Been thinking a lot lately about making our RSS feeds available for commercial use (as we currently and still do not).
Here’s the paradox: Why is it that we don’t want to make our feeds available so that people can create complete sites from our feeds when we openly allow big sites like Google and Bloglines to cache them all?
Now, the answer of course is that it’s good business sense to allow Google and Bloglines or sites of their scale to cache our sites because they deliver value back in form of actual traffic.
I’m not certain it makes good business sense to allow our RSS feeds to be used for commercial sites without a paid license…Yet the whole point of RSS is to help fascilitate syndication. Do you see the dillema?
We want to improve distribution and grow traffic, but don’t want our content to be abused by tens of thousands of small sites that will profit from advertising on our RSS feeds should they pull them to their website…while we only see a 1-3% CTR to the final full article view.
What are your thoughts on this issue?