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How many RSS feeds are too many?

  1. travelespresso profile image82
    travelespressoposted 7 years ago

    On a hub what do you recommend as the maximum number of RSS feeds?

    How many do you put on your hubs?

    1. schoolgirlforreal profile image83
      schoolgirlforrealposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I'd say 5 is enough. I put 3-5, usually 4or 5.
      I don't want to overwhelm the reader but links (RSS feeds )are helpful and recommended smile

      1. Marisa Wright profile image99
        Marisa Wrightposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Do you mean 3-5 RSS feeds, or one RSS feed with 3 to 5 links?

  2. Cagsil profile image60
    Cagsilposted 7 years ago

    I have a maximum to of two feeds I set myself.

    However, I only have one or two hubs that have more than one feed.

    I just recently added feeds to every single hub I've created. wink

    1. travelespresso profile image82
      travelespressoposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Interesting Cags.  Have you noticed an increase in traffic by doing that?

      1. Cagsil profile image60
        Cagsilposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        I just completed today. That how recent the change was. lol

        But, I'll let you know. I mean, feeds are only for two reasons (a) refreshing content + (b)sharing hubs from others.

        1. Marisa Wright profile image99
          Marisa Wrightposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          I also use them to

          (a) link to my own related Hubs
          (b) link to my related websites

          You'll note I say "related".  Unless I'm participating in a team project like Hubtrails or Hubmob, I avoid RSS feeds that might produce unrelated links.  To me, that's just diluting my keywords. 

          I usually use only one RSS feed per Hub.  The only exception, again, is where I'm in a team project.  Then I'll write my Hub as normal - which may include an RSS feed to my own work - and then add the team feed.

          I always set them to 8 and first sentence only.  I usually include a News capsule, too.

          1. Cagsil profile image60
            Cagsilposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            Thank you for sharing Marissa. Sounds like you have it down pat. wink


            @Katie, yes news feeds also automatically refresh content. But, I think that the news feeds are not as reliable as the RSS feeds.

            Plus, if you have news feeds next to pictures or more than one picture, you can end up with a big "white" space, which interrupts the flow of a hub. So, those you have to watch or check on.

            1. katiem2 profile image58
              katiem2posted 7 years agoin reply to this

              Good to know smile Thanks Cagsil... Good night smile ZZZZZ

            2. Marisa Wright profile image99
              Marisa Wrightposted 7 years agoin reply to this

              I would never use a News capsule in the body of the Hub.  The only benefit of a News capsule is "Google freshness".  I don't want my readers tempted away by it.  So I put it right at the bottom of my Hub, below the comments - where Google will see it but my readers are less likely to.

              1. netlexis profile image70
                netlexisposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                Good idea, Marisa. You get the benefit of the Google refresh, but less likely to lose readers.

          2. Chapter profile image40
            Chapterposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            I just set two and set first sentence. I am afraid hubpages will bann me if i use more than two links from my blog

            1. Marisa Wright profile image99
              Marisa Wrightposted 7 years agoin reply to this

              No, they won't, you can safely set it to 8.  It's an exception to the rule.  You can have EITHER two ordinary links in the Hub, or ONE feed.

              1. Chapter profile image40
                Chapterposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                thanks marissa

        2. travelespresso profile image82
          travelespressoposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Great thanks for that.  I am interested to know the impact of RSS feeds when I'm in a team project. 

          I use Hubtrail RSS + sometimes it's also a hubmob + one other.  Is that going to be too many?  They would of course be targeted as I want to keep the traffic "close to home".

          1. Cagsil profile image60
            Cagsilposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            See Marissa's post for answer to how many. wink big_smile

          2. Marisa Wright profile image99
            Marisa Wrightposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            If you're writing as part of multiple projects, then you have to include the RSS feeds.  Any dilution risk is offset by the fact that you're getting equivalent links from other participants, so it's OK.  But the very fact it's a project usually means the Hubs are sufficiently related, anyway.

            I usually put those feeds under the comments, so it's clear they're not part of my own content.  I'm not sure there's such a thing as having "too many".

            1. travelespresso profile image82
              travelespressoposted 7 years agoin reply to this

              Thanks for your well considered comments Marisa. 

              When I've used news items that's just where I've put them - mainly because I didn't know what else to do with them (at least in my earlier days here!) 

              I like your comments regarding the dilution effect being offset by the equivalent links from others on HP.  Thanks.

  3. katiem2 profile image58
    katiem2posted 7 years ago

    I add feeds to all my hubs and as Cagsil mentioned it keeps your hub updated and fresh.  Google likes that... smile

    News can do the same in terms of refreshing hubs, is that correct Cag.?

    1. shazwellyn profile image58
      shazwellynposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Articles in the eyes of google need to be continually changing and evolving.  That is why news capsules are good because news is always changing.  RSS feeds in articles are great as long as they are related in some way but it is always good to have links because it makes your article appear more valuable in terms of seo -- well that is my theory anyway.  You have to find your own way because it is always speculation and the rules are always changing smile

 
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