Saturday, April 18, 2009

What is the need of Blog and RSS

If you've been under a rock for the last year or so it's
possible you might not have heard about blogs and RSS feeds.
If you're like most of us, you've heard the buzz but might
not've known what to make of it or what to do with it.
Here's some answers.

First RSS feeds. RSS, depending on who you ask, stands for
Really Simple Syndication. This is a technology that enables
you to bring fresh, constantly updated material (feeds) into
your site. The attraction of this is obvious. Sites need
content, the fresher the better. Search engines love new
content, hence the excitement about being able to pipe in
extremely targeted feeds directly into your site. The
implementation of this is not as difficult as one might
imagine, and the choices for content are ever-burgeoning.
You can find a feed for almost anything, and if you can't,
you can create your own and syndicate it all over the web.
The possibilities are mind-boggling. End-users must have the
capability to read these feeds, but there are free feed
readers all over the place and the new generation of
browsers will have this built in.

Blogs. Nominated as one of the top words of 2004, they were
prominent in the election (can you say, or want to, Howard
Dean?) and they have become more a of web-household item.
Blog software is ridiculously easy to use, and free. But why
do I need one, you ask. Well, for me, it boils down to one
thing and one thing only: search engines love blogs!! I have
blogs that have higher (and much more quickly acquired)
PageRank than sites that have several hundred pages of
content! Why is this? Think about it: the very thing search
engines love most, fresh content, is the very nature of
blogging. Most blogs, at least commercial ones, are very on
topic, keyword oriented, and frequently updated. The
marketing piece concerning blogs is still in it's infancy
but growing fast. There is little more powerful these days
than a content blog hosted on your own site that is updated
daily. I have blogs that get more traffic than the site they
are sitting on! Think about this. It'll be worth it!

Blogs and RSS feeds are the next big thing that's already
here! Don't miss out on the possibilities they offer!

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