Some useful links to XML/RSS feeds and tools and an interesting new product called Feed for All makes a promo in the thread (not that there's anything wrong with that..)
I've asked Sharon Housley of Notepage Inc to stop by and give some details...
RSS is really becoming the next big thing. While the use for RSS was once restricted to "news" that is no longer the case. Webmasters have gotten really creative providing all sorts of contents in feeds.
We have realtors who use it to announce open houses or new homes on the market, law enforcement post registered sex offenders in local areas, airlines report flight delays, stores use it to promote discounts or specials, and of course there is the more traditional use for blog summaries and newsletters. Surfers are adopting rss because it is a quick way to access lots of information, that can quickly be scanned for articles of interest. Then of course is the fact rss is opt-in ;-)
FeedForAll is an easy to use rss feed creation tool. New RSS feeds can be quickly and easily created with FeedForAll. Advanced features enable you to create professional looking feeds in an extremely short period of time. Existing RSS feeds can be repaired and enhanced with FeedForAll.
FeedForAll is currently in beta and we would welcome feedback and suggestions from anyone interested in rss or feed creation
With regards to including feeds on a website to provide fresh content. This can be done a number of ways, using java or there are display tools at: RSS Specifications you can also use include statements to include rss into the body of a page or even export your feed to a static html file (if you want it to look nice you can use a template). The last two options help the search engines see the content as fresh and spiderable.
Hope this helps!
Hi Sharon, thanks for the info!
One question for you: Is the BETA test free? If not, what incentive is their for webmasters to try it?
Yes the FeedForAll beta test is free for anyone interested. Anyone who sends us an email regarding the beta will recieve a discount when FeedForAll is officially released. The other incentive is that it makes rss feed creation very easy :-)
for clearing that up ;-)
I just shamelessly dropped your url over at highrankings.com - i thinks it's a neat product, and if you can attract the kind of seo's that dont still think the meta tag is a useful weapon in the arsonal it'll do well!
I dont need it personally, but i know a LOT of people are interested in this end of things. I was talking to rcjordan about this over a year ago...
Thanks a bunch! It was created out of a need that I had, so I suspect that there is a use out there :-)
I think that I can return the favor. I have a large following of software developers over at Software Marketing Resource and I'm just going to have to tell them about Threadwatch, its a great concept that you have here !
In fact I'm digging deeper into your site and finding it quite useful!!!
I only launched a couple of days ago ;-)
The more people that know the better, feel free to drop threads in here that you find useful Sharon..
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