compared to the alert services of the e-mail content that can send you e-mail messages each time the content that is of your interest is published on the specific web site. It lets you to know that a new article is posted on the Web of your interest. All you need to start with the RSS is a News Reader, software that verifies the feed and allows you to read new articles that are added.

In short, RSS connect people in the real time and you can publish the contents and increase website traffic and also rankings of Search Engines. It assists you to generate new subscribers, get valuable feedback and increase affiliate sales.

About the author: Cliff Posey, owner of CRP Marketing, owns and operates webbusinesstoolsonline.com Cliff has also operated several other successful web businesses including Love Song Cards and Radio Career Consultants. The content in this article was developed from his experience in these businesses and his continual research into further business improvements. This Blog is for discussion about web sites and web site traffic therefore your feedback is welcome.

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Monday, April 13, 2009

What is the Best RSS Reader For Windows?

By Virginia Daley


A windows RSS Feed Reader will allow you to quickly and easily subscribe to your favourite blog feeds and constantly update you with the latest news and updates. Some applications are stand alone while others are web based and you can only access them through your web browser. You can view the content of blog feeds either on the net using a site like yahoo or by downloading a free RSS reader software.

News aggregators and RSS feed readers are primarily the same thing. News aggregators can read any feed but their primary use is to view the latest news. Many mobile devices also support feeds too so they are not only available at your PC.

Free RSS Readers

Google has a free news feed reader which is very easy to use, yet quite comprehensive.

Bloglines also has one that doesn't involve any software installation. However, it is not as comprehensive as Google's in my opinion.

SharpReader is a great organizer with virtual folders included.

Newzcrawler has been specifically designed to keep you up to date with the latest breaking news worldwide.

Pluck is quite a novel application which actually plucks the latest information from your favourite websites online and plucks it then straight to your web browser such as IE.

My personal free version is Awasu. What makes it my number one choice is the fact that it's very easy to enhance it with specific plugins. Its interface is also very user friendly and quite enjoyable to use.

There are so many high quality free versions out there that I don't believe you need to spend any money at all finding the right reader for you.

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Tuesday, April 07, 2009

RSS and Search Engine Optimization‏

After putting a lot of thought into how to best use RSS feeds on your website and then creating them on your website, the next step is to promote them. As with any kind of marketing, where and how you advertise your website can determine the amount of visitors. The same applies to RSS feeds.

As you create your RSS feeds, keep in mind that the title should contain optimal search keywords. The more keywords contained, the more likely you are to have your feed come up when a particular search string is entered. This is not to say you should cram every possible keyword into the title of the RSS feed. Instead, keep in mind that you can have up to 15 different titles listed for the same link, article, content, etc. when creating the original RSS file.

Use descriptors to attract visitors to your site by tempting them to click on your feed. Think of text that will enhance your content, but not make it appear irrelevant. People are less likely to click on a RSS feed if it doesn't fit their needs and wants. By keeping the descriptors concise, but also tempting, you will drive people to click on your link over someone else's.

In keeping with the keyword search, don't forget that you can now search by theme. Use this to your advantage and group your RSS feeds into themes. When submitting them to search engines, group the feeds into specific themes. This can help bring your feeds up more often when similar themes are searched.

When you add RSS feeds from other companies, you can tell your website how to react when the feed is clicked on. Rather than have visitors transported to the new site, have it come up as a new window. This will help lessen the chance your site visitors will leave your website completely.

People don't use the back button as often, so it increases your chances of the person to continue to peruse your site if the RSS feeds pop up as new browsers.

As you design your RSS feeds, include your company's contact information. This entails your website, any relevant contact information, and if possible, your logo. The more experience a person has with your website, the more frequently he or she will recall it when thinking of your products or services.

Consequently, it also goes to say you need to make sure the experience is a positive one because it goes the same way with a negative experience, except it deters visitors from returning.

Use your feed within your own site. By promoting it within your own website, you can improve its standing on external search engines. Search engines often return results by the most frequently clicked first. If you don't have enough faith in your own RSS feed to include it in your website, why would anyone else want to subscribe to it? At the same time, RSS feed search engines often return results alphabetically.

Typically an English teacher would not count the word 'A' in a title when cataloguing it, but in RSS search engines, it is viewed as the first word of a title. Try to word your titles to begin with 'A' to improve their standing. As they are clicked on more and more, it will increase the feeds' standings in other search engines.

In order to utilize your well written and constructed RSS feeds, remember to subscribe to them yourself. Nothing gives others' faith in their content like seeing it on the originators' website. Use keywords appropriately in titles because you can write multiple titles to fit the same content. You can also use themes to help capture the essence of your RSS feeds. Keep site visitors at your website by 'instructing' external RSS feeds to open in new browser windows.

Lastly, don't forget to include your company's contact information with the website in your feeds. The more often these are put out to the general population, the more exposure you will get.

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Saturday, March 28, 2009

You Need RSS, Atom and/or ROR Codes on Your Website!

You Need XML Codes to Promote Your Website

By Karen Cole
Word Count: 1,300


Do you have a website? If so, you need an ROR XMLNS code button which leads to a full ROR/RDF code page for your website. This code tells search engines all about the special details you input into the code about your website. For example, it tells them special details about each particular product (or certain special ones) that you sell on your site or sites, it tells the search engine bots your contact information such as your business address and phone number (without informing the entire universe, as the code is invisible to all but you and the search engine bots examining your website), it gives info on special other links you want the search engine bots to associate with your website, and it gives any other such major info that you want the big search engines to explore and know all about from your website.

That's why you need this latest and greatest in Internet code technology: the ROR/RDF XMLNS code. It's a form of XML that doesn't validate like an RSS or Atom feed does; it validates through the RDF Validation Service. You can look that up on the Net, and you'll see what I mean. Meanwhile, there's the matter of the Really Simple Syndication and the Atom XML codes. These codes DO validate through RSS Validation sites as regular feed codes. These codes, also known as feeds, can be taken by people visiting your website and input into their own RSS and Atom feed readers, such as RSS Reader (which you can download for free off of their website) and other news aggregators and feed readers.

These codes are great for spreading news on your website around. Basically, they each introduce important parts of your website -- or even your whole site in its entirety -- if you choose that you want to spread every page around to the general public through what's normally known as news and blog aggregation readers and services. You can find these services on websites all over the Web, and they're rapidly gaining in use and popularity. A good example of such a service is the NewsIsFree website, a news aggregator. These services usually take news feeds of all kinds and some blogs, plus they're starting to take advertisement feeds. This latter portion is a bit of a worry due to the fact that spyware and adware can thus be passed in a widespread manner all around the WWW.

This is being looked into very seriously by the experts. Most people are concerned that RSS will be used like a tool for this, so please be careful about copying RSS advertisement feeds into your news or blog feeds aggregator. The news and the normal daily or weekly expression blog feeds should be perfectly safe, for now. You should be able to scan RSS and Atom feeds for all types of malware someday in the not too distant future.

