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How to start an RSS feed

Setting up

1. Technical input may be required to create an XML file for your RSS feed tags.

What you can do

2. Identify the items for your RSS feed. Items are stories, articles, or other pieces of online content that you have created.
3. Each item should be connected or similar in some way, meaning they should be about the same topic or theme e.g. HACCP Food Safety.

• By offering RSS feeds, food agencies can facilitate users to get notified about new content on the agency’s website or other sources. This content can be general or more specific information, for example food safety alerts.
• RSS feeds can help food agencies monitor a large number of sources quickly. It is ideal for blogs or other websites that do not update more than a few times per day.

Tips for using RSS feeds

  • If you have set up a blog, you should also activate an RSS feed. These feeds will allow people to subscribe to get regular updates delivered to them when you add new content to your blog site.
  • Remember the RSS feed should contain only a title, excerpt or description, and link back to the original, more detailed content. This allows RSS subscribers to look at a huge amount of online content in a very quick amount of time.
  • Use the official RSS icon on your webpage to raise your profile.