Thanks - now it makes sense! At least I think it makes sense unless I am off on an irrelevant tangent.
I understood it in terms of mutual benefit of linking. What I didn't understand was why on earth not just put a link on and ask for a link back -If I take that out of the equation, then I see what it is about. What you are saying is that RSS is used to attract custom back? - But then if people use adsense won't that result in invalid clicks? People think; "if I go to that site about green bannanas I can find the green bananna news because you click on a link there?"
So are we saying here that something like google picks up that your site will get them to what they just searched, and so they get to your site instead of the one with the info - but find a link to the info they want on your site, which means they may stop by and read your site on the way to the site they really needed?
So a crawler will pick up that the info is on your site because it picks up the keywords for the site with the feed? - so some of the keywords on your site should reflect the keywords relevant to the RSS feed. You increase the content to benefit the reader, but also get traffic from people looking for the content.?
For me, traffic is more important than the revenue - even if revenue would be nice. - However I don't actually want lots of click through stuff from click through programs as then you just get people who don't read the site at all but take one look and disapear. So don't suggest that. My experience of that is you get a whole load of ads that are innapropriate in your guestbook with no comment about the site!)
My dream is not so much to make a lot of money with adsense or whatever, as to wake up one day to find people bought or preferably wanted to publish free or paid, what I write from the site ( they do offline!)-Increasing site traffic obviously affects us all. I am more interested in the traffic increase. (Yes I do know I need to advertise the site all over the place as well.)
People want you to pay for advertising their site? Hmmm..............
OK real idiot question is what is the difference between providing an RSS feed and a link? Did I get that in what I said above> - though I find links from one site to me appear all over the place because that particular writers seems to have a high google ranking and picks up what I post for critique/they publish.