The RSS and Atom feeds are attached generally to little tiny orange buttons labeled "XML" and nothing more. Sometimes Atom feeds are attached to little blue buttons labeled "ATOM". The buttons are less than half an inch long and only a few centimeters wide, and would be very hard to see if it weren't for their bright coloration. The type they sport is a bright white, too. Some services are starting to use slightly larger and more visible but similar buttons for their particular XML-related services. The ROR/RDF XMLNS buttons are a little bigger, being an inch long, but are the same thickness as the RSS/Atom buttons and are half orange and half grey. They say "ROR" in the orange portion and "INFO" on the grey side, off-center. They also have a light yellow line around each portion and the margin of the button, plus the type is a light yellow, making them a bit easier to see without being so brightly colored. They're mostly placed visibly on your site in order to boast that you now sport ROR/RDF code on your website.

You can go ahead and even input the code directly into your site without ever bothering to use one of the colorful but dull ROR buttons. Just upload the code in an ror.xml text file into the root directory of the site. You will have to do this whether you show the button or not, anyway, and you also have to do this in the case of the RSS and Atom codes. They upload as feed.xml and atom.xml or something very similar to that in most cases. There is some leeway when assigning the filenames to these special XML codes, but they have to be uploaded as text files into your website's root directory. You might, however, want to display one or more of the ROR buttons on your website, preferably on your site map or home page, as this button is solely there so that search engines can pick up valuable information you want to share with them about your website.

The more such links you have, the more often major search engine bots will pick up on them, you see. So we advise you to proudly display that you have ROR/RDF code on your website. If you would like to know more about these fascinating codes, please contact Rainbow Writing, Inc. at karencole@rainbowriting.com for more information. Also, we can readily build you any or each of these codes for a small fee. We hereby suggest you definitely get at least an ROR code for your website to raise your rankings in the search engines, or to keep them high, and an RSS code for a website feed for your valuable website or websites. Remember that you can hook up more than one website in a single feed or one ROR/RDF file code. This is one thing that makes these special codes so popular and valuable to users.

Rainbow Writing, Inc. (RWI at http://www.rainbowriting.com/ ) charges $25 per hour per code, which usually translates to $25 per each code we generate for you. If you bought one of each code we mentioned from us, that would thus total only $75. If you bought only the two we suggested and left the Atom code alone (it will be awhile before it's widely popular, but it is rapidly gaining in usage lately) that would only cost you $50. For an extremely large website with a lot of information, such as the many hundreds of pages of the JC Penney catalogue website, we would charge you by the hour and it would be somewhat more. We think it's well worth the cost to promote your website in such a cutting-edge and innovative manner, especially as it becomes less so and more popular over time.

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Write us ASAP at karencole@rainbowriting.com and we'll get cracking on generating perfect, simple, streamlined and fully validatable (that means it completely functions) code for you.

We believe we should do this for you, but if you have the time, there are website tutorials on the Net that show you how to slowly or swiftly learn, depending on your speed, how to write validatable XML code. This can be quite complicated, so we are highly recommending that you use our services. Please write to us today and see exactly what we can do for you in the realm of authoring these somewhat complicated yet streamlined and enormously useful XML codes.

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Executive Director and President of Rainbow Writing, Inc., Karen Cole writes. RWI at http://www.rainbowriting.com is an affordable online professional freelance writing agency working for everyone from low end to celebrity clients, and specializing in the ghost writing, editing, promotions and marketing of books and screenplays.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Simple Solution to RSS Feeds

By Marietjie Botha


I am quite new to Web developing. I was very proud of myself when I developed my own Website. The next step was to bring traffic to my site. After surfing the web I came across an article that suggested having a RSS Feed on my site to which people can subscribe to and which will keep them informed of all new products added to my site. Again I surfed the web to find out what RSS Feeds were. After many hours of reading Wiki and lots of articles, which confused me a lot, I finally figured out how to do this, and that it was actually really simple. I would now like to share with you 4 simple steps to add your own RSS feed to your Website:

1) Create a XML file with all the articles, product descriptions, your Website headlines or whatever you would like to appear in your feed, if you are not familiar with creating XML files, download a RSS Feed Editor to do this for you, you will find quit a few free editors on the Web. I have used RSSEditor.

2) After creating the XML file, Upload the XML file to your host, you can upload the XML file to any directory in your Website.

3) Add a RSS Feed icon to one or all of your web pages. Add a link to the image pointing to the RSS feed URL, i.e. the XML file which you have uploaded.

4) Now upload the page/pages on which you have added the Feed icon and link to your host and voila you've got a RSS Feed of your Website!

Example XML File: http://www.retaildaddy.com/RetailDaddy.xml
http://www.retaildaddy.com

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Marietjie_Botha

Thursday, March 19, 2009

RSS For Rookies

By Scott Hendison



What are RSS newsfeeds?

RSS stands for Rich Site Summary, or for Really Simple Syndication. Both mean the same thing, so don't let it confuse you. An RSS is something a website (or a blog) offers to readers provide a "news feed" of their information. It's available for everyone to add to their own "news reader" for free and gets displayed on your desktop or in your web browser.

It works almost like a stock ticker, delivering exactly the information that you have anonymously "subscribed" to, eliminating the need to go out and check your favorite outlets for new information, because they're already delivered to your computer.

Who needs RSS?

Well, everyone need it. It's so much more efficient than going to get it, or getting endless email newsletters. Having the paper delivered to your home makes more sense than driving to the store every day, doesn't it? In the same vein, let's say that you want only the latest news about only certain subjects, and routinely go out and check several websites to see what's new. Using RSS, those individual websites will deliver that news right to your desktop, suitable for reading, clicking, printing, or ignoring.

How can you use RSS?

There seems to be no single definitive answer, because there are so many ways to use it. I'll tell you about the easiest way to get RSS feeds that I know of, but by no means is that the only way. That is; on your homepage of your web browser.

First, you need an RSS newsreader, (a.k.a. "aggregator"). The good news though is that you may already have one. Since millions of people have Yahoo, MSN, Hotmail or Google accounts, I'll walk you through adding a news feed to your MSN home page. Go to http://www.my.msn.com and sign in. If you don't already have a hotmail account, go ahead and create one. If you'd prefer, you can go to http://my.yahoo.com and do the same) It only takes a minute go get a new account.

After signing in to My MSN, you'll see quite an array of news, weather, sports, ads, stock quotes, local information etc. Think of this as your canvas, and you're free to arrange or remove the information how you see fit. Each of these sections you see can me easily moved or deleted. To move them, just click and drag from the top right of each subject area. To remove them, click the minus (-) sign in the top left of the subject area. Feel free to delete them all, since you can always add them back later.

Now go to top left of the screen, right above the "Welcome" area you'll see "Add content" below your name. When you go there, you get four choices (Tabs) for adding content. The default tab that comes up is "Search". and from here you have four options and each is clearly defined. If you know the exact web address (URL) for a company's newsfeed, you can enter it right here. The other three tabs might be worth exploring too, since they let you browse by company names and subjects. Then you just click a box for all you want.

