For you RSS folks…

…I’m trying something different.

A friend wonders if I could increase my site traffic if I stopped including the entire post in my RSS feed. I said huh, I dunno, might be worth trying, so I am. For the record, I don’t care much about traffic at all — in all my enterprises, I remain stubbornly unambitious and opposed to financial success of any kind — but I’m curious what effect it might have.

It could go either way, a “feh, more nose-picking from Little Miss Boring, no need to see more,” or “let’s go over and click ALL her Google ads and make her rich.” I’ll be watching my analytics for a while. Let the experiment begin.

It goes without saying that if you really hate it, let me know. Reader service is what we’re all about her at NN.C.

Posted at 2:40 pm in Housekeeping |

12 responses to “For you RSS folks…”

  1. Seamus said on November 29, 2007 at 4:56 pm

    I really, absolutely, positively hate it.

    I am always happy to see a new nancynall post show up in my aggregator’s counter, but when I clicked in, I was disappointed to find such a short post. Then I found out why. You made me click again!

    I always prefer to read in my aggregator (bloglines in my case).

    Although I make no claims my opinion is the only one and will follow you either way, I most certainly hope it’s a short, failed experiment.

    [Added: I’m not an add clicker either way, so that makes not one bit of difference in my case.]

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  2. Nick said on November 29, 2007 at 5:54 pm

    I click over to nn dot com about half the time from Google reader. You have such an uncluttered and visually pleasing design here that I would really rather stretch my left index finger a quarter of an inch to press the “v” key to make your site open in a new tab.

    I’m happy to come here with the ads even though I require neither a “Free Drupal install” nor a “Windstream Portal” at the moment.

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  3. nancy said on November 29, 2007 at 6:21 pm

    OK, I switched it back. You say it there, it comes out here.

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  4. jcburns said on November 29, 2007 at 9:20 pm

    “…an uncluttered and visually pleasing design.”

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  5. nancy said on November 29, 2007 at 9:23 pm


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  6. John C said on November 30, 2007 at 8:29 am

    Um, er, hmmm. I, ah. Um. I have no idea what any of you are talking about.

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  7. del said on November 30, 2007 at 8:54 am

    Nor do I.

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  8. Seamus said on November 30, 2007 at 2:36 pm

    Nor do I. 😉

    And Nancy, thank you.

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  9. brian stouder said on November 30, 2007 at 2:43 pm

    As Dick Martin used to say to Dan Rowan: “you lost me at the bakery”

    Leaving that aside, I became an nn.c ad clicker months ago. I figure it must have added up to a Big Gulp of icy cold Diet Coke by now…

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  10. LA mary said on November 30, 2007 at 6:41 pm

    They somehow eliminate the ads with the crafty anti-spam, anti-virus software here. I don’t see the ads. I can see videos either. I’d click on them if and be nice if I saw them.

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  11. nancy said on November 30, 2007 at 7:04 pm

    RSS = Real Simple Syndication. If you look in the address window of your browser, you should see a little button that says RSS. Click on it. This page will reload in plain text — that’s the “feed.” If you bookmark this feed, it’ll tell you when something new is posted. Your browser may vary, but how I do it is, I have a bookmark folder just for RSS feeds. When a little number appears in parentheses next to RSS, I know someone has added something.

    I only subscribe to my fave sites, or ones that are frequently updated, like Romenesko. It saves me the time of hitting the same ones over and over. For my uber-faves, I read the feed and then click over to the site, so they get the page view. And if I really like what I read, I hit an ad, too.

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  12. Jill said on December 3, 2007 at 11:59 am

    I always prefer to have the whole post in my Google reader (the posts are never that long anyway). Sometimes I click over to read the comments, but not always.

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