Today lets have a look at RSS
RSS is a file that compiles your content and allows people to add it to an RSS reader program which then advises them when you add more content.
These readers can either be online or run as stand alone software from your desktop. This is then what is called an RSS feed.
The visitor can request a feed (xml file usually) from your site usually by clicking on the RSS logo or link and adds it to their RSS reader so they do not have to keep coming back to your site to read the posts you make.
Most blogs create this xml file automatically and you can use a service like Feedburner to take that feed and provide better formats and statistics so it will be formatted for better reading on mobiles, different browsers etc.
Here is my feed for this site
Thats really the prime reason and use for RSS
Now alternatively you can also submit that same feed to all sorts of different services that will then post the link to your site. in their pages.
Programs like WordPress give you the ability to do this automatically in the settings at the bottom of the writing page.
By default WordPress uses Pingomatic and you can add others but be careful you do not duplicate the services. Here is a list from WordPress that is additional to Pingomatic. Also if you use Feedburner it also submits to its Pingshot.
Using Pingomatic and Feedburners Pingshot should pretty well cover you and as they maintain these services saves a lot of time and effort.
Before you run off to add this to your list keep reading though because there is more
http://api.moreover.com/ping http://api.my.yahoo.com/rss/ping http://blogsearch.google.com/ping/RPC2 http://cullect.com/feed/ping http://ping.bitacoras.com http://ping.feedburner.com http://ping.syndic8.com/xmlrpc.php http://rpc.blogrolling.com/pinger/ http://rpc.icerocket.com:10080/ http://rpc.technorati.com/rpc/ping http://rpc.weblogs.com/RPC2 http://topicexchange.com/RPC2 http://www.blogdigger.com/RPC2 http://www.blogoole.com/ping/ http://www.popdex.com/addsite.php http://www.wasalive.com/ping/ http://www.weblogues.com/RPC/ http://blogping.unidatum.com/RPC2/
Where a lot of people using wordpress make the mistake is that they do not use an inhibitor.
Basically whenever you right or edit your post it pings these services so many get bocked as spam because people edit their posts many times.
I use a plugin called smart pinger which replaces the built-in ping/notify functionality.
It pings only when publishing new or future posts, not when editing.
You can also submit your blog to other sites which act more like search engines called blog directories and include your site and rss feed unlike traditional search engines. I will list some of the more popular at the end of this post.
There is a whole community online that will never visit your site but use these RSS feeds and control their reading through a RSS reader.
Some of the more popular readers are Google Reader which is an online reader and I use a desktop reader called Feed Demon by Newsgator. There is obviously a lot more we could say about RSs but this should be enough to wet your appetite.
Here are some great Blogdirectories you can submit your site too.
1. Best of the Web Blog Search La Crem de la Crem, Best of the Web’s Blog Directory is very selective and only lists aged and valuable blogs. A link from here is majestic and well deserved.
2. Bloggeries has the best categories and subcategories home page on the internet. The layout is clear and concise, and readers are able to find what they are looking for in a snap!
I am really liking what Rob is doing with Bloggeries and this is bound to be one of the premier Blog Directories on the web.
3. EatonWeb Blog Directory is a real jewel with many aged inbound links and a blog rating system. You may have to pay a fee for your blog to be reviewed, but like Yahoo, the review fee is well worth the few dollars.
4. Blog Hub offers a drop down category and member blog list. With its “new blogger” list and hot topics, Blog Hub is a great directory to list your site.
5. Blogged.com is an interesting mix of a blog directory and a Google News type site which fuels its news feed from the blogs listed on the site. Blogged.com is very impressive and is free to list your blog.
6. One of the most selective Blog Directories on the web (and WordPress powered), Blog Search Engine is owned by Performancing’s parent company and serves search results powered by IceRocket.
7. Blog Catalog features a vast directory of categories, from academic to writing, while offering the ability to search by country, language, or user. It has a no frills design, but offers convenient member access through simple blog registration.
8. Globe of Blogs has too many features to list. In order to be listed on the site, the blog must not be commercial. The site may appear to be busy, but I like the features of being able to search by title, author, or subject. Narrowing the search becomes easier on this blog.
9. The ultimate directory of British blogs connotes all things British. It is not directed by location, but by the culture! It is asked that bloggers be genuinely “britished.” Being listed in this blog reaches readers all the way across the pond!
10. Blog Universe is the perfect place to promote your video or podcast themed blog. Its layout is easy to navigate. Although the content is limited, it is an all around good directory site worthy of submission.
11. Bigger Blogs is a relatively new blog directory with only a few blogs registered. The blog is intertwined with a business directory. The blog section is difficult to find, and it is located through a link on the right side of the business directory page. However, the benefit is that the earlier you are accepted on a blog directory, the more exposure your blog will obtain. In addition, a back link is indeed a back link, so this can help with your search engine placement.
12. Upon visiting Bloggernity, you find a crisp, clean, and easy to navigate site. Scrolling down, you find the new blogs. As there is little advertising on the home page, it is pleasant to the eye of the reader as well.
13. Bloggapedia has an interesting and eye catching homepage. Readers are easily connected to the top blogs and newest posts. Innovative categories and a colorful design make this blog directory a hit.
14. Spillbean is a well-designed blog directory site with categories such as health, society, internet, and personal. The site is aesthetically pleasing, but there are not many listings yet.
15. Blogging Fusion is a blog with over sixty categories. These categories include photo blogs and family focused blogs. Blogging Fusion has an good amount of blog listings within the directory, and it also has visitor stats available.
16. Blogflux is not only a tool for bloggers, but a directory that has the listings in alphabetic order. The blog listings are organized and clear. It is definitely an effective blog directory in which to be listed.
17. The blogs on the top listings of Bloglisting are fun, colourful, and catch the attention of the reader. Bloglisting displays the page ranking blogs, which is a helpful tool when determining with whom you want to exchange links.
18. Blogio may be a small blog directory with few listings, but it worthy of a submission. Despite its small size, there are quality blogs and a solid ability to search on this site.
19. Blog Explosion claims to be the largest blog promoter on the internet. They have a vast directory but do not seem to have direct links. However, the listing in the directory can still show up in SERP’s, so keep this in mind.
20. Super Blog Directory is a great site that offers tools to posters that others do not. You can see the latest submitted links and blogs on the site, which is a perk that draws traffic into the directory.
The above listings are a glimpse inside the large and vast world of blog directories and the valuable inbound links that your can build for your blog and your business.
There are countless more directories at your disposal, which are always just a Google, Yahoo, Live or Ask.com search away.