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what's it all about, Alfie?

1:33 pm on Feb 15, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Hi Guys,

Iíve got big problems re understanding RSS feeds and getting the best for my site out of this technology. As usual, there arenít enough hours in the day to spend trawling through the history of the net, so Iím at the next best place, asking for pearls of proverbial wisdomÖ

I donít know how the feeder works. However, I would ideally like all updates to my Home Page, product pages and other key pages to automatically trigger the sending out of that page based on the TAGS found in the particular pageís HTML page title. In other words, Iím looking for a Ďpingí effect. Is that possible/reasonable?

Iíve recently instructed my site builders to install one based on these premises, assuming they would correct me if I was asking for the unthinkable. What have I been given? A page that takes 60+ seconds to load, with 16+ pages of site info on it, by which time my customers have long gone off visiting my competitors, never to be seen again. I presume thereís a limit to how much info one should put into the feed?

Furthermore, it wonít open in Firefox Ė or more particularly, when it first (finally!) opened, I stupidly opted to always let Yahoo open it in the future Ė only to then be told [60+ secs later] that they were unable to open the feedÖand still canít open it 6 days on Ė but I should check back later!

I havenít got a clue where to start to resolve this issue as my site builders tell me the feed opens perfectly well in Mumbai. I'm sure it's a nice place, but....


4:17 am on Feb 17, 2010 (gmt 0)

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RSS feeds should generally only contain the most recent changes to the site. There is no need to put your entire site into a feed. Nobody needs that...except the scrapers who will be thrilled that you've given them all that content. ;)
Tell the person building the feed to limit it to a certain number of recent updates. That number will depend on how often and how many pages are regularly updated. Let the older entries drop off the feed at a certain point.

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