RSS Submission Sites (Hand-Picked and Verified) That Increase Your Traffic and Online Visibility

RSS Submission Sites (Hand-Picked and Verified) That Increase Your Traffic and Online Visibility

Here’s a one-time job that can increase traffic to your blog longer term—submitting your RSS feed to RSS submission sites.

Depending on the rules of the site in question, you can potentially do the same with RSS feeds for other types of content too, such Medium or your YouTube Channel.

The sites listed here are as a result of trawling through literally dozens of such submission sites, and discounting most of them.

The vast majority (including those you might see listed elsewhere) are:

  • Outdated
  • Have functionality problems
  • Have credibility issues
  • Don’t do anything after submission or otherwise ‘break’
  • Just look like a ‘bad neighborhood’ type of website.

What’s left, as you’ll see below, are a small number of RSS submission sites that are both likely to:

  • Deliver clear benefits—in terms of traffic and online visibility—and…
  • Be around for some time to come.

I’ve already submitted this blog’s feed to most of the sites listed here—and invite you to do the same.

Before we get to the list though...

What’s an RSS Feed?

Your RSS feed (RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication) is a type of XML. In other words, it supplies machine-readable information.

On your blog, each time you publish a new post, your RSS feed is automatically updated with information about it.

That essentially means that websites subscribed to your feed can programmatically ‘read’ it, and do something with it, such as link to your latest post.

Where Can You Find Your Feed?

RSS feeds are automatically built into Wordpress.

You’ll find it at /feed. For example, https://www.yourblog.com/feed.

Other blogs—and other content platforms —will differ. To find where it is, if it’s not otherwise obvious, is to look at the source code for the web page with your content.

If it exists, it should be in the header of your source code, and will look something like this:

<link rel ="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" href= "https://www.takanomi.com/posts.rss" title="The Takanomi Blog">

The application/rss+xml bit might say application/atom+xml instead—but it will still be an RSS feed.

(The ‘atom’ bit just means the syntax is different, but still readable as an RSS feed).

Search the source code—use Ctrl & F, or cmd & F for Macs—for rss+xml or atom+xml, and if there is one, it will show up.

For content platforms other than Wordpress:

  • YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/feeds/videos.xml?channel_id=[CHANNEL ID]
  • Medium: click here for information on supported feeds.
  • SlideShare: https://www.slideshare.net/rss/user/[USERNAME]
  • Quora: unfortunately no longer provided.
  • Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/[USERNAME]/videos/rss
  • Tumblr: https://[BLOG NAME].tumblr.com/rss

Even if RSS feeds aren’t directly supported by the site in question, you may be able to generate one using Fetch RSS.

Got your feed?

Now lets see where to submit it...

List of RSS Submission Sites

Here’s the list of RSS submission sites to submit your RSS feed to.

Some of course are more valuable than others (the top 5 are the most important ones), and some are focused on blogs rather than feeds for other types of content.

Registration is generally required before submitting your feed, but for each site I’ve noted whether or not this is the case.

They will generally have some kind of review process—acceptance is never guaranteed, but if your feed is technically sound, and the content good quality, there shouldn’t be a problem.

It should take no more than a few minutes to submit your feed to each one.

1. Flipboard

Flipboard flipboard.png

  • Registration required? Yes
  • For blogs only? No

As described in my previous post on where to publish content, once you’ve submitted your feed to Flipboard—and you’re publishing regularly—the site will start referring visitors to your content.

It’s a very popular website, with over 100 million monthly active users, and according to Alexa is ranked as one of the top 5,000 sites in the world.

In essence, it helps publishers to “distribute to and connect with people who are passionate about your content”.

Publish on Flipboard publish-on-flipboard.jpg

It’s a good idea to check their RSS guidelines before submitting your feed, as it will be reviewed prior to making your content public.

For example, I had to make a couple of changes for this blog before then submitting to Flipboard:

  • Update the descriptions for the posts to make sure they were at least 300 characters long (they were around half that before).
  • Add an enclosure tag to the RSS feed to supply the header image.

Create a magazine on Flipboard create-magazine-flipboard.jpg

After submitting the feed, validation was fairly instant, but then there’s also a manual review process.

