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Link back to site in RSS... good for SEO from scraper sites?



4:05 am on Apr 28, 2013 (gmt 0)

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A common notion of taking advantage of RSS scrapers is to have the RSS link back to your site (the original source). The idea behind is that you get the link juice to boost your ranking.

However, knowing that most of these sites are low-quality, will these link-backs hurt the SEO ranking (think penguin)?

So in summary, to retain links back to your site in your RSS feed or not? I'm using wordpress.

[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 7:23 am (utc) on Apr 28, 2013]
[edit reason] Fixed spelling... it's "scrapers", not "scrappers". [/edit]


1:40 pm on Apr 28, 2013 (gmt 0)

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to my mind, there's no point offering an RSS feed without the backlinks, because that is the whole point of doing it... it's supposed to be an interesting taster of what's on your site, to tempt the people to visit.

if the scraper knows what he's doing then he'll just strip the links out anyway, which is easy enough to do, but that is no reason not to include them.

the only SEO concern that i'd worry about is providing a load of duplicate content. but i always make sure that the snippet on the feed is totally unique. i dont duplicate the text that is already on my site.


4:51 pm on May 1, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Google Reader will die on July 1, 2013 and RSS had to die too.

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