All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘RSS’

Feedly Pro Launches with Search, HTTPS, and Better Support

Feedly, the RSS reader that took an early and substantial lead when everybody went shopping for a Google Reader replacement, has finally taken the veil off its premium service. Today, the company launched Feedly Pro, which looks to improve search, security, and support. Upgrading to Feedly Pro will give you article search – which has been absent from Feedly for …

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Google Reader Alternative Spotlight: Feedspot

Google Reader has been officially gone for a whole month now, but there is likely still a lot of experimentation going on when it comes to alternative tools for consuming news and blog content. We’ve certainly discussed a number of them here. Today, we’re going to take a look at Feedspot, which in some ways looks very similar to others …

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Feedly Fixes A Bunch Of Stuff, Says Mini Toolbar Will Be Back In The Fall

Feedly announced a bunch of fixes it has made to various features, and that it is working on bringing the mini toolbar back. The feature which went missing weeks ago (around the time Google Reader finally went down, actually), was one of the best parts about Feedly, as it let you easily add feeds from whatever site you happened to …

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Apparently, Larry Page Didn’t Give a Damn About Google Reader, So It Died

When we talk about the story of Google Reader’s tragic demise, there’s the corporate excuse, the speculation, and the additional speculation. But here’s another possible reason: Google Reader died because Larry Page and the higher ups simply didn’t care enough about it. And because of that, nobody stepped up to lead the product. At least that’s one version of the …

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Flipboard Reportedly Fails To Preserve Users’ Google Reader Feeds [Updated]

Google Reader is now officially gone. If you’re reading this, you’re probably well aware of that. Hopefully you found a service to keep your feeds in tact. Some who were relying on Flipboard are finding themselves out of luck now that Reader has gone away. People have taken to Twitter to complain that Flipboard did not maintain their feeds after …

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RIP, Google Reader. So, What Now?

R.I.P., Google Reader – 2005-2013. It’s better to burn out than it is to fade away, right? For many Google Reader users, this will feel like a burn out. Even though Google announced that they would be killing their 8-year-old RSS reader product way back in March and gave users nearly 4 months to migrate to another service – some …

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You Can Retrieve Your Google Reader Data Until July 15th

If you’re a Google Reader user, you know that the service officially went offline yesterday, July 1st. We knew it was coming – Google gave us nearly 4 months of warning. But when Reader finally stopped receiving updates, well, it felt kind of abrupt. Oh well, on to the next reader. But in order to move on to that next …

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Yep, Google Just Killed RSS Alerts Too

Monday marked the official end of Google Reader. The announcement back in March seems like an eternity ago, and many of us have long since moved on to alternatives for our RSS news consumption habits. Google took its war on RSS one step further on Monday, however, killing the RSS option in Google Alerts as well. If you were subscribed …

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HootSuite Launches ‘Syndicator’ RSS Tool Ahead Of Google Reader’s Demise

You can add HootSuite to the list of Google Reader alternatives popping up ahead of Google’s shut down of Google Reader on July 1st. The company just announced the launch of HootSuite Syndicator, an app that brings RSS into the Hootsuite dashboard. HootSuite has a unique angle in that it is already a popular social media management dashboard, which the …

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Digg Reader Rollout Starts Today, iOS App Coming Tomorrow

As announced, today, June 26th, Digg is beginning to roll out their new Digg Reader in beta. The first invites have already gone out to their survey participants that gave them guidance on what kind of reader to build over the last few months. Now, Digg is sending out invites to those who have signed up for a peek at …

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‘Facebook Reader’ Has Been in the Works for Over a Year [REPORT]

Even before Google announced their decision to shut down Google Reader, Facebook was already hard at work developing a Flipboard-style news reader, according to a new report. The Wall Street Journal says that Facebook has called the product “Reader” internally, and they’ve been working on it for over a year. From the WSJ: The social network has been quietly working …

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AOL Reader Revealed, Officially Launches in Beta

After teasing the service last Friday, AOL has begun to give beta access to some users for their new RSS Reader, appropriately titled AOL Reader. Upon first look, it’s a basic, perfectly functional RSS reader that doesn’t bring a whole lot of new features to the table (yet, at least), but will be familiar to Google Reader users. You can …

