Building Content Sites

Written by S. Housley

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Resources for finding RSS feeds for syndication: RSS Network - RSS Locator -

LINK DIRECTORY While this takes a little more time, compiling a collection of niche websites on related topics can significantly enhancerepparttar value of a portal. Topic-specific directories and search engines can achieve high search engine rankings withrepparttar 139276 larger engines like Google and MSN, and can easily be optimized for a collection of search terms. The process can even be automated if you have programming experience.

Sample Link Directory -

TOPIC SPECIFIFC FORUM The most successful forums are those that are highly focused and niche-oriented. Establishing a community of individuals with common interests will result in return visitors. Managing a forum is not overly complex and there are free forum scripts available that will providerepparttar 139277 forum structure. Many ofrepparttar 139278 forums have scripts available that will allow for search engines to spiderrepparttar 139279 contents and forum posts. Asrepparttar 139280 content flourishes,repparttar 139281 site will increase in value.

Free Forum Scripts:

More on topic-specific portals or information radars can be found in Robin Good's book 'Newsmastering'.

A site that is focused on a relatively narrow range of goods and services will find that there is less competition. Topic-centric websites that provide a gateway to niche information related to a particular industry, sector, topic or market segment are becoming increasingly valuable and popular. Compilingrepparttar 139282 resource using free resources will minimizerepparttar 139283 capital investment. Regardless of whether you are marketing a product, service or advertising, narrowingrepparttar 139284 topic focus will attract a targeted audience who genuinely are interested inrepparttar 139285 website topic, allowing you to monetizerepparttar 139286 portal, and minimizerepparttar 139287 expense.

About the Author: Sharon Housley manages marketing for FeedForAll software for creating, editing, publishing RSS feeds and podcasts. In addition Sharon manages marketing for NotePage a wireless text messaging software company.

4 Fail-Proof Ways to Increase Your RSS Subscribers

Written by Josiah Mackenzie

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The best way to do this is to create a separate page on your site describingrepparttar newsfeeds you offer and information about RSS in general.

Some things you should cover on this page include:

  • A quick overview of how RSS works
  • Why subscribing to your feed will help them
  • Where to obtain a feed reader
  • How to subscribe to your feed using a feed reader
  • How to display your feed on their site

CNet andrepparttar 138925 New York Times provide good examples of RSS landing pages:

4. Create a Branded RSS News Reader

If your website offers many diverse newsfeeds, consider creating a custom news reader that is branded with your company logo and preloaded with your newsfeeds. This savesrepparttar 138926 beginning userrepparttar 138927 time and hassle of figuring out how to get a feed reader and subscribe to your feeds.

Some companies that offer RSS newsreader branding include NewsGator (http://, Deskshare ( awrc.aspx), and CustomReader (

By followingrepparttar 138928 tips mentioned in this article, you will receive an immediate boost in your RSS subscribers, and in turn, drive more traffic to your website.

Josiah Mackenzie is an RSS syndication consultant and founder of Global Syndication, a company providing a wide array of practical RSS solutions:

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