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My site is listed in Yahoo! and although I got its RSS listed in the beta directory, it doesn't show up under my SERP entry. Is there some way to make sure Yahoo lists the RSS with results for my site?
[edited by: werty at 3:23 pm (utc) on Sep. 21, 2004]
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Yahoo Publishers FAQ [my.yahoo.com] - will probably answer all your questions.
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Something I did spot in Mozilla Firefox (now that I've finally abandoned MSIE) is that if you've set your RSS headers up properly an RSS button shows up in the status bar, which is nice.
I've got a site with 1 feed for each the 4 top level categories. One of the 4 categories shows in the SERPs with the:
RSS: View as XML - Add to My Yahoo! [Beta]
The other 3 categories do not. It's been that way for several months. The url format and the format of the pages are identical.
The only thing I can think of is that I added the 1 category's feed in My.Yahoo as an RSS. I guess I'll try adding the other feeds & see if you pick them up.
Does that sound like it may be the issue or is there any other reason why you guys would pick up the 1 category but not the others?
When you asked if the url is the same, does that mean these would both work:
domain.com/foo/index.php & domain.com/foo/index.xml
domain.com/whats_new.php & domain.com/whats_new.xml
> Is the URL in the RSS directory exactly the same as the one you are seeing in the serps? If not you can change the URL in your RSS feed to match.
Tim: Erm - not exactly sure what you mean - here's the header from my rss (examplified)
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1"?>
<pubDate>Mon, 18 Oct 2004 05:06:15 CDT</pubDate>
<lastBuildDate>Mon, 18 Oct 2004 05:06:15 CDT</lastBuildDate>
The rss feed itself is from [example.org...] - could this be a problem?
The site is in the Yahoo! directory - was even a pick of the day a while back - so the kind of thing I'd think would be wanted.
I don't have any more ideas...
The feed filename must end in rss or rdf - so my /rss/feed.php was the problem. (I've seen XML also in the SERPS)
I'll let everyone know when the serps include the RSS info also.
> Is checking and validating is needed
I would strongly recommend ensuring that your feed validates - the are many other feed robots and places to submit RSS - some rejected my feed due to problems that I found with the validator. Its just good practice to validate your html and xml. (the filename was not flagged by the validator hence thought it was fine)
/rss/feed.php was the problem
I have seen that most the feeds , or if I can saw dynamic generated feeds are php , as with php lifes becomes easier , else I will have to run cron to re-write my xml (if my hosts does allow .xml to pass through the php interpreter).
Lets ask yahoo to correct this biggy fallback before Google does that.
Try in .htaccess
AddType application/x-httpd-php .rss
As a first step and copy your existing feed to - feed.rss or something.
Fingers crossed my feedwill be listed in Yahoo SERPs soon :)
the Y! rss directory will automatically pick up your feed and add it to the directory, I can see mt headlines and feed items listed in MY Y!, but when I try to search for my feed listing it doesn't show.
Am I being really stupid? I haven't ever found an actually Y! rss Directory. What I read above implies there is one. All I thought you could do was add your feeds to MyYahoo and get that View As XML link. Once added your feed will than appear as a suggestion when someone searches for the keyword 'widget' on the 'Add RSS Source' search in myYahoo. Have I missed something?
Also, anyone else find that only a maximum of 10 items ever get added when you import an OPML file into MyYahoo?