How to Subscribe to RSS
What is RSS?
RSS (rich site summary or really simple syndication) is a format in which regularly changed content is delivered. Many blogs, news sites, and other informative sites utilize RSS to publish their content as a “feed” to anyone who wants it. Websites display small icons reading RSS to let you know a feed is available.
To subscribe is as simple as 1-2-3:
- Click on the “RSS Subscribe” button
- Select a feed reader (more information about readers below) or subscribe by email
- Confirm the blog feed with your reader.
What do I need to do to read and RSS feed?
RSS Feed Readers allow you to grab the content from websites and display them for you to read and use. There are many readers that are available for multiple platforms. Below is a list provided by SEO Blog:
- RSSOwl – Probably the most popular free open source RSS reader, nice clean interface, supports dozens of languages
- BlogBridge – Simple, browser-like interface, also open source and quite popular newsreader
- BottomFeeder – It’s a complex open source RSS reader for the power user
- Sage – Sage is by now an established Firefox Add on for RSS. It’s been very simple and easy to use
- Feedly – Feedly, a newer RSS Firefox extension offers a magazine like display of your feeds thus adapts to your natural reading habits. I requires Google Reader though.
- Google Reader – AJAX enhanced most popular web based RSS reader, using the typical Google colors and fonts. Allows easy sharing of items
- Netvibes – Netvibes is more a web based starting page than a stand alone RSS reader but you can use it like one, you can share items too
- Pageflakes – This is a Netvibes like service, an “online homepage” service with a far less cluttered interface
- FeedShow – This service is similar to Bloglines (RIP) from its appearance but a little more fancy in its colors
- Thunderbird – The popular mail client by the Mozilla Foundation, the makers of Firefox, can also be used as an RSS reader. Reading news like this saves time but can also be distracting.