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  • What is RSS Feed and how does it work?

    Posted on Timeless Kathy Sammons 47 comments

    This is a post that has been around for a little bit but I think it is still very valuable.  Let me know what you think?

    What is RSS Feed and how does it work?  That is a good question.  Many people have a basic understanding of what it is, however, they don’t know the best way to use it.

    Who uses feeds like this?  USA Today, BBC News, ABC New and on and on… so why not You.  This is a great way to ensure that people who are interested in you, stay interested in you.  You want to give them ample opportunities to subscribe so that you can be there for them when they are looking for some information or advice.

    Like wise, you want to subscribe to sources of information that keeps you informed without taking you hours to search and find it.

    The reason that you want people to follow your personal or business blog RSS is you want people to know who you are.  People join people that they know, like and trust.  What better way for them to get to that point than to be reading your blog.

    Click on my RSS Feed and keep connected to me! :)

    Happy Trails…..

    Kathy Sammons



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    • jeffmitchell

      RSS Was something i just could not grasp when I first started marketing online. The Term Really Simple Syndication just did not seem very simple to me. Great post and I will be sure to share it.

      jeff Mitchell

    • http://www.kathysammons.com/ Kathy Sammons

      Thanks for sharing this and for stopping by,

    • dottiberry

      Bingo with your remark, “The reason that you want people to follow your personal or business blog RSS is you want people to know who you are. People join people that they know, like and trust.” Indeed, it's like any other relationship…it gets built through ongoing communication, not a one chance meeting. Staying in touch is vital to building those relationships, and you have pointed out that it is a great way to do that. Keep up the great posts, Kathy. You're in my google reader!

    • http://JohnStoneBlog.com John Stone


      Nice post. Is there a way to tell who or how many are subscribing to your RSS feeds?


    • http://LinusRuzicka.com/ Linus Ruzicka

      Great post Kathy.

      I'm going to be honest here, and say that that was the most simple explanation of RSS feeds that I have ever seen.

      RSS feeds have kind of been this cloudy, ambiguous “connection” out there that people knew existed, but had no clue how to use.

      “If you're a blogger, you need an RSS feed, but what does it do?”

      This explained it very well.

      Great job!


    • http://www.BertMcClure.com Bert

      Thanks for that Kathy,

      RSS is kind of a confusing and misunderstood internet thing that most people don't understand. I wasn't aware of signing up to Google Reader for that, so I am doing that now. Now it should be crystal clear!


    • http://www.kathysammons.com/ Kathy Sammons

      Thanks for stopping by Dotti..

    • http://www.kathysammons.com/ Kathy Sammons

      I have not been able to find an answer to you question. But, I am still looking.
      Hope all is well,

    • http://www.kathysammons.com/ Kathy Sammons

      Thanks for coming by Linus…

    • http://www.kathysammons.com/ Kathy Sammons

      Thanks Bert. I appreciate you stopping by.

    • http://www.katherinedroguett.com Katherine Droguett

      Hi Kathy;

      RSS is something that I'm still learning and this post has clarify some of my questions. Thanks for sharing this great information :)


    • http://twitter.com/etlap1 Bill Palte

      Hey Kathy,
      This a great post. The simplest, most basic explanation of RSS. How do you find these?

      If you keep posting great info like this I will HAVE to keep coming back.

      To Your Continued Success,

    • http://www.cassiestrom.com Cassie Strom

      Awesome Kathy!
      it took me the longest time to figure RSS out :)

    • http://www.kathysammons.com/ Kathy Sammons

      Thanks for coming by Bill, I appreciate it.

    • http://www.kathysammons.com/ Kathy Sammons

      Nice to see you here,

    • http://www.facebook.com/angelakgiles Angela Kay Giles

      Okay Kathy,
      It 2 words….YOU Rock!! You know why…I did not get RSS feeds forever and I looked online forever trying to understand it…I wish I would have had your video back then!

      Thanks thanks thanks!!!

    • http://www.kathysammons.com/ Kathy Sammons

      I am glad that I could help.

      Have a great Memorial Weekend.

    • http://growwithstacy.com Stacy

      That's the most simple and easy to understand explanation of RSS that I've heard! Thank you for sharing! I love google reader!

    • http://linneakline.com Linnea

      Hi Kathy,
      Great RSS overview video. Thanks for sharing that. I’ve been using Reader for some time now and think it’s absolutely great!
      Not only can you subscribe to blogs and news feeds, but many sites offer that functionality after you’ve done a search. These days, I’m more surprised if I don’t find a way to subscribe to the feed. It sure is a terrific way to keep up on what’s happening!

    • http://www.kathysammons.com/ Kathy Sammons

      Thanks for coming by. You have got a good grip on this tool and I believe that most others are getting there. I really liked the way that he explains it so that we can completely “get it”.
      Take Care,


    • http://www.kathysammons.com/ Kathy Sammons

      Thanks I am glad that it was helpful.

    • http://wflewelling.com Willena Flewelling

      Those Common Craft videos are cool. He makes it so clear and straightforward. Thanks for the explanation of RSS feeds. It’s always been a mystery to me, though I don’t know why. The video takes the mystery out of it and connects the dots for me.

      Willena Flewelling

    • http://www.kathysammons.com/ Kathy Sammons

      I am glad that you were able to really get how they work now. Videos like this are very helpful and you are right they are very easy to understand.