After signing in to My Yahoo, you'll notice that there are already several news feeds from Reuters listed there, with "Top stories", "world News", "Politics" and "Business". Above those stories, you'll see a big yellow box in the center explaining how you can "Add Content". Click the link to "add content" and you'll come up with a search box allowing you to "find content" about a given subject. Type in a search phrase, and you'll be presented with search results that all have an "Add" button next to them. Hit the "Add" button by the ones you want, and then hit the "Finished" button at the top right, and you're done. You just added that RSS news feed to your My Yahoo page. Scroll down at the My Yahoo main page, and you'll see those news headlines you added at the bottom of your list. To rearrange the order of your news feeds, just hit the small "edit" button at the top right of each news section. To remove a news feed, just hit the X like you would to close any window.

Customizing your own news feeds

Now suppose you don't need to "find" a news feed on a subject, because you already know you want to add a particular one. Well that's easy too. Al you have to do is identify what the "RSS feed URL" is for the information you want to add. Most blogs or news organizations show you these now on their websites.

Look for a small orange box on the website that says XML or the words "RSS Feed" or "News feed" and click on it. In the case of large organizations, like CNN for example, you'll be taken to a page with a nice set of instructions, and a whole list of RSS news feed URL's that you can manually copy and paste into your news reader.

Sometimes though, you'll be taken to a page that looks like gibberish code. Don't let that scare you like it did me the first time I saw it! When that happens, you are actually looking right at the feed itself, and all you have to do is copy and paste what's in the address bar of your web browser, right into your news reader. That's called "knowing the specific URL of the feed" on MSN, and ""Add RSS by URL" in Yahoo.

In My Yahoo, to manually add a news feed, go to the "add content" area, and choose the link to the right of the Find button that says "Add RSS by URL". Once you paste your URL in that window and hit "add" the news headlines should show up there. If they don't, then you may have copied the URL wrong, or added a space at the end. Then just hit the "Add to My Yahoo" button and you're done! In MSN, you'll paste the URL of the news feed right into the search box, then check the box when it shows the result.

Delivering exactly what you want and only when you want is how the internet is supposed to work. Things are only getting better.

In researching this article, I notice that My Yahoo seems to be having problems adding certain manual URLs. Oh well. Nothing's perfect.

Scott Hendison is an internet consultant based in Portland Oregon, but working with companies in five countries. He specializes in search engine placement and E-commerce POS solutions. For over 100 other articles he's written please visit his website at http://www.searchcommander.com

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Scott_Hendison

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Displaying RSS Feeds on Your Web Page

By Sanjay Johari


RSS feeds have made it very convenient to syndicate information from various sources. Most of websites and services that publish fresh content, such as ezines, press release, new agencies, blogs make their content available thru RSS feeds. As new content is published the RSS feed gets updated automatically.

Adding RSS feeds to web pages has many advantages. Let us say you have added RSS feeds from a popular ezine on one of your web pages.

• The content of the web page is automatically updated as the ezine makes new content available via RSS feeds. Every time search engine spiders crawl your web page they are likely to find the web page updated.

• The visitors to your web site will also find new content on every visit and they might be tempted to visit your web page more often.

• You do not have to bother about writing fresh content as RSS feeds are updated automatically.

Earlier I had written an article on adding RSS feeds to a web page using java script. While this method makes fresh content available to the readers, the content of the feed cannot be “read” by search engine spiders. Therefore the web page does not get the benefit of changing content from the search engines.

On the other hand php based installation makes it possible for spiders to notice the changing content of the web page. This article is a follow-up of my previous article which outlines simple steps to put RSS feeds on a web page.

For the purpose of this article I have chosen the free version of software available from CaRP. The software can be downloaded from this site:

http://www.geckotribe.com/rss/carp/

The instruction manual which comes with the package gives detailed instructions for installing and running the software. Additional information is available from the site. While there are several options available for using the software, I am showing here the simplest steps to load and run the software:

1. Download the software on your computer. It comes in a zip file. After unzipping save the available folders and files on your computer. These files and folders will be available – carp (folder), img (folder), carpsetup.php, README.html .

2. Upload all the files and folders to the root directory of your website. This can be done by using FTP. If uploading is done file by file, ensure that the names of the files and folders, and location of files in their folders do not change.

3. Create a new mySQL database.

4. Run the setup file carpsetup.php from you web browser.

5. A new page will be displayed. On this page select mySQL database option which is easier of the two options given there.

6. Another new page will open in which you have to fill the details of mySQL database. Click on “Create Database Tables”.

7. The page which opens now will have code which has to be put on the web page where you want to show RSS feed. The code will be displayed in a gray box.

8. Within the code there is “setup code”. This setup code should be pasted into a file called carpconf.php . The file will be available in carp directory. On the html script of this file locate the line “//Add configuration code that applies to all themes here” . Just below this line paste the setup code.

9. Choose a web page where RSS feed has to be displayed. The file name of the page should have .php extension. If your page has .html or .htm extension, you can try replacing only the extension with .php . Normally this should not change the way the page appears in a web browser. If you encounter any problem you could make a new web page with .php extension.

10. At appropriate location of the web page, where you want RSS feed to be displayed, paste the code in the html script of the page. From there you can remove the setup code. It is not required to be added to all pages once it has been added to carpconf.php page in step 8 above.

11. If you now open your web page in the web browser it will start showing the RSS feed which comes along with the package. For changing this to RSS feed of your choice you will need to make changes in the code you have entered in step 10. In the code there is a URL after CarpCasheShow. Change this URL with the URL of RSS feed you wish to display.

Now the web page will display the RSS feed of your choice. You can choose to display more feeds on the same page or have separate pages for RSS feeds for different sources.

You can see this page on my website on which RSS feed has been added using exactly the steps shown here.

http://www.sanjay-j.com/RSSFILE/homebusinesspop.php

I have tried to make the process easy to follow. You can always refer to more detailed instructions which come with the package. Take advantage of the free content available and use them to boost your page positioning and traffic to your website.

Sanjay Johari contributes articles regularly to ezines. Grow your list, make new friends and ensure your success in life: http://www.sanjay-j.com/empowerism.html

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Sanjay_Johari

Monday, March 02, 2009

Reading RSS Feeds With An RSS Aggregator

By Jeremiah Patton


RSS or Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary is the latest information management tool that is gradually earning popularity among web users and website owners. With RSS technology, it is possible to get the latest postings from your favorite websites. But clicking on the RSS or XML button in a homepage is not enough to give you the service you need. An RSS feed or code displayed in the pop-up screen if not on the main page is composed of symbols and words that would only make sense to advanced RSS users and computer programmers and software enthusiasts. Another software tool called an RSS aggregator or reader is needed.

An aggregator works by scanning the worldwide web with latest postings based on the RSS code (containing the website’s URL) provided or added by the user. When it finds a new posting, news, or update, it will publish the RSS feed on your home page containing the title of the posting, which also serves as a clickable link to the website source. This RSS feed may or may not contain the whole article, a summary, and photos, depending on what RSS aggregator you are using.

Aggregators come in two types: the downloadable program or desktop-type and the online or web-based type. The desktop aggregator usually charges a certain amount for its services; this would include regular updating in the form of upgrades or patches to the original version. This type of RSS reader allows more customization of RSS feeds as well as page format or design over its on-line counterparts. But of course, price can be a drawback.

