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Using RSS With Twitter and Google Webmaster Tools

Article by Oliver Pluckrose

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The web has made publishers of us all. And RSS has so far proved one of the most useful ways to syndicate our content. Yet, some say its time may be over.

However, in the age of microblogging and precision analytics, two more uses for RSS have emerged – in the shape of Twitter and Google Webmaster Tools.

Why would Google care about RSS?

In a nutshell, offering Google an RSS feed (with regularly updated content) shows that your site is fresh and alive – so more likely relevant to Google’s users. That can ultimately lead to higher rankings.

At the very least, RSS helps you get your content indexed quicker.

But I already use sitemaps…

While every site should submit their sitemap to Google, RSS can complement this feature. If you’re in the habit of checking your site reports, you might notice that it can take a little time for some pages to get indexed, even if they’re included in your sitemap.

RSS helps you inform Google the moment you have any new content.

To get Google to recognise your RSS Feed, simply log in to (or register for) Google Webmaster Tools, go to Subscriber Stats, make sure your feed is recognised – and then click Submit Feed as Sitemap. You can always ask your web design company” to do this if you’re unsure.

What about Twitter?

At one stage, Twitter was seen as the enemy of RSS. After all, it enables you to get links to your content in front of interested eyes. This seems in direct competition with RSS. However, it is possible to use RSS to enhance your Tweeting by using it to populate your Twitter account, or even to follow a particular user.

Why is that useful?

If you run an active site, or have little time to use Twitter, then you may find it hard to keep tweeting new content. (The example commonly cited is CNN – who use RSS to Tweet their followers every time a new article is posted.)

www.twitterfeed.com offers an application to submit RSS feeds to Twitter. Then you can forget about having to log on every time you post new content – it’ll happen automatically.

As for following people on Twitter using RSS – simply click the RSS icon at the bottom right on any Twitter profile page. The feed with be added to your reader account as normal. It’s a great way of keeping track of the most useful and insightful Twitterers, without having to constantly track back through Tweets.

Yes, rumours of the death of RSS has been greatly exaggerated (in part thanks to Twitter and Google). Two more ways to use RSS on your site in addition to acquiring subscribers and syndicating content to email and feed readers.

About the Author

Oliver Pluckrose is the Head of Development for Online Business Solutions UK Limited (OBS Group) – a web design company based in London. Formed in 1998, OBS Group’s ethos has always been to provide simple, end user-driven website development for a sensible, fixed price.

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Oliver Pluckrose is the Head of Development for Online Business Solutions UK Limited (OBS Group) – a web design company based in London. Formed in 1998, OBS Group’s ethos has always been to provide simple, end user-driven website development for a sensible, fixed price.












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