Gigantic Feeds, The Case Study

EzineArticles expert author Raj Kumar Dash recently wrote an article on “Gigantic Feeds – EzineArticles Case Study” where he mused about how we added over 19k (now over 20k) new RSS feeds.

I should clarify 3-4 things:

1) We like helping both writers and publishers, but we are heavily slanted towards the needs of our writers.

Publishers who are not writers are often unkind to us. …so, we enjoy helping writers and publishers who are writers.

Publishers who are not writers that follow our reprint rights TOS & Rules are also valued stakeholders.

2) All together, we have about 23,000+ RSS feeds right now: (1) for every single author, (1) for every single category and some other miscellaneous feeds for various article views or stats.

In addition, for select private partners, we have a keyword searchable RSS feed that gives direct access to our database search results in real-time.

3) We do not use any 3rd party services to produce or track our RSS feeds. Everything was developed in-house. Yes, we cracked open the XML books and our programming team became XML self-taught.

FULL vs. PARTIAL FEEDS issue:

As far as to the ludicrous debate taking place again in the blogosphere about whether RSS feeds should be Full-Feed or Partial-Feed: We have zero plans to ever offer full feeds. Those who advocate full-feeds are not seeing the big picture. Selfishly, some want to speed up their personal use of full RSS feeds so that they don’t have to visit your website to get access to the content. This is in direct conflict with one of the points of our site (to deliver traffic and exposure to our authors website in exchange for their article submissions) and we minimize RSS abuse by not publishing full feeds.

Your thoughts or questions?

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Patsi Krakoff writes:

Glad you brought this point up, Chris. As a subscriber to the email inbox delivery system for blogs offered by Feedblitz, I enjoy getting notices every morning from my favorite blogs in digest form. Lately, however, I’ve noticed some Feedblitz blog users include their entire post. This makes for a very long read and defeats the purpose of an email update notification. Those that abuse Feedblitz like this are in fact pushing their blog posts onto the reader, only slightly different from unsolicited email. A request for an update notification isn’t the same thing as asking that the blog be delivered in its entirety. You are right, for your service, it really defeats the purpose of driving traffic to an author’s website. What do others think about full-feed or partial, I’d also like to know.

Comment provided March 4, 2006 at 8:23 PM

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I am pleased with the partial feeds as I want the traffic to my site. Keep to the partial feeds Chris!

Comment provided March 7, 2006 at 2:41 PM

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