RSS stands for ‘Really Simple Syndication’. A lot of people describe it as a ‘news feed’ that people can subscribe to. This world is so “I Want It Right Now!” And with so little time it’s an easy way to stay “abreast” of all of your favorite sites and blogs.
Introducing the antecdote to surfing around for hours. How about you want to keep up to date with the latest posts on ProfitableSistas? Then, click the orange button and you be given instructions on how to get my posts in an instant.
There a number of ways that my sistas can subscribe to this site and receive updates. One option would be ProfitableSistas RSS feed.
But what the heck is an RSS feed?
What is RSS? (Look at the orange button above?)
To put it simply, RSS is a technology that is currently being used by millions of web surfers around the world to keep track of their favorite websites and get updates to those sites in a quick and concise manner. Suppose you like 20 different sites. You can have all the latest news from each site sitting right on your desktop to read at your pleasure. How cool and funky is that?
Remember in the ole days when folks use to have to click a button to bookmark a page. Or, they would add the page to their favorites list and then go searching for it when they couldn’t remember the name of that site. Well, those days are leaving us fast. You don’t have to do much work with an RSS feed. Just click a button and viola! Instant updates to your favorite sites that you can read in your own time. And we all know that a sista’s time is limited and precious.
RSS Changed The Way The World Is Surfing
Let’s assume, for the sake of argument, that this is one of your favorite sites:) Every time I post a new article to this site you are instantly informed with the information that you asked for. Kinda reminds me of subscribing to movies-on-demand. You wanna see a movie, just go to the family room and click a button. Except, with RSS, it free.
How do they do it? I haven’t a clue. But if you are really interested in knowing, I will find the answers for you. Just let me know.
My sistas need to understand that with an RSS feed on your site you give your subscribers the option of whether they want to “have it their way.” Options are very good. Some folks don’t like to get email messages. They’d rather just be notified of new and fresh content. You know what they say, “some like it straight up.”
Simple Steps To Using an RSS feed
- Get get yourself an RSS Reader – The first thing you’ll have to do if you’re going to be reading site updates via RSS is to have something to read them with. This little gadget is called an RSS Feed Reader. Some options include Bloglines or Google Reader. The very are simple to set up and use. Google even has a reader included in their toolbar. If you like the site, you can just click the button and it will add the site to your reader.
- Find a few RSS feeds – like the one at ProfitableSistas:0
- Subscribe to few – it’s kind of addictive once you get the hang of it. You will probably notice that most sites have a bunch of options for you to subscribe to. This may include: My Yahoo, My Msn, My Google, etc. Look for the buttons or little gadgets on the page itself, or in the browser. Copy the link to your feeder or follow the instructions given to you.
- Enjoy. Once you set up your RSS Feed reader and add a few subscriptions, you’ll have the pleasure of not having to open your email box and filter through all the spam. You can have it your way.
Keeping It Ole School – Here, here. I know that folks come in all different flavors. Wtih that said, I know that some like it the ole way – simply adding your email address and clicking subscribe. That way, when they go work or are in the field with the PalmPilot or laptop in tote, they can just read their email. Browse the headlines, read the ones they want and keep it moving.
Cool. Not a problem at all for my sistas. I, too, am kind of ole school. It’s not easy adapting to change. You know what they say, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” With email subscriptions you can easily enter email address, click the “subscribe button” and easily unsubscribe by clicking a link in the email itself. Not that complex at all.
Point – with RSS feeds – Sistas have options. “And who the heck is “they”?