How to Add RSS to Your Website - Simply!

by Colin Maddocks

I am primarily a web-based travel agent, making my living from selling travel arrangements from leads generated from my specialist travel websites. Over a period of time I have built many websites and when creating the last few sites I have added an RSS news feed to generate up-to-date news about that particular travel niche.

In doing so I have added another valuable resource for my potential clients and site visitors but at the same time I have added a source of continually changing content that helps my sites with regard to their search engine optimization.

However, initially I found the great mass of articles, ebooks and software really confusing. All I wanted to know was how to be able to set up an RSS feed and then add it to my site. 

After many, many hours of researching RSS feeds and buying quite a few, reasonably expensive RSS feed creation programs, I finally came across this solution, which for me, is easy to use, straightforward to set up and, more importantly, is free.

To set up, say, a "Cruise News" feed, I would find a suitable feed from sources such as www.icerocket.com, www.2rss.com or visit Yahoo's news feeds at http://news.yahoo.com/rss

For example, to create a feed in Yahoo I would enter my subject in the "search" box, which would result in a new page of news, relevant to cruises and cruising. I would then click on the orange RSS feed icon that will be shown on the page and the copy the resulting feed URL, (e.g., http://news.search.yahoo.com/news/rss?p=cruise&ei=UTF-8) that would appear in the IE address bar.

Next I would visit "FeedJ2s", at http://jade.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/feed/index.php?s=build and enter that Cruise News feed URL. Then, by pressing the "Generate Feed" button I would be able to generate the relevant "Cruise News" RSS code that I could then enter in the relevant place on my new website.

Now I am not suggesting that this is the best way you could create a useable RSS feed for your website. There are plenty of other ways and other programs out there and you can visit my dedicated website http://www.rss-feeds-4u.com) which will tell you all about RSS feeds and products.

However, if you don't' want to spend a lot of time or any money on setting up RSS feeds for your website, this must be the easiest way by far.


About the Author: Colin Maddocks is a web-based travel agent and marketer who operates several successful websites including http://www.rss-feeds-4u.com . You are free to use and distribute this article with the proviso that you add the above author details and web address. 

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