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Wow...that's just amazing...wish it was still open or that they bring it back. Seems like it could realy boost traffic and help keep hubs up to date, two very important components in a hub.
I used RSS to feed news, tweets or other content to my hubs. It was a great way of sourcing extra information for hubs and I think keeping hubs regularly updated makes them more likely to be crawled.
RIP RSS on HP
It's possible that HP is doing away with the RSS feeds because Google is no longer supporting AdSense for RSS feeds.
It figures it has something to do with AdSense and money. I know some Hubbers have found creative ways to use RSS to display specif Hubs, such as rarely read ones, to give them exposure. This is a bad move by HubPages IMO.
This is a completely wrong move by HP and probably the last straw for me. I am very tired of all the changes with no genuine explanations behind them. RSS feeds serve a vital role for cross-promotion.
ChristinS - The thing I don't like is when HP makes a major change like getting rid of the RSS capsule, they don't even bother asking Hubbers how they feel about making such a change. Perhaps they'd find their decision to be hasty and unwarranted.
Wow, I never knew that one could make their hubs popular that way. Its so sad that Hubpages is doing away with it. I believe it would have been a great way for new hubbers like me to make their hubs popular.
I won't pretend to understand how it works because I didn't use it, but someone, perhaps it was Simone, explained that Google sees RSS feeds as duplicate content somehow which actually hurts your hubs rankings with search engines.
@Rock_nj - Hubpages did send out emails to hubbers who had implemented RSS capsules in their hubs asking for their opinions about the possiblity of removing such capsules.
I don't remember seeing the email a few weeks ago asking about the possiblity of removing RSS capsules. I just searched for it, and I couldn't find it. I see other side of the arguement about irrelevant links, but that's not how HP explained this.
Oh well, but can I still use it on my website?
If you know how to add RSS Feed to your website, it is an option. The previous commenters to your question seem to believe RSS Feed is a viable option to connecting important information.
Yes, I believe you can still use them on your website to offer additional information to your site audience.
you and me both...I've gone through the instructions gazillion times but to no avail
I haven't used RSS to fool Google or anyone else. I used it as a convient way to make readers aware of my latest hubs. Others used RSS to promote hubs that didn't have much traffic. There are two sides to the issue, as with any issue.
This is not a personal accusation or anything. Just saying.. The truth is, we all used RSS without the intent to fool Google, but the fact remains that RSS gives the appearance of a frequenty updated page. And, Google is just cleaning house.
I don't see that it is relevant whether I or someone else changes my hub. I could easily add some text that is totally uninteresting, yet that would be a legitimate update. A news stream (the only RSS I use) adds another dimension to my hub.
That is a good solution to improve the use of RSS, as it can be quite beneficial. The problem with the way HubPages operates is that they throw the good out the good with the bad when they just get rid of a tool like RSS. How about change rules?