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Methods to make rss and blogs search engine friendly

 3:25 pm on Oct 30, 2004 (gmt 0)


I have an RSS XML feed and a blog in my website.

I created this feed about a week back.
I am new to this RSS and Blog technology.
I have submitted the feeds to various aggregators and have used add to my yahoo also.

Can you please suggest ways to improve my rss with respect to search engines.
I have no clue how to go about improving the xml feed and blog.

Kindly advice me on this.

with regds,

[edited by: werty at 4:06 pm (utc) on Oct. 30, 2004]
[edit reason] TOS #13 - Please to do not give specific URLs [/edit]



 3:35 am on Nov 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

I suppose there are a lot of opinions of what works and what doesn't work, just like in the discussions on SEO.

In addition to what you already laid out, here's what else I do:

1. Your RSS file should have the filename extension of ".xml". I'd suggest using the filename "rss.xml". Seems to be a standard that some RSS bots are looking for.

2. Make sure you have the LINK tag in the <HEAD> portion of your homepage. This will direct spiders to your RSS file. Use the following syntax:

<link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="RSS" href="http://wwWebmasterWorldebsite.com/rss.xml">

3. Add new content to your RSS file everyday to ensure frequent visits by your audience.


 9:41 am on Nov 2, 2004 (gmt 0)


Thanx for the information provided.
I have done all the above mentioned methods, my problem was to know how the feed could get listed in the news directories of yahoo and google?
I have also submitted my feed to both the directories.

Apart from that how do i track the statistics coming from my feed or blog.

Kindly advice..



 7:46 am on Nov 8, 2004 (gmt 0)

If you added the feed to MyYahoo, then Yahoo will automatically add it to its search engine listings, but it will take time.


 1:25 am on Nov 9, 2004 (gmt 0)

You can add your feed to Yahoo by logging into MyYahoo and then click on "Add Content". On the next screen click on "Add RSS by URL". There you can add the RSS url for your site.

You can track hits to your blog using any tag based stats services common with web sites or for blogs. Many are free. Just search Google for "blog stats counter" or similar phrase.


 5:30 pm on Nov 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

Another way to get a link to your RSS feed is to furl your feed.

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