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Today I decided to scour the internet in hopes of learning how to setup a RSS Feed and how to syndicate it once I was done with the creation process. Wow! was I ever shocked to find out how hard it is to gather relative and simple instructions on how to setup RSS feeds for syndication. Finding information on xml schemas and google sitemaps for my latest seo article was much easier. Why does it always have to be so difficult? I just couldn’t find any information that I could comprehend easily, everyone that wrote anything about RSS went into such detail, that the normal lay person would have trouble understanding it all. Thus, the reason for this seo article. It doesn’t have to be that hard people, cmon!

Help and assistance for creating and preparing your RSS feed for Syndication

The first step in creating your first RSS feed for syndication is deciding what content you want to syndicate. Gather a list of url’s that you would like to have syndicated to other web sites and consumers with rss readers in general. Ok, now that you have your list assembled tuck it away in a safe place until later on.

Next, download and install the following program on your computer, SharpReader. You will need it later on to read and subscribe to all the wonderful RSS feeds all over the globe. SharpReader is basic but very simple to use and a great tool to get you started in the right direction.

Next, we create an .xml file with the url’s we want to syndicate. The version of RSS that we will be using is 2.0, which just happens to be compatible with version 0.91. Here is a sample .xml file and what it should like in order to validate properly with an XML validator. Do not forget to make sure your file validates after creating it.

<?xml version=”1.0? ?>
<rss version=”2.0?>

<channel>

<title>What Your Channel Is About</title>
<description>RSS Feeds Syndication Assistance Help. Help, assistance and information for the use and creation of RSS Feeds for syndication</description>
<link>http://yoursite.com</link>

<item>
<title>the title of your article</title>
<description>Something catchy so consumers will click on it!</description>
<link>http://yoursite.com/index.html</link>
</item>

<item>
<title>the title of your article</title>
<description>A short and sweet descriptive description goes a long way!</description>
<link>http://yoursite.com/seo-article.html</link>
</item>

</channel>

Just edit the file with notepad or your favorite html editor. Once you have created the .xml file give it a name and save it: for example; save it as “myrssfeed.xml”. Once the file is saved, upload it to your web server in a directory of your choice. Now, you should have a copy of the .xml file on your web server. Write down the url to the file, for example “http://www.mysite.com/rss/myrssfeed.xml” and save it for later.

Now you are ready to inform all of the RSS search engines about your new content available for syndication. a good starting point would be to head on over to Syndic8 to submit your new content. Just do a search on your favorite search engine for RSS search engines, I am sure there will be more than enough to get you on the road to being an RSS star! Good luck with your syndication, I hope this seo article helped clear up alot of the questions you had about RSS feeds and syndication.

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