Considering the ever-increasing
support for RSS in online communities, we have
compiled a list of resources and products that
will benefit webmasters, web surfers and publishers
in their quest to understand the power of RSS.
RSS has rapidly become an alternative communication
venue. In order to understand the full benefits,
consider utilizing some of the following tools
1.) RSS Tools - RSS feeds bring
automatically updated information straight to
your desktop. You can monitor or promote news,
job listings, personals, and classifieds using
RSS. The following tools assist webmasters in
using RSS to maximize their time.
RSS Readers - RSS
readers are designed as tools to view RSS feeds,
making it easier for users to view and manage
the content of a feed. Feed readers make it easy
to mark feeds as read or flag items that are important.
The following are some of our favorite RSS readers:
FeedDemon - FeedDemon is
a client that can retrieve and organize RSS feeds
from the Internet. It comes pre-configured with
several news feeds, and you can easily add your
own by adding the URL for an RSS feed of your
choice. FeedDemon offers an attractive and easy-to-use
interface with integrated web browsing.
FeedScout - Feed Scout is
a RSS/ATOM/RDF reader that can be used directly
from Internet Explorer. Feed Scout enables you
to view RSS/ATOM feeds from different sites directly
in Internet Explorer. You can even set your Home
Page to show your favorite feeds. http://www.feedscout.com
2.) RSS Creation Tools -
As RSS feeds have increased in popularity and
breadth publishers and webmasters have struggled
to find a solution to create RSS feeds. The following
tools will assist webmasters in creating RSS feeds:
FeedForAll - Desktop software
used to create, edit, manage and publish RSS feeds.
New RSS feeds can be quickly and easily created
with FeedForAll. Advanced features enable you
to create professional-looking RSS feeds quickly.
Existing RSS feeds can be repaired and enhanced
with FeedForAll. RSS feeds generated by other
means can be automatically repaired, so that they
conform to the RSS 2.0 specification. Existing
feeds can be enhanced to contain advanced feed
properties, and give them a more professional
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 Syndication.
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
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 receive
instant notification when a specific item is being
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 web site.
7.) RSS Graphic Tool - Websites
that have RSS feeds available use colorful graphics
as flags to indicate to web surfers that RSS feeds
are available for specific content.
RSS Graphic Tool - Websites
that have RSS feeds available use colorful graphics
as flags to indicate to web surfers that RSS feeds
are available for specific content. RSS Graphic
Tool - Customize RSS buttons. If you have limited
time and lack artistic abilities, use this free
online RSS graphic tool to create an RSS button.
The button's color and text can be customized
to suit the look and feel of your website. 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/
was designed to easily convert any valid RSS,
No XML or programming experience is necessary.
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
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
RSS Syndication - Collection
of RSS related news feeds displayed in an easy-to-read
11.) RSS Related Forums -
Forums can be a useful for anyone doing
business online, both in terms of reading the
content and actively participating in the discussions.
If you want to learn more about RSS consider participating
in the following online RSS communities:
2RSS - RSS forum for feed
and related RSS discussions.
FeedForAll Forum - RSS forum
for RSS and feed creation-related discussions.
German RSS Forum - German
RSS forum for feed discussions.
12.) Locate RSS Feeds -
Syndic8 - RSS and Atom news
feeds on a wide variety of topics. Designed with
a directory structure and search functionality.
Syndic8 also tracks statistical information related
to RSS feeds.
Feedster's FeedFinder -
Use Feedfinder to search by keyword or by URL
or a combination of the two in order to find feeds
on that topic or by that 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
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
About the Author:
Sharon Housley manages marketing for FeedForAll
software for creating, editing and publishing
RSS feeds and NotePage, Inc. http://www.notepage.net
a wireless messaging software company.