How to Use RSS Feeds – Part 2

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In Part 1, I talked about how you can save time using RSS feeds.

set up rss

In this second part, I want to show you how to find the RSS feed information for most websites.

WordPress is a very popular website creation platform. About 30 percent of the top websites use the WordPress platform. This means there’s a good chance that a website you visit is a WordPress site. Fortunately, WordPress natively offers RSS feeds that are easy to find.

To find a WordPress RSS feed, all you need to do is add “/feed” to the end of the primary URL (www.catalyit.com/feed or www.SteveAnderson.com/feed). You can try this for any website you visit to be updated in your RSS Reader when new content is posted. It almost always works.

If that doesn’t work, here are a few more tricks for finding RSS feeds on other sites.

If the newsletter or publication is on Medium, you can add “/feed/” before the publication’s name. So for medium.com/newsletter-site becomes medium.com/feed/newsletter-site.

YouTube channel pages double as RSS feeds. Copy the URL for the channel and paste it into your RSS reader. Now you will know when new content is posted from your favorite chef with a new recipe.

Final Step? Check the Source Code

If the above steps did not work, you could try finding an RSS feed by checking a web page’s source code. It is a bit geeky but easier than it sounds.

Right-click an empty space on the website you’d like an RSS feed for, then click View Page Source (the exact wording may vary depending on which browser you are using).

view sourceYou can search for text within the code by pressing Ctrl+F (Windows, Linux) or command+F (Mac). Start by searching for “rss.”

If searching for rss doesn’t work, try atom instead. If you find an RSS URL, then copy it into your feed reader.

When you follow these tips, you can add any online content source and be automatically notified when there is something new.

What other tips do you have to stay current with news and updates?

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