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AOL Reader Spotted in the Wild, Currently in Private Beta

It looks like AOL is getting ready to throw their hat in the who-wants-to-replace-Google-reader ring. The Next Web discovered – a barebones site that features just one message: “AOL Reader: All your favorite websites, in once place.” It says that the product is in private beta and lets you submit an email address to request an invite. Also, the …

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Digg Reader Beta Launching June 26th, Will Be Free

Digg Reader, Digg’s RSS reader replacement for Google Reader, has been in the works for the past three months – really ever since Google announced that they’d be shutting down their own reader on July 1st. With the date fast approaching, Digg has finally unveiled more details about their new product. Digg Reader will launch next week “in phases,” and …

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Could Facebook Be Working on an RSS Reader?

Developer Tom Waddington, who has a history of finding stuff buried in Facebook’s code, has found something there that makes him believe that Facebook may be looking to throw its hat in the Google Reader replacement ring. Is Facebook working on a RSS Reader of their own? Waddington spotted some mentions of RSS feeds in Facebook’s code. It’s a pretty …

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Google Reader Is Dying Because News Consumption Is Changing

Check your calendars, folks. The beheading of Google Reader is less than a month away. On July 1st, the popular (but not popular enough) RSS reader will close forever. If you weren’t aware of this, Google will remind you the next time you open up Reader. When Google made the fateful decision that launched a thousand Twitter freakouts, they made …

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Digg Reader Will Not Be a Standalone App, Launching By the End of June

Digg’s new RSS reader will be out in about a month – but it won’t be a standalone app. Instead, Digg’s new reader will simply be a part of Digg. Speaking at Internet Week New York, Digg CEO Andrew McLaughlin said that users will ”have one download, which is Digg, and the current Digg will have added onto it reader …

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Digg Is Probably Going to Charge for Its Google Reader Replacement

Digg has just published the results of part 2 of their user survey into what makes a good RSS reader. It’s all part of their quest to build a Google Reader replacement, which they announced on the same day Google announced they would be killing their product in July. In part 1, we learned that users want very little changed …

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In Their Quest to Build a Google Reader Replacement, Digg Finds Users Want Very Little Changed

You definitely know that Google is killing Google Reader. You’ve either seen or been part of the outrage. Google will be officially shuttering their popular (but not popular enough) product on July 1st, but as you would expect they’re slowly removing its presence to help ease us all into the transition. And you probably know that Digg is working to …

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Flipboard Gets A Big Overhaul On iOS With 2.0

Flipboard has launched a big overhaul with version 2.0, which transforms the reading experience to something of a creation/curation experience. Now, in addition to reading news in a magazine-like format, you can create your own magazine-like experiences based on your interests. “When you search, we instantly create a magazine out of your results. It’s faster, more visual, and easier to …

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Google’s Slow Poisoning of Google Reader Continues

Although Google Reader is still up and running smoothly for now, Google is continuing to slowly rid the internet of any traces of its existence. Reader, which used to be one of the main options on Google’s omnipresent black bar menu, is nowhere to be found. Not even in the “more” tab. Google, who previously stated that they would officially …

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Digg’s Google Reader Replacement Will Be Fast, Simple, and Play Well With Social Media

Just hours after Google made the unsurprisingly unpopular decision to kill off Google Reader on July 1st, Digg announced their plans to build their own RSS reader – one that will serve as a replacement both in functionality and in spirit. Although Digg said that they were “confident [they] can cook up a worthy successor,” it appears that they have …

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If you’re the owner of, there’s probably no better time than now to try and sell it. On the heels of Google’s decision to kill their popular Google Reader RSS feed product and the outrage spawned by that decision, Ron Sheridan is trying to sell The asking price? $200,000. He initially acquired the doman for $125,000. The sale …

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Google Reader Disappears from Black Bar Menu Inside Gmail, Google+

As you all know, Google is killing Google Reader on July 1st. I’m sure plenty of you have shed some tears in the past week. For Google Reader power users, this sucks – plain and simple. And despite the loud cries of its supporters, don’t expect Google to cave. Reader is going bye-bye. But if you thought that it was …

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Is Email Your Business’ Answer To The Loss Of Google Reader?

