Hi I have a newsfeed service available from my site. some simple cut and paste code on any website will request the three most recent headlines from our database. currently the three headlines in the newsfeed link back to my home page, where the full stories are available. there is also a link with the site name at the bottom. my questions are:
1)is it less benificial to my link development (in terms of PR) to have these four closely grouped links than a single link would be?
2)after their 15 minutes of fame on the front page, the news stories are archived into static html pages. would i be better setting a delay on the newsfeed so it requests yesterdays stories, and then have these linked back to the static pages? then i would have links to four different pages of my site, rather than 4 links to index.php.
the type of news we cover is rarely abosolutely time critical and delaying the newsfeed until the stories have been archived shouldnt be a problem.
I'd link back to the news stories themselves rather than to your homepage. Your current setup means an extra click to the content and instinct says get rid of it.
As for dealing with the dynamic stories and the static pages I'd write the static documents immediately as well as keep them in the db. Once thier 15 minutes are up - trash them from the db and leave the static pages. Use the static pages for your news feeds.
It's not as hard as it seems though XML - when considered in it's entirety - is a rather large animal and can be intimidating. Just stick to the RSS vein and you should master that portion relatively quickly. You will, of course, need to work with XML but it shouldn't be too bad. Good luck.