Nearly Perfect RSS Implementation

As simple as RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is, not everyone gets it or figures out how to implement it right… I came across an implementation that I thought was nearly perfect and wanted to share it with you.

Check out the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly

What’s so great about their RSS implementation?

  • They didn’t scrape every feed we offered and instead, focused only on articles from our Elder Care category that fit perfectly with their niche.
  • Because their site is for “Care of Elderly” and because they used our “Elder Care” RSS feed, their audience wins with highly relevant and valuable content and our members win with highly qualified traffic coming to their Elder Care articles!

As a reminder, we have an email list you can subscribe to called “EzineArticles RSS-Publishers” (5th on the list on this page) that we plan on sending a series later this year on how to implement RSS feeds into your website projects. Go sign up today.xml :)

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Allen Graves writes:

Chris,

I am glad that you brought this up.

To many, it may seem a common-sense issue. But as they always said in school, there’s never a stupid question!!!

I recently did a search on Google for articles that were being fed from my website. I was totally amazed when I found articles being published on pages that had absolutely nothing to do with the articles themselves. ie: A pet training article on a website about skin care!!!

Doing this, to me, would seem like a waste of time. Nobody is going to click on the links because they’re not interested in the article’s content.

Can’t wait to read the Article-RSS-Publishers emails!

Anyhow, keep up the good blogging. The initial post and the discussions afterward continue to bring about many ideas and “lights the bulb” for a lot of people, including myself.

Cheers,
Allen Graves

Comment provided February 14, 2008 at 10:51 AM

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Charlie writes:

Hi Chris,

I’m amazed at how many people use it for their own needs, what I mean is people set up rrs feeds for information THEY would like to read about NOT what their customers/clients and readers would like?
I’ve been following James Brausch and he always advocates unique content to your site and articles but not to the extent of ‘Pet Training’ on a ‘Skin Care’ site……cmon put some thought into people!

Comment provided February 14, 2008 at 11:06 AM

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Jan Verhoeff writes:

I love RSS Feeds! Whether I post the whole list on a separate Articles page, or a partial list on the sidebar, they offer my readers a chance to see what’s available without actually clicking a link.

My Articles Feed is listed on my front page (in short – just titles of the last few entries) and on the Articles pages on my website.

Comment provided February 14, 2008 at 3:40 PM

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Katie writes:

I also like RSS Feeds. It makes it easier to read things you like. I display RSS Feeds on my website and think it’s great.

~Katie

Comment provided February 17, 2008 at 8:00 AM

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Teli Adlam writes:

While their implementation of the feed is good (and it is because they’re using a targeted feed), what a lot of bloggers and RSS providers fail to realize with scrapers in general is that it’s about getting content — the type of content is sometimes irrelevant.

What they do is input a few keywords and let their RSS scrapers go to town without so much of a review of the feed they’re putting up on their site.

Of course, that’s more the case with blackhats and MFA sites. They’re the ones who truly need to understand the concept of targeted content, but they’re also the ones least likely to get the message.

~ Teli

Comment provided February 17, 2008 at 8:17 AM

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