Create Your Own RSS Feed And Add Fresh Content To Your Website Daily

Joe Rispoli
 


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RSS enables people to have the latest information delivered directly to them. You can get the latest news, articles, photos, and videos all in one place and as soon as they are made available.

RSS feeds allow people to choose the content that they wish to view. RSS is a way of syndicating content, which means having all the information that you are interested in together in one central location.

To create an RSS feed you have two choices. First, you can code your own feed by using XML or you can consider using a software application that creates the XML for you.

You can create an RSS Feed without coding it yourself by using an easy to use software applications that can format your XML.

One example is FeedForAll.

You can also code your own RSS Feed.

Just like HTML code XML code contains open and close tags to designate the title, description and link. They are enclosed in brackets just like standard html. The close tag contains a forward slash.

The Item will contain information for each one of your listings. They contain the individual information that you are distributing, such as articles, etc.

For each item in your feed you will have:

a title

a description

a link

The title and description should describe the content of that particular item or link. The link will reference the webpage that contains all of the actual content.

The following is what an item in a xml file will look like once you remove the asterisks:

<*item>

<*title>Title Here<*/title>

<*descritpion>Description Here<*/description>

<*link>linkhere<*/link>

<*/item>

It is very important that your links are fully qualified. If someone syndicates your feed then you want to make sure your links are working if your code is on another site or server.

So, an RSS feed is simply a series of items which are all chained together to create a Channel. When you need to update your feed you just add another item at the bottom of your XML code.

The Channel tag is found at the top of the XML file and explains how all the items are related. A Channel tag also contains a title, description and link tag. The open channel tag appears before the first item and the close channel tag appears after the last one.

<*channel>

<*title>The Channel Title Here<*/title>

<*description>The explanation of how the items are related goes here<*/description>

<*link>linkhere<*/link>

<*item>

<*title>Title Here<*/title>

Description Here<*/description>

<*link>linkhere<*/link>

<*/item>

<*item>

<*title>Another Title Here<*/title>

<*description>Description Here<*/description>

<*link>linkhere<*/link>

<*/item>

<*/channel>

Once you have all your items set up you then need to designate it as an XML file by inserting specific tags at the beginning and at the very end of your code.

<*?xml version="1.0"?>

<*rss version="2.0">

<*channel>

<*title>The Channel Title Here<*/title>

<*description>The explanation of how the items are related goes here<*/description>

<*link>linkhere<*/link>

<*item>

<*title>Title Here<*/title>

<*descritpion>Description Here<*/description>

<*link>linkhere<*/link>

<*/item>

<*item>

<*title>Another Title Here<*/title>

<*descritpion>Description Here<*/description>

<*link>linkhere<*/link>

<*/item>

<*/channel>

<*/rss>

You MUST save your file with an extension of . XML, for example UcanTo dot com/articles. xml

Do Not forget to remove all the asterisks from the code above before using it!

TIP: There is a free XML editor that will help you with creating RSS Feeds. Just Google First Object Editor.

When you have finished your RSS Feed the next step is to upload it to your server and then validate it. This step is very important, it will make sure your RSS Feed is working correctly and can be accessed. Visit Feed Validator and enter the URL for your RSS Feed, which should end in XML.

If you made it this far, congratulations! You should now let everyone know about your RSS Feed. Go to RSS Specifications for a list of sites where you can submit your new feed. Take the time to do this. I think it is much better to manually submit your feed then to use any of the free services.

One Last Tip! Now that you have your own RSS Feed you need to update it regularly. To do this just add another item to your XML file and upload! Then go to Ping-O-Matic and enter your RSS feed. Ping-O-Matic is a service that updates different feed specific search engines when your Feed has been updated. So, every time you add new content to your feed go to Ping-O-Matic and let everyone know!

Joe Rispoli has been gathering free advertising resources online for over 10 years. Visit his website at http://UcanTo.com and find out how to market your business. You can also subscribe to his Free Advertising Resources Ezine which includes Free Email Marketing Software with subscription.

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