Businesses have had the idea that “content is king” pounded into their brains for years. If you want to thrive online, you have to have compelling content that people want to read. The other side of that coin, however, is that you have to be able to get that content in front of them, and there are certainly plenty of …

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Google’s RSS Subscription Chrome Extension Is Back, Sans Google Reader Support

Shortly after Google announced that they would be killing off Google Reader, angering a significant amount of users, they dealt another blow to RSS by yanking the Google RSS Subscription Chrome extension. More anger ensued. Why must you destroy everything that we love, Google? Well, here’s a bit of good news: The extension is back. Finnur Thorarinsson, the author of …

Read More It’s Not Just Bloggers And Techies Who Will Miss Google Reader

It didn’t take long after Google announced that it is killing off Google Reader to realize how much the product will be missed by quite a few people. Even the alternatives are having trouble keeping up with the demand from users. Various petitions were immediately started, including some at One of them is already nearing 130,000 supporters. There seems …

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Will You Miss Google Reader? Clearly, Many Will.

I was out on leave when the news came out: Google is killing Google Reader. No! Why? No! Should Google kill Google Reader? Will you miss it? Let us know what you think or if you care in the comments. So here I am back to work. Immediately, I’ve already been using Google Reader like all day. The truth is, …

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Google Deals Yet Another Blow To RSS

Fan of Google Reader and RSS feeds in general? You’re going to love this. Not only has Google announced the demise of Google Reader, but they’ve also killed the RSS Subscription Chrome extension. It’s no longer in the Chrome Web Store. TechCrunch reported on this after a few other noticed. The extension appears to still be working for those of …

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Digg: We’re Building a Reader to Replace Google Reader

If you were wondering which RSS reader is going to step up and fill the void left when Google yanks Google Reader out from under us on July 1st, Digg has your answer. It’s Digg. The answer is Digg. On their blog, Digg has just announced plans to build a reader to replace Google Reader both in function, and in …

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Google Reader Is Shutting Down July 1st

One of the most popular feed readers around is shutting down this year – due to declining usage. Google Reader, the platform Google first launched in 2005, is simply one of the many Google services on the chopping block this week. Google has just put out their annual list of spring cleaning, which consists of features and products that Google …

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ESPN Either Sucks At RSS Or Is Really Committed To LeBron

As you might expect, for the past few hours, ESPN has been completely committed to LeBron James and the Miami Heat winning the NBA Championship. Move over, Euro 2012, this is King James’ house. I get that. What I don’t get, however, is why ESPN is spamming RSS readers with the same story over and over again. Maybe they really …

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SEO, Analytics, Financials, All In One Place

How’s business? It’s a question small business owners are asked a lot. But it’s one that is increasingly difficult to answer because of the complexities of running a modern business. is a free tool that has been developed to help small businesses answer this question by providing a real time performance report with data from various sources in the …

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Google Reader About To Get Google+ified

Google announced today that Google Reader is about to get some changes, including a new design. It will also bring Google Reader closer together with Google+, the company says. Sounds about right. “As a result of these changes, we also think it’s important to clean things up a bit,” says Google software engineer Alan Green. “Many of Reader’s social features …

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UARS Satellite Is Big On the Internet

Now that the season has changed to fall, most thoughts turn to leaves changing color and falling off of their trees. However, thanks to the UARS (Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite) vehicle and its return to Earth, for the next little while, we should also watch for falling pieces of satellite as well as red/orange leaves that moved on for the …

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Google Places Now Imports Your Foursquare Data

Late yesterday evening, the Google Places blog announced an update to their location-based service that aims to give you “better access to your content.” The first tweak is the ability to get your Google Place reviews and ratings as an Atom feed. Just go to your Places profile (click on your pic at the top left) and on the left …

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Solving the Insolvable Problem of Information Overload

Every now and then, a debate will pop up in the Blogosphere/Twitterverse about whether or not RSS is dead. One such debate has been raging this week, and has even got some high profile tech bloggers bickering in an embarrassingly public manner (name-calling and all). 

