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Re: Placing and promoting RSS feeds

  • Subject: Re: Placing and promoting RSS feeds
  • From: Ignoramus31199 <ignoramus31199@NOSPAM.31199.invalid>
  • Date: Tue, 12 Jul 2005 16:17:41 GMT
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On Tue, 12 Jul 2005 17:07:00 +0100, Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@schestowitz.com> wrote:
> Ignoramus31199 wrote:
>> I created four RSS news feeds for my site. They are there and they
>> seem to work. No one can see them because I am not yet promoting them
>> in any way. I know where they are, so I am subscribed to them to see if
>> they work.
>> These feeds are script driven and are fed from a special SQL
>> table. The table is populated when certain content is added or
>> deleted.
>> The RSS feeds are only useful for users of my site. They are of no
>> interest to people who do not intend to use my site (such as answering
>> math questions from children).
>> I heard that having RSS feed is viewed favorably by internet gods such
>> as google. Is that true?
>> Regardless, where should I place links to my feeds? Right now I
>> created a special subdirectory with a single page listing my RSS feeds,
>> with links to the feed XML files.
>> Is that good enough? Should I bother with adding RSS tag to the
>> headers of some of my pages? They do it at craigslist:
>>         http://chicago.craigslist.org/tls/
>> if you look at headers, you will see an "alternate link" tag
>> mentioning the rss feed. That could fit into some of the pages on my
>> site (the pages that present updated information). Should I do it?
>> any thoughts?
>> I am an RSS rookie, I learned about RSS yesterday, more or less. I
>> knew what it was for, before, but that was it.
>> thanks
> Hi again,
> The first thing to check is whether broken links are contained in the feeds
> and whether the feeds are flexible enough to index entire sections of the
> site (e.g. by changing LIMIT in the SQL query).

Thanks. I checked for broken links (they are generated
programmatically and are therefore of very limited variety:

None seem to be broken. The RSS feed feeds from an sql update table,
which was empty as of this morning. So, it will never contain changes
from yesterday (Jul 11), but it will contain full history from today

> RSS feeds on their own can imply that a site is technologically advanced and
> hence worth admiring and sending visitors to. With blogging tools, however,
> I am not sure how true this is anymore. Google site maps only bring up
> skepticism among members of this group (alt.internet.search-engines) so I
> suggest you look at posts from the past week.

Thanks, Isaw some and will read some more. I will not have a sitemap,

> Like you, I also created one page which lists all feeds so that a user can
> choose the most suitable feed/s (press the orange XML in my front page to
> see this page). Moreover, I added the most relevant feeds to the header of
> all HTML files in order to benefit from Firefox Live Bookmark and its
> subscribers (Internet Explorer 7 will soon catch up on that). If you are
> interested, I can send you my Linux scripts which add the links recursively
> in command-line mode.

Thanks. I am not sure if I want to have an RSS header on all
pages. Since I use a XML generating script and an SQL table, I have
quite a bit of flexibility and I can have a RSS feed for all kind of
logically separate entity. I have not decided what to do.

My pages are generated on the fly, so I think that your mode of script
use would be different from mine.

> RSS are the way to go as far as I can tell. I slowly accumulate
> subscribers and I believe that you must go on the RSS 'wagon' as
> soon as possible. RSS support is growing exponentially and once
> visitors get overloaded in terms of number of subscriptions, they no
> longer have an appetite for them. You must entice them as soon as
> they are introduced to RSS so hurry and promote. Largely owing to
> RSS, John Bokma is able to attract ~3,000 visitors a day.

I 100% agree. Thanks Roy.


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