Feeds, feeds, everywhere, feeds! We hear so much about them, but what are they? A feed is simply a stream of content that originates from a designated place such as a web design. Think of your parents (when you were growing up) as a feed for wisdom. Or think of your favorite television show “feeding” you entertainment every week.
A feed on the Internet has a similar function, and publishers and users are infatuated with what feeds have to offer. The most popular type of feeds are called RSS feeds, or Really Simple Syndication.
An RSS feed is basically a way for you to tune into your favorite content on a daily basis. When your favorite blogger writes a new post…BOOM!…you have it right in front of you. It is best to organize all of your feeds into readers. It is a great way to fire out your news and new content to your subscribers, for free, a free marketing tool that influences your traffic… great for SEO.
Readers are built to hold all of your feeds so you can check in and read something when it happens. Most bloggers have feeds available, all you have to do is find the little orange icon and click it. You will then have the option of putting the feed in your reader, or into your bookmarks toolbar.
There are a few ways to get the most out of your feeds. One way is to limit the amount of feeds you actually have. You may be thinking, “Why can I not have as many feeds as I want?” Well, you can, but trust me, unless you have 20 hours to spend on the computer everyday, you will never read ALL of your feeds.
I find it better to limit my feeds to a more practical number; somewhere in the 40-50 range. There is an exception to this rule, however, if you subscribe to a blog that does not produce information on a daily or ever weekly basis, then you can load up on those because you wont be forced to read there content every single day. There are bloggers that post at least once, if not two or three times a day, just imagine if you had one hundred of those in your reader everyday!
If you are a publisher, the best way to get the most out of your feed is to go through FeedBurner, or a similar service. This is a service for bloggers and content writers that allows them to blast there content all over the Internet by submitting their blogs into FeedBurner. The service has many free tools that bloggers can use to get their content to as many people as possible.