Do you think RSS is "dead"? Tell us why or why not

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FeedBurner Re-Design Could Use More Features

The FeedBurner re-design has been in beta testing for a few months now, but does it make the service better?

I’m a big fan of FeedBurner and I really like the new look and feel as it’s much cleaner and matches other Google products, however since it’s so familiar, it feels a little lacking.

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Google Finally Releases Google Reader Android App

Google has finally released an Android app for Google Reader, and as the company acknowledges itself, "It’s been a long time coming." I couldn’t agree more as a user. I already use a bookmark for Google Reader probably more than any app on my phone, so having an actual app for it should be pretty nice. 

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Bloglines Dead, But Google Reader Still Growing

You may have read that Bloglines is being shutdown, but that doesn’t exactly mean RSS readers are dead. Google Reader, for one, is still growing strong.

Google posted a couple of graphs today showing how use continues to grow from year to year. 

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New Google Reader Feature Can Create a Feed for Any Site

Google has launched a new feature for Google Reader that lets users create a custom feed to track changes on pages that don’t have their own feed. In other words, you can follow changes to any site.

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Google Now Has Its Own URL Shortener

Google made a couple of announcements today that actually combined for perhaps a more interesting announcement than either of them as stand-alone news items.

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Google Makes Google Reader More Personal

Update: Google has also now added favicons to feeds in Google Reader.

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Blogger Gets AdSense For Feeds Integration

Google launched AdSense for Feeds all the way back in 2005. Now the company is integrating it right into its Blogger property.

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TypePad Gets Real-Time Blog Updates

Today Six Apart, the makers of TypePad, released a new TypePad PubSubHubub hub, which automatically promotes blog updates in real time. It’s a free feature for bloggers who use TypePad, and it automatically updates Google Reader, FriendFeed, SuperFeedr, and LiveDoor.

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What Blogs, RSS Feeds Bring To The SEO Table

Tending to a website can take a lot of time and energy, and the people who run them deserve nothing but applause.  At the same time, though, blogs and RSS feeds can really benefit an SEO campaign, and so a session at SES San Jose focused on how and why to incorporate them.

Coverage of the SES San Jose conference continues at WebProNews Videos.  Stay with WebProNews for more notes and videos from the event this week.

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How Google Reader Sharing Contributes to Real Time Search

Google has announced that Google Reader has begun adoption of the PubSubHubbub protocol for shared items. This is a simple, open, server-to-server web-hook based pubsub (publish/subscribe) protocol, as defined on this Google Code page.

Here’s a visual overview of what that means:

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Webtrends Launches Analytics 9

With new features and iPhone capability, Webtrends Analytics 9 is positioned to regain users and possibly take back the analytics crown from Google.

Webtrends Analytics 9

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Google to Handle NewsGator RSS Products

Google Reader is becoming the online companion to and synchronization platform for NewsGator’s RSS readers including FeedDemon and NetNewsWire. Users have until August 31 to migrate to Google Reader, when NewsGator will shut down NewsGator Online.

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Google Recognizing Non-Blogs as Blogs

A number of people have noticed that Google is viewing their websites as blogs when they are not really blogs. They are finding that Google is placing them in blog search portions of universal search results in regular Google searches.

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Google Reader Continues to Get More Social

Google has been adding social elements to Google Reader lately. A while back, they added the commenting feature. Just this week, they introduced Friends Trends and improved the comments feature (among other updates).

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Why Would Twitter Kill RSS?

There is no question that Twitter and RSS have some things in common. However, they are not the same, and Twitter will not kill the feed reader. This is a concept I have seen come up a number of times, and frankly, I just don’t see it happening, at least not without some dramatic changes in how Twitter is presented to its users.

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Google Reader Gets More Social With Commenting

Google has added a lot of sharing-based features to Google Reader in recent memory, but it has now launched the ability to have conversations among those who are sharing items. Google acknowledges that this is a key element of sharing that the service has been lacking. I would have to agree.

