Blogs have become the micro-new source for many people. Traditional news sources provide general news stories we find useful for context but blogs provide information, tips, and news about specific interests and needs we have. But for blogs to be effective for us we need to be able to get notifications when a new blog has been posted so we stay informed of the latest news and information.
You could subscribe to our blog to get alerts every time a blog or video tip is published.
Here is how to subscribe to blogs.
How Does It Work
For you to subscribe to a blog and get notifications when a new post is available an RSS reader is needed. A RSS reader allows you to suscribe to a blog. It will then look at the blog every hour, or every day (you specify the frequency), and alert you when a new post is available.
Rich Site Summery (RSS), sometime called Really Simple Syndication is the standard behind the subscription functionality. RSS creates a summary of each of your blogs and presents the data formatted in XML. This format provides information to RSS readers about the text from your blog. For example it tells an RSS reader which text is the title, which text is the body of the blog, and so on. Here is an example of an RSS feed for a blog:
Most blogging software has the ability to create an RSS feed for your blogs. We will cover how to set up a feed for your own blog site in a future blog post.
RSS readers are available for your desktop and mobile devices. Let’s take a look at some available tools.
RSS readers for desktops have been around for over 10 years, so there are many available to you, most of them are free. Normally these readers run on your desktop or browser. Here are a few:
- Feedly – this is one of the more popular free applications. Feedly is web based, so all of your subscriptions are saved in the cloud in your feedly account. This account then feeds the desktop and Noble application. So all you have to do is subscribe once and it is available to you everywhere.
- Digg Reader – is another free services with a very clean user interface.
- Comma Feed – is a web based reader that has a simple interface.
If you spend more time on a mobile device than your desktop computer there are many apps available for you. You can search you app store, or here are a few to check out:
- Flipboard – provides blog and news feed with an insinuative interface for a mobile device.
- Feedly – As mentioned before, this is a great application that can provide a feed to you on your desktop or your mobile device with one user account.
Don’t forget to subscribe to our blog, and if you need help with subscribing to blogs or help setting up an RSS service for you blog leave a comment below or check out our services and we would be happy to help.
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