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RSS Tools
By S. Housley

Considering the ever-increasing support for RSS in online
communities, we have compiled a list of resources and
products that will benefit webmasters, web surfers and
publishers in their quest to understand the power of RSS.
RSS has rapidly become an alternative communication venue.
In order to understand the full benefits, consider utilizing
some of the following tools and resources.

1.) RSS Tools - RSS feeds bring automatically updated
information straight to your desktop. You can monitor or
promote news, job listings, personals, and classifieds using
RSS. The following tools assist webmasters in using RSS to
maximize their time.

RSS Readers - RSS readers are designed as tools to view RSS
feeds, making it easier for users to view and manage the
content of a feed. Feed readers make it easy to mark feeds
as read or flag items that are important. The following are
some of our favorite RSS readers:

FeedDemon - FeedDemon is a client that can retrieve and
organize RSS feeds from the Internet. It comes
pre-configured with several news feeds, and you can easily
add your own by adding the URL for an RSS feed of your
choice. FeedDemon offers an attractive and easy-to-use
interface with integrated web browsing.


http://www.feeddemon.com

FeedScout - Feed Scout is a RSS/ATOM/RDF reader that can be
used directly from Internet Explorer. Feed Scout enables you
to view RSS/ATOM feeds from different sites directly in
Internet Explorer. You can even set your Home Page to show
your favorite feeds.

 

http://www.feedscout.com


2.) RSS Creation Tools - As RSS feeds have increased in
popularity and breadth publishers and webmasters have
struggled to find a solution to create RSS feeds. The
following tools will assist webmasters in creating RSS
feeds:

FeedForAll - Desktop software used to create, edit, manage
and publish RSS feeds. New RSS feeds can be quickly and
easily created with FeedForAll. Advanced features enable you
to create professional-looking RSS feeds quickly. Existing
RSS feeds can be repaired and enhanced with FeedForAll. RSS
feeds generated by other means can be automatically
repaired, so that they conform to the RSS 2.0 specification.
Existing feeds can be enhanced to contain advanced feed
properties, and give them a more professional look.


http://www.feedforall.com


3.) RSS Articles and Tutorials - Articles and tutorials
based on RSS and designed to demystify Really Simple
Syndication for users and publishers. RSS Specifications -
RSS Specifications contains a collection of articles related
to RSS and news feeds that assist both publishers and users
in deciphering Really Simple Syndication.

RSS Specifications - RSS Specifications contains a
collection of articles related to RSS and news feeds that
assist both publishers and users in deciphering really
simple syndication.


http://www.rss-specifications.com/rss-articles.htm or
the articles can be read in an RSS feed.


http://www.rss-specifications.com/article-feed.xml

Make RSS Feeds - Step by step instructional tutorial
detailing how to manually create an RSS feed.


http://www.make-rss-feeds.com


4.) Ebay Monitoring Using RSS - Monitor online auctions for
specific items of interest. As eBay has grown it has become
difficult to discern and locate specific auction items. By
using RSS tools users can easily recieve instant
notification when a specific item is being auctioned.

Free Bidding Tools - FMonitor online auctions for specific
items of interest. As eBay has grown it has become difficult
to discern and locate specific auction items. By using RSS
tools users can easily receive instant notification when a
specific item is being auctioned.


http://www.freebiddingtools.com/


5.) Web Monitoring - Monitor the Internet for specific news
items or blog topics of interest. A number of free online
RSS tools make web monitoring very easy.

PubSub - Monitor the Internet for specific news items or
blog topics of interest. A number of free online RSS tools
make web monitoring very easy. PubSub - Every day, PubSub's
matching engine performs billions of matches of new items
against user subscriptions. The instant a match is made,
PubSub alerts the user via RSS. PubSub monitors more than
6.5 million blogs, as well as 50,000 USENET newsgroups, all
SEC/EDGAR filings, press releases from major wire services,
and FAA airport delay alerts.


http://www.pubsub.com

Google News Monitoring Using RSS - This free online tool
turns a Google news search into an RSS feed.
http://www.justinpfister.com/gnewsfeed.php


6.) Other RSS Tools - Alternative tools for creative
webmasters.

RSS2Wap - The RSS2Wap site is meant for online conversions
of RSS feeds into WML for access on WAP devices (RSS2WML,
RSS WAP or RSS-to-WAP). It's free and you can make a link on
your web site.


http://www.rss2wap.com


7.) RSS Graphic Tool - Websites that have RSS feeds
available use colorful graphics as flags to indicate to web
surfers that RSS feeds are available for specific content.

RSS Graphic Tool - Websites that have RSS feeds available
use colorful graphics as flags to indicate to web surfers
that RSS feeds are available for specific content. RSS
Graphic Tool - Customize RSS buttons. If you have limited
time and lack artistic abilities, use this free online RSS
graphic tool to create an RSS button. The button's color and
text can be customized to suit the look and feel of your
website.


http://www.feedforall.com/public/rss-graphic-tool.htm


8.) Displaying RSS - Many webmasters display the contents of
RSS feeds on their web pages as a fresh source of content
and information that changes on a regular basis.

Javascript Options - Using Javascript to display RSS feeds
is a very easy way to provide dynamic content with very
little effort. Unfortunately, when you use Javascript to
display RSS feeds, search engines do not see the feed's
content, so the content is not spidered and ultimately will
not help with search engine optimization.

