Opinions on RSS-feed for US Cavers Forum Apr 21, 2006 9:46:35 GMT -5
Post by L Roebuck on Apr 21, 2006 9:46:35 GMT -5
It's always hard to explain when someone doesn't understand the technology you're trying to explain.
Back to topic, for those who may not understand the technology Wayne refers to - here is some more information.
What is RSS? "RSS" stands for Really Simple Syndication. RSS is for publishing regular updates to web-based content. Using this standard, web publishers provide updates, such as the latest News Headlines or Blog postings. Meanwhile, consumers (you) use RSS reader applications to collect and monitor your favorite feeds in one place [RSS content from a publisher, viewed in one of these readers, is often called a "feed"]. RSS feeds can be viewed as plain text files, but they are really designed for computer-to-computer communication.
Also some use Feedburner. Did you know Feedburner has an Ad Network?
Feedburner offers its participants (the web publisher) a full range of services such as Revenue-Generating programs in RSS feeds, Track Circulation and also to Track Detailed Reader information. Feedburner participants have an "Analyze’ page for "Ad Stats". The "Ads Stats Dashboard" which shows its participants an estimate of their Earnings since last payment as well as a monthly history by impression, clicks, CTR and Paymet total for the month.
Yeap, and Feedburner participants can place an innocent looking "AD" (aka Email Signature Animator, Signature Box, etc ) at the bottom of their posts in their RSS feed. Also you may note these Ad's, subscription buttons, etc as well as the code being made available to visitors so they can place them on their own website - apparently that is also so some one can make a profit from "your" web site too. Yeap, no doubt in my mind - those who choose to use Feedburner are out to make a profit.
For more information:
Feedburner’s Ad Network (FeedBurner offers a full range of services: *Implement Revenue-generating in your RSS Feed(s), * Track Visitor's, * Build Awareness )
Feedburner Enhanced Advertising Services
Feedburner User Agreement( * Payment is received based upon the number of valid revenue-generating Ad impressions, *Clicks or * Transactions displayed and confirmed in the RSS Feed. * Payments will be made to user using PayPal.)
My opinion on RSS feed. I do think RSS is cool if you just want to generate News headlines and it's not a for "pay scheme" and the little icons are cute too. BUT..... RSS highlights just the "forums topics" and not the "contents" of the forum. So one drawback I see to RSS is that cavers may just read the RSS Headlines and may never visit this Forum. In my opinion that is a major point to consider.
Another point I wish to make is that U.S.Cavers Forum is a volunteer effort and we are not here to profit from Our Forum or Our Visitors - nor do we want to! We want Cavers and Visitors to come to the Forum to chat and for information. What we do not want is for visitor's to click on AD's etc, etc, so we can profit from their visits.
This is a caving discussion forum, a free space for cavers to come to chat or just catch up on cave related events and happenings in the caving community. It is NOT a profit making venture and this forum does not track your movements, what you read when you visit, or where you go, like some of the "other" caving forums are doing.
Lynn, the attempt to help zenas get the US Cavers Forum added to the WCN network was an olive branch on my part. [/quote]
~ When offered an olive branch you have to watch out for the pits! ;D[/quote]
Hey Wayne Harrison since you have placed Feedburner on the NSS Discussion Board. Why don't you explain the Feedburner technology to the NSS members? I am interested in hearing all about it but am really anxious to hear about the Feedburner Ad Network ( Monetize) and Visitor Tracking.
Feedburner has Standard Stats which you can Track and monitor usage which looks like this: