Considering the ever-increasing support for RSS in
online communities, we have compiled a list of resources and products
that will benefit webmasters, web surfers and publishers in their
quest to understand the power of RSS. RSS has rapidly become an
alternative communication venue. In order to understand the full
benefits, consider utilizing some of the following tools and resources.
1.) RSS Tools - RSS feeds bring automatically
updated information straight to your desktop. You can monitor or
promote news, job listings, personals, and classifieds using RSS.
The following tools assist webmasters in using RSS to maximize their
RSS Readers - RSS readers are designed
as tools to view RSS feeds, making it easier for users to view and
manage the content of a feed. Feed readers make it easy to mark
feeds as read or flag items that are important. The following are
some of our favorite RSS readers:
FeedDemon - FeedDemon is a client that can
retrieve and organize RSS feeds from the Internet. It comes pre-configured
with several news feeds, and you can easily add your own by adding
the URL for an RSS feed of your choice. FeedDemon offers an attractive
and easy-to-use interface with integrated web browsing.
FeedScout - Feed Scout is a RSS/ATOM/RDF reader
that can be used directly from Internet Explorer. Feed Scout enables
you to view RSS/ATOM feeds from different sites directly in Internet
Explorer. You can even set your Home Page to show your favorite
2.) RSS Creation Tools - As RSS feeds
have increased in popularity and breadth publishers and webmasters
have struggled to find a solution to create RSS feeds. The following
tools will assist webmasters in creating RSS feeds:
FeedForAll - Desktop software used to create,
edit, manage and publish RSS feeds. New RSS feeds can be quickly
and easily created with FeedForAll. Advanced features enable you
to create professional-looking RSS feeds quickly. Existing RSS feeds
can be repaired and enhanced with FeedForAll. RSS feeds generated
by other means can be automatically repaired, so that they conform
to the RSS 2.0 specification. Existing feeds can be enhanced to
contain advanced feed properties, and give them a more professional
3.) RSS Articles and Tutorials - Articles
and tutorials based on RSS and designed to demystify Really Simple
Syndication for users and publishers. RSS Specifications - RSS Specifications
contains a collection of articles related to RSS and news feeds
that assist both publishers and users in deciphering Really Simple
RSS Specifications - RSS Specifications contains
a collection of articles related to RSS and news feeds that assist
both publishers and users in deciphering really simple syndication.
the articles can be read in an RSS feed. http://www.rss-specifications.com/article-feed.xml
Make RSS Feeds - Step by step instructional
tutorial detailing how to manually create an RSS feed.
4.) Ebay Monitoring Using RSS - Monitor
online auctions for specific items of interest. As eBay has grown
it has become difficult to discern and locate specific auction items.
By using RSS tools users can easily recieve instant notification
when a specific item is being auctioned.
Free Bidding Tools - FMonitor online auctions
for specific items of interest. As eBay has grown it has become
difficult to discern and locate specific auction items. By using
RSS tools users can easily receive instant notification when a specific
item is being auctioned.
5.) Web Monitoring - Monitor the Internet for specific
news items or blog topics of interest. A number of free online RSS
tools make web monitoring very easy.
PubSub - Monitor the Internet for specific
news items or blog topics of interest. A number of free online RSS
tools make web monitoring very easy. PubSub - Every day, PubSub's
matching engine performs billions of matches of new items against
user subscriptions. The instant a match is made, PubSub alerts the
user via RSS. PubSub monitors more than 6.5 million blogs, as well
as 50,000 USENET newsgroups, all SEC/EDGAR filings, press releases
from major wire services, and FAA airport delay alerts.
Google News Monitoring Using RSS - This free
online tool turns a Google news search into an RSS feed.
6.) Other RSS Tools - Alternative tools
for creative webmasters.
RSS2Wap - The RSS2Wap site is meant for online
conversions of RSS feeds into WML for access on WAP devices (RSS2WML,
RSS WAP or RSS-to-WAP). It's free and you can make a link on your
7.) RSS Graphic Tool - Websites that
have RSS feeds available use colorful graphics as flags to indicate
to web surfers that RSS feeds are available for specific content.
RSS Graphic Tool - Websites that have RSS feeds
available use colorful graphics as flags to indicate to web surfers
that RSS feeds are available for specific content. RSS Graphic Tool
- Customize RSS buttons. If you have limited time and lack artistic
abilities, use this free online RSS graphic tool to create an RSS
button. The button's color and text can be customized to suit the
look and feel of your website. http://www.feedforall.com/public/rss-graphic-tool.htm
8.) Displaying RSS - Many webmasters
display the contents of RSS feeds on their web pages as a fresh
source of content and information that changes on a regular basis.
Java Options - Using Java to display RSS feeds
is a very easy way to provide dynamic content with very little effort.
