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Re: RSS Autodiscovery

  • Subject: Re: RSS Autodiscovery
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@schestowitz.com>
  • Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2005 04:22:18 +0100
  • Newsgroups: alt.internet.search-engines
  • Organization: schestowitz.com / Manchester University
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Ignoramus31199 wrote:

> On Tue, 12 Jul 2005 17:54:19 +0100, Roy Schestowitz
> <newsgroups@schestowitz.com> wrote:
>> Ignoramus31199 wrote:
>>> On 12 Jul 2005 09:20:15 -0700, Seth Russell <russell.seth@gmail.com>
>>> wrote:
>>>>> 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?
>>>> Yes.  These links are used for rss autodiscovery, the most useful way
>>>> to find rss feeds.  Many aggregators (eg.  www.bloglines.com) use this
>>>> for their quick one click subscribe buttons;  also that link is what
>>>> puts the "Add livebookmark for this page's feed" icon on the right hand
>>>> side of the Firefox browser's status bar.
>>> Did not think of auto discovery. Thanks.
>>>> You should also put some subscribe buttons on your page.  Take a look
>>>> on the right hand colum of  www.kbcafe.com/rss/ and also choose a page
>>>> that describes what these are all about.
>>>> Actually I am also in the process of formulating how I am going to be
>>>> advertising my rss feeds.  Does anyone  have any suggestions as to the
>>>> best way to project rss subscribe buttons on one's pages ?
>>> Thanks Seth. I would love to hear answers to your question.
>> Auto-discovery is important indeed so it is worth checking if it
>> functions compatibly with news readers and feeds-related services. I
>> personally use RSSOwl as my feeds reader and it has an autodiscovery
>> facility that scans the site for typical feeds locations (it flags many
>> errors for the Webmaster to see. Ouch!).
> What would be those locations?

I'll need to check. Is it so important? Different clients will try different
locations. I know that Yahoo have some sophisticated way of discovering
feeds and it might be integrated into some browser add-on toolbar.

If you put an amber meta in your front page, feeds will probably be followed
and discovered. Also, if you add the RSS link to the page headers, you will
simplify discovery greatly. Not all people arrive at your front page after
all (links, search engines referrals, etc.).


Roy S. Schestowitz

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