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What is Really Simple Syndication (RSS)?

You’ve seen the bright orange icon everywhere, and various blogs implore you to subscribe via RSS – but what does that mean? What is RSS?

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication.

Briefly, the concept is this: rather than going to a website to check if it’s updated, you subscribe to a website, and then the website comes to you and tells you what new stories/articles/posts are available.

Think of it like a magazine – you could go to the newsstand (the World Wide Web) and see which new issues are out for magazines you like to read. Or, you can subscribe to the magazines of your choice, and they come straight to your mailbox (the RSS Client) – you never have to check when new issues are out.  You just have to check your mailbox and see what magazines were delivered.

In my case, the RSS client I use is Google Reader.  In the past I have played with Sauce Reader, RSS Owl, RSS Bandit, Bloglines, Newsgator and a few others.  For my purposes though, I’ve found that I am happy with Google Reader.

Here’s a video that does a good job of explaining RSS further, for those that prefer visual cues:

Sounds Awesome. What Does it Cost?

Some sites may require a subscription fee for their content, but many are free.  All of my articles are available for free, and I encourage you to subscribe to make sure you always get the most up to date information. You can sign up here: Free Updates by RSS from SidSavara.com.

Ok, I’m Sold!  Where do I Sign Up?

I recommend checking out Google Reader. Different people prefer different things, so if you don’t like that, just google for “RSS Reader” and see what else pops up.  You can search for some of the RSS clients I mentioned above as well.

Want to test it out and see how it looks?  Why not get Free Updates by RSS from SidSavara.com?

Thanks – But No Thanks. I Prefer Updates by Email

No problem, we’ve got you covered.  Sign up for Free Updates by Email and we’ll get you started.

By Sid Savara
Published February 09th 2014
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