importance of rss reader

Why You Should Read RSS Feeds

With the uproar over the closing of Google Reader earlier this month, it has been shown just how many people have depended on this popular RSS reader as their chosen way to read and consume content from their favorite blogs. Regularly reading blogs that appeal to your industry and personal interests is one of the […]

BlogBurst Joins Demand Media Blog Distribution Network

BlogBurst was once known as the free and ad-supported blog syndication service that could help bloggers get their content in front of wider audiences.  I’m a proponent of syndication with some caveats that I explain later in this post.  Since Demand Media announced at Blog World last week that BlogBurst was relaunching as part of […]

5-Minutes to Better Blog Email Subscriptions

Have you ever subscribed to your own blog’s feed via email to see what those messages that your email subscribers receive from you actually look like?  Do you know what time of day those email messages are sent?  Do you know what the subscription confirmation message says that subscribers receive after they subscribe via email […]

Stay Informed: Learn About RSS Feeds

One of the smartest things a new blogger can do, other than writing their own content, is to keep track of what others are doing. This is especially true if you are running a news focused blog, or are trying to compete with another blogger. Many of you probably understand that there are RSS feeds, […]

Help Us Name our Our RSS Subscription Link

Taking the cue from a post on Copyblogger a while back, I now wonder what we should name our RSS subscription link in our site redesign. On the Blog Herald, Lorelle reinforces the view that using the term “subscribe” might turn away people. True–“subscriptions” usually cost money. And folks are attracted to free stuff. While […]

50 Tips To Gain RSS Subscribers

DailyBlogTips has published 50 simple ways to gain more RSS subscribers. 1. Have a big RSS icon. People are lazy. You need to keep that fact always in mind. If you use a little RSS icon, visitors might have a problem finding it. Most of those will just give up after a couple of seconds, […]

Full RSS Feed Versus Partial

Within the realm of blogging, there are some arguments that seem to go on forever. Whether or not one should use partial or full RSS feeds happens to be one of those arguments. Those in favor of partial feeds usually argue that this prevents duplicate content from showing up on blogs who scrape their content. […]

Customized RSS Icons Via Photoshop Shapes

Anidandesign.com has released a pretty cool shape set for Photoshop. These shapes will allow you to create RSS icons with shapes that can be enlarged or shrunken while still maintaining high quality. If you are unsure as to what a Photoshop shape is, be sure to read the About.com shape guide which explains the difference […]

40 Awesome Icon Sets

I’ve published articles relating to icon packs on my own blog for quite awhile now and those posts have served me well in terms of search engine traffic. Also, people seem to love collecting as many icons as they can. With that said, Noupe has gathered up 40 different icon sets which have been hand […]

Tip: Get more from the delicious.com a.k.a. del.icio.us RSS feeds

Reading the news on blog.delicious.com I discovered a valuable hint regarding the number of items in a delicious.com RSS feed. We recently limited RSS feeds to 15 items, but you can change that by adding ?count=30 (or up to 100) to the URL. Source As the RSS feeds are a very fast source to get […]