rssHugger

I have been reading all over the blogosphere about this service – rssHugger – and now I know why. After you register, you can submit your blog. If you want your blog listed for free, then all you have to do is post about rssHugger on your blog (which I am doing now). If you don’t want to post about the service, you will have to cough up $20.

What does rssHugger do? Basically, is a website to help bloggers promote their blogs. Hopefully visitors to the site will discover new and interesting blogs and subscribe to them. It was easy to get started and I will post in a few weeks to see if I get any traffic from this service.

rssHugger has a Top 100 Blog list that resets every month. If you visit a blog’s page it gives the blog one vote.

What is a Feed Reader?

A feed reader lets you read, listen or watch a feed without ever having to visit the source.  The first step to be able to read a feed is to choose a feed reader.  Some feed readers are free, while others charge a small fee.  A few popular feed readers include google, bloglines and yahoo.

After signing up for a feed reader, visit a blog you want to subscribe.  This blog has icons at the top right that allow you to subscribe using three of the popular feed readers.  You can also subscribe using any other feed reader by choosing the “Subscribe in a reader” link, or you can even subscribe by email (more about this service in a later post).   As long as you are currently logged into your reader, the subscription will be added.

Suppose you visit a blog and you can’t find the subscribe button.  You can open up your feed reader and subscribe to a feed from there by typing in the feed url (usually http://thedomainname.com/feed).

Happy reading!

What is a Feed?

When I first started blogging, I was so confused by a blogging term that kept popping up – feed. I had no idea what that was or how it worked.  After some intensive reading, this is what I discovered.

A feed is something that you can subscribe to. It can be text, audio or video. You can watch, listen or read the feed with a feed reader. For savvy computer users, feeds make their lives so much easier. Instead of visiting every blog, every day, to read the posts, the user just opens up their favorite feed reader and browses all the posts at once.

The feed to your blog is usually http://www.yourdomainname.com/feed.  But this line in a browser, with your domain name, and you should see a document tree with a rss tag at the top.  A blog that has a feed will usually display a feed icon.  Most popular blogging platforms automatically produce a feed for your blog.