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Jan 05, 2003 2:40 pm re: What is RSS, and why should I add it too my blog?
Terry Frazier

IMO, RSS is one of the most important technologies to come out of the weblog sector. Not only should it be used for every weblog, but for every site that has regularly updated content (and shouldn't they all?)

Why should you use it? RSS provides a syndicated summary (usually headlines, but sometimes full articles) that can be quickly scanned by readers using RSS Aggregators. I scan 110 websites daily via RSS. I could never actually visit that many sites. More importantly, the scanning happens automatically -- I don't have to remember it.

While RSS is still realtively new, there are thousands of sites that provide RSS and I believe the audience will continue to grow. Your RSS feed can be submitted to clearinghouses like syndic8.com to reach a broader audience.

RSS is also a user tool -- I've created RSS feeds for sites that I want to track (like news and event pages for companies I follow) when the site owners were clueful enough to create their own.

If your target audience doesn't know anything about RSS you probably aren't missing anything. Maybe your readers want to go to your site everyday, or maybe you send out an e-mail newsletter with all your announcements. But once you've added RSS to your site it's an automatic and painless way to provide one more way readers can get your information.

-- twf

> Frank Patrick wrote:
> OK -- I've read all the sites that Google points me to about RSS, and I still don't get it. What does adding an RSS feed to my blog do to help get it more readership?

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