How to create an RSS feed

Written by Allan Burns

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The body ofrepparttar file is made up ofrepparttar 131519 news items. Each news item is enclosed inrepparttar 131520 item tag and comprises of a title, a description and a published date. The date needs to be inrepparttar 131521 format shown inrepparttar 131522 example below.

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In this article we discussrepparttar 131524 release of several new widgets, but which isrepparttar 131525 best widget.

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You can have as many items inrepparttar 131526 feed as you like but many webmasters just showrepparttar 131527 10 most recent items to keeprepparttar 131528 bandwidth usage down and also so not to overwhelmrepparttar 131529 end user with too many items.

Finallyrepparttar 131530 file is ended withrepparttar 131531 closing channel tag and a closing RSS tag.

I have coveredrepparttar 131532 basic tags to create an RSS file, there are other tags that can be used and these are explained inrepparttar 131533 RSS 2.0 specification.

Once you have created your file you will need to verify it is ok, to do this uploadrepparttar 131534 file to your server and then go to this validator to validaterepparttar 131535 file. Your file is now ready. Now anyone can subscribe to your feed just by pointing their RSS reader to your RSS file.

That isrepparttar 131536 basics covered. I will be covering other areas in future articles as there is far too much information to fit into a single article.

Allan is the webmaster at an RSS resource for webmasters. Learn how to use RSS to attract and retain visitors to your site.

Steps to Create and Promote RSS Feeds

Written by S. Housley

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4.) Include Information inrepparttar HTML ofrepparttar 131517 Web Page So RSS Readers Auto-Detect Your Feed

After publishing an RSS feed it is important to let visitors know thatrepparttar 131518 feed exists. Aggregators will automatically detect RSS on a website if you add a small bit of code inrepparttar 131519 header field of an HTML page.

[link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="RSS" href="" rel="nofollow"]

Be sure to replace withrepparttar 131520 URL torepparttar 131521 RSS feed and replacerepparttar 131522 brackets with "<" less than and ">" greater than symbols.

5.) Displayrepparttar 131523 Feed's Content on a Website

Contents contained in an RSS feed can be added to a website, providing site visitors an alternative method for viewingrepparttar 131524 content. The information will also help increase search engine interest. Displayingrepparttar 131525 feed as HTML can be accomplished. Providing fresh content on a regular basis will encourage site visitors return.

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6.) Submitrepparttar 131526 Feed to RSS Directories and Search Engines

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,repparttar 131527 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.

In order to increase exposure of an RSS feed it should be submitted to RSS search engines and directories. This can be done manually. Just as you would submitrepparttar 131528 URL of a website or web page to a search engine you will need to submitrepparttar 131529 link ofrepparttar 131530 actual feed located on your website torepparttar 131531 RSS directories. There is a large list of RSS directories at . If you prefer to automaterepparttar 131532 submission process try RSS Submit at: . An evaluation version is available.

About the Author: Sharon Housley manages marketing for FeedForAll software for creating, editing, publishing RSS feeds and podcasts. In addition Sharon manages marketing for NotePage a wireless text messaging software company.

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