System: The following message was cut out of thread at: http://www.webmasterworld.com/rss_atom/4176957.htm [webmasterworld.com] by bill - 10:38 am on Nov 5, 2010 (jst +9) I recently started using an RSS feed on one site and I just manually update it everytime there is news.
What are the best methods to automate update of an RSS feed?
If your site is run through a database, like a CMS or a blog, then you can re-purpose the content and generate your feed automatically. Most CMS and blog packages will offer this feature as standard these days.
I wasn't thinking of any, I just wondered if there was a better way to do it. I only added RSS because when i started to use those big AddThis buttons i wanted to have more than just facebook and twitter.
I'm not sure that RSS is a big help, although I think some advertisers who run ads on our site thru a third party, may use it to see how often the site is updated. Otherwise I don't see much benefit from RSS. Could you help me out there - on what top benefits are?
Compared to FaceBook and Twitter? They're different things altogether...but I have seen FB and Twitter accounts used much like an RSS feed. All they do is announce site updates. You can do that with an RSS feed as well.
Whether RSS is beneficial for your site's visitors is of course up to you. In general it's a means of syndicating your content and notifying your feed subscribers of changes to your site.