On-line or web-based aggregators are free of charge. All you need to do is register an account with them then you can start enjoying their services. Depending on the “brand” of the aggregator, customization is more limited. Some even do not allow you to customize at all.

Product and service advertisers are realizing the potential of RSS aggregators in internet marketing. In fact, several submit RSS codes to several popular web-based aggregators to reach the growing technophile and internet-based market. My Yahoo has been instrumental in popularizing RSS technology to both users and website owners and advertisers.

At present, there are many aggregators to choose from and newer versions of the same aggregator are constantly developed by its programmers.

Below are some of these desktop and online aggregators:

Desktop Aggregators

1. AmphetaDesk

Advantages:

-free

-supports Linux, Mac, and Windows

-easy addition of RSS feeds

Disadvantages:

-not maximized use of screen display

-few options for customizing

2. FeedDemon

Advantages:

-user friendly

-free trial version

-contains prepared popular feeds

-allows filtering of RSS feeds

-configurable “watch list” to manage junk RSS feeds

-search channel feature that incorporates other RSS services e.g. Feedster

-allows feed storage for future use

-tabbed browsers for channel navigation

-built-in podcast receiver

Disadvantages:

-supports only Internet Explorer (embedded)

-paid software (`$29.95)

Online Aggregators

1. Bloglines

Advantages:

-all major browsers supported (e.g. Netscape Navigator, Internet Explorer, Firefox)

-user-friendly especially for beginners

-free, web-based aggregator

-easy registration

-no advertisements

-contains its own directory of RSS feeds of thousands of websites

-personal email account for subscribing to newsletter emails (optional)

-allows privacy adjustments for personal blogs

-allows saved searches

-mobile version available

-10 languages supported

-Additional add-on tools for automated blogrolls and subscription buttons

2. NewsGator

Advantages:

-free (consumer-standard version)

-provides personalized news channel

-allows translation of RSS articles into email format

-synchronization of feeds in several devices possible

-browse and search feed capabilities save time on surfing

-allows keyword filtering

-blog headlines

-button-click automatic subscription to news feeds

Disadvantage:

-Outlook-based thus limited to Windows

3. My Yahoo

Advantages:

-Free web-based aggregator

-user-friendly

-customizable home page design

-button-click subscription to RSS feeds

-built-in directory and search tool for feeds

-wide variety of feeds e.g. news (science, technology, local), weather

-connects to all Yahoo features and services

Disadvantage

-banner advertisements

There are also lightweight RSS aggregator extensions which are actually plug-ins to existing internet browsers. An example of which is Sage aggregator.

Advantages:

-free of charge

-beginner-friendly

-reeds both RSS and Atom feeds

-allows feed discovery

-can be assimilated to Firefox bookmark (storage and live)

-allows OPML feed lists imports and exports

-customizable style sheets

-supports a wide range of locales e.g. Catalan, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Korean, Polish, Slovenian, etc.

-easy installation

Disadvantages:

-good for about 12 RSS feeds

-limited use to Mozilla-Firefox and Mozilla-Firefox supported browsers

RSS developers promise better features in future versions of their aggregators. Microsoft is planning to include a built-in aggregator in their next Windows version. These developments are definitely something to look forward to by all internet aficionados.

Jeremiah Patton is a current user of rss. Jeremiah Patton uses rss for his legitimate work from home business opportunities website at http://www.2ndincome4u.com to keep visitors updated on current events and news.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Jeremiah_Patton

rss feeds - reading the news, or anything!

What is RSS?

RSS is a software standard for publishing frequently updated web-based content, like news, blogs, timetables, sports scores. Using RSS feeds is an easy way to keep up to date (automatically, if you wish) with websites that interest you...(click on the link above to view the rest.)

Friday, February 13, 2009

Sitemap Submission Made Simple

Thursday, December 18, 2008 at 7:58 AM


Submitting a Sitemap to Google just became even easier. No longer do you have to specify the Sitemap file type—we'll determine the type of data you're submitting automatically. Let's take a quick look at the kinds of Sitemap files we support as well as the ways they can be submitted to us.

Sitemap file formats supported by Google
Part of what makes the web so interesting is that there are so many different kinds of content out there. Do you use videos on your website? If so, send us a Video Sitemap file so that we can send you visitors to those videos! Do you host source-code samples? Submit a Code Search Sitemap! Here are the various kinds of Sitemap files that Google supports at the moment:

XML Sitemap files for web pages - Use these files to submit all of your web pages (this is the preferred format for web pages). While not all search engines may support the Sitemap types listed below, the XML Sitemap for web pages is supported by all search engines of sitemaps.org.


RSS 2.0 and Atom 1.0 feeds for web pages - Many blogs create these automatically.

Text files with web page URLs - If you can't automatically create one of the above formats, you can create a text file with your URLs in it.



XML Sitemap files for Video Search - Videos on your website can be indexed and made available for Google Video Search.

Media-RSS feeds for Video Search - mRSS feeds are used by various other systems, we can use these for Google Video Search as well.



XML Sitemap files for Google Code Search - If you make programming samples or code available to your users, you can submit these for Google Code Search.

XML Sitemap files for mobile web pages - Using this kind of format allows us to recognize content that has been optimized for mobile devices (please note that there was recently a small change in the format).

XML Sitemap files for geo-data - If you have geographic data on your website in the form of KML or GeoRSS files, please let us know about these files.

XML Sitemap files for News - News websites can submit their news content in this special Sitemap format (please note that you must first register with Google News before these files are processed).

If you have multiple Sitemap files that you wish to submit to Google, you can include up to 1,000 of these in an XML Sitemap Index file. If you have more than 1,000 Sitemap files, you can just submit multiple Sitemap Index files - we'd love to take them all!


Submitting your Sitemap files to Google
Once you have your Sitemap files ready and available on your server, all that's left is making sure that the search engines can find them. Google supports three simple ways to submit Sitemap files:

Using Google Webmaster Tools
Submitting your Sitemap files through Google Webmaster Tools is the preferred way of letting us know about them. The main advantage of doing it this way is that you'll always have direct feedback about how your Sitemap files were downloaded (were we able to reach your server?), how they were recognized (were they in the right format?) and what happened to the web pages listed in them (how many were indexed?). To submit your Sitemap files, make sure that your website is verified in Webmaster Tools, then go to "Sitemaps" in Webmaster Tools and enter the file name of your Sitemap(s).

Sometimes it makes sense to keep your Sitemap file on a different server / domain name. To submit Sitemap files like that, you must verify ownership of both sites in Webmaster Tools and submit the Sitemap on the appropriate site. For instance, if your Sitemap file for http://www.example.com is kept on http://sitemap-files.example.com/ then you need to verify ownership of both sites and then submit the Sitemap file under http://sitemap-files.example.com (even though the URLs listed in it are for http://www.example.com). For more information, please see our Help Center topic on submitting Sitemap files for multiple sites.

Listing Sitemap files in the robots.txt file
Another way of submitting a Sitemap file is to specify the URL in your robots.txt file. If you use this method of submitting a Sitemap file, it will be found by all search engines that support the Sitemaps protocol (although not all of them support the extensions listed above). Since you can specify the full URL of your Sitemap file in the robots.txt file, this method also allows you to store your Sitemap file on a different domain. Keep in mind that while Sitemap files submitted this way are processed on our side, they will not be automatically listed in your Webmaster Tools account. In order to receive feedback on your files, we recommend adding them manually to your account as well.

