I have been pretty green to RSS and the use of it in a non-blog way so I thought I would throw out there my observation of a couple sites use of it and ask some questions about it.
Two examples that I have found are located at:
These two websites, and I'm sure there are a zillion more, use a feed, which I found through looking at their source code:
<link rel="alternate" title="Za**os Latest Styles RSS Feed" href="/n/rss" type="application/rss+xml">
<link href="http://example.com/homes/rss.xml" rel="alternate" title="RSS" type="application/rss+xml" />
In both website's situation, I cannot find a place to sign up for that feed.
A bunch of questions come to mind, but I'll start with just a few to get the ball rolling on a discussion:
1.) Why have a feed, without a way of people being able to sign up for it?
2.) How are they creating it? Is it manually created or automatic some how?
3.) What are the benefits of having a feed that nobody can sign up for?
4.) Can you create a feed like that and then submit (ping) RSS directories, etc. with the feed url to somehow benefit from an SEO perspective?
Any other thoughts or ideas about this would be appreciated.
[edited by: bill at 1:24 am (utc) on Mar. 19, 2008]
[edit reason] No example URLs please. [/edit]