      Thanks for coming by,

      Kathy Sammons
      Mobile Media Marketing The Wave of The Future

    • http://www.nuclearblogger.com Peter

      Hi Kathy,
      Great post on RSS feeds….now we have facebook like pages and social networking plug ins RSS feeds are becoming less prominent but very useful…
      lets face it though, blogging is all about getting readers connected with the blog..and anyway you can do that is worth the effort


    • http://www.kathysammons.com/ Kathy Sammons

      You are right on both accounts, it is nice to stay up to date with some ones blog that you are interested in, this provides a good way to do that.

      Kathy Sammons

    • http://canoeandshovel.com Hazel-Ann La Fortune

      I like the video about RSS. It’s good information. I never fully understood how RSS worked, but now it’s super clear to me. Thanks for posting this.

    • http://georgetiganus.com George Tiganus

      Hi Kathy,
      This is great info, I had a very hard time understanding what RSS is when I started to learn online marketing. It does still have its weight and it is a good way of noticing people about everything you do. Not to mention that you can create RSS feeds for many of your submissions like Ezine articles and even your youtube channel.
      Have a great day,

    • http://www.kathysammons.com/ Kathy Sammons

      Thanks for coming by, those are great ways to use RSS. Thanks for adding those here so people can think of other ways to use it.


    • http://www.kathysammons.com/ Kathy Sammons

      Thanks for coming by and I am glad that you are able to better understand this.

      Take Care,

      Kathy Sammons

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    • http://www.passion101.com/blog Dr. Adam Sheck

      Thanks for sharing this post. I have always been confused about the difference between RSS and “regular” subscriptions. Thanks for clarifying the difference and the advantage.

    • http://www.kathysammons.com/ Kathy Sammons

      Glad to help thanks for stopping by.

      Kathy Sammons

    • http://newhorizons123.com Julie Weishaar

      HI Kathy, I love the video!  When I first started in the business I had NO idea what an RSS was. Where were you then? :)

    • http://www.kathysammons.com/ Kathy Sammons

      Too bad we did not find each other sooner! I am glad that you liked this video, you can send it on to people that you know that are new and trying to figure this stuff out.

      Thanks for coming by,

      Kathy Sammons

    • http://www.inspiredgiftgiving.com Marquita Herald

      Hi Kathy,
      Considering there are thousands of new blogs launched each day, I think there will always be an audience for information like this. Thanks for sharing.

    • http://www.kathysammons.com/ Kathy Sammons

      Thanks for coming by and for the nice comment.


    • Jaclyn Castro

      Great post Kathy. Thanks for sharing this video with us. I have this on my blog but forgot about how great this feature is. I CAN see it being addicting, haha!

      I took a look at my googlereader and I have quite a few sites that I’ve subscribed to. This really is an awesome feature!! I’m getting excited now!

      Thanks again!

      -Jaclyn Castro

    • http://www.kathysammons.com/ Kathy Sammons

      Thanks for coming by, I am glad that you liked the video.

      Take Care,


    • http://www.moneyadviceexpert.com/ Trevor Barrett

      There are so many acronomyns involved in the internet – but I suppose there is bound to be…
      There is so much technology around webites – there has to be.

      This article and that brilliant little video have uncovered, for me, what RSS feeds are. Thanks Kathy

    • http://www.kathysammons.com/ Kathy Sammons

      I am glad that it helped you,

      Take Care,


    • http://webmarketengine.com Jans Mendoza

      Very valuable information here Kathy. Me too have zero idea about RSS when I first started my business. Thanks to this it gets clearer to me now. 


    • http://twitter.com/vduplessie VaNessa Duplessie

      A very nice introduction to RSS feeds and why they are important for anyone who has a blog. I don’t use it as much as I should and will take another look into my Google Reader to see what is actually there! Thanks for the post.

    • http://nationalseizuredisordersfoundation.org Terrific Tonya Heathco

      Thank you for the quality information. I had a basic understanding of RSS feed in the past. After viewing the video and reading your post I now have “connected the dots”. RSS will save me valuable time while I gain recognition and become a well known expert in my field.

      Keep up the good work -

      Terrific Tonya Heathco
      “Your Beacon of Hope”
      National Seizure Disorders Foundation

    • Pastor Sherry

      Wonderful!  I didn’t know about the Google Reader thing.  I have never done RSS because I didn’t want 100 MORE emails coming to my inbox!  But if I can go to one place and see the posts, I can do that!  Now I need to figure out Google Reader :)

    • Dewane Mutunga


      RSS is a thing of beauty, it makes sharing my content so easy. I always RSS to email all my posts to my email as an addition way to share my content. It works like a charm!

    • http://hansschoff.com Hans Schoff

      Hey Kathy, RSS is a great thing to use because some people may not want to sign up with their email but they will sign up to receive your RSS feed.  This allows you to continue to get your content to them but simply through a different medium.  The key is you’re still in contact and communication with your visitors because you have different ways for them to get your info.

    • http://www.kathysammons.com/ Kathy Sammons

      That’s great Dewane. Thanks for coming by.

    • http://www.kathysammons.com/ Kathy Sammons

      That is so true Hans. People have different tolerance levels, and yes, you need to be sensitive to that. Good Job!