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RSS feeds and article submissions
are they one and the same?
fi5hbone




msg:1543011
 6:29 pm on Aug 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

hi there, i have 2 queries which i need help for please?

1. i have a content site, which are all in static html. i want to syndicate my site so that i have people reading it off other webpages. may i know the fastest way to do this without much programming knowledge? also, does the rss feed have my link in which the visitor can visit?

2. Are article submissions and syndicating rss feeds the same? what are the pros and cons to each? will rss feeds generate as much traffic as article submissions?

 

troy_ahoy




msg:1543012
 8:27 pm on Aug 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

Hi friend,

Looks like you're really confused about this new technology - RSS. Don't worry your not alone... I'll try to help you out on this one...

Coming to your first question, if you want to syndicate content on your website, you should have a RSS feed of your content. An RSS feed is in the XML format.

For example, if you have a section on your website with new articles posted daily, you can create an RSS feed for that particular section.

Whenever you add a new article to that section, all you have to do is add a new item to your RSS feed. This item displays the headline of your article as well as a summary of it... Anyone clicking on the headline leads to your website, where the complete article can be read... It's as simple as that...

It's like hooking the reader with a little content and bringing him to your website for the rest of it... Your RSS feed also has the main link of your website from where your readers can visit you...

<snip>

Coming to your second question, article submission is simply about submitting your articles to online directories and websites... Your article is read only when someone visits the articles page and reads your article...

On the other hand, if you publish an RSS feed, people can subscribe to it with an RSS reader. Now, whenever you have new content, all you do is add a new item to your RSS feed, which leads back to your website to the full content. This way people wont have to search for your articles, they will be automatically be notified as soon as you update your feed...

This way you will have regular readers who'll get hooked to your content... And since people visit your website through the RSS feed to read your complete article, it is a direct traffic boost for your website...

Ultimately you will not only have lots of traffic coming in but will also build a loyal base of subscribers... After all in the end, its all about relationships :)

[edited by: werty at 3:48 am (utc) on Aug. 6, 2005]
[edit reason] Removed self-promotional parts. Please see TOS #13 [/edit]

fi5hbone




msg:1543013
 4:56 am on Aug 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

hey thanks a lot. that is so much clearer now! so basically, an rss feed sounds better than article submissions actually. now i'm wondering, i've got an xml template of an rss feed. so basically i just edit the xml template according to the details of my website i guess?

ScottM




msg:1543014
 3:48 pm on Aug 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

Yes. That's about it!

fi5hbone




msg:1543015
 7:53 pm on Aug 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

aiight. thanks very very much sir!

Julz34




msg:1543016
 7:13 pm on Aug 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

I created an RSS Feed which includes a page on my website that updates daily with RSS Feeds. I added the RSS feed of my website to My Yahoo page, but it won't update daily when the feeds displayed on my website update. HELP?!

3Mice




msg:1543017
 6:37 am on Sep 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

fi5hbone says "..hey thanks a lot. that is so much clearer now! so basically, an rss feed sounds better than article submissions actually.."

I disagree with that one

The huge advantage of article submission is that when other webmasters pick up your article and post it on their sites you get many one-way back links coming in to your site through the resouce box which contains the link to your site.

After starting to automate my article submission using a software i bought to submit to 150 article directories traffic has shot through the roof to my site..

The effect has saw an increase in newsletter subscribers to my site and higher income through Adsense.

Based on my experience with RSS and article submissions, I'd go for the latter any day

tama




msg:1543018
 4:47 am on Oct 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

3Mice may I ask which software you use for the article submissions?

Also, with so many articles around the net, do you envision any problems with duplicate content?

3Mice




msg:1543019
 9:41 am on Oct 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

I think the problem is not duplicate content but repeat html.

This actually happened to a big site which sells website templates where its affiliates were being given exact duplicates of the main site. The site got banned from google because of the exact copy of html the affiliates were using.

Many news related sites publish the exact press releases distributed by sites and they are not banned

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