Using QuickSub To Make It Easier For Your Visitors

Using QuickSub To Make It Easier For Your Visitors To Subscribe To Your Feed

by: Allan Burns

You can make it easier for your visitors to subscribe to your RSS feed. With a free and easy to install javascript function you can add the QuickSub feed button to your webpage in just a few minutes. Let me show you just how easy it is.

QuickSub is a javascript mouseover function that produces a list of RSS feed readers that you can use to subscribe to your RSS news feed with one click. You can see it in action on my RSS resource site, just move the mouse over the subscribe link. You should see a list of RSS feed readers. If you click on one of the news reader links it will open up that RSS reader and add this feed to it. You will need the particular news reader installed on your computer for this to work. So for example if your visitor uses SharpReader as their RSS reader then they would click on the Sharpreader link and this would add your feed to your visitors RSS reader.

To use QuickSub on your site you will first need to download the javascript and CSS files from QuickSubs site. The file is compressed so you will need to unzip the file which will leave you with quicksub.css and quicksub.js as well as a sample html file.

Upload the CSS as javascript file to your server. Now you will need to add some code into your web pages. You will need to do this for all of the pages that you wish to use QuickSub on.

Please note that in these examples I have used square brackets instead of angled brackets.

First you need to copy some code to call the CSS file. Add this line with your head tags.

[style type=’text/cssก] @import กquicksub.cssก; [/style]

Then copy this code into the body of your page.

[div id=กquickSubก style=กposition:absolute; visibility:hidden; zindex:1000;ก onMouseOut=’return timeqs();ก onMouseMove=’return delayqs();ก][/div]

[script language=กJavaScriptก src=กquicksub.jsก][! quickSub (c) Jason Brome ][/script]

Then where you want to use QuickSub place this code in the body of your page.

[a href=กhttp://www.sitename.com/rssfeed.xmlก onmouseout=’return timeqs();ก onmouseover=’return quicksub(this, กhttp://www.sitename.com/rssfeed.xmlก);ก]Your link text here[/a]

You just need to replace the path with the path to you RSS feed and enter you own link text. All is left now is to upload your modified page to your web server and the new QuickSub javascript will be active.

About The Author

Allan is the webmaster at NewsNiche an RSS resource for webmasters. Learn how to use RSS to attract and retain visitors to your site.

This article was posted on April 21

by Allan Burns

Googlebot Won’t Go Home

Googlebot Won’t Go Home

by: Tony Dean

I have กGooglebotก crawl my site every day like a dispossessed spirit that can’t leave.

It was not always like this, I would go for a month or more before he came to my site and then would only crawl a few pages and leave again.

This has been going on now for two months or more, Iกve been watching the stats on my server everyday seeing just where he goes. He will crawl a few pages one day, and the next some other pages, and then finally leave until the morrow. After just three or four weeks, I noticed I got an infestation of lesser bots calling as well, some I have never heard of before, they seem to follow กGooglebotก as though he is the Pied Piper of Hamelin.

What caused this infestation of bots?

Well, I got interested in rss feeds, I thought กWhat a good tool for drawing traffic to my site.ก

So I studied up on rss feeds until I understood what was involved. Now I am no ‘techieก, and the most programming I do is html in กNotepadก, making my own web pages.

Rss feeds use a similar language called xml, so it was easy to understand for me, and I was able to quickly make up an rss feed page in กNotepadก, placed it on my server, downloaded a กfeed readerก software, opened it up, placed the address of my feed in the กfeed readerก, and up came my rss feed in the reader. It was so easy I wrote an ebook to tell everyone how to do it, itกs called ‘really Simple RSSก.

There are many rss directories and syndication services that I submitted the address of my rss feed to, so other people can look at the feed in their กfeed readerก and see what articles I am posting.

Some of the กsubscribersก to the feed actually come and visit my site to see what itกs all about, which happened almost straight away after I submitted my feed.

In less than 36 hours, กGooglebotก found my feed!

In a little over two days later Yahooกs กSlurpก bot found my feed, and from there on they have both been crawling my site with the lesser bots every single day.

They crawl everything, they crawl all my pdf ebooks, they look at a few pages in กWebmasters Cornerก, they even look at my กBonus Reportsก, and even descend the staircase into my กSecret Vaultก!

When will they go home and stop prying into my little secrets?

I know I encourage them like leaving cheese for a mouse, by putting more pdf files, software and ebooks on my site every day, so I suppose the poor bots can’t ever keep up!

I found out that like mice like cheese, that กGooglebotก likes my pdf files, he has been fitted with digital spectacles so he is now able to actually read keyword rich pdf files all the way through to the end! So he likes pdf files.

So I have obliged him!

I put 85 pdf files up on my server one night just to keep him happily reading! I have put many more up on the server since, and will continue to create more pdf files of classic authors for free download, just to keep him calling with his กfriendsก.

