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Difference Between Feedblitz Feeds & Atoms Feeds
Can both be used on Blogspot?

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Msg#: 3782514 posted 1:06 pm on Nov 8, 2008 (gmt 0)

1) I have a blog hosted on blogspot dot com. By default, the link Subscribe to : Posts (Atoms) appears at the bottom of the blog.

2) I have also experimented with Feedblitz and placed a "Enter Your email" form to enable visitors to my site to subscribe to email alerts which they receive every time a new post is added.

I do not have a complete understanding of this technology and have a very basic question - what is the difference between both? Which one is more useful for visitors and for the Blog owner?



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Msg#: 3782514 posted 2:59 am on Nov 9, 2008 (gmt 0)

RSS & Atom feeds are free ways to push content update notifications to people who choose to subscribe.

I'd not actually heard of Feedblitz. It looks like a service you pay for that will send out e-mail messages to subscribers.

In my book RSS/Atom would win out over a paid 3rd party e-mail service for content notifications. E-mail is notoriously problematic for this due to filtering and other blocks. Even though e-mail may be opt-in somebody's eventually going to forget they subscribed and report you as a spammer. That could never happen with RSS.

Also, with RSS/Atom you have complete control of what is sent out and when. You can change that content any time you want. Once an e-mail is sent you can't recall it. XML feeds will reside on your server for as long as you want. If an e-mail subscriber deletes your mail that info is gone.

RSS/Atom and e-mail serve different purposes. If you want a newsletter then e-mail is great. RSS/Atom is a service that you provide to allow for syndication of your content and/or notification of new content on your site.

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