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Facebook Makes Staying Updated Easier

Facebook has launched a page where posts from its employees’ blogs are aggregated. This will include not only blogs themselves, but posts from Facebook Notes made by employees as well.

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Yahoo Halts Ads In RSS Program

Here’s hoping that members of the Yahoo Publisher Network didn’t have any important plans hinging on the combination of advertising and RSS feeds.  It appears Yahoo’s decided the two things don’t work well together and has discontinued its efforts in this area as a result.

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Google Rolls Out Reader Improvements

Back in December, Google rolled out a redesign of Google Reader. Opinions were mixed (naturally), but I think it went pretty well overall. I know I’ve gotten used to it.

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Embedded Video Woes and Google Reader

Ever had trouble getting your embedded videos to show up in Google Reader? You’re not alone. Apparently your site has to be on a whitelist for it to work for you. For example, YouTube videos work, because YouTube is on the list. WordPress videos don’t, because Wordpress is not on the list.

Somebody complained about the problem in a Google Groups post, and was met with a response from a Google Reader Engineeer, Mihai Parparita:

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Google Reader Interface Improved

Google Reader has undergone some changes. The objective seems to have been to simplify things and give the whole thing a cleaner look and feel. While I’m sure the changes will still receive their share of critics, I for one am generally pleased with the update. Let’s take a look at the changes.

First off, if you can’t find something that is supposed to be there:  

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Do You Want to Want to Convert Feeds to PDFs?

Hewlett-Packard has an interesting new service that allows users to turn RSS feeds into deliverable, printable PDFs. The service is called Tablloid and works basically like other feed readers.

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Looking At More Trends in Google Reader

Google Reader has added some new data to the Trends department. For those who do not use Google Reader, or pay little attention to the Trends feature, it simply lays your reading habits out graphically so you can see when you are reading feeds the most, what you are reading the most, what you are reading the least, and so on.

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RSS Adoption Not Reaching The Levels It Should

RSS feeds are not catching on like some of us thought they would. New data from Forrester Research indicates that only the slim minority of consumers are using it, and furthermore, a great deal of those who don’t have no intention of doing so in the future. When Forrester asked if people currently use an RSS feed:

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Twitter And FriendFeed Turning Into A Chat Room?

You’ve seen Twitter’s election feature that showed a select kind of tweet in real time. A few minutes ago FriendFeed released a real-time-web feature that lets you watch FriendFeed in real time. This is fun to watch!

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Soon You’ll Be Able to Subscribe to Google SERPs

Accoding to Matt McGee at Search Engine Land, Google will soon start offering RSS feeds for search results as an extension of Google Alerts. McGee writes:

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Google’s New Blogger Features

Google’s Blogger is unleashing some new features to make blogs using the platform more social. They will be rolling out these features over the next several weeks.

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Feedburner and Adsense Together at Last

The Adsense-meets-Feedburner era has officially begun. As mentioned here, the slow "Googlization" of Feedburner has gotten underway, and on Friday, the public got to see some Adsense ads in Feedburner feeds.

A couple months ago some publishers began displaying them, but now they are in full swing.

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Full RSS Feeds Won’t Get You Banned

Toads cause warts; new clothes on Easter bring good luck; and Google penalizes sites for having full RSS feeds. issued a "never mind" on that last superstition after Matt Cutts dropped a little science.

Pay any attention at all in this industry and you’ll find desperate Web marketers and publishers grasping at any explanation of why their site has suddenly been delisted from Google’s search rankings. As all of us know, that’s the Power of the Goog.

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Pheedo Reaches Into RSS Analytics

The consumption of content today regularly happens beyond the website publishing such content in the first place.

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Feedburner Incorporates AdSense Into Feeds

About a month ago, it was hinted at that Feedburner would start incorporating AdSense into feeds as a product of its acquisition by Google.

It appears that time is approaching with feeds for some publishers getting ready to start displaying AdSense ads this week.

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Submit Your RSS Feeds

A little over a year ago, I asked readers to share their RSS feed with me.

