Publish your RSS feed
Once you've set up your RSS and have at least one item in it, you can go ahead and publish it to the world!
Make it live
- Make sure your RSS file has a .xml extension - An RSS feed is in XML format so it should have a .xml extension. Your RSS file should also have a meaningful name so name it something like updates.xml
- Upload your RSS file - Upload your RSS file to your web server. Make sure it's in the root directory or in a directory with a name appropriate to RSS feeds like 'rss'
- Validate your RSS file - Just as HTML pages can be validated, so can RSS feeds (remember an RSS feed is created in XML, so it's the XML code that's being validated). Go to www.feedvalidator.org and input the URL of your RSS feed to validate it.
Share it with the world
RSS in the address bar
Have you seen the RSS icon appear on the right side of the address bar when you visit certain websites? You can have the RSS icon appear for your website as well this way by including a link to the RSS file in the head section of your HTML.
In the head section put:
where theRSS.xml is replaced by the URL of your RSS feed. People will be able to click the RSS icon and see the contents of your RSS file in their browser.
RSS on your pages
Have a link directly to your RSS feed on your webpage. You can use descriptive text for the link like this:
You can also use the familiar RSS button images and link them to your RSS feed:
There are many RSS directories you can submit your RSS to. Here are a few:
This page will help you find some more.
NOTE: Keep in mind that the URL to your RSS feed is not your site's homepage, but the actual location of the RSS feed (like in the above examples).
RSS submit to search engines
Just as you can submit regular webpages to search engines, you can also submit RSS feeds.
RSS publishing services
How will you know how many people are reading your RSS feed? What if you want people to subscribe to it? These things and much more can be done with RSS publishing services.
Keep updating your site
After publishing your RSS feed, if you don't continue to update your site you will have nothing to add to the feed. This can upset some of your visitors and your site will stagnate after a while. Keep updating your site frequently and make sure to mention the updates in your RSS feed.
NOTE: Keep in mind that a frequently updated site with an RSS feed that reflects all the updates will probably receive an increase in traffic.
Managing your RSS feed
If you manage your RSS feed yourself it can be time consuming especially if your site has lots of frequent updates. An alternative solution is to use an RSS management service that will do it for you such as myRSScreator or FeedFire.