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Do incoming RSS feeds contibute to site freshness?
Incoming RSS feeds - Counted for site freshness?
SeekGeek




msg:4069685
 10:54 am on Jan 28, 2010 (gmt 0)

I see there was a related post previously (http://www.webmasterworld.com/forum3/18251.htm) but that ended in 2002.

My question: Google is definitely putting more Algo emphasis on site freshness. If you have content coming onto the homepage from another site's RSS feed does Google use the latest feed date as the last time your page was modifed? And if so is it given the same "site freshness weight" ?

 

bill




msg:4070321
 9:16 am on Jan 29, 2010 (gmt 0)

Welcome to WebmasterWorld SeekGeek.

The problem you run into is that usually Google has already indexed the original feed's contents. Your duplication of that content is generally overlooked/ignored from a rankings standpoint. If they didn't overlook that duplication then content syndication via RSS would have resulted in a lot of penalized sites before now.

SeekGeek




msg:4070368
 11:03 am on Jan 29, 2010 (gmt 0)

Thanks Bill. I completely overlooked the dup content issue. Oops.

nickora




msg:4100963
 1:12 pm on Mar 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

so aside from if the content is relevant to the user (which yes i realise is the main priority) is there any point in putting RSS feeds onto your site from external sources?

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