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Turning Off RSS Feeds - Is It a Good Idea?

  1. SiddSingh profile image60
    SiddSinghposted 6 years ago

    Wrt the surfeit of scraping sites, is it a good idea to disable RSS feeds in blogs?

    Then there is the small matter of how to do that? Are there any plugins (for WP), or is it better to remove the php files?

    Thanks in advance!

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      WholeHouseFansposted 6 years ago in reply to this

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      1. sunforged profile image66
        sunforgedposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Tell us more, polly

  2. sunforged profile image66
    sunforgedposted 6 years ago

    Do you have your rss set to "full text" - if its at teaser you really should have no worries

  3. SiddSingh profile image60
    SiddSinghposted 6 years ago

    Hi sunforged,

    Yes, I have my RSS set to full text.

  4. sunforged profile image66
    sunforgedposted 6 years ago

    the setting to switch that to teaser is right within the wp settings console. Or you can use feedburner and have even more control over how it serves

  5. sunforged profile image66
    sunforgedposted 6 years ago

    this is a disable code:




    you would paste it into functions.php -

  6. SiddSingh profile image60
    SiddSinghposted 6 years ago

    Fine.

    Re using feedburner - does that mean a lower risk of scraping?

    Or is the fear over scraping overrated anyway?

    1. sunforged profile image66
      sunforgedposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      its a justified fear with a full text rss! - i wouldnt be so concerned with a truncated rss.

      with feedburner you could stick links back to your site, control the amount of text and even stick in aff links - if they scrape it! then good wink

      if your site ranks in a tasty niche then you will get scaped via software/page source anyway and the rss is of no account.

      scraping is not overrated but rss is (for most niches) less than 5% of web users even know what it is

  7. SiddSingh profile image60
    SiddSinghposted 6 years ago

    Thanks sunforged,

    I appreciate your suggestions and help smile

    1. neakin profile image84
      neakinposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      RSS Readers are your most loyal subscribers.  They are also most likely to submit your feeds to Social bookmarking sites.  I do not advise turning it off.

 
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