Big Bill wrote:
> Roy, what good does it do you that more and more people subscribe to
> your site? I'm looking for specifics here (pretty please) as I think
> there are distinctions which mean that RSS is simply inappropriate for
> a lot of people who are over-enthusiastically embracing it - paying
> for being told how to use it, too.
You raise an important point. Some people are repelled by feeds since people
use them to avoid site layouts, ads and promotions. However, they help you
get visitors back and, in your case, perhaps admire you as an SEO expert.
Feeds also assist modem users who cannot afford the time it takes to load
your pages. Unlike bookmarks, feeds are active (like newsgroups) and are
not invoked from bookmarks in 'passive mode'. Feeds will soon be able to
incorporate AdSense within. However, me and many others never intend to
incorporate the same filth (commercials) that visitors try to avoid.
Think carefully what you have to gain and what you have to lose. I add an
"?rss" stub to all URL's in my feeds so that, if ever these become
necessary, I can learn about users' behaviour. BBC and many others do
likewise. They have done that since 2004 and the number of feeds has only
been extended since. I think it can teach us a lesson or two.
Roy S. Schestowitz