If you are a freelance writer who uses the web, a feed reader is one of the most useful tools you can find. Feed readers (also called aggregators or RSS readers) allow you to subscribe to content from web sources such as blogs, news services, job sites and search engines. Most modern, frequently updates web sites provide a feed.

While it is possible, and in many cases advisable, to visit a web site to read their articles and information, the beauty of a feed reader is that it allows you to scan through the latest headlines and quickly see if the new material is something you want to read. In some cases, entire articles will be available through the newsreader. In other cases, just the headline and a brief description will be available. Search engine feeds in particular will always be limited to a headline and a description.

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