How to Use Google News to Build A Custom RSS Feed

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How to Use Google News

How to Use Google News
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Do you like keeping up with your favorite sports team? Or finding out about video games? Or reading about parenting tips? An RSS feed can be a great way to keep up with your interests, but wouldn't it be great if there were a way to automatically scour the Web for news on your interests?

Luckily, there is a way to do exactly that. Learning how to use Google News is your ticket to a custom RSS feed that brings your news straight to your RSS Reader.

Using Google News is really quite simple. Simply go to news.google.com and type in what you would like to scour the news for. The results are displayed on the screen, but you can also save them as a custom RSS feed that will be continuously updated.

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How to Build A Custom RSS Feed

How to Build a Custom RSS Feed
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After going to news.google.com, type in what you want to search for and click the "Search News" button. This will tell Google to search through every website it has classified as either news or a blog and bring back results for your search.

Sometimes, it is helpful to search for an exact phrase instead of just a word. To search for an exact phrase, include quotation marks around the phrase."

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Build An Advanced RSS Feed By Searching Multiple Items

How to Build a Custom RSS Feed
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You don't have to search for just one item at a time. The real power of Google News is that you can search for multiple items and bring them all back in the same custom RSS feed.

To search for multiple items, type in the word "OR" between the items, but do not include the quotation marks.

  • Example: "Dallas Cowboys" OR "Houston Texans"
  • Results: Any news articles or blog posts that either contains the phrase "Dallas Cowboys" or "Houston Texans"

Sometimes, you want to make sure two phrases are in a single article. This is done the same way as searching for multiple items, only you type in the word "AND" instead of "OR".

  • Example: "Dallas Cowboys" AND "Houston Texans"
  • Results: Any news articles or blog posts that either contains both the phrase "Dallas Cowboys" and the phrase "Houston Texans" in the same article or blog post

These results can be used as a custom RSS feed. For help setting up the feed from the results page, refer to How to Find an RSS Feed on a Website.