RSS Feeds have been around since 1999 as a form of internet marketing, however unlike other forms of publishing information on the internet, it is difficult to track the usage of RSS feeds. Feed tracking methods have been growing in popularity
RSS Tracking is a methodology for tracking RSS feeds. There are currently many methods of tracking RSS feeds, all with their own problems in terms of accuracy.
1. Transparent 1×1 pixel images - These images can be embedded within the content of the RSS feed by linking to the image which should be held on the web server. The number of requests made can be measured by using the web server log files. This will give a rough estimate as to how many times the RSS feed has been viewed.
The problem with this method is that not all RSS feed aggregators will display images and parse HTML.
2. Third-party services - There are services available on the Internet that will syndicate your RSS feed and then track all requests made to their syndication of your RSS feed. These services come in both free and paid forms.
The problem with this method is that all analytical data about the feeds are controlled by the service provider and so not easily accessible or transferable.
3. Unique URL per Feed - This method requires heavy web server programming to auto generate a different RSS feed URL for each visitor to the website. The visitor's RSS feed activity can then be tracked accurately using standard web analytics applications.
The problem with this method is that if the feed is syndicated by a search engine for instance then this will defeat the purpose of the unique URLs as many people could potentially view the RSS feed via a single URL.
4. Estimating number of Subscribers from the Log Files. Some aggregators (for example, Bloglines and Google Reader) include a number of unique users on whose behalf the feed is being downloaded in the HTTP request. Other readers -- such as web browsers -- can be counted by noting the number of unique IP addresses that retrieve the file in a given period.
This provides an estimate of actual readership, although it is probably higher than the real number because people may sign up for accounts with multiple aggregators and never delete their subscriptions and because they may read the same feeds at different computers, or the same computer may have a different IP address at different times.
RSS, (Really Simple Syndication) has become so popular today and is being referred to by internet users as “Pull” Technology rather than “Push” Technology.
It’s difficult to imagine that anyone who logs on to the Internet has not heard of “Spam.” Most, If not all Internet users are inundated with these advertisements that we did not ask for or request.
For those of you that may not be familiar with the term, rest assured we’re not talking about canned meat here. LOL! Rather, it is unwanted advertising from people that we neither asked for or requested to recieve. Spam is “Push” technology. “Pushed” in your face and inbox, wanted or not.
Many believe this brand of “Push” technology is or will be, the death of email. Yet, as long as there are individuals and companies that continue to use the illegal spam process, email will be around for a long long time. The irony being, companies are raking in millions, selling spam solutions, to people and big corporations that are Not Working!
RSS, is the Total Opposite of the above “Push” technology. When subscribing to an RSS Feed, subscribers “Pull” information into their RSS Readers and can only be done so if someone voluntarily subscribes to a particular RSS Feed. If they find it’s not the information they want, they can simply unsubscribe and never have to recieve another message from the owner of that particular feed. Hence the term “Pull” Technology.
Utilizing RSS “Pull” technology has become a popular source of income for webmasters that use RSS Feeds on their websites. Here’s How:
Let’s say, you set up a one page mini-site or you could even set up a Blog. A Blog would be a quick and easy alternative. You can then host ads from either Google Adsense or the New Yahoo look alike Google Ads. When someone visits your page and clicks one of your ads, You Get Paid.
If you’ve followed along and done the steps above, you’ve created a good starting place. You’re going to need to make sure your pages are optimized properly. This will ensure you get your page ranked high in the search engines.
Like any site or page, the more targeted traffic you get, greater are the chances that someone will click your ads.
Now, by using the power of RSS you increase your pages earning potential. When you add an RSS Feed to your page, you convert it into an ever changing, dynamic web page. Bringing you an abundance of visitors who, in all probability will return to read it.
specially if you add 10 or 15 RSS Feeds to your page. You will create a dynamic, ever changing, self updating page. Providing valuable content that readers will want to read, over and over again.
Any web page can be turned into a dynamic web page. Just use the a RSS creator software.