The feed is validated almost immediately flipboard-rss-feed-validated.jpg

Unfortunately, a few days later I received an email informing me that for whatever reason the feed for this blog had not been accepted at the current time:

Flipboard not accepted email

Likely I'll double check everything, do some research and in due course try again. It could simply be that the blog is relatively new.

Presuming you get accepted, as with most aspects of content marketing, Flipboard is most effective when you’re publishing regularly and consistently.

The site may remove feeds completely that haven’t been updated for six months or more.

Click here to submit your RSS feed to Flipboard.

2. Twingly

Twingly twingly.png

  • Registration required? No
  • For blogs only? Yes

Twingly indexes a million blog posts every day, using it to provide data, a programmatically-searchable engine, and widgets on partner sites that link to your blog.

According to their website, “thousands of organizations and companies around the world rely on Twingly to keep track of what is said about them and trends they follow”.

To be included, just add your blog’s URL—they’ll automatically find and index your RSS feed.

Submit your blog’s URL to Twingly and they’ll find your RSS feed automatically twingly-submit-rss-url.jpg

After submission, you get a suitable confirmation message (which was personally very reassuring after testing out so many other RSS submission sites not included here that just didn’t work!):

Confirmation message after submission twingly-confirmation.jpg

Click here to submit your feed to Twingly.

3. OnTopList

OnTopList ontoplist.png

  • Registration required? Yes
  • For blogs only? Yes

This site is a regularly updated blog directory that also accepts your RSS feed URL when you submit.

Submit to the RSS submission site, OnTopList ontoplist-rss-submission-site.jpg

It’s currently ranked around the 40,000 mark on Alexa, so gets reasonable traffic levels.

RSS feeds are apparently “checked for new entries every 24 hours”—though it’s unclear what happens as a result of that.

To have your blog actually listed requires either the addition of a badge to your site like this one:

Blogs - OnToplist.com

Alternatively, you can choose to make a payment of an annual or one-time fee for guaranteed inclusion.

Request a review on OnTopList ontoplist-review.jpg

Click here to submit your feed to OnTopList.

4. Blogarama

Blogarama blogarama.png

  • Registration required? Yes
  • For blogs only? Yes

Claims to be the oldest blog directory, with 150,000+ “active and moderated blog listings”.

It’s active too, currently ranking in the top 25,000 websites on Alexa.

New posts are listed on the website, with Premium and Business packages available for additional exposure.

To submit, you’ll first need to register, and then add a listing.

Submit to Blogarama blogarama-submit.jpg

After submission, once approved, the site will start to automatically index posts via your blog’s RSS feed.

Up to 50 posts are indexed free, with payment options available for unlimited posts and additional features.

Click here to submit your feed to Blogarama.

5. Follow.it

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  • Registration required? Yes
  • For blogs only? No

Follow.it is essentially a service that allows people to ‘follow you’ and get updates by email when you publish something new.

To do this, the service regularly checks your RSS feed.

Followers can select to be notified about new content in a number of different ways, from getting a daily email ‘Newspaper’ to receiving push notifications on their mobile phone.

follow.it notifications follow-it-notifications.jpg

They can also choose to filter exactly what they want to receive by using keywords, tags or authors.

Filter the content received follow-it-filters.jpg

If someone follows you via the link on your website, you also get access to their email addresses.

While you probably wouldn’t want to add these to a mailing list as they haven’t opted in, you could potentially:

  • Connect with them individually as a lead.
  • Use the email addresses for retargeted advertising.

To get started, click here and click the Sign Up link on the top menu.

Click the Sign Up button follow-it-sign-up.jpg

Once registered and logged in, click to add a feed from the side menu.

Add a feed to follow.it follow-it-add-feed.jpg

Enter the URL of your RSS feed (or your blog), and click Next.

Add the follow feature add-follow-feature-follow-it.jpg

You’re then encouraged to add a customizable form to your website that might look something like this:

Email subscription form from follow.it follow-it-email-form.jpg

However, this isn’t compulsory to be able to take advantage of follow.it.

For example, many business owners and marketers—myself included—will want to prioritize an optin form for a list they can mail directly to.

