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Increasing Your Articles’ Distribution: Making The Most Of Your Author RSS Feed
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You may have noticed that along with your subscription to, you also have at least one article RSS feed. Maybe you’ve wondered what in the world you’re supposed to do with that.

This post is going to show you where to find your feed, what the purpose is and how people can use it.

All members of have an RSS feed for their articles. Gold Level members have an RSS feed for each pen name they set up in their account. So, technically you may have more than one RSS feed for your account, depending on how many pen names you have.

First, let’s be sure you know where to find your RSS feed…

It’s on your Article Manager page under your Published Articles section, and it looks like this:

If you have more than one pen name, then you'll have a different RSS feed for each name.

After you click the link for your RSS feed on your article manager page, it takes you to a page that lists your 10 most recent pieces of content (title and article summary), your author RSS feed URL, and an easy way for people to subscribe to your feed.

Where is your feed URL?

In the website address bar, you’ll see your feed URL listed. For example, my own RSS feed for my articles is

What’s the “Subscribe” part about?

At the top of the page it offers an easy way for people to subscribe to your feed.

Depending on what browser you're using (Firefox, Safari, IE, etc) your feed's page may look slightly different.

Feed Aggregators-A mailbox for online content

An RSS feed aggregator is like a mailbox for your online content.

The applications listed in the drop down box next to “Subscribe to this feed using…” (Live Bookmarks, Bloglines, My Yahoo, and Google Reader) are feed readers (also known as feed aggregators).

The word “aggregate” means to bring together, to combine and form a collection or mass. (ref)

Think of it this way–your mailbox at your house is a “mail aggregator”. Instead of having to go to a bunch of different locations to collect your mail, the nice people at the post office collect it all together and put it in one spot for you–your mailbox.

Likewise, people use feed aggregators so that they can keep track of all of the sites that they are following in one spot. The feed aggregator let’s them “bring together” all of the feeds that they are interested in under one roof, so to speak. Feed aggregators also index RSS feeds, in much the same way that Google indexes web pages. For the purposes of this post we’re focusing explaining why people use feed readers.

People subscribed to your RSS feed via a feed reader can also easily see when there is new content posted without having to go to the site to check. They can just look at their feed aggregator and see which feeds have new content.

With your article RSS feed, the title and the short description are visible when someone subscribes to your feed. If the subscriber is interested in any one of your articles, he can click the title and be taken to a page that shows your full article.

Okay, so what is the purpose of your RSS feed?

The purpose is to get people to subscribe to your feed.

Whenever you submit content anyone subscribed to your feed knows about it because they can see from your feed that there is new content. This happens automatically.

By increasing the number of people who are subscribed to your feed, you can impact the exposure that your articles receive in a big way.

How can you use this feed to bring more attention to your articles?

That’s what we’re going to be discussing next time!

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3 Responses to “Increasing Your Articles’ Distribution: Making The Most Of Your Author RSS Feed”

  1. Thank you very much for explaining what RSS Feed is I knew about the feed but just never knew exactly how it worked. Again I thank you this article has helped me to completely understand it all.

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