Using an HTTP "ping"
If your Sitemap files are generated automatically, a convenient way to submit (and re-submit) them is to access the "ping" URL for Google Sitemaps. This URL includes the URL of your Sitemap file. For more information on the "ping" URL for your website, please see the Help Center article on Updating a Sitemap. Feel free to "ping" this URL whenever you update your Sitemap file - we'll know to pick it up and process it again. If you also have your Sitemap file registered in Webmaster Tools, we'll update the status there as well. This method is also valid if your Sitemap file is kept on a different server, but you must still verify both sites in Webmaster Tools as previously mentioned.

Search engines that are a members of sitemaps.org support a similar way of submitting general web Sitemap files.

We hope these simplifications make it even easier for you to send us your Sitemap files!

Posted by John Mueller, Webmaster Trends Analyst, Google Z├╝rich

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Using ASP to Code an RSS Feed

Guest Author - Lisa Shea

RSS feeds let you easily syndicate your content to an end user or another website. ASP can help you easily create your own RSS feed for your website. I know what I'm about to describe will sound complicated at first :). The best way to learn this system is simply to give it a try, and things will make sense when you see them in action.

First off, what IS an RSS feed? Think of it as a news alert. If you have an RSS reader, it actively polls a website to see if anything new is added. It typically runs as a taskbar icon on your desktop. Let's say you are polling this ASP site. Every time I add a new article, the RSS feed will update for my site. Your reader will see that new article and put a little alert on your desktop. You click on your reader, see a brief description of my article, and can read it if you want.

To get a reader, go to RSSReader.com. It's free and easy. Now you can test how RSS works.

So now that you have a reader, you need to point the reader at an RSS feed, so it gets the updates of what is going on at the site. In essence, you point the reader at a XXXXXXX.RSS file. The format of the RSS feed is XML. XML is a tag language, just like HTML. Instead of having commands like HTML and BODY, in the RSS file you end up with tags such as COPYRIGHT and PUBDATE. The tags in the RSS file help the RSS reader describe each "news flash" it is displaying.

Go into your RSS reader and create a new feed, using this RSS feed source:

http://www.bellaonline.com/site.rss?id=272

That is the feed for this ASP site. See how your RSS reader now shows the latest 3 articles from this site? Whenever I add a new article to this ASP site, the reader will alert you and let you see what it's about. This is a GREAT way to stay in touch with your website visitors and to let them know what is fresh and new.

So now that you understand what RSS is all about, and how it works, it's time to look into how to code a RSS file for your own website, to alert your visitors to changes you've made.

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Blogs,RSS News feeders, and ATOM [ Part One ]

Introduction
In this article you will be shown RSS standard, history and versions, also you will get familiar with the new next generation standard which is ATOM. Also you will get a brief history of Blogs, News Readers and its evolution, and the strong relationship between blogs and RSS. Most, if not all, of the news sites and agencies support a news feed link to the latest news or breaking news. Actually I consider the website that's not showing the news feed magic icon a poor one, you will find in CodeProject a feed for the latest articles and site news, so everybody should be familiar with the concept of news feeds, both developers and novice users!

Background
Each and every morning, I visit BBC website and check the latest added news, then I move to MSDN just published articles, then I jump to CodeProject and check the latest articles, so ain't you find this process so tedious? Actually I suffer from this sometimes, I get blue, I guess you do the same, so what if you have some way to get all the latest content of one website or thousands of websites using some utility, then you can go offline but you have all the cream of one site or more! I think it would be a great utility. This tool is as important to web site content as Outlook Express to mail server, you grab all your mails and then go offline, you can check them out anytime.

What is to be shown ?
This article is divided into two parts; the first one shows you the history and evolution of RSS standard and the next standard that emerged from RSS which is ATOM, and what a news reader is. The first part will be clear for everybody, even for non-developers. Second part shows you how to make your own news feed and how to consume the others' feeds and show the cream or the latest contents of one site into your own website.

Weblogs and bloggers
Blog is a shortcut for WebBlog. It’s the process of "logging" into a website. Blog is a medium in which an author writes a journal-style web site and the readers can respond to the material or topics provided. Bloggers are the individuals who are authoring or responding to topics provided in a blog. Blogs serve a wide spectrum of interests ranging from politics to chemical issues!. You can check out some blogs at MSDN.

Get your blog now free
Actually, nobody now has no blog, you can now have your blog and register and record your thoughts, upload your weekend pictures, write your technical notes, write quotes you like, just get your blog and have a corner to express your own thoughts. Today, you have many free blog engines. You can check out Blogger, Blogging. You can view my blog here.

.NET Most Known Blogging Engines
dasBlog : das blog stores data inside XML files.
.Text : stores data using SQL Server. It's open source project so that you can download it and view code. You can install and configure it. You can view the workspace of .Text on gotdotnet website. .Text is the most powerful blogging engine as it is the driver of ASP.NET blogs.

What is RSS ?
Imagine that you post an entry to a blog of some type and you wait for a response to the entry you have been posted, you may get response after 1 min, or 1 hour, if even worse after 1 or 3 days; so you are asked to visit the blog again and more again to check if you’ve got some answer to your question!! So how Poor and Boring!!? What do you think of some type of technology to provide you with all the content of some weblog or any other website in a standard, agreed on, well-known format. It’s RSS, it’s the Buzzword! You can get the cream of one site or blog using a program which falls under the umbrella of News Aggregator applications. Websites including weblogs provide a feed to its content (or top useful content) by providing a dynamically generated RSS document available at a URL, RSS document is nothing but an XML file ( WoW !!, XML again). It seems that each new technology or standard is based heavily on XML.

RSS document can contain any of the following contents and more:

Weather Conditions
Stock Market
Latest Post in Forums
Publishers’ Books
Online Bidding
Articles List
Latest News
Suppliers’ Products
Blogs Entries
Technology Related Issues
RSS Aggregators and News Readers

RSS Aggregator is the same as News Reader, so what is the News Reader? It's an application that reads RSS documents, and lists items of the document in a readable polished view. You can subscribe in an RSS feed by simply entering the URL of the output RSS document into your RSS Aggregator and you’re done now .. ! You have the most valuable contents of that site into your fingertips, you can filter content, read brief about some launched software programs or products, if you like the brief, you can go directly to the full content. Moreover You can search old items. There are many RSS Aggregators in the market as NewzCrawler, SharpReader, SlashDot. SharpReader is free but NewzCrawler is much more stronger and usable than SharpReader, but it is not for free. Furthermore, you can get an online News Aggregator, it’s nice when you need to check out your feeds from anywhere, but the downside is that you need to login to check your feeds, you don't have the offline reading feature of desktop news reader. You can check out NewsGator. You can view a list of almost all the available news aggregators here, all these aggregators support RSS 2.0 ( more about versions later ).

