RSS explanation from a non-geek - Project Blogger session 3

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Ok guys, some of you may read this and totally crack up and know how clueless I am when it comes to this stuff.  But Paul Chaney, my super Project Blogger coach, was gracious enough to try to explain the concept of RSS to basic principles.   All I want to know is...... Is there an "RSS for idiots" in the bookstores yet? because project bloggerif there isn't, that may be a good money maker.

I do encourage everyone to jump in and correct me or explain further if you feel the need. Also, keep in mind that this is my interpretation of Paul's lesson, so please forgive me if I butchered the coaching session.  A lot of us just started blogging away and did not realize that there are key ingredients in a blog and to assume that our blog platform takes care of it is not good enough.

So what's RSS?  It's a Notification System, here's the Wikipedia definition (personally, that one goes right over my head).  RSS(stands for Really Simple Syndication) is a distribution mechanism for getting your blog content into the hands of those who want it without them having to go into your blog every single time.  Every blog should include an RSS feed where readers and consumers can subscribe to it (they will copy and paste the URL into their reader).  When you go into a blog, you will find one of these "thingy-ma-doodles" (I guess they are called ICONS) where you can right click, copy and paste into your reader.  P.S. go check out The Tomatos'sRSS icon (he made it look like a tomato...is that cool or what?)

rss icon  rss bloglines    rss google    rss yahoo    rss newsgator

My big question was where is the RSS READER???  Where do you copy that URL to?  The answer is very simple.  There are several services that you can sign up to.  That way all you have to do is very similar to checking your e-mail, go into that service and check out all the new content from everything you have subscribed to.  Paul suggested www.bloglines.com , it's easy to use and he finds it user friendly and effective.  It's a web based reader, all you have to do is register, and you can even create categories.  You'll be able to keep up with trends and the latest news very easily; blogs will come to you instead of you having to find each one.

To go one step further - you NEED to subscribe to www.FEEDBURNER.com, in Paul's words "it is like a clearing house for all RSS feeds" - you register your feed, it gives you buttons for your site, the RSS feed will be tied to feedburner and you'll know how many people subscribe to your feed.

If you want to play around with subscriptions, go into news.google.com or cnn.com and you will be able to subscribe to their RSS feed based on keywords - it could be industry news - weather, etc.

What is the value to RSS?  - you don't have to visit each blog, you can go to one place to get the latest news, stay current and fresh and from a publisher's standpoint, you don't have to deal with a Spam Filter or Firewall by subscribing via e-mail.

So there you have it - RSS from a non-geek perspective. How did I do Paul?

**Please follow this link to read Paul Chaney's post on the same subject with a lot more insite:  Project Blogger: RSS Explained by a Pseudo Geek **

 

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Rainmaker
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Ardell - I KNEW you would straighten me up!!  "thingamadoodle" is so much more fun though.....although I do like the word "widget".  Are you having fun in Vegas?
Apr 07, 2007 05:46 AM #46
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Danny Smith
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Rick & Ines  very cool post from you guys! So my question is do you now have or are you going to get a custom RSS like Tomato has?

Apr 07, 2007 07:07 AM #47
Rainmaker
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Danny - that's a great question - we have not gotten to that yet, but we might.
Apr 07, 2007 07:21 AM #48
Rainmaker
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ARDELL DellaLoggia
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Ines,

Anyone who isnt having fun in Vegas...doesn't know how to have fun!  Of course I'm having fun in Vegas! 

Apr 07, 2007 10:30 AM #49
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Sue Argue
Staged First Impressions - Hampton, NH
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Ines, did you get Jeff's link to work? Won't work!

Is there a huge benefit to having more than "Google" and "Yahoo" RSS feeds?

Apr 07, 2007 10:57 AM #50
Rainmaker
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Ardell - that's a DUH for me...you're right!...how about "Keep having fun in Vegas!"

Sue - I copied and pasted and it worked - As I understand it, it makes it easier for those who use the specific feeds, but it's plenty with one....totally your choice.   It would be great for a techie to answer that though.

Apr 07, 2007 01:17 PM #51
Rainmaker
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Cyndee Haydon
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
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Ines,

Thanks for the clarification.. now I have my homework! 

Apr 07, 2007 01:25 PM #52
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Jeff Turner
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Ines... i fixed the link. :) http://res.realestateshows.com/?p=139
Apr 07, 2007 03:15 PM #53
Rainmaker
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Cyndee - no problem....I'm looking forward to your feedback.

Jeff - thanks for fixing the link and for the link love (that's a great "blog word").

Apr 08, 2007 09:14 AM #54
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Deborah Burns ~ Seattle Real Estate Agent
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Thanks Ines...another great explanation on a techie aspect of blogging!  I had a little understanding on RSS before, but now it's much clearer!

Best Wishes on Project Blogger!

Apr 08, 2007 06:31 PM #55
Rainmaker
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Thanks so much Deborah - I'm glad I was able to help!  It's great to know that  a lot of people walked away from the coaching session with a better understanding, not just me.
Apr 09, 2007 01:24 AM #56
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David A. Podgursky PA
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WOW INES!!

The technical level on your post has quadrupled as an Apprentice!

Girl...you'll be a Guru soon!

 

Apr 09, 2007 02:46 AM #57
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Paul Chaney
Social Media Handyman - Lafayette, LA

Ines, you are a STAR PUPIL!!!! I give you an A+ for your interpretation. There is are number of For Dummies books that talk about RSS. Here's a link to the list found on Amazon. We also try and explain it in Realty Blogging

RSS is still a bit geeky and the learning curve seems, at first blush, to be steep. It's really not though, I promise. You just need an RSS reader like Bloglines to subscribe to the feeds. Once you subscribe to one, from then on it's like riding a bicycle. 

There is also a move toward standardization in terms of what to look for. The orange button that Ines gives an example of in the post is what you're seeing more often these days. Normally, it's much smaller, very much like an icon. (That's what it is actually.) 

Apr 09, 2007 05:29 AM #58
Rainmaker
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**UPDATE - UPDATE **

I have updated the post to show a link to Paul's post from his point of view - with a lot more insight on the subject of RSS - This is the link:

Project Blogger: RSS Explained by a Pseudo Geek

Apr 12, 2007 05:39 AM #59
Rainmaker
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LLoyd Nichols
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terrific blog.I like the non geek version most. Bookmark!
Apr 13, 2007 03:30 PM #60
Rainmaker
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Thanks Lloyd - much appreciated - I guess we, "non-geeks" can relate to each other.
Apr 13, 2007 04:27 PM #61
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Frank Rubi
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Finally, and explanation I could follow. Now to put it to work. thanks for sharing. Great Post.
Jul 16, 2007 09:17 PM #62
Rainmaker
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Frank - see?  that's what it is all about!  I'm glad it was helpful!
Jul 19, 2007 07:52 AM #63
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Salt Spring Island real estate agent Scott Simmons
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Well that was interesting I think I will go to feedburner and check it out thanks. There is always something to learn.
Jul 19, 2007 08:10 AM #64
Rainmaker
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Scott - when it comes to blogging and the Internet....there's plenty to learn - feedburner is pretty user friendly.
Jul 19, 2007 02:26 PM #65
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