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,
I have taken all my RSS capsules out and in my links I only use the title to the hub.
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.
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.
I am only suggesting a 'Title Only' option be added
Now this is interesting, and thanks for sharing that snippet of info Relache
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.
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.
At least you've had a few spikes, haven't you?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
All of the links on my Hubs are relevant to the hub and I would do the same for the RSS feeds. Thanks wilderness.
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.
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.
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