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All of a Sudden, My Feed's Getting a Lot of Views
What's the significance of that?
West of Willamette

 8:40 pm on Apr 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

I have a rather large website and a few weeks ago, I created a feed for the site's content. Last week, out of the blue, the feed showed up as the third highest "site entry page" after the index page and robots.txt with several hundred "site entries" during the course of the week. I've added the feed to My Yahoo and My MSN, and did some "pinging" but not nearly enough of it to account for this high number.

I assume this is good, but I can't translate this into any measurable results on my site. Has anyone else had this experience? What can be done to translate "feed views" into more tangible site statistics? Can I expect to see a higher level of site indexing / search engine rankings because of this?



 8:46 pm on Apr 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

Search for the content in the feed. Is someone using your feed for content generation and/or a scraper script?

West of Willamette

 9:20 pm on Apr 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

Well, I do see some pages in scraper sites, but not an extraordinary number of them. Do scraper sites use the feeds as content generators?


 9:26 pm on Apr 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

Oh yeah. Feeds are easily parsable, accessible content and are typically auto-generated, never tracked, and forgotten about.

That screams "source for scraper scripts".


 8:35 pm on Apr 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

If someone (even just one person) subscribes to your feed using bloglines they come by (I believe) once per hour.


 6:21 pm on May 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

Does this present a dup content issue with the search engins then?

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