Isn’t this a laugh?

Itกs like taking in a stray dog, feeding him, housing him, and the dog loosing the ability to wander off again and finding you have got a lodger for life.

My siteกs ranking has risen considerably both in Yahoo and Google, but for some reason that escapes me for the time being, my ranking rose more quickly in Yahoo and they rank it much higher than Google. I may well find the reason for this before long and put it in another article.

So if you are a web site owner struggling to get noticed by the web bots, don’t put it off much longer, put up an rss feed with articles about your products or service and not only will กGooglebotก call with his กfriendsก, but actual live people will call too.

About The Author

Tony Dean runs a web site selling ebooks and software at: http://www.ebooksales.com

Subscribe to his ezine just send a blank email to: ebooksales@aweber.com

This article was posted on October 21, 2004

by Tony Dean

Screen Scraping Your Way Into RSS

Screen Scraping Your Way Into RSS

by: Dennis Pallett

Introduction
RSS is one the hottest technologies at the moment, and even big web publishers (such as the New York Times) are getting into RSS as well. However, there are still a lot of websites that do not have RSS feeds.
If you still want to be able to check those websites in your favourite aggregator, you need to create your own RSS feed for those websites. This can be done automatically with PHP, using a method called screen scrapping. Screen scrapping is usually frowned upon, as itกs mostly used to steal content from other websites.
I personally believe that in this case, to automatically generate a RSS feed, screen scrapping is not a bad thing. Now, on to the code!
Getting the content
For this article, weกll use PHPit as an example, despite the fact that PHPit already has RSS feeds (http://www.phpit.net/syndication/).
Weกll want to generate a RSS feed from the content listed on the frontpage (http://www.phpit.net). The first step in screen scraping is getting the complete page. In PHP this can be done very easily, by using implode(file(กก, ก[the url here]ก)); IF your web host allows it. If you can’t use file() youกll have to use a different method of getting the page, e.g. using the CURL library (http://www.php.net/curl).
Now that we have the content available, we can parse it for the content using some regular expressions. The key to screen scraping is looking for patterns that match the content, e.g. are all the content items wrapped in <div>กs or something else? If you can successfully discover a pattern, then you can use preg_match_all() to get all the content items.
For PHPit, the pattern that match the content is <div class="contentitem">[Content Here]<div>. You can verify this yourself by going to the main page of PHPit, and viewing the source.
Now that we have a match we can get all the content items. The next step is to retrieve the individual information, i.e. url, title, author, text. This can be done by using some more regular expression and str_replace() on the each content items.
By now we have the following code;

<?php

// Get page
$url = "http://www.phpit.net/";
$data = implode("", file($url));

// Get content items
preg_match_all ("/<div class=\"contentitem\">([^`]*?)<\/div>/", $data, $matches);

Like I said, the next step is to retrieve the individual information, but first letกs make a beginning on our feed, by setting the appropriate header (text/xml) and printing the channel information, etc.

// Begin feed
header ("ContentType: text/xml; charset=ISO88591");
echo "<?xml version=\"1.0\" encoding=\"ISO88591\" ?>
";
?>
<rss version="2.0"
itle);

// Second, get url
preg_match ("/<a href=\"([^`]*?)\">/", $match, $temp);
$url = $temp[ก1ก];
$url = trim($url);

// Third, get text
preg_match ("/<p>([^`]*?)<span class=\"byline\">/", $match, $temp);
$text = $temp[ก1ก];
$text = trim($text);

// Fourth, and finally, get author
preg_match ("/<span class=\"byline\">By ([^`]*?)<\/span>/", $match, $temp);
$author = $temp[ก1ก];
$author = trim($author);

// Echo RSS XML
echo "<item>
";
echo "\t\t\t<title>" . strip_tags($title) . "</title>
";
echo "\t\t\t<link>http://www.phpit.net" . strip_tags($url) . "</link>
";
echo "\t\t\t<description>" . strip_tags($text) . "</description>
";
echo "\t\t\t<content:encoded><![CDATA[
";
echo $text . "
";
echo " ]]></content:encoded>
";
echo "\t\t\t<dc:creator>" . strip_tags($author) . "</dc:creator>
";
echo "\t\t</item>
";
}
?>

And finally, the RSS file is closed off.

