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Does an RSS feed get spidered?

   
8:22 pm on May 27, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Can anyone help... does an RSS feed from Feedburner get spidered on the subsequent websites where it is being displayed? Do the outgoing 'links' on those sites (within the RSS feed) therefore count as backlinks to wherever they be going to?

If no to the above.. does the RSS to HTML resolve these problems and if so... what is the best solution to achieve this..

Thanks for any advice..
1:22 am on May 28, 2010 (gmt 0)

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does an RSS feed from Feedburner get spidered on the subsequent websites where it is being displayed?

That would depend on how the feed is integrated into the site. If they're presented in a spiderable format they will be looked at the same as everything else on the page.

Do the outgoing 'links' on those sites (within the RSS feed) therefore count as backlinks to wherever they be going to?

If the links are on the page, and the site owner has not nofollow'ed them or run them through a redirect of some sort, then why would they be treated any differently from other links?
9:36 am on May 28, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Thanks Bill,

My questins arose from reading what other 'experts' on this have said... I couldn't see any reason for the links to not be followed but wanted a second opinion.
1:49 am on May 29, 2010 (gmt 0)

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What have you read that would lead you to believe that these links would be treated differently from others?
10:55 am on May 29, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Hi Bill,

I cannot seem to fine the 'exact' web page results but essentially what several articles wrote was that any RSS that was displayed using Javascript would not be spidered by search engines. I don't know enough about it - and hence wrote here.

Neil
12:39 am on May 31, 2010 (gmt 0)

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That sounds right. Some sites will give you some JavaScript to embed their feed on your site. Those links will not be spidered, and they won't show up as backlinks to your site.
12:42 am on May 31, 2010 (gmt 0)

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But from what I gather Feedburner is not one of those?
5:07 am on May 31, 2010 (gmt 0)

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You could use a JavaScript or Flash widget to pull a feed from just about anywhere, FeedBurner included. If the resulting code isn't spiderable then it won't matter where you're getting the feed from.
5:46 am on Aug 19, 2010 (gmt 0)



Not exactly. If you are using a wordpress RSS then spiders do not exactly index it. But links are internal so it is useful. Plus when you using from external source like bloglines, netvibes it is helpful.
8:43 am on Aug 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Welcome to WebmasterWorld koushikrajagopalan.

Sorry, you lost me there. Which of the points above are you disagreeing with?

I don't use WordPress. What's the difference between a standard RSS feed and a WordPress RSS feed?