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2:43 pm on Mar 18, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Hello everyone:

I have been pretty green to RSS and the use of it in a non-blog way so I thought I would throw out there my observation of a couple sites use of it and ask some questions about it.

Two examples that I have found are located at:

http://www.example.com
http://www.example.org

These two websites, and I'm sure there are a zillion more, use a feed, which I found through looking at their source code:

<link rel="alternate" title="Za**os Latest Styles RSS Feed" href="/n/rss" type="application/rss+xml">

<link href="http://example.com/homes/rss.xml" rel="alternate" title="RSS" type="application/rss+xml" />

In both website's situation, I cannot find a place to sign up for that feed.

A bunch of questions come to mind, but I'll start with just a few to get the ball rolling on a discussion:

1.) Why have a feed, without a way of people being able to sign up for it?
2.) How are they creating it? Is it manually created or automatic some how?
3.) What are the benefits of having a feed that nobody can sign up for?
4.) Can you create a feed like that and then submit (ping) RSS directories, etc. with the feed url to somehow benefit from an SEO perspective?

Any other thoughts or ideas about this would be appreciated.

Thanks,

Michael

[edited by: bill at 1:24 am (utc) on Mar. 19, 2008]
[edit reason] No example URLs please. [/edit]

5:25 am on Mar 20, 2008 (gmt 0)

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In both website's situation, I cannot find a place to sign up for that feed.

Those links in the <head> of the referenced sites will trigger the RSS autodiscovery [rssboard.org] of the feeds by most modern browsers and feed readers. You can sign up by clicking the link in your browser's address area or by directing your feed reader to any page with that link in the <head>.

Feed aficionados will expect you to have this in your site. However, it's also a good idea to have physical links in you site somewhere. The problem is that there's no standardized location for users to look. Some people put feed links on every page. Others only put the links on a few specific pages.

5:52 pm on Mar 26, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Would there be any benefits to this from an seo standpoint?
12:40 am on Mar 27, 2008 (gmt 0)

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From auto-discovery? Whether you use that or not should have zero impact on your position in the SERPs.
 

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