</channel>
</rss>

Thatกs all. If you put all the code together, like in the demo script, then youกll have a perfect RSS feed.
Conclusion
In this tutorial I have shown you how to create a RSS feed from a website that does not have a RSS feed themselves yet. Though the regular expression is different for each website, the principle is exactly the same.
One thing I should mention is that you shouldn’t immediately screen scrape a websiteกs content. Email them first about a RSS feed. Who knows, they might set one up themselves, and that would be even better.
Download sample script at http://www.phpit.net/viewsource.php?url=/demo/screenscrape%20rss/example.php

About The Author

Dennis Pallett is a young tech writer, with much experience in ASP, PHP and other web technologies. He enjoys writing, and has written several articles and tutorials. To find more of his work, look at his websites at http://www.phpit.net, http://www.aspit.net and http://www.ezfaqs.com

This article was posted on December 11, 2004

by Dennis Pallett

Shared RSS Syndication for the Rest of Us

Shared RSS Syndication for the Rest of Us

by: Andrew J. Morris

RSS Syndication or RSS Newsfeeds (RSS Feeds for short) all refer to the same thing. There are two parts to the process, the publisher, and the consumer. The publisher produces a small text file in a special format that lists the title and address of an article or resource published on the World Wide Web. The consumer uses a program, usually called an aggregator to read and display the contents of that simple text file, with links to the web page. Or the consumer may visit a website that includes an aggregator program, and view the results as a web page. Members of Yahoo.com, for example, can set their personal กMy Yahooก pages to display the contents of any RSS feeds they select.

That is all there is to it. Simple. Thatกs why some people say RSS stands for ‘really Simple Syndication.ก

Some confusion has arisen because an RSS feed may be used in several ways. Calling it a กnewsfeedก is the first mistake, since RSS is used for much more than news. The most common situation is for the RSS items listed to have a short title, link to the original web page referred to, and a short description of the contents of that web page. But other people are including the complete contents of their resource directly in the RSS feed. So the feed may contain a graphic image of a cartoon, an entire post to a weblog (or blog), or the complete contents of a newsletter, rather than just a link back to those resources on a web site. Other sites leave out the description, and just list titles linked back to their website. And some versions of RSS allow you to leave out the title, so long as you have a description.

Speaking of กversionsก of RSS, that is the source of even more confusion. RSS began with version 0.90, and was called กRDF Site Summaryก the RDF refers to ‘resource Description Framework,ก the method of labeling different parts of the file. This early version was updated and changed through various incarnations, including 0.91, 0.92, 0.93 and 0.94, and they began to call RSS ‘really Simple Syndication.ก Then someone came along with a different format, slightly more complicated, and called it RSS version 1.0. Supporters of version 0.94 didn’t like the implication that 1.0 was somehow an advance on 0.94 when in actuality it was a completely different format, so they came up with version 2.0 which was an improved version of 0.94, but still unlike 1.0. Rather than take sides in all this squabbling, someone else came up with their own version and called it Atom, to distance themselves from the RSS battles. Someone else developed Blogrolls that use OPML (Outline Processor Markup Language). Most of these formats are either loosely or strictly based on XML, the parent markup scheme.

None of this confusion of method and purpose has helped spread this really useful tool. Most RSS aggregators can read any of these formats, so the situation is not as hopeless as it may seem, but many folks still throw the whole thing out when they can’t figure out exactly how it is supposed to work.

On http://www.SharedRSS.com/ we use version 1.0 because it is endorsed by W3C as being supportive of the กsemantic web.ก For the casual user however, the version is really not important. SharedRSS is a simple site that performs a very powerful function … it brings the benefits of RSS syndication to all those who publish websites, but who add new material too infrequently to warrant having their own RSS feed.

RSS Syndication was designed to help people find out about new content on the web, long before the search engines get around to finding it. It makes it easy for people to find out about new content that interests them, without having to return to the search engines and wade through all the material they have seen before. For sites with frequently changing content, it has worked well for them to create their own RSS feed and update it as new content is added to their website. But what about all those sites that only add an occasional new article or story to their website, or who publish a newsletter once per month? Or those who just can’t take the time to figure the ins and outs of formatting an RSS feed? An RSS feed that only gets updated once every few months is of little value; very few people will add it to their search list in their aggregator. Shared RSS solves this problem by lumping together articles from different sites covering the same topic, and lets them announce the availability of their new material in a feed shared with others publishing on the same topic. This makes the feeds more useful to the consumer, so they are more likely to add the link to their aggregator. It benefits the publisher by making more people aware of their material as soon as it is put online.

About The Author

Andrew J. Morris is the owner and creator of SharedRSS a website that allows all website owners to syndicate their newly added material for FREE. http://www.sharedrss.com/

This article was posted on October 08, 2004

by Andrew J. Morris

How to Add RSS to Your Website Simply

How to Add RSS to Your Website Simply

by: Colin Maddocks

I am primarily a webbased travel agent, making my living from selling travel arrangements from leads generated from my specialist travel websites. Over a period of time I have built many websites and when creating the last few sites I have added an RSS news feed to generate uptodate news about that particular travel niche.

In doing so I have added another valuable resource for my potential clients and site visitors but at the same time I have added a source of continually changing content that helps my sites with regard to their search engine optimisation.

