You can now search RSS feeds on MSN search. This allows you to find results within RSS feeds and it uses the search operator Feed: followed by your search term. So if you wanted to search for mentions of your site in feeds you could perform a search like this. You just need to replace Newsniche with your site name.
Microsoft search has also added the search operator Hasfeed: that allows you to search for sites that link to an RSS feed. You could use this to find out which sites link to your RSS feed with the query Hasfeed: yoursite.com, this returns all sites that have a link to your feed.
This move by Microsoft shows the growth RSS is experiencing and it's move towards mainstream. The new search ability in MSN search will not replace RSS directories as a means of locating RSS feeds but will help experienced searches in finding information within feeds.
As the uptake of RSS grows the ability to search for RSS feeds in search engines such as MSN search will help bring RSS into the mainstream. In the longer term this is going to benefit webmasters who have decided to create their own RSS feeds.
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