Quick RSS Feeds - Free online tool that allows you to simply
enter the URL of the RSS feed, define the number of items
you would like displayed, and the Javascript will be
automatically generated.


http://www.quickrssfeeds.com

FeedRoll -A free service for syndicating popular RSS and
ATOM news feeds on your website or blog. Select a feed,
customize the design, then copy and paste the code provided
onto your page.

 

http://www.feedroll.com/rssviewer/

RSS to Javascript - RSS-to-JavaScript.com was designed to
easily convert any valid RSS, RDF or ATOM feed into
easy-to-implement Javascript. No XML or programming
experience is necessary.

 

http://www.rss-to-javascript.com


PHP Options - The benefit to using a PHP script to display
RSS on a website is that the content dynamically updates but
search engines see the content as static.

FeedForAll's rss2html.php - If you are technically savvy and
wish to host the script yourself, check out FeedForAll, as
they have a free PHP script available that will display RSS
feeds on a website.
http://www.feedforall.com/free-php-script.htm

FeedRoll Pro - A fee-based professional service that tracks
statistical information for publishers displaying feeds.
FeedRoll Pro incorporates a number of display options for
publishers wishing to syndicate their content, giving users
the choice of PHP or Javascript.

 

http://www.feedrollpro.com


RSS2HTML - Display RSS feeds by selecting layouts and color
schemes on this free resource.


http://www.rss2html.com


9.) RSS Blogs
Stay informed about the latest RSS industry news by
monitoring RSS blogs. Daily posts bring readers current
news, industry announcements and general RSS information.

RSS Specifications - Everything you need to know about RSS.
The RSS Specifications blog contains daily posts and RSS
tidbits.


http://www.rss-specifications.com/blog.htm

KbCafe - Daily posts and editorials related to RSS and new
RSS products that have emerged.


http://www.kbcafe.com/rss/


10.) Publishing List / RSS Newsgroups
New RSS-Publishing List for publishers. The list is focused
on marketing/publishing/operational issues rather than
hardcore technical details of RSS, meaning that coding
issues and disputes over the merits of RSS vs. Atom are not
the focus. If you wish to participate in the list and
receive e-mails of posts, simply subscribe by sending and
e-mail to:

 

rsspublishing-subscribe@topica.com

RSS Syndication - Collection of RSS related news feeds
displayed in an easy-to-read format.


http://www.rss-syndication.com/rss-news.htm


11.) RSS Related Forums - Forums can be a useful for anyone
doing business online, both in terms of reading the content
and actively participating in the discussions. If you want
to learn more about RSS consider participating in the
following online RSS communities:

2RSS - RSS forum for feed and related RSS discussions.


http://forum.2rss.com/

FeedForAll Forum - RSS forum for RSS and feed
creation-related discussions.


http://www.feedforall.com/forum

German RSS Forum - German RSS forum for feed discussions.


http://www.rss-forum.de/


12.) Locate RSS Feeds -

Syndic8 - RSS and Atom news feeds on a wide variety of
topics. Designed with a directory structure and search
functionality. Syndic8 also tracks statistical information
related to RSS feeds.


http://www.syndic8.com

Feedster's FeedFinder - Use Feedfinder to search by keyword
or by URL or a combination of the two in order to find feeds
on that topic or by that organization.


http://feedfinder.feedster.com/

RSS Discovery - The websites you already read may have an
RSS feed. Use the BlogStreet's RSS Discovery tool and enter
in a website. If there is a feed available BlogStreet will
provide the URL.


http://www.blogstreet.com/rssdiscovery.html

RSS Locator - Directory and search engine for RSS content
including weblogs, newsfeeds, forum feeds and related
content feeds. Locate topic-specific RSS feeds for
syndication. RSS Locator displays feed content in an HTML
format so users can preview the feed's content.


http://www.rss-locator.com


12.) Submit RSS Feeds - As more and more people get involved
with the Internet and as more Web sites, blogs, news
services and other online resources continue to grow in
number and variety, it becomes increasingly important to
maintain high visibility and exposure for the content being
generated by closely following the major distribution media.
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.

RSS Submit - Save time and automate RSS submissions with RSS
Submit from K-Soft.


http://www.dummysoftware.com/rsssubmit.html

RSS Specifications - Submit RSS files to the large list of
RSS directories and expedite your RSS content syndication.


http://www.rss-specifications.com/rss-submission.htm

RSS Submission Service - A fee-based blog submission service
that will submit your blog or RSS feed to more than 70 blog
directories. Submissions are done manually, and this service
is primarily designed for blog feeds.


http://rss-submission-service.notrivia.com/

RSS Top 55 - Top websites for RSS submissions. Premium
service is available for a nominal fee that will prioritize
the RSS site submissions in the order of importance.


http://www.masternewmedia.org/rss/top55/


Using RSS tools, publishers and webmasters can increase
productivity and efficiency. RSS monitoring can often
automate many of the procedures that are time-consuming and
monotonous, freeing up time.



About the Author:
Sharon Housley manages marketing for FeedForAll
http://www.feedforall.com software for creating, editing and
publishing RSS feeds and NotePage, Inc.
http://www.notepage.net a wireless messaging software