RSS Readers Common Features
Most RSS Aggregators Applications make you feel that you are just reading your e-mail, just as you use MS Outlook, or any other Mail Program, most of them has a tree on the left listing all the feeds (Channels) and to the right the items of the channel.

RSS Aggregator has an embedded browser, so you follow the full story right from the same application; no need to copy and paste the URL and open it in an external window, it uses IE infrastructure behind the scenes.

Now I can read all the technical articles I need right from my desktop, organized and just to the point, no trivial issues, all you need to do is to get the URL of the RSS document and just add new channel to my RSS aggregator application and I am done.

Most Sites provide or syndicate content using RSS, for example, News agencies such as Wired, Cnet, Yahoo, NPR News, Reuters, CNN, BBC, BBCArabic. You can read all these content right from your desktop, you just need to pick them all at once, then disconnect and you have all that great content of those giant sites. How Great and How Amazing ?! It saves a great deal of time and tedious revisiting of your most visited sites.

You need to check out syndic8 or blogdigger to get more RSS Links.

RSS Search Engines
Feedster is the most known Search Engine to search RSS documents. Feedster Spiders all RSS documents and blogs and returns you with a full list including all the search results returned, you will be amazed when you find its interface is so similar to Google! You can also view Blogdigger, it's one of the best weblogs search engine.

What RSS stands for ?!! , It’s not an Easy Question !!
Netscape created the original format of RSS 0.90. It was the first version and it stands for “RDF Site Summary” or “Rich Site Summary”, NetScape provided RSS 0.90 for use in their portal activities, but others saw more effective uses. Userland Software adopted the idea and was the first company to use RSS commercially in Weblog products.

RSS 0.90 was based on RDF “Resource Description Framework” provided by W3C, RDF is pretty complex, so a new version was launched by Userland and they called it RSS 0.91. It was RDF-Free. Userland launched many new versions including 0.92, 0.93, and 0.94, and to prove their trend of simplicity, they made RSS stands for “ Really Simple Syndication “

A group of developers appeared and re-adopted RDF version (RSS 0.90), because they saw that it’s more flexible than RSS Userland versions, After some hard work they published RSS 1.0 which stands for “RDF Site Summary”, and back to versions and shortcuts MESS !!

Userland saw that RSS 1.0 was about to displace RSS 0.94 so they published a new version RSS 2.0 which stands for “Really Simple Syndication” as well. That is where we stand today !

So we have two threads; one that’s RDF based and the other of Userland which is not based on RDF. So you have two different technologies sharing the same name with different version numbers. I was first confused because I believed that RSS 2.0 is the sequel of RSS 1.0. What a mess !!

ATOM , a new syndication age
A new group of developers didn’t like that mess so they are working in a project called Atom. It’s a new syndication technology . Atom solves almost all the RSS problems including versions mess, extensible by anybody ( just like XML is ), Atom technology is similar to both RSS 1.0 and RSS 2.0, it promises to provide a standard Archiving format, and some APIs which is called ( Atom API ). Some websites are now emitting their syndications in Atom format. Most RSS Aggregators support all RSS versions, there are a few ones supporting Atom.

BlogRoll , OPML Language
What do you think of the importance of Playlist to Multimedia files (items), ain’t it great? BlogRoll is simply a collection of blog feeds gathered together, most bloggers provide blogrolls for their visitors. This provides a great deal of links to the visitor who’s interested in a specific topic. I see it as a playlist. Outline Processor Markup Language is an XML ( again ) based language to write blogRolls. Most of Aggregators today can read BlogRolls and extracts the contained feeds easily. How great!

Conclusion
As you have seen RSS and Blogs are state of art, every website should provide a link to RSS or ATOM feed. You should get a news reader, install it, add channels to your news reader, be updated. In part two of this article I will show you have to consume the others' feeds and show items in your website, and you will be able to create your own site feed, we will also analyze the schema of RSS versions and Atom.

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About the Author: Kareem Shaker

Kareem Shaker is a .NET Architect , He's been working with VC++ and VB since version 4.0 ; Kareem has been working on design and development of many business applications , And he's now spending most of his time working with .NET Framework 1.x and 2.0 using both VB.NET and C# , Kareem has been giving some technical sessions targeted to .NET technologies, One of the technolgoies that I have passion to is EAI, I spend most of my times working on BizTalk Server 2006, I like to share knowledge and to interact with geeks around, Blogging is one of my hobbies, my blog is http://CairoCafe.Blogspot.com

Occupation: Architect
Location: United Arab Emirates

Friday, February 06, 2009

Google News gets RSS and Atom feeds

By Graeme Wearden
Special to CNET News.com


Google has introduced RSS and Atom feeds for its popular Google News aggregation service.

RSS, or Really Simple Syndication, and Atom are XML-based document formats that alert Internet users to the latest articles or postings on their favorite Web sites via a single feed reader, which can be integrated into an e-mail application or Web browser.

Google News users can now subscribe to get an RSS or Atom feed from any of seven key subject areas designated by Google. They can also create customized RSS news feeds or see the results of any Google News alerts they have set up.

Google News, which aggregates links to the latest news stories on thousands of Web sites, is available in 22 versions for different audiences around the world. The RSS and Atom feeds are being initially offered on just six versions--U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, U.K. and India.

"We've launched this service because we've had a lot of requests from Google users to support RSS and Atom," a Google UK spokeswoman explained.

In April 2004, U.K. programmer Julian Bond said he received a cease-and-desist notice from Google after creating his own feed that scraped headlines off Google News. These headlines were then displayed on another Web site, called Ecademy.

Google UK declined to comment on this matter. (Google representatives in the U.S. have instituted a policy of not talking with CNET News.com reporters until July 2006 in response to privacy issues raised by a previous story.)

But Bond said Tuesday that the company took action because the results of his RSS feed from Google were being fed into online RSS aggregators and then republished on the Web.

"I was really irritated about Google not offering RSS feeds from (Google) News search. So I wrote a scraper that did the search and generated an RSS feed from it," explained Bond, who added that he welcomed the news that Google was now offering RSS and Atom feeds.

"It will mean that I can retire my scraper and stop having to maintain it every time Google changes their page layout," Bond said.

Graeme Wearden of ZDNet UK reported from London.

Friday, January 30, 2009

ABC News on Rss

What Is RSS?

Depending on who you ask, RSS stands for either "Rich Site Summary" or "Really Simple Syndication." But no matter what it's called, RSS is a new way to publish information online.

At the heart of the technology is special Web coding, called XML, that has been widely developed by the global online community over the past few years.

The XML code for RSS describes a new type of Web information called a "news feed." Essentially, the feeds can contain a summary and links of the new content on a Web site or anything else a creator desires to share. A company may publish an RSS feed that contains news of its latest products, for example.

Anyone — an online surfer or another Web site — can pick up the RSS codes and with the appropriate Web software display the information automatically.

The concept is similar to how a newswire service operates: Information published by one news organization can be "syndicated" — picked up and displayed — by any other news organization.

What Does RSS Mean for Site Publishers?

Through syndication, online content creators have a much easier way to get their information published and seen. For instance, a Web surfer who sees an RSS feed — say a ticker of top news stories — on one site might click on the content, which in turn drives more traffic back to the original Web site.

