Saturday, 10 August 2013


Many blogs, news sites, sports and other websites whose content changes are quite regularly will  make something known as an RSS feed available to its users. An RSS feed is a subscription to a website through which users can automatically access any updated or new content that may be available. RSS feeds can be read using RSS readers or aggregators like Feedspot (

There have been many occasions in the past where a government or organization has blocked access to a blog or a newspaper or a media house that is deemed to be controversial. In such a case, if you try using your browser to connect to the controversial website, then you will be denied access. However, if you want to continue to access the content on the blocked site, then it may be possible for you to subscribe to the RSS feed of that website using any popular RSS aggregator. Usually a government, company, college or an ISP would only block direct access to a website, but it may not be possible for them to block access to the RSS feed of a website without blocking the complete RSS aggregator. For example, let us assume that your government has blocked access to because it published some controversial story and it is  no longer possible to access using your browser. But you really want to find a way to access the articles on the CNN websites which have been blocked. In such a scenario, you can do is the following:

Step 1:
Open your browser and connect to

Step 2:
You can search for any RSS feeds that you want to subscribe to by typing in the relevant keywords. In this example, I want to access content from the blocked CNN website, so I search for the keyword CNN and subscribe/follow to their RSS feed:

Step 3:
Now Feedspot allows me to read the latest news stories from the CNN website, even though officially, the CNN website has been blocked by the local government or company or ISP.

Note*: This method will work only for those websites that haven an RSS feed option available.