When I meet Knoxify readers, I often ask if they’re an RSS subscriber. Surprisingly, the most common response is a confused face.
To shed some light on RSS feeds and subscriptions, I have provided a step-by-step tutorial below so that you can learn how to easily follow all of your favorite Knoxville blogs.
This may be very elementary to a few folks but remember that this was written for someone who has never heard of RSS before.
What is RSS?
Really Simple Syndication or RSS is a feed from a Web site such as Knoxify. When a new post or article is published to the homepage, it is also sent into the RSS feed.
Here at Knoxify our feeds are located below the orange search box in the middle column.
What do I do with an RSS link?
RSS feeds are exceptionally helpful when tossed into an RSS reader. Stay with me here.
RSS readers take the many RSS feeds of the world and organize them into a hub of content. Essentially, all of your favorite Knoxville blogs can be placed on one page, where real-time updates coming flooding in.
Since I recommend using Google Reader for RSS feeds, I’ll walk you through the quick and easy setup using the Knoxify feed.
- Go to http://reader.google.com and click ‘Create an account’
- Complete the registration process just like you would for an e-mail account
- Once complete, navigate back to http://reader.google.com, where you should have an empty reader
That wasn’t too hard now was it?
I’ve got my RSS reader, now what?
Since there are multiple browsers available, I’ll provide the semi-long instructions. Here’s what you do.
- Click on ‘Entries’ and you’ll be taken to an RSS feed page
- Copy the URL in the address bar. This is http://feeds.feedburner.com/Knoxify for Knoxify
- Now, go to http://reader.google.com
- Click ‘Add subscription’ and paste in the RSS feed URL
- Click ‘Add’ and give it a few seconds
- You should now see several Knoxify posts in right pane of Google Reader
Congrats, you should now be an RSS feed user via your reader. Should you want to explore more ways to subscribe check out the help section on Google.
Now, every time one of your favorite sites posts new content, it will automagically go to your RSS reader. Should you have questions feel free to leave them in the comments below and I’ll do my best to answer them.
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