RSS can also be a way for Web sites to retain "loyalty" among visitors. By supplying the RSS code on the Web site, visitors can "subscribe" to the feed and automatically receive updates on their personal computers of new content on the site.

Such an RSS feed will free content creators from creating and sending e-mail reminders — many of which may be stopped by anti-spam filters.

Why Would Ordinary Web Users Like RSS?

For Web surfers, the advantages of RSS are quite simple: They save time and bandwidth.

Instead of remembering to visit a favorite Web site, the news comes directly into your computer daily or at whatever interval you want.

What's more, most RSS feeds contain just links, headlines, or brief synopsis of new information only. That means the small amount of Web data can be sent to any XML-compatible device — a cell phone, pager, or handheld computer — without a lengthy download process.

More importantly, RSS gives you control over receiving information you want without revealing information about yourself. Unlike subscribing to an e-mail newsletter, you never have to give out your e-mail address with an RSS feed. That avoids the possibility of receiving spam or unwanted junk e-mail from the Web site.

Which Online Sites Use RSS?

Almost all technology-oriented Web sites offer RSS feeds to satisfy the crowds of computer savvy users online.

You'll also find some Weblogs — or online diaries — also offer RSS feeds.

You can view ABCNews.com's RSS headlines by clicking the appropriate links at the top of this page.

What Do I Need to Receive RSS Feeds?

First, you need a feed reader. Performing a search for "RSS Feed Readers" in any major online search engine such as Google or Yahoo! will produce a bundle of software options — many of which are free or at little cost.

Once you've obtained a feed reader, subscribing to an RSS feed is as simple as looking for the appropriate feed link. Most Web sites that publish an RSS feed will display a tiny orange box or button labeled "RSS" or "XML."

Click the feed link you are interested in and your Web browser typically goes to a page of cryptic XML code. No worries, just copy the Web "address" or URL of that page and plug it into your feed reader. The software will then automatically retrieve and display that site's latest information.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Yahoo! Pipes a Dream Come True for RSS Marketers ... and a Huge Threat

Posted by Rok Hrastnik in RSS Latest News


A Marketer's Dream Come True

Robin Good must be licking his fingers right now. In an interview we did back in February 2005 we discussed RSS NewsMastering, the act of ...

taking multiple RSS feeds, search engine results and other content sources,
mixing and aggregating them together,
filtering the results with the keywords pertaining to your interests,
and creating a highly relevant and automatically updated content resource on a specific topic, pulling content from dozens, hundreds or thousands of content sources around the globe.
This was a dream come true for marketers, enabling them to ...

enrich the visitor experience on their websites to increase visitor loyalty and visit frequency, by automatically providing visitors access to the latest and most relevant focused content in your industry, without having to actually write the content yourself;
make your website more relevant to the search engines for your top keywords;
become a prime access point for key influencers looking for latest and most relevant news in your industry;
conduct business intelligence easier and quicker than before, constantly knowing what the market is saying about you, about your competitors, what your competitors are doing and so on.
The only problem back then was that applications offering NewsMastering capabilities were few and far between. Things started improving with FeedDigest, mySyndicaat, Feed Rinse, Ning and others, but with farily limited functionalities.

Yahoo! Pipes Offering NewsMastering on Steroids

But today Yahoo! changed everything with its launch of Yahoo! Pipes.

The general idea behind Yahoo! Pipes is to allow its users to "easily" connect various internet data sources, mix them together in various ways, add additional functionality to them and create a new single output, pertaining directly to your settings.

In simpler words ...

Select various online content sources, RSS feeds or others
Define your own rules on how you want to use these different content sources
Create an output that matches your needs
While this may sound alot like the standard RSS aggregation & filtering tools we mentioned above, it actually goes much further than anything on the market in enabling you to manipulate outside sources and come up with a new content output, all of this in a visual programming environment.

The "old services" simply allowed you to combine various RSS feeds, set some basic rules on how you want to get content from them, such as limiting the output to only the content items that match your keywords and removing duplicates, and get a new single RSS feed from them. You could then subscribe to this RSS feed in your RSS Reader (for business intelligence purposes) or use it to display its contents on your website.

But Yahoo! Pipes goes much further.

[BTW - in the Yahoo! Pipes glossary, a pipe is an output you create from mixing and manipulating various content sources]

Aggregate and Filter any XML Feed

Aggregate any kind of XML feed, not just RSS, which means that if your application provides an XML data output, you can now aggregate that data feed with other different feeds you might be interested in, and create a single RSS feed that you can subscribe to in your RSS Reader. Just as an example, imagine having an RSS feed that brings you various data from your organization in a single output, such as the latest sales data from your webstore, latest account of company expenses, notifications of new employees, important team communications, your website visitor counts and so on. It even lets you combine other pipes into a new single pipe.

Content Manipulation

Apply various filters, such as a keyword content filter to give you only the content you're interested in, sort, count, truncate, join or even create your own filters. It even lets you add your own input fields. For example, you could create a pipe that aggregates all the RSS feeds from top online retailers, and include an input field that allows you to enter the name of the product you want the latest deals on, and then creates an on-the-fly output with the latest deals for this product. Essentially, it allows you to add simple or advanced search functionalities to filter out only the content you're really interested in ... from hundreds or even thousands of content sources.

Social Applications

Browse through pipes created by other users to either use them as an end-user, or use their pipes to create your own new pipes. It of course also allows you to make your own pipes public and even provide them as a service to end-users.
There are really almost countless opportunities of what you can do with Yahoo! Pipes, and various new applications will surface when the service gets some milage.

The best part is, you can either create your own application that you use when the need arises from the Web, or an RSS feed that you subscribe to in your RSS Reader, to constantly deliver to you the content that you want. Or you can use the RSS feed to display that content on your website.

All of this is done through a visual interface, which might be daunting for the average user, but shouldn't present a problem to marketers that either have the time to learn the ropes or pay a little something to a person that already has.

How Marketers Will Profit from Yahoo! Pipes

If you're thinking of how you can profit from Yahoo! Pipes as a marketer, there really are countless opportunities.

Provide highly relevant streams of content on your website to enrich the visitor experience.
Become a preferred access point to relevant and latest content in your industry.
Build applications that allow your visitors to easily access the content they're interested in.
Take your business intelligence activities to the next level.
And much much more ...

With all the capabilities available through Yahoo! Pipes, countless new opportunities will certainly arise quickly.

The best part is, you can now more easily take advantage of them.

Threats for Marketers

But while Yahoo! Pipes makes the NewsMastering process increadibly easy, it also comes with as many threats for marketers.

Mass Syndication of Your Content

RSS by itself already made syndication of your RSS content easy.
While you may (and should) be happy about easily spreading your content to help you generate more credibility, brand recognition and traffic from other sources, Yahoo! Pipes will bring these syndication levels to a whole new level. It will make it easy for anyone to access just individual content items from your RSS feeds through countless applications, putting your content entirely out of your content context and brand context.

Your website and your own stream of content as a whole will start mattering less and less, since individual pieces of your content will start being increasingly syndicated more than your content as a whole.

