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What is RSS and How to Use It

RSS stands for “Really Simple Syndication” which is a powerful publishing tool used by websites that frequently update their content. When you’re surfing the internet you’ll notice just about every site has the orange RSS feed logo. Without getting too technical, it’s nothing more than a feed of that site’s most recent html content. If you click on it you’ll see something like this:

Screen shot of browser after clicking on RSS feed

Someone who doesn’t know what an RSS feed is would be very disappointed when they click on the link – it just looks like gibberish. In order to take advantage of a website’s RSS feed, you need a feed reader. There are a ton of feed readers available and they’re almost always free. The first step to using a site’s RSS feed is to have the reader so go get one. The second step is to insert the website’s RSS feed url into the feed reader. This is easily accomplished by right clicking on the RSS feed icon, selecting “copy link” and pasting it into your feed reader. If you do this, you have just subscribed to a website. Subscribing to a website is free and you’ll have an up to the minute account of that site’s latest content. Additionally, with the feed reader, you’ll have the ability to quickly view all of your favorite web sites in a glance. After this helpful how to subscribe to an RSS feed article now is a good time to practice what you’ve learned and subscribe to the site you’re reading right now.

How to Automate Your Online Job Search

With 16 million jobless in the United States, many are turning to internet sites for job searching. This article will describe how to minimize the amount of time spent on internet job sites. Automated online job searching is easy with the right tools.

1 There are many internet sites where employers post job openings online. Find the sites that you will be searching daily. For this article, I’ll be demonstrating how to automate searching for a job on craigslist.org. Open your browser and go to craigslist for the city you are searching for work. Click the arrow under the search bar and select “jobs”. Type the job you’re looking for. In this case I typed, “Human Resource Director.” Click the arrow next to the search to enter and you’re taken to all of the jobs with your search terms.

2 Open a new browser tab and enter Google Reader in the address bar. Click on the official site of Google Reader. If you don’t have a Google account, create one and download the Google Reader. Among other things, Google Reader allows you to easily add subscriptions to RSS feeds. Leave the tab open, you’re going back to craigslist.

3 Click on your browser’s craigslist tab and go all the way to the bottom to the orange RSS icon. Put your cursor over it and right click, select “copy link address” and enter. You have just copied the RSS feed url for your craigslist search.

Things you’ll need:

  • A computer with broadband connection
  • An RSS feed reader

Tips & Warnings:

  • You can automate anything you search manually for by adding the RSS feed url of the page into an RSS feed reader.

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What is RSS and How to Use It