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How do I Keep the RSS Content on My Site
The best way to maximize the SEO benefits of fresh content

 4:15 am on Jun 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

I have been looking into the benefits of RSS and was wondering if it is possible to have the content that is pulled in from an RSS feed stored locally on a website.

The idea is when a user clicks on a link for a news topic they stay on my site and so does the content for that news topic. The idea also is to create a constantly growing archive section that is growing by the day.

Maybe to have a tool that pulls the RSS content into a database, parses out the relevant content and regenerates a static html page dynamically. Is this possible?



 6:52 am on Jun 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

That sounds a lot like leeching content. I think the licensing terms of the feeds you were using might forbid such use. If you were using feeds of my site and presenting them as your own I don't think I'd take too kindly to it.

Generally if you're using someone else's feed there's an implicit understanding that you will provide links back to the source. You would have to check the terms of service/license agreement of each feed though.


 1:17 pm on Jun 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

I would still have a link back to the original source. But the content and all references to the author and owner of the content would be on a static page on my site. Wouldn't this be the best, fully compliant way, of implementing RSS from a SEO perspective.


 1:41 pm on Jun 20, 2004 (gmt 0)


This is an area that I know alot about as my company is one of the largest providers of professionally aggregated RSS news feeds.

Any reasonable person would consider this unethical and blatant content theft and almost without exception the news and content sources and providers that I am aware of prohibit this. Do this and eventually you will find yourself in lots of expensive trouble.

If you want display full article content then you will need to license and pay for it directly from the sources. Generally the major news souces charge thousands monthly for this as news content is expensive.


 2:50 pm on Jun 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

I've been to a lot of sites where the articles are opening up within the same domain instead of going off to another site. Are they just using frames to do this then? Is this method compliant and SEO beneficial?


 3:00 pm on Jun 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

Once again the sites are most likely PAYING to use the content.

Framing is also prohibited by most sources.


 9:18 am on Jun 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

Some feeds have a TOS - if there isn't anything mentioned against what you want - you maybe able to use it.

But check with the source first. Also, as AmeriClicks said - most services of these kind get a paid licence - if you have a budget, you might want to try contacting the source.



 1:10 pm on Jun 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

So, let's say that I find a compliant RSS feed or pay for one. What is the best way to proceed at this point in order to achieve what I described earlier? Is there any php based software that can do this?


 8:38 pm on Jul 31, 2004 (gmt 0)

I have built such a tool. Basically, the tool imports the feed into a mySQL table, and is archived by date. It seems to me that if you are simply storing the title and a short description, this is no different than a news site, and would fall under "fair use", because you are not displaying the entire article, simply a link and a short description, and, in my case, I am giving credit to the site.

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