There is now immediately more potential for just a single piece of your content to get more readership and reach than all of your content combined together. In many cases this may be good, but it also means that this decreases the number of total touch-points you will have with your audiences.

It might mean more exposure for a single piece of content, but much less exposure to the entire universe of your content, making audience loyalty and conversion even more difficult to achieve.

Mass Manipulation of Your Content

But it's not just about syndication. Yahoo! Pipes actually allows users to further manipulate your content items, for example removing your links, calls to action, advertising or mixing your content with other content sources. While you may want to syndicate your content as widely as possible, you will now need to invest special care to also protect your content more.

Easy Access

And finally, Yahoo! Pipes will provide easy access to NewsMastering and other capabilities to practically everyone. It hasn't been that difficult before, but with the success Yahoo! Pipes is likely to achieve, these capabilities will now be in the hands of many many more people.

On one side this means that if you were counting on NewsMastering to enrich your visitor experience, the power of this approach will be greatly reduced since so many other companies and even end-users will be able to provide the same or do the same for themselves. It means losing your unique position. It also means that influencers that would otherwise perhaps come to your website for their daily dose of latest content will now be able to create the same functionalities by themselves.

But it also creates an even easier way for abusers to abuse your content. It's now even easier to steal your content and display it on a different website for various purposes.

Am I overexaturating?

Certainly, the possibilities are here, but it remains to be seen how much penetration this service will achieve and who is going to use it.

Additional News, Comments and Resources

Yahoo! Pipes really is the most talked about online subject right now.

Here are some additional selections to get more information and different views:

TechMeme - Access all the latest conversations and blog posts about Yahoo! Pipes
O'Reilly Radar - An extended discussion on how Yahoo! Pipes is the most revolutionary internet development as of late
ZDNet Photo Galleries - Yahoo! Pipes screenshots
flashpoint - Good examples of possible Yahoo! Pipes applications
Anil Dash - An excellent look at Yahoo! Pipes
Niall Kennedy - Yahoo! Pipes threats for publishers, and more

Sunday, January 11, 2009

RSS Top 10

Top Ten RSS Resources


RSS Specifications
rss blog, general information and rss articles

FeedForAll
tutorials, free rss2html script and free button generator

RSS Compedium
list of resources

FeedBurner
free hosting services

Harvard Law
specifications and RSS version history

Marketing Studies
educational blog and RSS articles

Lockergnome RSS Resource
long established blog

MNot RSS Tutorial
features and benefits tutorial

Userland
articles and history

Make RSS Feeds
instructional site

RSS Tools
collection of RSS tools and an instructional site

Friday, January 09, 2009

What Is This RSS, XML, RDF, and Atom Business? And how they impact the newsletter biz

It's been a long day at work and you're in no mood to cook dinner or go out. Time to count on the reliable pizza delivery guy. The order is called in and he promptly arrives with smokin' hot pizza within 30 minutes as promised. If it were only that easy with a picky family where no one can agree on the same restaurant for dinner. One wants Mexican, another wants Chinese, and another wants a burger and Mexican. Instead of running to three different places, you call a delivery service that goes to all of them and brings it to you. What could be easier in getting a meal without cooking it or fetching it?

RSS, XML, RDF, and Atom are the food delivery guy of the Internet. The content they deliver is mixed and cooked elsewhere on the Internet just like the meal isn't made on your door step and the acronym fellows bring the content to you via software or an online application. Instead of trying to remember all the places where you like to go to get the latest news, it all comes to you once you order your food.

What to Do with the Funky Code

Click on any of those orange or blue RSS, XML, or RDF buttons and you see unreadable text. Some of it is readable, but reading between the is slow and difficult. In this case, you've got the raw ingredients of the content known as a feed. To make it easily readable, download a feed reader that can interpret (aggregate) the ingredients or sign up for an online service that can do the same.

When the software or application is ready to go, click on the orange or blue button (or "Syndicate This Page," or whatever is along these lines) and copy the resulting URL from the address box. Paste it into the application to cook the ingredients where it's delivered to you ready for your enjoyment. Lockergnome offers step-by-step instructions to making this happen.

Syndication Isn't Just for Blogs

Syndication is a not a new concept on the Internet, but it's growing in popularity as more Web sites and newsletters are churning content to turn it into syndicated files, which are fed into an aggregator. Think of it as the content that's ready to travel anywhere it needs to go. Grab the feed and feed it to the aggregator, another way of bookmarking (or creating a favorite) a site because you wish to come back again another time. But how often did you go back to the site through your bookmarks / favorites?

I don't use bookmarks often, but I regularly use the aggregator. Instead of schlepping from site to site in search of information, I have it all in front of me via the aggregator. The feeds are sorted in folders by topic for easy finding. If I'm writing about the latest virus or worm, then I open the security folder with the security-related feeds and scan them. Scanning content through aggregators is easier than on a Web site because it's in one folder with headlines and maybe a short summary. On a Web site, you're only getting the benefit of that site's news and no where else. The folder has news from over ten resources including blogs, news sites, and newsletters.

Any content can be syndicated. It's a matter of having the backend process in place, which is dependent on the application used for managing the content. If a site doesn't have such resources, then there is software for entering content to create a file with the feed for posting on the site.

Most aggregators have exporting capabilities so the feed can be shared with others interested in the same topic. If you're interested in my security feeds, I can export them into, in most cases, an OPML file and you can import it into your aggregator.

So What Does This Have to Do with Newsletters?

Spam filters are preventing readers from getting newsletters or they get lost in the spam pool. Offering a feed for the newsletter is a compromise. Readers can get the content, only instead of it coming to the email box, it comes through the aggregator. It's a way around spam. Like everything else, it has its advantages and disadvantages:

Advantages:

* Filters can't stop the newsletter from reaching its destination.

* The recipient will get it - if the server is down, it'll download next time and email can get lost.

* The feed can be syndicated providing more exposure for your content.

Disadvantages:

* Rely on readers to open aggregators like they open email client, but some aggregators are built-in with an email client like NewsGator and there are online aggregators like Bloglines, which can be your home page.

* Metrics won't be as complete, but it's still there through the links (this is changing as we get more tools).

* Not as pretty as HTML-based newsletters.

If the feed is automatically created, what have you got to lose? You're providing another way for your readers to get your content just like you can get pizza in different ways: go to the restaurant, have it delivered, or make it at home. More applications are adding syndication capabilities, which make the process effortless. Some have said they won't read something unless it has a feed.

As for looks, already I've seen an example of a feed getting styled and that capability will be available for everyone soon enough.

Syndication works better than bookmarks. With bookmarks, you click on a site that might have the security information and arrive there to find it doesn't. So, back to the bookmarks to click on another site. Lather, rinse, repeat. With aggregators, there is no jumping from site to site. Scan the headlines right there until you find what you need.

There was a time when we didn't have the option to have pizza delivered to our doorstep. When we're too tired, we know we can rely on the delivery guy. In term of content, expect to see it show up at your doorstep more often than the pizza guy plus it's cheaper with the cost only coming from the software though there are many free options available. Syndication is here to stay and should be added to a company's communication toolbox rather than as a replacement. Witness it by watching for RSS, XML, RDF, and Atom out there