However, initially I found the great mass of articles, ebooks and software really confusing. All I wanted to know was how to be able to set up an RSS feed and then add it to my site.

After many, many hours of researching RSS feeds and buying quite a few, reasonably expensive RSS feed creation programs, I finally came across this solution, which for me, is easy to use, straightforward to set up and, more importantly, is free.

To set up, say, a ขCruise Newsข feed, I would find a suitable feed from sources such as www.icerocket.com, www.2rss.com or visit Yahoo’s news feeds at http://news.yahoo.com/rss.

For example, to create a feed in Yahoo I would enter my subject in the ขsearchข box, which would result in a new page of news, relevant to cruises and cruising. I would then click on the orange RSS feed icon that will be shown on the page and the copy the resulting feed URL, (e.g., http://news.search.yahoo.com/news/rss?p=cruise&ei=UTF8) that would appear in the IE address bar.

Next I would visit ขFeedJ2sข, at http://jade.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/feed/index.php?s=build and enter that Cruise News feed URL. Then, by pressing the ขGenerate Feedข button I would be able to generate the relevant ขCruise Newsข RSS code that I could then enter in the relevant place on my new website.

Now I am not suggesting that this is the best way you could create a useable RSS feed for your website. There are plenty of other ways and other programs out there and you can visit my dedicated website http://www.rssfeeds4u.com) which will tell you all about RSS feeds and products.

However, if you don’t’ want to spend a lot of time or any money on setting up RSS feeds for your website, this must be the easiest way by far.

About The Author

Colin Maddocks is a webbased travel agent and marketer who operates several successful websites including http://www.rssfeeds4u.com.

You are free to use and distribute this article with the proviso that you add the above author details and web address.

colin@gmail.com

This article was posted on August 09

by Colin Maddocks

Steps to Create and Promote RSS Feeds

Steps to Create and Promote RSS Feeds

by: S. Housley

RSS, or Really Simple Syndication as it is commonly known, is a technology that gives webmasters the ability to easily distribute and publish syndicated content on the Internet. It seems like all Internet businesses now have RSS feeds available; at least your competitors do. You have finally made the decision that you have to have one. Where do you start?

Steps to Creating an RSS feed

1.) Build a Feed

There are a number of desktop and web applications available that make feed creation easy. I would encourage anyone creating a feed to use one. Though not overly complicated, handcoding an RSS feed can become a bit confusing and timeconsuming. Most desktop software applications for building a feed include a wizard and contactsensitive help, simplifying the process of creating a feed. Following a few simple steps in a wizard generally will produce an RSS feed in just a few minutes.

Publishers control what information is syndicated in the RSS feed, so ultimately it is the publisherกs decision as to whether to include teaser copy or full articles. Consider what you are trying to accomplish and who your target audience is when building the feed.

Software to Build a Feed http://www.feedforall.com

Tutorial for Creating Feed by Hand using XML http://www.makerssfeeds.com

2.) Transfer the Feed Onto Your Server

Once you have constructed an RSS feed you will need to transfer the feed to your server. This can be done using a standard FTP client (if it is not built into the feed creation software). The feed is usually placed in the domainกs root directory like this: http://www.mydomain.com/nameoffeed.xml , but as long as you know where it is it doesn’t really matter.

3.) Display the Feed on Your Website Using a Graphic of Some Sort

In order to signal to website visitors that an RSS feed containing content related to the website is available, include a colorful graphic on the website. It has become a standard that nearly all websites that have RSS feeds available use colorful graphics such as flags as indicators that RSS feeds are available for specific content. The flags were initially bright orange rectangles but as the popularity has grown, webmasters have bent the rules a bit. NotePage has made a free online RSS graphic tool available that allows users to quickly customize buttons by selecting the text on the button and the color scheme of the button. Once the color and text is entered, a custom graphic is instantly created. Webmasters can easily match the style of the RSS button to a websiteกs theme. Graphics experience is not required. Simply select alternative colors and insert text to personalize RSS feed graphics. The RSS graphics tool can be used by clicking the following URL http://www.feedforall.com/public/rssgraphictool.htm or choose ready made graphics fom: http://www.rssspecifications.com/rssgraphics.htm.

4.) Include Information in the HTML of the Web Page So RSS Readers AutoDetect Your Feed

After publishing an RSS feed it is important to let visitors know that the feed exists. Aggregators will automatically detect RSS on a website if you add a small bit of code in the header field of an HTML page.

[link rel=กalternateก type=กapplication/rss+xmlก title=กRSSก href=กhttp://www.yourdomain.com/rss.xmlก]

Be sure to replace http://www.yourdomain.com/rss.xml with the URL to the RSS feed and replace the brackets with กก greater than symbols.

5.) Display the Feedกs Content on a Website

Contents contained in an RSS feed can be added to a website, providing site visitors an alternative method for viewing the content. The information will also help increase search engine interest. Displaying the feed as HTML can be accomplished. Providing fresh content on a regular basis will encourage site visitors return.

