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Please someone tell me what this is about in idiot form!

New and confused!



5:48 am on Oct 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I can see I need RSS somehow. I can't for the life of me figure it. Maybe it is just a simple need of explanation, but even the answers to the newbies who have asked have me confused. I can't even understand the answers to the other beginners! This is probably in the end that I don't understand the technical terms and my searches are not really helping that much.

I guess my question is really, what is the bit that goes IN and what is the bit that goes out and gets traffic to my site as well as traffic to theirs - whoever they are. How do I get the traffic in and out?

If I have a website, then I need to add an RSS feed in? Is this what I get from something like xpresslite UKON? That presumably takes my readers to the owners of a feed - so that benefits them -but what about me? How does that benefit me? What on earth do I do so the readers on that site get to want to read my site? Cutting and pasting is easy enough, but what is all the stuff about creating channels? Do I have to make something like a channel on my website? How on EARTH does someone like me - without a lot of web-technical know how, do that? Is is all more simple than my brain is making it? Or - should I pay someone to do this for me, and if I do, would it pay me to do that?

I can work it out that I need relevant feeds -I can see that unless I learn something other than HTML (I am fine with html)- I need to use something that will do the work for me on this one unless I have a brain storm or lightbulb moment! Maybe I just invented web dyslexia! - I can see that I need to have RSS - and that everyone else thinks I need it- but I confess the jargon itself has me confused.

Sigh - does Borders sell the idiots guide to RSS?

Don't jump on me for being an idiot in this area - I have probably done other things you can't!



6:03 am on Oct 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Why would RSS feeds pay you? Your taking someone else's content. Some people make you pay to use RSS feeds, let alone pay you to use them.


6:12 am on Oct 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

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an RSS setup is generally one way traffic, from you to them.

the benefit to you is having whatever fresh information the feed is providing to build your content (and possibly ads) around, not to mention the benefit to your users (which should be your priority ;o)



3:52 am on Oct 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Thanks - now it makes sense! At least I think it makes sense unless I am off on an irrelevant tangent.

I understood it in terms of mutual benefit of linking. What I didn't understand was why on earth not just put a link on and ask for a link back -If I take that out of the equation, then I see what it is about. What you are saying is that RSS is used to attract custom back? - But then if people use adsense won't that result in invalid clicks? People think; "if I go to that site about green bannanas I can find the green bananna news because you click on a link there?"

So are we saying here that something like google picks up that your site will get them to what they just searched, and so they get to your site instead of the one with the info - but find a link to the info they want on your site, which means they may stop by and read your site on the way to the site they really needed?

So a crawler will pick up that the info is on your site because it picks up the keywords for the site with the feed? - so some of the keywords on your site should reflect the keywords relevant to the RSS feed. You increase the content to benefit the reader, but also get traffic from people looking for the content.?

For me, traffic is more important than the revenue - even if revenue would be nice. - However I don't actually want lots of click through stuff from click through programs as then you just get people who don't read the site at all but take one look and disapear. So don't suggest that. My experience of that is you get a whole load of ads that are innapropriate in your guestbook with no comment about the site!)

My dream is not so much to make a lot of money with adsense or whatever, as to wake up one day to find people bought or preferably wanted to publish free or paid, what I write from the site ( they do offline!)-Increasing site traffic obviously affects us all. I am more interested in the traffic increase. (Yes I do know I need to advertise the site all over the place as well.)

People want you to pay for advertising their site? Hmmm..............

OK real idiot question is what is the difference between providing an RSS feed and a link? Did I get that in what I said above> - though I find links from one site to me appear all over the place because that particular writers seems to have a high google ranking and picks up what I post for critique/they publish.


4:48 am on Oct 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

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what is the difference between providing an RSS feed and a link?

An RSS feed is usually dynamically generated news, weather, products (for example only products in stock with dynamic prices), etc

if you had a site about widgets you may want the latest news headlines about widgets as a service to your visitors.

if you are talking about SUPPLYING an RSS feed to someone else then yes the people should find your site through the links you provide in the RSS feed.

are you supplying the feed?


4:27 am on Oct 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

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That would be the stuff someone else put on their site linking to me? I found a few sites where I can get a free feed to relevant content, but I'm not sure why they supply the feed themselves. I couldn't see of themselves they would have a huge audience.


6:00 am on Oct 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member

why they supply the feed themselves

for the traffic


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