Instead, you can add an icon to your site, linked to the special URL they provide.

Link an icon from your website to follow.it follow-it-icon.jpg

On clicking the link, visitors see a page like this:

follow.it’s signup form follow-it-link-form.jpg

Even better, if they’re already a follow.it user and logged in, they’ll just see a Follow button.

That means they can follow you with a single click, giving you potentially higher conversions.

Users logged into follow.it just see a single Follow button follow-it-sign-up-logged-in.jpg

If you want to see how it works for yourself, click here for the follow.it link for this blog.

That doesn’t mean you have to actually follow, but you can see the page in action as an example.

As you might notice, I’ve also added a follow.it icon to the sidebar of this blog, and will probably add elsewhere in time too.

Use of follow.it is free, regardless of how many followers you might have.

You can however access premium features for a few dollars a month, depending on the number of followers you have.

Such features include the ability to:

  • Define a redirect page for subscribers after they follow you
  • Get alerts via email for subscribes/unsubscribes (along with unsubscribe reasons).
  • Be defined as the ‘sender’ for the emails that followers receive.
  • And more.

The premium features are actually quite appealing, and I’ll likely upgrade as my followers increase.

Either way, it will be interesting to see what results I get over time.

Overall, follow.it seems an exciting concept, with a ‘follow’ here potentially more valuable than one on say Twitter or Facebook.

With well over a hundred thousand websites already using follow.it, and over two million active followers, I suspect this service will grow and grow.

To give it a go yourself and submit your own feed, just click here.

6. Pine.blog

Pine.blog pineblog.png

  • Registration required? Yes
  • For blogs only? No

Admittedly I am less sure about these final two sites on the list than the top five sites above.

However, I have included them anyway as they may still have potential benefits.

Pine.blog is still relatively new and, while I’m not familiar with it yet, appears to be a type of social network.

People can follow people along with websites they’re interested in, whether blogs, YouTube Channels, news sites or other types of site.

They see content in a timeline—like you get on other social media sites—and can chat, comment, like and so on.

By adding your feed to their site, you potentially attract followers to your content and thereby increase your visibility.

The site also has an API available, which means that other apps can extract data from the site programmatically and potentially give your content additional exposure.

To add your feed, you need to register and login first.

Once done, click here to submit your feed to their feed directory.

Submit your feed to the RSS submission site pine.blog pine.blog pine-blog-submission.jpg

Once submitted, it takes a few days for the feed to be approved and appear in their directory.

RSS submission complete pine-blog-submission-complete.jpg

Indeed, after several days, I did then receive an email confirming inclusion of this blog within the directory:

Email confirming inclusion in Pine's directory

7. Wingee

Wingee wingee.png

  • Registration required? Yes
  • For blogs only? No

Wingee claims to be “the world’s leading RSS directory” with only “human moderated high quality RSS feeds”.

It appears to simply list and link to RSS feeds in a number of different categories.

While it’s not clear how effective or useful this site actually is in practice, there’s probably no harm in submitting your feed.

One submitted, to get the feed reviewed and listed, you need to:

  • Pay $2 as a one-time fee for a standard listing
  • Get a featured listing for $5/month
  • Add one of the links to Wingee they provide somewhere on your website.

As I’m writing about them for this blog post anyway, I opted for the latter, link as follows.

Submit your feed to Wingee: Submit Url.


I was unsure what I would find when I started looking for places to submit RSS feeds to, and the potential benefits that would bring.

But after sifting through dozens of RSS submission sites, and whittling them down to the short list provided here, I was actually pretty surprised.

There are a number of useful sites here to submit feeds to which are designed to both increase your traffic and online visibility.

Time will tell how effective they actually are in practice, but for now at least it’s likely worth taking advantage by running through them now and submitting your own feed to them.

As well as your blog’s feed, don’t forget the RSS feeds you have for other content platforms too (see the section Where Can You Find Your Feed? above for a list).

Submitting each feed is a one-time activity, so once done, that’s it!

Stephen D Shaw is the founder of Trafficonomy—dominate search, build authority and influence, and attract non-stop streams of traffic and lead flow 24/7. Join our early access list and be the first to know as soon as this powerful new software becomes available.