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I think it can. From a freshness perspective, it allows bots to visit your site more often. RSS is the easiest way to get fresh content tailored around your niche keyword, but you have to make sure that the RSS feed is readbale to the SEs.
RSS is also great for your visitors who will come back if you have timely news and info from authoratitive sources!
Start checking into the RSS search engines (including blog engines, news, and link engines). There is significant traffic to be had there under certain topics. Learning to rank well on those engines, helps enourmously to rank well on "html" engines like Google.
I apologize for all those beginner questions. Totally new to RSS.
If you use ASP to generate HTML from XML on the server, then all the search engine can see is the HTML.
Exactly however I use php.
And another thing is since you using some body else RSS itís probably already indexed by some SEís so arenít you going to be penalize for double content? If any one else could answer this it would be greatly appreciated as well.
In my case, I'm not using other people's content, I'm using the latest posts from my forum and embedding them through php withing the html of my site (in various themed sections.)
However, even if you use other people's content, you will still do well from an seo pov as long as you have other original content on your page besides the feed.