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RSS Feed FAQ

Posted by BlogAlert , Jan 13 2007 · 462 views

We have received many questions through PM and email asking about RSS Feeds. This will be the place where we hope to answer a lot of questions about them. This entry will remain open if you have further questions.

 
 
What are RSS feeds?
 

Many websites use RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds to send updated headlines to their users via services. All sorts of web sites and publishers produce feeds - newspapers often publish feeds of daily headlines or breaking news stories, magazines might publish feeds about top stories, and other sites use feeds to alert customers to new products, upcoming events, or other important information. Even BZPower has it's own news feed.

RSS Feeds are not just for news. Many Blogs use RSS Feeds, BZPower is included.

 
 
 
 
What do I use to read RSS feeds?
 

Many different programs and websites use RSS Feeds, such as Mozilla Firefox, Gmail (Google Mail), Yahoo, and many other services. For most of them you can just copy and paste the 'Syndicate My Blog' link and it will add that BZPower blog to the service you are using. Most websites or programs will explain how to add them.

RSS feed readers are built into many programs such as My Yahoo! and Google, modern web browsers, e-mail programs like Mozilla Thunderbird, and even Apple's iTunes. I hope to add another entry later which will go into detail on how to add them.

 
 
 
 
How can I tell what other pages let me subscribe to a BZPower RSS feed?
 

On web pages, web feeds are typically linked with the word "Subscribe", a feed icon (a square), or an orange rectangle with the letters XML or RSS. These buttons look like:
 
 
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Where is the RSS link in the blogs?
 

The RSS link which is titled 'Syndicate my Blog (RSS)' can be found on the My links content block.

 
 
 
 
How do I add it to one of the RSS feed readers?
 

All you need is to copy and paste the 'Syndicate My Blog' link into a place on that reader. Although for some all you need to do is click the link. It depends on what you are using to read them. Others are even easier to add. Mozilla Firefox has the orange square in the URL of the blogs. All you have to do is click it and it should take you to a place to add the feed. Currently it seems as if that place it links to is Google.

 
 
 
 
If RSS Feed link to blogs can I post a blog that isn't on BZPower?
 

No. External blogs count as forums and they are not allowed to be linked to. Please see the Advertising Guidelines for more details.



There are a few important syndications that I would like to take note of. These are the links you would add.
BZPower
Blog HQ

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
 
 

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Cool. I subscribed to this blog feed.
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Planetperson
Jan 15 2007 12:05 PM
No RSS for Windows Internet Explorer, eh?
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Kopaka's Ice Engineering
Jan 15 2007 12:15 PM
Not for IE 6.0.
I understand that there is XML live bookmark support in IE 7.0, but I've not dug around in it long enough to find it.

-KIE, who wonders how long it'll take the Blog staff to correct the misspelling of "on" in the final question in the entry
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QUOTE(Kopaka's Ice Engineering @ Jan 15 2007, 10:15 AM)

Not for IE 6.0.
I understand that there is XML live bookmark support in IE 7.0, but I've not dug around in it long enough to find it.

-KIE, who wonders how long it'll take the Blog staff to correct the misspelling of "on" in the final question in the entry

7 minutes after you posted that.
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Eh... one spelling mistake after writing that isn't so bad. That and that section was written about five minutes before I posted it. tongue.gif

Last I checked IE 7.0 does support it. Although my IE hasn't been working so I can't check.

Kohaku

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Kahu Rider 13
Jan 15 2007 03:03 PM
QUOTE(Kohaku @ Jan 15 2007, 06:56 PM)

Eh... one spelling mistake after writing that isn't so bad.

What about two - I, for one, don't know how to copy and past! I'll correct it now.
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Everybody is a critic now. tongue.gif

That's the last time I write something after midnight...

Kohaku
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It works for IE 7.0. I have it, and it works fine.
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