Unfortunately, when you use Java to display RSS feeds, search engines
do not see the feed's content, so the content is not spidered and
ultimately will not help with search engine optimization.
Quick RSS Feeds - Free online tool that allows
you to simply enter the URL of the RSS feed, define the number of
items you would like displayed, and the Java script will be automatically
FeedRoll -A free service for syndicating popular
RSS and ATOM news feeds on your website or blog. Select a feed,
customize the design, then copy and paste the code provided onto
your page. http://www.feedroll.com/rssviewer/
designed to easily convert any valid RSS, RDF or ATOM feed into
PHP Options - The benefit to using a PHP script to display
RSS on a website is that the content dynamically updates but search
engines see the content as static.
FeedForAll's rss2html.php - If you are technically
savvy and wish to host the script yourself, check out FeedForAll,
as they have a free PHP script available that will display RSS feeds
on a website. http://www.feedforall.com/free-php-script.htm
FeedRoll Pro - A fee-based professional service
that tracks statistical information for publishers displaying feeds.
FeedRoll Pro incorporates a number of display options for publishers
wishing to syndicate their content, giving users the choice of PHP
RSS2HTML - Display RSS feeds by selecting layouts and color
schemes on this free resource.
9.) RSS Blogs
Stay informed about the latest RSS industry news by monitoring
RSS blogs. Daily posts bring readers current news, industry announcements
and general RSS information.
RSS Specifications - Everything you need to
know about RSS. The RSS Specifications blog contains daily posts
and RSS tidbits.
KbCafe - Daily posts and editorials related
to RSS and new RSS products that have emerged.
10.) Publishing List / RSS Newsgroups
New RSS-Publishing List for publishers. The list is focused
on marketing/publishing/operational issues rather than hardcore
technical details of RSS, meaning that coding issues and disputes
over the merits of RSS vs. Atom are not the focus. If you wish to
participate in the list and receive e-mails of posts, simply subscribe
by sending and e-mail to: email@example.com
RSS Syndication - Collection of RSS related
news feeds displayed in an easy-to-read format.
11.) RSS Related Forums - Forums can
be a useful for anyone doing business online, both in terms of reading
the content and actively participating in the discussions. If you
want to learn more about RSS consider participating in the following
online RSS communities:
2RSS - RSS forum for feed and related RSS discussions.
FeedForAll Forum - RSS forum for RSS and feed
German RSS Forum - German RSS forum for feed
12.) Locate RSS Feeds -
Syndic8 - RSS and Atom news feeds on a wide
variety of topics. Designed with a directory structure and search
functionality. Syndic8 also tracks statistical information related
to RSS feeds.
Feedster's FeedFinder - Use Feedfinder to
search by keyword or by URL or a combination of the two in order
to find feeds on that topic or by that organization. .
RSS Discovery - The websites you already read
may have an RSS feed. Use the BlogStreet's RSS Discovery tool and
enter in a website. If there is a feed available BlogStreet will
provide the URL.
RSS Locator - Directory and search engine
for RSS content including weblogs, newsfeeds, forum feeds and related
content feeds. Locate topic-specific RSS feeds for syndication.
RSS Locator displays feed content in an HTML format so users can
preview the feed's content.
12.) Submit RSS Feeds - As more and
more people get involved with the Internet and as more Web sites,
blogs, news services and other online resources continue to grow
in number and variety, it becomes increasingly important to maintain
high visibility and exposure for the content being generated by
closely following the major distribution media. As a rapidly increasing
number of content sources, new and old, migrate or add RSS as a
key distribution channel, and as more people utilize RSS newsreaders
and aggregators to keep themselves informed, the ability to maintain
high exposure and visibility is gradually shifted from complete
attention to major search engines and content optimization techniques
to an increasing awareness of RSS feed directories and search tools.
RSS Submit - Save time and automate RSS submissions
with RSS Submit from K-Soft. http://www.dummysoftware.com/rsssubmit.html
RSS Specifications - Submit RSS files to the large list of RSS
directories and expedite your RSS content syndication.
RSS Submission Service - A fee-based blog submission
service that will submit your blog or RSS feed to more than 70 blog
directories. Submissions are done manually, and this service is
primarily designed for blog feeds.
RSS Top 55 - Top websites for RSS submissions.
Premium service is available for a nominal fee that will prioritize
the RSS site submissions in the order of importance. http://www.masternewmedia.org/rss/top55/
Using RSS tools, publishers and webmasters can increase productivity
and efficiency. RSS monitoring can often automate many of the procedures
that are time-consuming and monotonous, freeing up time.
About the Author:
Sharon Housley manages marketing for FeedForAll http://www.feedforall.com
software for creating, editing and publishing RSS feeds and NotePage,
a wireless messaging software company.