Tutorial for Displaying Feeds http://www.smallbusinesssoftware.net/displayrss.htm

6.) Submit the Feed to RSS Directories and Search Engines

As a rapidly increasing number of content sources, new and old, migrate or add RSS as a key distribution channel, and as more people utilize RSS newsreaders and aggregators to keep themselves informed, the ability to maintain high exposure and visibility is gradually shifted from complete attention to major search engines and content optimization techniques to an increasing awareness of RSS feed directories and search tools.

In order to increase exposure of an RSS feed it should be submitted to RSS search engines and directories. This can be done manually. Just as you would submit the URL of a website or web page to a search engine you will need to submit the link of the actual feed located on your website to the RSS directories. There is a large list of RSS directories at http://www.rssspecifications.com/rsssubmission.htm . If you prefer to automate the submission process try RSS Submit at: http://www.dummysoftware.com/rsssubmit.html. An evaluation version is available.

About The Author

Sharon Housley manages marketing for FeedForAll http://www.feedforall.com software for creating, editing, publishing RSS feeds and podcasts. In addition Sharon manages marketing for NotePage http://www.notepage.net a wireless text messaging software company.

This article was posted on March 30

by S. Housley

Why Authors Should Blog

Why Authors Should Blog

by: John Colanzi

While watching the presidential conventions I was struck by the fact that blogs had totally revolutionized the publishing industry. Sitting right alongside the major news agencies were the bloggers frantically typing on their laptops. Even seasoned veterans who had covered past conventions mentioned the power of this new media.

Due to the dynamic nature of blogs, the bloggers with their laptops could report in real time, thus getting their stories online long before the morning newspapers would hit the streets. Commentators even mentioned that many of the breaking news stories had been reported first by bloggers.

Think about this for a minute. Gutenberg revolutionized the publishing industry by letting writers mass produce their work.

The next phase of growth was the Internet. Finally anyone could publish their work and have it sent around the globe in seconds. When the digital publishing revolution hit, it seemed too good to be true.

With the digital revolution anyone and everyone could now spread their message. Writers could bypass the traditional publishing industry and save time in getting their work to the public.

They no longer had to fear that dreaded rejection slip. They could succeed or fail on their own merit. No one had control over how or what he or she could write.

The Internet was a writer’s paradise.

It seemed as good as it could get.

Well, we hadn’t seen anything. Web logs, or blogs as they are called, have propelled publishing to the next level.

Not only could writers publish in real time, they could have it online instantly.

As powerful as that may be, the real power lies in the ability to syndicate your writing by plugging your content into an RSS feed.

Imagine the possibilities. You can now become a part of a targeted network of likeminded blogs and have your content spread through the entire network in the twinkling of an eye.

You’ve got the ability to tap into the ultimate in viral marketing and branding. You can build an audience overnight.

So, how can you get started?

The first thing you’ll need is a blog. Don’t let the concept of a blog intimidate you. I’ve got a blog and trust me; I’m not the sharpest axe in the shed when it comes to technology.

To get started you’ll need a blog. Here are a few sites youกll find helpful.

FactoSystem Weblog (ASP based)

http://sourceforge.net/projects/facto/

InstaBlog

http://instablog.hit.bg/

OpenJournal

http://www.grohol.com/downloads/oj/

GeekLog The Ultimate Weblog System

http://sourceforge.net/projects/geeklog

Blogger

http://www.blogger.com

Your goal when creating content for you blog, is the same as it would be when creating a website. Your content will be designed to attract the audience that would be interested in your books.

The same idea applies when adding your blog to an RSS feed. You want to have your content syndicated to individuals that have an interest in your writings and are willing to buy your books.

Your content gives them a taste of your writing style and expertise. The feed makes sure you get maximum exposure.

An added benefit is most blogs allow visitors to post comments about your site. By posting their comments and having you reply, they get to know you are a real person.

The ability to have a give and take with your visitors is an extremely powerful tool. Your readers will feel comfortable doing business with someone they know.

Your next step is to plug into an RSS feed. Your goal when syndicating your content, is the same goal you would have when building the traditional ezine list.

The feed will drive targeted traffic to your blog, but it’s your ability to provide quality content that will keep them coming back.

So where can you learn more about RSS feeds? An excellent place to start is RSSTop55 Best Blog Directory And RSS Submission Sites.

http://www.johncolanzi.com/feed.html

This site is just what the name implies. The top 55 blog directory and submission sites. You can find a feed for any subject.

If you’re serious about you writing, grab your blog. Plug into an RSS feed and become an expert overnight.

Wishing You Success,

John Colanzi

http://www.thesimplesystem.net/cashflow.html

About The Author

Copyright (c) John Colanzi.