I did this out of concern that my news sources would consist of nothing but “A-listers” and I’d miss out on the insights of those that wrote fantastic posts, but hadn’t yet found the spotlight.

It’s time to do it again!

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The Buzz Surrounding Live Mesh

For three years now I’ve wondered “what is Ray Ozzie up to?” And with this announcement you see just why he’s Microsoft’s CTO. Yeah, there are about 100 smart people working on Microsoft’s new “Live Mesh” which was turned on tonight, but this is Ray’s coming out party, as much as anything.

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Jaiku – One Of The First Apps On The Google App Engine

This interesting update comes via the Jaiku blog… Today we’re taking off our welding goggles to announce Jaiku will be one of the first apps to run on the new Google App Engine. See also App Engine is an interesting concept (I’m not terribly familiar with it) but its free for developers to get started and seems like a real time (and money) saver…

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Bloglines Users Abandon Ship

When a company’s last press release was put out in June of 2005, it’s probably wise not to expect a quick response.  Still, users of RSS reader Bloglines are disappointed (and increasingly angry) following a long outage.

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Aweber to Report Email Sububscriber Numbers To Feedburner

I have been quite vocal in my encouraging Aweber to add some more control to the way they handle RSS to Email, and I am glad to say they have now added some very flexible date and time based controls.

This means that they totally blow Feedburner Email subscription away as far as features are concerned.

Apart from one important aspect.

Exclusive: Aweber Will Soon Report Email Sububscriber Numbers To Feedburner

In the announcement Justin Premick mentioned

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Marks Post Link Bait?

I recently spotted a blog post by Adam Senour over at Walk My Path. The post outlines why Gene Marks is right on certain comments from the blog post. I must say I didn’t think I would find someone defending Gene marks comments like Adam has.

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Marks Misses the Mark on “Tech Solutions”

OK folks I can’t take mainstream media much longer. They are so out of touch with what is really happening online it is simply ridiculous. Take the latest offering from Gene Marks at MSNBC:

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Feeds Out Of Google Search Results

Searches at won’t turn up RSS or Atom feeds, with the exception of podcasts, as Google makes a change to improve the user experience.

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Bloglines Beefs Up

Before we had Google Reader, the biggest kid on the RSS reader block was Bloglines. While Google has taken that title, away from the owned service, Bloglines has been back to the gym recently and added some bulk.

Bloglines has rolled out a slew of new features today, including:

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Don’t Throw Out the Social Media Rulebook Yet…

…use some of it as a reference guide instead.

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The Importance of SEO Copy Writing to High Rankings

In this MSNBC interview the Snr. V.P. of Network Solutions covers what any business needs for page one search rankings.


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Read This: Google Reader Shares Your Stuff

Users of Google Reader now find themselves sharing items with friends through the chat feature in Gmail, aka Google Talk.

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Build Links While Publishing Your Full RSS Feed

Many bloggers have been touting the benefits of publishing your full blog or site’s full RSS feed. In fact, they have been talking about it for a long time. But did you know that most likely even if you are publishing your full RSS feed you are not taking advantages of its link building benefits?

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Yahoo Shuts Down 360

Yahoo has announced it is shutting down Yahoo 360, its never-popular social networking service. 360, which launched on March 29, 2005 (apparently the last time I was ever hopeful about Yahoo), never caught on the way Microsoft’s Spaces did, having a less-appealing interface, and bad decision to start as invite-only, and a lack of promotion and integration from its host company.

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How Many Are Using RSS Anyway?

One of the slams I saw yesterday after we started posting Google Reader’s feed numbers is that “nobody reads RSS.”

Today, Erick Schonfeld at TechCrunch, gave us some more numbers so we can extrapolate out just how many people actually are using RSS.

First, let’s start with the BBC. That’s the #1 most subscribed to feed on Google Reader that I can find.

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Secret Stats In Split RSS Feeds – Google Reader

Google Reader now reports feed usage, and it is being suggested by a prominent Google engineer that you should look at aggregated numbers.

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Explore The Connections Between Related Websites

TouchGraph is a java application of a Google browser that lets you explore the connections between related websites.

