How to Create Large RSS Feeds From Small Feeds

1 Feb

RSSHow do you publish your RSS feeds?  Many bloggers prefer a method of publishing full RSS feeds, and monetizing those feeds with AdSense or the like.  

For others, publishing a preview of their articles is the preference.  Preview feeds are intended to give the reader a glimpse of your article, enticing him/her enough to come and visit your monetized site and give the full website experience.

I don’t care for preview feeds myself but I do understand why many people prefer to use them.   I will always publish full feeds and I tend to get annoyed at finding a new blog that offers the preview only.  Since I tend to unsubscribe from preview only feeds, you can bet there are many other readers doing the same thing.

Don’t get me wrong.  My preference for the full feed isn’t because I plan to slap it in my favorite RSS reader and never visit the site.  I always take the time to visit the authors I like, but not for every article.  

Many people, such as myself, have an ever expanding list of rss feeds they track and it would simply be impossible to visit all those websites.  I choose the sites to visit and comment on based on the full rss feed that gets sent to me.  

If you’re looking to increase your visitor count, I’m just not convinced that offering a couple sentences of your article is going to achieve the desired effect.  I’m more convinced that you’ll lose subscribers and visitors in the long run.  Those full length articles really pop in my RSS reader and easily overshadow the preview feeds.  Likewise, sending me great content will almost certainly make me want to visit and comment.

The topic is open for debate, however, as many people feel strongly about only providing a short description in their rss feeds.

So what to do about those authors that refuse to give anything but a preview feed?  

Well, you could unsubscribe, do nothing and be irritated (if it bothers you at all), ask the author to consider sending out a full feed or… use the RSS Full Feed Creator.  

With this tool, php is used to follow the preview feed to the full page, look for a pattern on the article page, and pull the full text.  It works quite well and so far, it’s working on about 90% of the feeds that only provided preview feeds.

Stop by and test the functionality with a feed that I have built in for illustration purposes or create your own.  If you need a full length feed,  simply insert your web address and convert.  You can then use the new url in your RSS reader and grab the full text.

Hope you enjoy and find it useful!

Amy

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Amy Kastner is a Web-Designer who is passionate about design and helping others.
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  1. Steve February 22, 2011 at 4:08 pm #

    What kind of programming experience does your
    husband have ?

    What he did is impressive .. Smile

  2. Amy March 1, 2011 at 1:47 am #

    Hi Steve! He does a little of everything in programming. I like the social interaction of the website and he likes the technical, programming side. We’re both nerds in our own ways. Razz But, I believe that most of that was just php, which he says is his favorite.

    Thank you for the kind words!