John has been writing on the Internet for 5 years and has a special gift for you. Sign up for your complementary eCourse กHow To Build Your Business With Free Advertising.ก Visit: http://www.thesimplesystem.net/cashflow.html

This article was posted on October 06, 2004

by John Colanzi

RSS PIONEERS SET OFF GOLD RUSH

RSS PIONEERS SET OFF GOLD RUSH

by: Tony Dean

The nature of cyberspace is changing fast with the rush now on to set up rss news feeds. Every gram of news and current affairs is gleaned from the four corners of the globe so that we may be informed as to what is happening in hundreds of different commercial fields of endeavour.

Everything from what new item is selling well on eBay, to what กWired Magazineก is saying about the latest technology. More and more magazine and newspaper publishers are gaining a foothold on this new juggernaut which is going to change the way we gather news.

Advertisers too are not left out. Already some of the largest media companies in the world are now poised to find advertising space for their clients กbrandingก campaigns, on any available web page that regularly features in rss feeds.

The media companies with billions of ad dollars to spend, will they say, be spending less on newspaper and t.v. advertising in the coming years, and will concentrate instead on กblogsก and rss feeds.

Competition will be fierce for every available space on the most popular feeds, some run by newspapers!

Many freelance journalists will be running rss feeds in direct competition with the newspaper employers who now pay them to gather news for their publication. There will be no editor to censor their news items, they will be free to write whatever they want.

This new found freedom for anyone in the world to be able to express their opinions without it costing anything, will make for a new กHouse Of Babelก, with maybe up to several millions of rss feeds within the next five years run by private individuals all over the world. The only needed resource to set up a rss feed is free hosting on a server anywhere in the world, and these web hosts are plentiful.

Press releases submitted to the biggest and well known media release agencies are appearing rapidly on rss feeds, with the publishers of these feeds scambling to put กcontentก on their feed almost on an hourly basis.

Commercial enterprises have never had it so good to get their press release into circulation so quickly as more and more commercial news, via press releases, is needed to fill the ever available channels being run by rss feed publishers. Even badly written press releases that under normal circumstances would not find a publisher willing to print it, will be readily accepted by rss feed publishers looking avidly for more กcontentก. This กcontentก may only be on a rss feed for the space of one hour before it is replaced by something else, but it will have the potential to be seen by lillions of people world wide.

This is the กpotentialก that big media companies are now eyeing.

One rss feed publisher charges $6,000 for an item of news to be on one of his feeds for the space of one day. So the potential for earning substantial incomes from publishing your own rss feed can be huge.

Many web publishers will change tack and embrace rss feeds as being potentially more commercially viable than publishing a web site.

Many กspammersก will change to running as many rss feeds as possible to saturate the market, since spam filters are proving very effective for email.

How easy is it to put up a rss feed?

If you have web hosting already, it can be set up in 5 minutes!

All it needs is a text file placed on the server, and the กfeedก is live to the whole world. Instant rss feed publishing!

About The Author

Tony Dean is a published author and webmaster. Author of the bestselling ebook on setting up a rss feed ‘really Simple RSSก available from Clickbank or his site: http://www.ebooksales.com/rss.html

This article was posted on January 14

by Tony Dean

RSS Feeds Explosion

RSS Feeds Explosion

by: Tony Dean

Gain Massive Exposure For Your Service

Get your web site listed in Google and Yahoo in dayกs if not hours, I did, never pay $299 to be listed in Yahoo you can get your site listed if you have an RSS feed.

Googlebot and Yahooกs กSlurpก bot have never left my server since putting up a RSS feed, and syndicating it through RSS directories where it was quickly found by an eager, info hungry crowd of affluent types who are looking to spend their disposable income on something that captures their imagination.

With still only about 90,000 RSS feeds in the world, compared with about 6 billion web pages, if you put up an RSS feed of your own, your feed will get noticed very quickly like the same day!

Traffic to your web site will double, triple, or more from your RSS feed, and you will find more buyers coming in rather than freebie seekers.

If spam filters are putting you off sending out emailed newsletters, then keep in touch via your RSS feed and update it once, twice or more per day to get your info out that you want your subscribers to see.

Got a new product to sell?

Then put it in your RSS feed and it will be noticed the minute you upload the file to your server. Millions of people can now see your RSS feed, not only in a กfeed readerก software, but in feed compatible browsers such as the latest กOperaก and กNetscape 6ก.

RSS feed directories have sprung up for you to list your feed in, but there are up to 40 directories worth putting them in I list them in my latest ebook ‘really Simple RSSก with direct links to all the directories to submit to right away.

So how difficult is it to put up a feed?

If you can open กNotepadก and type, you can make a feed file to go on your server and this will be seen by countless people all over the world who are looking for the latest products to buy.