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Google Docs Has Privacy Problems

Google Looks For URL Suggestions In Search Result!

In a recent thread at WebmasterWorld, some members have reported that Google is asking searchers to suggest some URLs for specific searches. "Help improve search for everyone" is how Google is asking for suggestions. Google asks the users to

Click a link to submit a link. The link open a form where you need to login.

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Google Reader Shows Up With Search

File this under: “What took so long?” Google’s online feedreader now has a search box for doing queries within a person’s subscribed feeds.

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SES: 10 Tips For Optimizing RSS

RSS feeds are a great addition to your overall SEO strategy, say the experts at the Search Engine Strategies Conference in San Jose. In addition to keeping your content fresh, they also increase the amount of optimized on-site content while helping the publisher reach new and niche markets.

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To the Heart of Full-Content RSS Feeds

If you offer an RSS feed from your website or blog that isn’t the full content, here’s something for you to think about.

Like many people, I’m an RSS creative-consumer. That means I read almost everything of interest to me via RSS as well as publish content that you can get via RSS. I don’t visit many websites including blogs unless I’m googling in search mode or if I want to leave a comment.

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Readers Want The Full RSS Monty

We can all agree, I think, that for things we like, full is better than partial. This goes for nudity, chocolate donuts, and cleanliness. But we’re really talking about readership here, and text feeds, and the ongoing riff between reader and publisher regarding subscriber entitlement.

Publishers, who tend to favor partial RSS feeds and work them like broadcast news teasers, want readers to click through and visit the website. If increasing page views is the goal, then this makes intuitive sense.

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Tracking RSS Subscriptions with Google Analytics

One of the most frustrating things about RSS is not being able to track RSS subscription rates from source traffic.

There are other problems such as how people interact with your RSS content, but even being able to determine which sources of traffic result in subscribers would be a huge commercial advantage for bloggers, allowing them to focus their efforts on traffic generation strategies that will grow their business.

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An RSS Subscriber is Worth 1,000 Links

The type of people who subscribe to sites are also the type of people who write about that topic. If you have built up trust and a following your ideas spread faster than the competition. It builds on itself to the point where you can sell out in 8 minutes or 2 minutes.

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New RSS Reader by Apple for Windows

You’ve used Google Reader and BlogLines, but have you used Safari? Safari has been my RSS Reader (and browser) of choice ever since its debut years ago, but now its available for Windows as well! It’s not a web-based reader like others, but you can read, search, and sort all of your RSS feeds offline as well as online. Its subtle number count in your bookmark bar keeps you well informed when new content opens up.

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Demon in the Feeds

This isn’t about FeedDemon or Google buying Feedburner. But it is about RSS.

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Google Reaches Into RSS & Social Network Ads

In 2005 JupiterResearch noted that less than 10 percent of RSS feeds had advertising in them, and no major advertisers were using feeds as part of their marketing strategies. 

How the times have changed. 

Google is acquiring Feedburner and sees it as a way for its base of hundreds of thousands of advertisers to reach some of the most active groups of Web users — social network members who use mini-applications called widgets or the growing audience surfing the Internet over mobile phones, executives said.

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Should You NOINDEX Your RSS Feeds?

One of the questions you see swirling about the forums and blogs these days is whether or not you should Noindex your RSS feeds to avoid duplicate content problems. The source of the problem is that RSS feeds are being crawled by the search engines. In addition, many people are now recommending that you include the entire content of your articles directly in your feed.

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iTunes Podcast RSS Enclosure URL Encoding

I am working on publishing a podcast in iTunes for one of my clients. From what I have read on various blogs iTunes can be very picky, so I thought I would post this for anyone else having this problem. I was getting the following error message:

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Rumor: Google to Buy FeedBurner?

It’s Friday, which must mean it’s time to crank up the rumor mill to “11″ and get speculative. :-)

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Watch Out Alexa, Here Comes URLFan

Yes, we know Alexa isn’t accurate, in fact it has a number of blindspots, but it’s a easily accessed public web metric. But for checking out the Web2.0-ness of your site, you might like to check out

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