« Orioles Pitcher's Death Tentatively Linked to Use of Ephedra | Main | Building a Blogroll with Blogrolling.com is Easy »

How Weblog Monitors Automatically Discover RSS Feeds

Dave Aiello wrote, "I noticed that BlogStreet had no idea that CTDATA, RCNJ, and AAHArefs exist and I decided to figure out why. One reason appeared to be that BlogStreet uses a mechanism to automatically discover the URL for the RSS feed for a website."

"In the BlogStreet FAQ, I found an entry explaining how BlogStreet discovers the RSS feed for a website:"

The easiest and confirming to standards {sic} way is to include the following meta tag on your blog's index page:

<link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="RSS" href="__YOUR_RSS_URL__">

RSS Discovery has other algorithms to identify a blog's RSS feed but the above mentioned is the best manner to do so.

Dave Aiello continued, "Once I found this information, and changed the websites' headers accordingly, I wondered how long this standard had been in existence. I googled a portion of the meta tag, and found reference to an update to the standard on DiveIntoMark.com on June 2, 2002. So, this standard must have been developed around the middle of last year."

Post a comment

(If you haven't left a comment here before, you may need to be approved by the site owner before your comment will appear. Until then, it won't appear on the entry. Thanks for waiting.)


CTDATA Venutures (CTDATA) develops Internet and Intranet applications for corporations and non profit organizations. Our services include:

  • Consulting services for Movable Type and TypePad-based publishing systems (visit our Weblog Improvement website for more information),
  • Financial services business process consulting,
  • Content management system and knowledge management system consulting,
  • Apache web server engineering and hosting,
  • MySQL, Sybase, and Microsoft SQL Server architecture and development,
  • SOAP, REST, and XML-RPC system architecture and programming, including Amazon Web Services and
  • Weblog publishing.
For more information, contact Dave Aiello by email at dave [at] daveaiello.com or call him at +1-267-352-4420.
Copyright © 1995-2010, CTDATA Ventures. All Rights Reserved.
Powered by
Movable Type 4.25