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RSS and redirect issues

1:18 am on Jan 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I would like to display an RSS newsfeed on my site and would like to use server side scripting so that search engines may crawl it (as oppose to java script). I am only planning to put the RSS feeds on 6 pages of my site, including the main home page. To do this, I will be required to change the suffix of these 6 pages, including the main home page from ".html" to ".asp". I was going to do a 301 redirect, but have read that google has some problems with it.

If I am only redirecting 6 pages including home page, will google still have problems with it? Can anyone tell me the pros and cons? Thanks so much!

2:57 am on Jan 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Welcome to WebmasterWorld nnowakow

Isn't there a way to get a Windows server to parse .html pages as .asp? I know you can do similar with Apache and an .htaccess file. Then you wouldn't have to bother with all these re-directs. Maybe you should be asking this over in our Microsoft Related - .NET and ASP [webmasterworld.com] forum.

RSS feeds are usually XML-type files that reside separately from your HTML. They generally duplicate the content of your site so you wouldn't want them crawled by the SEs necessarily. If you have the RSS files on your server that should be enough for the services that access them.

5:34 am on Jan 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

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THanks! That would be a better solution that a 301 redirect!

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