When I started blogging I daily visit many bloggers and read their content. And I usually found some common thing on every blog. Some orange button and when I click on it I got a page where all posts are saved. I thought what is this, is kind of database or something? I didn’t know what is it? So, I started to search on the internet and I found some interesting things about RSS. So, today I’ll discuss, what is RSS? and How to use RSS feed in WordPress? So, let’s dive into it.
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What is RSS?
RSS stands for Rich Site Summary and basically, it’s a piece of software or web app which allows your readers to read your content without going to the particular blog or website. RSS is basically a structure XML document that includes full or summarized text along with other metadata such as published date, author name etc.
So, if you are following the 5-6 blog and if you subscribe that RSS feed so you can easily read those articles from RSS feed reader. You don’t have to go their blog and find the latest article they post and then read, which is time-consuming. So, RSS feed is very important for blogs or informative websites where daily posts some interesting stuff.
If you are the owner of any WordPress website you should know about it and interesting part is WordPress automatically publishes RSS feeds of your content & comments. If you know about RSS, that’s great otherwise stick with this article and I’m damn sure you will get complete information about RSS.
Advantages of RSS Feeds
There are so many advantages like your subscribers can read your content easily without visiting your website. There are many feed readers on the market right now but the best software is Feedly which is also available on Android or iOS devices. So, grab the links of your favorite blogs and add to Feedly. You don’t have to remember URL of the blogs. You will get all information at one place.
Feedly is available on mobile devices, you can read feeds from anywhere and even offline. Feedly also allows you to share the articles on social media so if your readers like the article then they can share it on social media. So, you will get more referral traffic towards your blog or website.
You can easily find the latest article on your favorite blog easily and once you read that article you can Mark as Read. The biggest advantage is, you save time by visiting every blog you like and read as many articles you want.
How to Use RSS Feed in WordPress?
You can use RSS reader, Feedly or Feed Burner. From these 3 I really like Feedly which is a free RSS reader. Feedly is available as a browser add-on as well as Android, iOS app and Kindle devices. The best part is it is available on every device so you can sync your subscription across any devices you have and even resume reading wherever you left it. You can add as many blogs in one account. The procedure is so simple you have to enter the only URL and you are ready to go!
You can search your favorite topic and you can subscribe the updates from that topic. You can categorize some of your favorite blogs like tech blog, fashion blog, review blog, travel blog etc. Feedly has some great features like highlight the line, social media share, print, email share and much more.
You can download Feedly apps from here;
How to Add RSS Feed Button on Your Website?
You can add RSS feed button to your WordPress website to allow your readers to subscribe your RSS feed. For that you can add RSS button in the sidebar you can see this on my blog’s sidebar. You can use Feedburner or Feedblitz to get additional statistics regarding your feeds. Feedburner also allows email subscription box which you can add to your sidebar. You can also you Aweber, MailChimp for email subscription box.
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