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Add a Title Only option for RSS Capsule

  1. janderson99 profile image85
    janderson99posted 5 years ago

    Many people like me have been deleting RSS capsules because the text, even a single sentence may be regarded as duplicate text from the host page. If you add eight RSS feeds, even with one sentence, adds up to 8 sentences of duplicate content. Limiting the link information to the title only would avoid this. Shouldn't be too hard too implement as you already have several other options. Thanks,

    1. Just Ask Susan profile image87
      Just Ask Susanposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I have taken all my RSS capsules out and in my links I only use the title to the hub.

      1. janderson99 profile image85
        janderson99posted 5 years ago in reply to this

        So have I, but I think RSS are a good idea and I would use them is there was a 'Title only' option. I' currently using the RSS capsule - copying the info, - deleting the text below the title, and pasting the list of titles into a text capsule - then deleting the RSS.

  2. relache profile image88
    relacheposted 5 years ago

    I use RSS capsules on a lot of my Hubs.

    Given that I've seen both my traffic and earnings go up, I think the idea of abandoning them as a way of trying to recover traffic is misdirected.  I think people need to use them to add quality to their Hubs, and that ceasing to use them as a way of promoting your other Hubs would be the way to go.

    1. janderson99 profile image85
      janderson99posted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I am only suggesting a 'Title Only' option be added

    2. IzzyM profile image87
      IzzyMposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Now this is interesting, and thanks for sharing that snippet of info Relache smile

      Without going through all the winners' hubs (not easy when your connection is slow), it is good to hear that RSS feeds are not to blame for some of us plunging.

      I wanted to say this yesterday, but could not find an example to show, but "sometimes" Google shows a plus button under your hub in search saying "read more" and your personalized feed is on there.

      So, it is a backwards move to remove it, I think.

      But some of us are desperate for answers, me included. I am inclined to think there is no answer, and that one day traffic for the plungers will return, just as mysteriously as it left, I hope anyway.

      1. Randy Godwin profile image93
        Randy Godwinposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Me too, Izzy!  I've been deleting RSS capsules and removing the first few sentences in the link capsules or removing the entire capsule.  But for us "awkward writers" there doesn't seem to be a cure.  smile

        At least you've had a few spikes, haven't you?

        1. IzzyM profile image87
          IzzyMposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          One spike! It lasted a day and a half, and at the weekend too when traffic is normally down.

          It is sickening actually. It reminds me of the time when my bar business was failing. I was there 18 hours a day too.

          1. Randy Godwin profile image93
            Randy Godwinposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            Yeah, but you can't forget your troubles this time by having a few mugs of hubs!

            My traffic is still dead as H*ll.  Last month was the first time I didn't make Adsense payout in over one and a half years.  smile

            1. IzzyM profile image87
              IzzyMposted 5 years ago in reply to this

              I forgot you were still just a learner at getting shafted! I was a victim of Panda 1.00.
              I haven't had a regular monthly payout since February, but you know, just when you think it can't get worse, it does.

              1. Randy Godwin profile image93
                Randy Godwinposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                Yep, being a "shaftee" seems to be my role here now.  Scroogle me! lol

    3. wilderness profile image95
      wildernessposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I agree with you, Relache.  Each of my hubs has an RSS feed of 4 or 5 links, and each feed is set up using tags to point to other hubs that I think the reader might be interested in.  They are not there for SEO; they are there to provide something additional for the reader and hopefully get some traffic. 

      I also know that they work - analytics shows readers hopping from one hub to another where the only connection is that feed.

  3. Just Ask Susan profile image87
    Just Ask Susanposted 5 years ago

    So glad that I have read everyone's post here and from what I have read I think I should put back some of my RSS feeds. Thanks everyone smile smile

    1. wilderness profile image95
      wildernessposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      If you do I would suggest making them relevant to the hub they are on.  HP doesn't like simple "latest" or "hot" feeds and they don't do much good anyway.

      1. Just Ask Susan profile image87
        Just Ask Susanposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        All of the links on my Hubs are relevant to the hub and I would do the same for the RSS feeds. Thanks wilderness.

        1. Cardisa profile image93
          Cardisaposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          I realize that the RSS picks up the summary as description. So a unique summary for the hubs in the capsule wont be considered duplicate.

          1. janderson99 profile image85
            janderson99posted 5 years ago in reply to this

            It will still be a duplicate if the RSS text appears on more than one of your pages. What many people do is to use the same tag based RSS on 10 or more articles about the same topic. The same RSS text will be pasted on several articles. It you use a RSS feed with 8 entries the duplicate text adds up to 8 sentences duplicated 8 times or more. You can't change the text in the RSS feed.

            My request to the Hubpages team is simply to add the option 'Titles Only' to the RSS capsule options.

            This would mean that the RSS feed would look like

            Fat Tax on Unhealthy Foods - Tax Fat, Soda, Calories, Sugar, Fast Foods?

            Coffee Health Benefits | Caffeine in Coffee Reduces Risk of Depression

            Skipping Meals for Weight Loss - Daily Fasting to Lose Weight

            At Last - Cause of Global Obesity Identified - We Passively Eat Too Many Calories

            It is simply an OPTION - people could still use the other options if they wanted to.

            1. IzzyM profile image87
              IzzyMposted 5 years ago in reply to this

              I think that's actually a very good idea.

              Have them like links, so that you have the option to add a unique sentence or two if you wish, but with the extra convenience of using the RSS feed.

              Can it be done?

 
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