If you desperately need to raise awareness and create more exposure for your service or product, without spending huge amounts on advertising then you need to put up that RSS feed now before the Klondike of all rushes starts. The colossal explosion of information through the ‘third dimensionก of the internet is about to start the กfirst dimensionก was the text based information in dos that started as the internet which then was only for academics and scientists swapping information on research the กsecond dimensionก was the introduction of the graphical capability of browsers which allowed pictures, text and movieกs we now move inexorably onward through the ‘third dimensionก of RSS feeds and now everyone can become a news publisher, the newspaper and magazine publishers are in trepidation, their reign may now be coming to an end, all information in the future will be by RSS feed and กblogsก, in fact most 1824 year oldกs are now not even switching on the television, but cruising on the computer instead!

Will you have an input into this ‘third dimension?

About The Author

Tony Dean is a published author and owner of web site at: http://www.ebooksales.com. His latest ebook is:’really Simple RSSก Subscribe to his ezine, send blank email: ebooksales@aweber.com

This article was posted on November 26, 2004

by Tony Dean

What is Podcasting?

What is Podcasting?

by: S. Housley

Podcasting is quickly becoming a buzz word among the techie crowd. So what is podcasting, anyway? Podcasting is online audio content that is delivered via an RSS feed. Many people liken podcasting to radio on demand. However, in reality, podcasting gives far more options in terms of content and programming than radio does. In addition, with Podcasting, listeners can determine the time and the place, meaning they decide what programming they want to receive and when they want to listen to it.

Listeners can retain audio archives to listen to at their leisure. While blogs have turned many bloggers into journalists, podcasting has the potential to turn podcasters into radio personalities.

Podcasting can be used for:

SelfGuided Walking Tours Informational content.

Music Band promotional clips and interviews.

Talk Shows Industry or organizational news, investor news, sportscasts, news coverage and commentaries.

Training Instructional informational materials.

Story Story telling for children or the visuallyimpaired.

Podcasting is the syndication of audio files using RSS. Podcasting works the same as a standard RSS feed reader or news aggregator, the only difference is that the feed you subscribe to contains an audio file in it. Instead of reading content in your RSS feed reader or aggregator, you can listen to the contents of your feed using a reader or aggregator that supports podcasting, or you can listen to them on an iPod or similar device. While podcasting was named for the iPod, you do not have to have an iPod to listen to a podcast. Podcasts can be displayed on websites with clickable links to audio files and many of the standard RSS readers, like FeedDemonกs latest beta, have begun supporting audio enclosures.

The audio file that makes the feed a podcast rather than a standard RSS feed is contained in the กenclosureก tag. The easiest way to think of this is as an email attachment.

Although the กenclosureก tag is not new to RSS feeds and has been included in the RSS v2.0 specification for about four years, podcasting has only really been around since August of 2004.

Webmasters are finding creative ways to provide mediarich content. The syndication aspect and potential increase in audience size are an attractive lure. Listeners benefit from podcasting because, like RSS, podcasting is a means to publish content that ultimately gives the recipient the control over the information they want to see or hear.

Podcasting Resources

Podcasting Tools http://www.podcastingtools.com

Podcast Alley http://www.podcastalley.com

PodcastBunker http://www.podcastbunker.com

Podcasting News http://www.podcastingnews.com

It will be interesting to see how this publishing medium develops. Currently, only the technical crowd has endorsed podcasting as a new audio medium, but the potential is real and the process is not overly complex. With a little time I think this field will develop and prosper.

About The Author

Sharon Housley manages marketing for FeedForAll http://www.feedforall.com software for creating, editing, publishing RSS feeds and podcasts. In addition Sharon manages marketing for NotePage http://www.notepage.net a wireless text messaging software company.

This article was posted on January 19

by S. Housley

Your RSS Feed Might Look Like Spam

Your RSS Feed Might Look Like Spam

by: ksoft

RSS feeds seem to be the breakout technology for the year. With more users turning to them for driving traffic to their site, it’s no wonder that a trail

of RSS feed spam is following in the wake. A careful editing of your RSS feed could make the difference between being classified as genuine content or RSS spam.

RSS search engines are just beginning to pick up steam. As more RSS feeds become searchable, the number of visitors will increase and spam is sure to follow. It is an unfortunate side effect of free communication. While RSS users can typically unsubscribe to feeds they deem as spam, browsing with keywords in an RSS search engine is where the problem arises.

RSS spam largely consists of three main types most often found in the RSS search engines. The first type is keyword stuffing.

Keyword stuffing involves filling each RSS feed article with highvalue keywords for a specific topic. The articles are not intended for human visitors, but instead for search engine robots to direct traffic to a target web site. This RSS spam technique is nothing more than an adaptation of the typical keywordstuffed web page, often banned by major search engines.

