Reddit is terrible, but some individual subreddits are great. If you’d like to keep track of particular communities, but never want to open reddit dot com in a tab ever again, RSS feeds can get the job done.
Reddit offers RSS feeds for basically every page you can open, allowing you to subscribe to them with the RSS reader of your choice or even integrate things with other services. And getting started couldn’t be easier.
Get an RSS Feed For Any Subreddit or Conversation
Head to any subreddit, and then take a look at the URL. We’ll use the best community on the site as a starting point.
To access the RSS feed, simply add “.rss” to the end of the URL. We’ve found this works with and without the final slash.
Open the URL if you like—depending on your browser, it might look messy.
Don’t be fooled: this is an RSS feed you can use just about anywhere.
Some of the bigger web-based feed readers—Feedly, for example—won’t play friendly with feeds from popular subreddits, because Reddit is limiting how much bandwidth they can use. Desktop-based RSS readers seem to work fine, however.
Note that you can add .rss to the end of pretty much any Reddit URL. For example, if you’re a glutton for punishment, you could subscribe to
http://reddit.com/r/all.rss and see way too much content.
You can even subscribe to individual conversations: add
.rss to the end of a post’s URL, as seen above, and you’ve got a working RSS feed.
Track All Reddit Links to Any Domain With RSS
Not everyone knows this, but it’s relatively simple to see every post on Reddit to a particular domain: just head to
reddit.com/domain/ followed the domain of the website. For example,
http://www.reddit.com/domain/howtogeek.com will show you every post linked to this website.
You can actually combine this trick with the RSS trick, allowing you to keep track of every time a particular domain is linked to without having to actually open Reddit.
This could prove useful, for example, if you run a website and want to keep track of Reddit links, if only to find out where that sudden surge of traffic came from.