Is RSS Here to Stay or Gone Tomorrow?

Written by Kent Thompson

RSS is totally hot. We have seen it everywhere, from John-Doe blogsites to major news websites. If you haven't heard of RSS before, that's okay, because I hadn't either until a couple of months ago!

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication, or whatever you want it to stand for. I have seen it also stand for RDF Site Summary, but it really doesn't matter. What's important is what it does.

Here's how RSS works:

Every site that has constantly changing content has one big problem: How do you notify your visitors when you've posted new content without them having to scour your entire site every 30 mins? You could send them an email, but that has several drawbacks.

First, you might not get your messages throughrepparttar spam filters. Filters are snatching more and more messages, and just to keep up anymore you have to run all your content through rating systems just to findrepparttar 105299 likelyhood of it getting blocked. What a pain inrepparttar 105300 neck!

Second, people are so hesitant to give out their closely guarded email address. I know I guard my email address with my life. How can your visitors trust you if they just clicked to your site? You could be an underground spam operation for all they care.

This is where RSS is awesome!

Instead of sending an email, you can have your website generate what's called an RSS Feed. An RSS Feed is nothing more than a webpage with a bunch of summaries ofrepparttar 105301 new content on it. Next time you see that little orange icon with XML or RSS, click on it and you'll see what I mean. The summaries are formatted in such a way that an RSS Reader can sort them out and display them neatly.

Top 3 Reasons Why RSS Is Better Than Email

Written by Kent Thompson

Everyone is talking about RSS. Blogs, newsites andrepparttar like are putting those little orange RSS link thingies all over their sites. What's allrepparttar 105296 hype about?

Okay, email will always have its purpose in life. But many people are realizing that RSS is an excellent alternative to email for newsletters or other mass-distribution lists.

Here are three HUGE advantages of RSS over Email:

1) RSS is totally spam-proof.

It cannot be blocked by any spam filter no matter what! Because RSS is a web page, you simply cannot block it. I like to think of it likerepparttar 105297 difference between a telemarketer and a TV commercial.

A telemarketer can initiaterepparttar 105298 call, just like anyone can send an email. Any unwelcome message or phone call can be filtered or screened, but there is always that chance that something important will be deleted! Sorepparttar 105299 end result is that it still takes your time and effort to filter email or screen calls, and there still is no guarantee that your efforts will be 100% accurate!

A TV viewer onrepparttar 105300 other hand must turn onrepparttar 105301 TV and find a channel first, just like an RSS feed must be entered into an RSS Reader. It is totally atrepparttar 105302 viewer's discretion. If you ever get sick of a TV channel, you can change it immediately, just like you can delete an RSS Feed!

2) RSS eliminates all fear of being spammed.

Think of how many more subscribers you could have to your newsletter if your website visitors had NO FEAR about being spammed by you! People by nature do not trust yourepparttar 105303 first time they meet you, and onrepparttar 105304 internet it is even worse.

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