The Purpose of an RSS Feed – In Simple Terms
An RSS Feed is a web format used, to publish current information in real time to other websites. You are able to set up an RSS feed on your site which will include automatic feeds from other websites or any specific page, topic that interest you.
Visitors to your website can see updates from other websites in real time from the RSS feed. It is also useful to provide notification of anything which is happening. A RSS feed can be pretty handy for those who want up-to-date information from their favorite site or to be able to combine all their favorite sites so they can see them all in one feed.
RSS feed is actually great tool for business owners. A business owner could use feeds to keep his visitors updated on current, updated information of any industry. Visitors would be able to see it on the feed and do not need to leave the website to read it.
News websites make good use of RSS feeds to draw in customers. Many people out there subscribe to a news site to keep themselves updated on current events and to have news within easy reach. It is a way to stay informed. You can get all the information you need on one page, without going from page to page or site to site. It is like having someone constantly feeding you the latest information on what is happening around the world.
Be rest assured as well that your readers or subscribers would not be overwhelmed with details. The feed would provide just the right amount of details. If a reader wants more details, they could simply click the item and go to the website where the information is coming from.
There are sources of information that can be accessed through RSS feeds:
* Forum feeds
* Blog feeds
* Article feeds
* News feeds
Feeds are particularly useful for broadcasting news on many subjects like houses for sale, upcoming events, auctions, legal items, job listing and entertainment. The possibilities of their usage are practically endless.
When people subscribe to your feed, they know that they can rely on you to provide them with interesting information and to keep them updated on all the information they want to know. You, on the other hand, could use RSS feeds to post items of interest (or information which adds value to others) which you want to be sure people are aware of. Of course, visitors have the option of opting out of the feeds anytime that they want.
Use RSS feeds as a strategy to market and to supply the public with value-added information.