The second type involves RSS feed link farms. These RSS articles often contain very little content, if any, other than a simple keyword. Their main attraction is the feed title. Clicking the feed title takes the user to a blog containing tens or hundreds of other blogs and RSS feeds, each directing to more links within the farm. The goal of this type of RSS spam is to trick the user into clicking advertisements or directing them to a product web site.

The third type is the creation of fake RSS feeds. These appear as legitimate, but often duplicated, article content. Whether they provide value or not is certainly debatable. These feeds are usually created in mass, using automated scripts, and appear similar in nature to the link farms. By attracting the users to seemingly valuable content, they hope to gain advertisement clicks or product web site traffic.

Your RSS feed might happen to fall into one of these three categories. While you may currently be experiencing increased traffic from the RSS search engines, these directories are working on filtering out the RSS spam techniques. However, you can still take advantage of RSS feeds and their power by following an RSSfriendly guideline.

Refrain from using automated scripts to create online content used by your RSS feeds. Instead, write your own original thoughts, product descriptions, and reviews. It takes a little more time, but the search engines will value this content much more highly, your visitors will appreciate the unique content, and the subscription count to your RSS feed will grow. It is also important to keep your feed updated with changing content as opposed to using a static feed, which remains the same. Search engines value dynamic feeds and will likely rank you higher as a result.

There are tools and services available, which aid in keeping an RSS feed updated with your changing content. Such services include FeedFire for converting your web site content to a periodically updated RSS feed or software such as FeedForAll for creating and editing RSS feeds.

A successful RSS feed is very much the same as a successful web page. It may take a little more time to digitize your thoughts, but the end result is well worth the effort. By avoiding the tricks in RSS feed spam, you can help make the difference in quality of feeds and enjoyment in your readers.

About The Author

ksoft is a software company specializing in Internet products including RSS Submit http://www.dummysoftware.com/rsssubmit.html, software for submitting RSS feeds and pinging blogs to over 65 RSS directories.

This article was posted on September 10

by ksoft

How To Use RSS Feeds In Your Marketing

How To Use RSS Feeds In Your Marketing

by: Dr. Mani Sivasubramanian

It was Friday night. I finished reading a book about RSS feeds. Quickly set up one for my site, submitted it on directories and went to bed.

Sunday morning, I noticed a sale. Idly, I scanned my logs to see where the buyer had found me.

It was from Yahoo! Now that may not seem surprising, except… I had not been listed in Yahoo! before.

Curious, I did a Yahoo! Search for my domain name… and almost fainted in shock! There were 123 of my pages listed many of them in the top 10 ranks on my best keywords.

My RSS feed had been listed within 48 hours and since my other pages were linked from it, they had all been indexed by Yahoo! just as quickly. And for free!

Since then I have heard many others share similar experiences. It is no fluke. RSS is HOT. And search engines LOVE it.

So what is RSS? An acronym for Really Simple Syndication, it is a web language format designed to help syndicate content across different sources.

RSS has been around for more than 10 years but has only recently become popular. RSS feeds provide headlines and summaries of information in a concise and standardized way.

The rise in RSS popularity, specially among marketers, has many reasons. Email filters and new legislation have lowered the effectiveness of email marketing. Content syndication in many different ways is gathering momentum. And fresh, frequently updated content is the very essence of the Web.

How can you use RSS feeds in your marketing? Is there a way to turn RSS feeds into profits?

Absolutely. Here are some ideas:

Beat email filters. Ask your subscribers, prospects and clients to sign up to your RSS feed along with your email newsletter. If the ezine gets blocked, theyกll still get your RSS feed.

Spread the word. Offer your new, valuable content to many other กlazyก website owners in return for getting extra exposure of your name and brand to their audiences.

Get listed on search engines. No one knows how long this กhoneymoonก will last. But ride the wave and get into search engines quickly, inexpensively by submitting your RSS feeds to them.

Use the firstmover advantage. Dedicated RSS directories are mushrooming. Make sure your RSS feed is indexed in them and you could futureproof your business. Imagine if you were one of the first sites to be indexed in Google or Yahoo 5 years ago!

Offer your readers new content. Keep creating your own content but also use RSS feed syndication to offer other peopleกs content to your list. Less pain, less strain, more gain.

And thatกs not all. On a bet, I sat down and listed 41 different ideas to profit from RSS feeds. Iกm sure you can do it too and turn the hot new revolution in online communication into a money magnet for your ebusiness.

Happy blogging.

Dr.Mani

About The Author

Dr.Mani Sivasubramanian has been marketing with blogs for over 3 years. His free 5 day RSS Primer explains the basics of RSS Marketing sign up here: http://www.RSSMarketing.com He is also author of กHow To Profit From RSS Feeds 41 Quick & Easy Ideas For RSS Feed Publishersก http://www.RSSMarketing.com/book.htm

This article was posted on November 15, 2004

by Dr. Mani Sivasubramanian